Invited Oral Sessions ISME13


 Scientific Program





     Invited Oral Sessions*

  * please note that all information below is preliminary and subject to change


      Monday 23 August, 2010, 10:00 - 12:00 


      Biogeochemistry: Microbially-Driven, Globally Significant

Convenors: Corina Brussaard, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, the
Netherlands, and Joshua Schimel, Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology, University of
California, Santa Barbara, USA
* Implications of Exoenzyme Cheaters for Biogeochemical Processes 
  Steven Allison, University of California, Irvine, USA
Microscale interactions of pelagic bacteria affecting the ocean's
   biogeochemical state
   Farooq Azam, University of California, San Diego
Viruses as globally significant drivers of biogeochemistry 
  Corina Brussaard, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, the Netherlands
* Microbial Control over Tundra Cycling 
  Joshua Schimel, Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology, University of 
  California, Santa Barbara, USA         

      Climate Change: Positive & Negative Feedbacks in Microbial 


Convenors: Kathleen Treseder, University of California – Irvine, USA, and Hans Paerl,
University of North Carolina, USA
               * Assessing Human Alteration of Aquatic Microbial Community Structure and 
                 Function in a World Experiencing Climatic Change
                 Hans Paerl, University of North Carolina, USA
               * Can Temporal Patterns in Planktonic Microbial Communities serve as Indicators of
                 Ecosystem Change?                         
                 Byron Crump,University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, USA
               * Resistance, resilience, and redundancy of microbial communities to environmental 
                 Jennifer Martiny, University of California, Irvine, USA 
               * Evolutionary trade-offs among decomposers may constrain responses to
                 Kathleen Treseder, University of California, Irvine, USA

       Ecology of Recalcitrant Compound Degradation

       Convenors: Frank Loeffler, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA and Dan Cullen, Forest
       Products Laboratory, USA
              * Wood decay fungi and lignin degradation
                Dan Cullen, Forest Products Laboratory, USA
              * The Initial Step in Anaerobic Benzene Degradation
                 Rainer Meckenstock, Helmholtz Center München, Germany
              *  Ecology of Organohalide Respiring Dehalococcoides
                 Frank Loeffler, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
              *  Gene-targeted-metagenomics: pyrosequencing for aromatic dioxygenase gene 
                 diversities in the environment
                 Shoko Iwai, UC San Francisco, USA

       Theme and Variation in Microbial Diversity: Novel Organisms
       and Novel Functions

       Convenors: Donald Bryant, Penn State University, USA, and Marc Strous, MPI for Marine
       Microbiology, Germany
              * Discovery and Characterization of Novel Chlorophototrophs by Genomics, 
                Metanomics, and Metatranscriptomics
                Donald Bryant, Penn State University
              * New insights into the interpretation of putative biomarkers for oxygenic
                Dianne Newman, Caltech, USA
              * Autotrophic Arsenite-Oxidizing Anaerobic Bacteria From Mono Lake, California
                Ronald Oremland, US Geological Survey, USA
              * How to make oxygen from nitrate - A microbial cheater in the redox tower game
                Marc Strous, MPI for Marine Microbiology, Germany

        The Gut Microbiome: Comparative and Functional Analysis

        Convenors: Willem de Vos, Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and Liping Zhao,
        Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
              * Re-Engineering of Gut Microbiota with Traditional Chinese Medicinal Foods for Early 
                Prevention of the Metabolic Syndrome
                Liping Zhao, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
              * Human Intestinal Microbiota: From Composition to Function
                Willem de Vos, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
              * Impacts of antibiotics and disease on the human gut mircobiota
                Janet Jansson, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
              * High throughput functional analysis of the human gut metagenome
                Joel Doré, INRA Jouy-en-Josas, France

        Implications of Rare Microbes in Natural Populations

        Convenors: John Baross, University of Washington, USA, and Carlos Pedrós-Alió, Consejo
        Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain
              * Dipping into the rare biosphere: features of rare and abundant bacterial taxa
                 Carlos Pedrós-Alió, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain
              * Importance in numbers: disturbance and less abundant members of the human
                 gut microbiota
                 David Relman, Stanford University, USA
              * The Rare Biosphere: Sorting out Fact from Fiction 
                 Mitch Sogin, Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology
                 and Evolution, Marine Biological Laboratory, USA
              * Deep sequencing reveals exceptional diversity and alternative lifestyles of
                 marine bacterial symbionts
                 Nicole Webster, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia

        Microbial Theory and Ecological Theory

        Convenors: Jessica Green, University of Oregon, USA, and Bill Sloan,
        University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK
              * Strength, distribution of species, and optimal foraging morphology in
                 fluvial biofilms
                 Bill Sloan, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK
              * Biodiversity Theory and the Built Environment Microbiome
                 Jessica Green, University of Oregon, USA
              * Microbial diversity, nutrient cycling, and ecosystem functioning
                 Michel Loreau, McGill University, Canada
              * Modelling the microbial food web: Attempts to link biogeochemistry,
                 organism strategies and biodiversity in the marine pelagic
                 Tron Frede Thingstad, University of Bergen, Norway

        Evolution in Action: Horizontal Gene Transfer

        Convenor: Harald Brüssow, Nestlé Research Centre, Switzerland
              * Comparative genomics and evolution of antivirus defense and stress response
                systems in archaea and bacteria
                 Eugene Koonin, National Center for Biotechnology Information, USA 
              * Phages, lysogenic conversion and the evolution of bacterial
                 Harald Brüssow, Nestlé Research Centre, Switzerland
              * Barriers and bypasses to lateral gne transfer in prokaryotes
                 Tal Dagan, Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany 
              * Widespread homologous recombination within and between Streptomyces
                  Daniel Buckley, Cornell University, USA 
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       Tuesday 24 August, 2010, 10:00 - 12:00    

         The Metagenome in Action

         Convenors: Stephen Giovannoni, Oregon State University, USA, and Tim
         Urich, University of Vienna, Austria
               * Integrated transcriptional and post-transcirptional regulatory responses of
                  Pelagibacter to environmental changes
                  Stephen Giovannoni, Oregon State University, USA
               * A biogeochemist's guide to comparative metatranscriptomics
                  Mary Ann Moran, University of Georgia, Athens, USA
               *  Proteogenomics 2.0: Identifying Microbial Community Functions in
                  Complex Ecosystems
                  Robert Morris, University of Washington, USA
               *  Deep-sea hydrothermal vent community structure and functioning
                  probed by an integrated 'omics' approach
                  Tim Urich, University of Vienna, Austria 

         Shifting Paradigms in Major Biogeochemical Cycles

         Convenors: Marcel Kuypers, MPI for Marine Microbiology, Germany, and
         Bess Ward, Princeton University, USA
              *  Re-evaluating nitrification in marine ecosystems: Assessing the relative
                diversity, abundance, and activity of ammonia-oxidizing Archaea and
                Christopher Francis, Stanford University, USA
              * Genomics and metagenomics insights into oceanic nitrogen fixation
                 Jonathan Zehr, University of California, Santa Cruz
              * NanoSIMS a New Tool for Marine Biogeochemistry: From Single Cells
                 to Global Fluxes
                 Marcel Kuypers, MPI for Marine Microbiology, Germany
              * Denitrification revisited:  Implications for nitrogen and carbon cycling
                 in the oxygen minimum zones of the ocean 
                 Bess Ward, Princeton University, USA 

         Evolutionary Ecology of Microbial Communities

         Convenor: David Stahl, University of Washington, USA
              * A bacteria’s host environment shapes the scale and magnitude of
                phage adaptation
                Britt Koskella, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UC
                Santa Cruz, USA
              * Rapid adaptation and its effect on predator-prey interaction
                Takehito Yoshida, Department of General Systems
                Studies, University of Tokyo, Japan
              * Rapid evolution of stability and productivity at the origin of mutualistic interaction
                 between a Bacteria and an Archaea
                 David Stahl & Kristina Hillesland, University of Washington, USA
              * Genomic signatures of coevolutionary interactions at global and local scales in
                Sulfolobus islandicus
                Rachel Whitaker, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

         Sociomicrobiology and Biofilms

         Convenors: Martin Ackermann, EAWAG, Switzerland, and Jeremy Webb,
         University of Southampton, UK
              * Microbial urbanisation: the science and society of biofilms
                 Hilary Lappin-Scott, Swansea University, UK
              * Functional redundancy in the extracellular matrix of Pseudomonas
                aeruginosa biofilms
                Matthew Parsek, Department of Microbiology, University of
                Washington, USA
              * Biofilm development as an evolutionary process
                Jeremy Webb, University of Southampton, UK
              * Bacterial individuality: biological functions of phenotypic
                 Martin Ackermann, EAWAG, Switzerland

         Conflict and Conversation: Chemistry at the Interface between

         Microbes and Their Friends and Enemies

         Convenors: Joyce Loper, Oregon State University, USA, and Margo
         Haygood, Oregon Health and Science University, USA
              * Bioactive Molecules from Photorhabdus and Xenorhabdus: the More 
                 the Better
                 Helge Bode, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
              * Marine invertebrates and their bacterial partners
                 Margo Haygood, Oregon Health and Science University, USA 
              *  Discovering new traits in genomes of plant-associated Pseudomonas
                 Joyce Loper, Oregon State University, USA
              *  Antibiotic production by soil bacteria: diversity, activity and natural
                 Jos Raaijmakers, Wageningen University, the Netherlands

         Microbe-Mineral Interactions

         Convenors: Pieter Visscher, University of Connecticut, Department
         of Marine Sciences, USA, and Gordon Southam, University of Western
         Ontario, Canada
              * Fungi-mineral interface: quantification and mechanism of weathering at
                the nanometer scale
                Steeve Bonneville, School of Earth and Environment, Leeds, UK
              * Minerals that Support Life: Physical Environments and Redox
                Gordon Southam, University of Western Ontario, Canada
              * Microbial Community - Carbonate Mineral Interactions in a Geological
                Dawn Sumner, University of California, Davis, USA
              * Microbe-Mineral Interactions Shaping the Rock Record: Lessons
                learned from Modern Microbialites
                Pieter Visscher, University of Connecticut, Department of Marine 
                Sciences, USA

         Interkingdom Interactions

         Convenors: Edward G. Ruby, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, and
         Linda Blackall, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Marine Microbes and
         Symbioses, Cape Ferguson, Australia
              * Sequential signaling during the development of the squid-vibrio
                 Edward G. Ruby, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
              * Symbiosis between caterpillars and gut microbial communities
                 Jo Handelsman, Yale University, USA
              * Title to be confirmed 
                Vanessa Sperandio, Southwestern Medical Center, Texas, USA
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             Thursday 26 August, 2010, 10:00 - 12:00

        Marine Microbiology: from the coast to the deep sea

        Convenors: Mark Osborn, University of Sheffield, UK, and Gerhard Herndl,
        University of Vienna, Austria
              * Bacterial Dynamics and Lineage Specific Responses to Mixing and
                Dom Dynamics in the Mesopelagic Zone of the Northwestern Sargasso
                Craig Carlson, Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology University of California, Santa
                Barbara, USA
              * Shedding light on the dark ocean: phylogenetic and functional successions of
                bacterial and archaeal communities North Atlantic deep waters
                Gerhard Herndl, University of Vienna, Austria
              * Microbial diversity and functional ecology in temperate and
                tropical coastal sediments
                Mark Osborn, University of Sheffield, UK
              * Illuminating the black box: Ecology of marine eukaryotic
                picophytoplankton by targeted metagenomics and more
                Alexandra Worden, MBARI, Monterey, CA, USA

         Spatial Heterogeneity - Small Volumes with Big Impacts

         Convenors: Michael Kühl, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and Iain Young, University
         of New England, Australia
              * Title to be confirmed
                Michael Kühl, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
              * The microbial seascape: processes relevant to individual phytoplankton
                Jim Mitchell, Flinders University, Australia
              * Exploring the biophysical interface in soils
                Iain Young, University of New England, Australia
              * The biogeography of salt marsh ammonia-oxidizing Bacteria and Archaea across spatial scales
     Claire Horner-Devine, University of Washington, USA

         Bacterial Symbioses

         Convenors: Cameron Currie, University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA, and Jörg
         Overmann, Leibniz-Institut DSMZ - Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und
         Zellkulturen GmbH, Braunschweig, Germany
              * The Fungus Garden Microbiome of Leaf-cutter Ants
                Cameron Currie, University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA
              * Evolutionary genomics of symbiont-host interactions
                Nancy Moran, University of Arizona, USA
              * How bacteria get multicellular - complex interactions in phototrophic consortia
                Jörg Overmann, Leibniz-Institut DSMZ - Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen
                und Zellkulturen GmbH, Braunschweig, Germany
              * Patterns of nitrogen utilization by syntrophic consortia mediating the anaerobic
                oxidation of methane
                Victoria Orphan, California Institute of Technology, USA

          Ecology of Engineered Environments

          Convenors: Derek Lovley, University of Massachusetts, USA, and Korneel Rabaey,
          University of Queensland, Australia
              * Neutral Models in Engineering Biology
                Tom  Curtis, Newcastle University, UK
              * Electrosynthesis: Diversity of Microbes and Pathways for Directly Producing
                Chemicals and Fuels from Carbon Dioxide and Water
                Derek Lovley, University of Massachusetts, USA
              * The Role of Syntrophic Communities in Treatment of High Strength Wastewater
                Caroline Plugge, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
              * Electrical current sustains highly diverse denitrifying and bioproduction
                Korneel Rabaey, University of Queensland, Australia

          Ecology of Cold Habitats

          Convenors: Jill Mickucki, Darthmouth College, USA, and Antje Boetius, MPI for Marine
          Microbiology, Germany
              * Of Ice and Microbes in a Rapidly Changing Arctic Ocean
                Jody Deming, School of Oceanography, Washington, USA
              * Linking climate change in the Arctic with the fate of deep sea life
                Antje Boetius, MPI for Marine Microbiology, Germany
              * Cryptic microbial communities in Antarctic Dry Valley Soils
                Don Cowan, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
              * Exploring the subglacial biosphere
                Jill Mikucki, Darthmouth College, USA

          Paleobiogeochemistry and Ancient Microbial Environments

          Convenors : Jaap Sinnighe Damsté, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, the
          Netherlands, and Jochen Brocks, Research School of Earth Sciences, the Australian
          National University, Canberrra, Australia
              * Molecular fossils and the late rise of eukaryotes and oxygenic photosynthesis
                Jochen Brocks, Research School of Earth Sciences, the Australian National
                University, Canberra, Australia
              * Revolutionizing ocean structure: microbe-metazoan co-evolution through
                the Proterozoic-Phanerozoic transition
                Nicolas Butterfield, Cambridge University, UK
              * 14,000 years of plankton molecular succession dynamics in the Black Sea
                Marco Coolen, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA
              * Membrane Lipids of Crenarchaeota: Tales of past Climate Development
                Jaap Sinnighe Damsté, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, the

          Life at the Energetic Edge

          Convenors: Bo Barker Jørgensen, University of Aarhus, Denmark and Steven D'Hondt,
          University of Rhode Island, USA
              * Microbial Energetics in Subseafloor Sediment
                Steven D'Hondt, University of Rhode Island, USA
              * Modeling energy flow at the cellular level
                Tori Hoehler, NASA Ames Research Center, USA
              * Syntrophy: growth at the thermodynamic edge
                Michael J. McInerney, University of Oklahoma, USA
              * Survival metabolism and lifetimes of microbes imprisoned in ice, permafrost, and
                P. Buford Price, University of California, USA
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        Friday 27 August, 2010, 10:00 - 12:00 

          Genomic and Functional Analyses of Individual Microbial Cells

          Convenors: Michael Wagner, University of Vienna, Austria, and Roger Lasken, J.
          Craig Venter Institute, USA
              * DNA sequencing from single bacterial cells using the multiple displacement
                amplification (MDA) reaction
                Roger Lasken, J. Craig Venter Institute, USA
              * Sorting out the microbial dark matter
                Paul Blainey, Stanford University, USA
              * Discovery and characterization of new nitrifiers on a single cell level
                Michael Wagner, University of Vienna, Austria
              * Linking function with identity inside bacterial cells by in situ Rolling Circle
                Amplification - FISH
                Tatsuhiko Hoshino, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology,

           Disease Ecology

           Convenor: Brian Austin, University of Sterling, Scotland, UK
              * Ecology of fish pathogens with emphasis on Aeromonas salmonicida
                Brian Austin, University of Sterling, Scotland, UK
              * Interaction between Shigella and Acanthamebae-an ecological niche for survival
                Gunnar SandströmKarolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
              * Diversity, Taxonomy, and Pathogenicity of Brazilian Corals Microbiotas
                Fabiano ThompsonDepartamento de Genética, University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
              * Title to be confirmed
                 Rita Colwell, University of Maryland, USA         

          Roles of Anaerobic Microbial Communities in Conversion to Carbohydrates and

          Hydrocarbons to Methane and CO²

          Convenors: Gerrit Voordouw, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary,
          Canada, and Ralf Conrad, MPI for Terrestrial Ecology, Germany
              * Methanogenic degradation of organic matter in submerged soils and sediments:
                pathways and microbial communities
                Ralf Conrad, MPI for Terrestrial Ecology, Germany
              * Role of Desulfovibrio as a hydrogen- and acetate-producing syntroph in carbohydrate-
                and hydrocarbon-degrading consortia
                Gerrit Voordouw, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary,
              * The Importance of Syntrophy for Anaerobic Hydrocarbon Metabolism in High
                Temperature Oil Reservoirs
                Joseph Suflita, University of Oklahoma, USA
              * Unravelling the microbial ecology of methanogenic crude oil degradation
                Ian Head, University of Newcastle, USA       

          Plant-Microbe Interactions

          Convenors: Julia Vorholt, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland, and
          Kornelia Smalla, Federal Biological Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry,
              * Enhancing our knowledge of the rhizosphere competence of difficult-to-culture
                Jan-Dirk van Elsas, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
              * Unravel the complex interactions between biological control strains, pathogens and
                indigenous microbial communities in the rhizosphere by means of molecular
                Kornelia Smalla,  Federal Biological Research Centre for Agriculture and
                Forestry, Germany
              * Comparative community proteogenomics reveals new insights into bacterial life on
                leaf surfaces
                Julia VorholtSwiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland
              * Plants as drivers of soil-borne microbial diversity?
                George Kowalchuk, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, the Netherlands

          Forest Soil Ecology

          Convenors: David Myrold, Oregon State University, and Marc-André Selosse, University
          of Montpellier, France
              * Mycorrhizal Associations as Networks Between Forest Plants
                Marc-André Selosse, University of Montpellier, France
              * Bacterial and Fungal Growth in Forest Soils: Limiting Factors and Perturbation
                Erland Bååth, University of Lund, Sweden
              * Responses of Soil Fungal and Bacterial Communities of Pacific Northwest Forests to
                David Myrold, Oregon State University, USA
              * Microbial Responses to a Changing Climate: Implications for the Future Functioning
                of Terrestrial Ecosystems
                Donald R. Zak, School of Natural Resources, University of Michigan, USA

          Viral Drivers of Global Processes

          Convenors: Steven Wilhelm, University of Tennessee, USA, and Markus
          Weinbauer, Oceanology Observatory of Villefranche-sur-Mer, UPMC, France
              *  The Surprisingly (High/Low) Diversity of Marine Viruses – Can we Decide
                 Mya Breitbart, University of South Florida, USA
              *  Viruses in the dark ocean
                 Markus Weinbauer, Oceanology Observatory of Villefranche-sur-Mer, UPMC,
              *  Complex interactions between marine phages and their Flavobacterium
                 Lasse Riemann, University of Kalmar, Sweden
              *  Viruses and global-scale processes
                 Steven Wilhelm, University of Tennessee, USA

          Systems Ecology of Expanding Marine Oxygen Minimum Zones

    Convenors: Steven Hallam, University of British Columbia, Canada, and Osvaldo
    Ulloa, Universidad de Concepción, Chile 
        * From fjords to open seas: microbial systems ecology of expanding oxygen minimum zones
          Steven Hallam, University of British Columbia, Canada
        * Microbial Nitrogen Cycling Processes in three Oxygen Minimum Zones
          Phyllis Lam, MPI for Marine Biology, Germany
        * Microbial community gene expression in an oxygen-deficient coastal
          Osvaldo Ulloa, Universidad de Concepción, Chile
        * Microbiological and Geochemical Dynamics in the Permanently Anoxic Cariaco Basin:
          Deconvoluting a Fifteen Year Time Series
          Gordon Taylor, Stony Brook University, USA