Ecology of microbes
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My research looks at the ecology and evolution of microbial communities. Microbial communities are among the most complex, diverse, and poorly understood groups of organisms. My research combines laboratory-based experiments with field-based manipulations of naturally-occurring communities.
Areas of particular interest include:
- Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in bacterial communities, including methods for developing and analyzing large-scale biodiversity-ecosystem functioning experiments.
- Spatial patterns in bacterial communities.
- Predator-prey relationships among microbial groups, particularly the effect of protist predators on bacterial prey.
Pascual Garcia A, Bell T, 2020, Community-level signatures of ecological succession in natural bacterial communities, Nature Communications, Vol:11, ISSN:2041-1723
Pascual-Garcia A, Bell T, 2020, functionInk: An efficient method to detect functional groups in multidimensional networks reveals the hidden structure of ecological communities, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, ISSN:2041-210X
Bell T, Pascual Garcia A, Bonhoeffer S, 2020, Metabolically cohesive microbial consortia and ecosystem functioning, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Vol:374, ISSN:0962-8436
et al., 2020, Bacterial adaptation is constrained in complex communities, Nature Communications, Vol:11, ISSN:2041-1723
et al., 2019, Community-level respiration of prokaryotic microbes may rise with global warming, Nature Communications, Vol:10, ISSN:2041-1723