Contributed sessions

Most sessions will consist of a morning and an afternoon session; Each part of the session has two invited and four contributed speakers

'AS' Sessions will take place in the Afternoon
'MS' Sessions will take place in the Morning

Convenors: Martin Embley, Newcastle University, United Kingdom and Phil Arevalo, MIT, United States

Speakers

Jan-Hendrik Hehemann, Marum University of Bremen, Germany
  • Adaptive radiation by waves of gene transfer leads to fine-scale resource partitioning in marine microbes
Kasper Urup Kjeldsen, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Microbial community assembly and evolution in subseafloor sediments
Benjamin R.K. Roller, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Life history tactics explain similarity in bacterial genome content
Mang Shi, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Exploring the invertebrate viosphere using metatranscriptomics
Convenors: Thulani Makhalanyane, University of Pretoria, South Africa and Ramon Rossello Mora, Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies, Spain

Speakers

Jocelyne DiRuggiero, Johns Hopkins University, United States
  • Microbial communities at the dry extreme for life
Nimrod Wieler, Ben Gurion University, Israel
  • The ins and outs of subaerial lithotrophic biofilm in arid and hyper-arid environments
Eric Johnston, Georgia Institute of Technology, United States
  • Time-series metagenomics of Alaskan and Oklahoma soils enables fine-resolution assessment of belowground C cycling feedbacks to climate change
Rachel Mackelprang, California State University Northridge, United States
  • Frozen in time? Microbial strategies for survival and carbon metabolism over geologic time in a pleistocene permafrost chronosequence
Convenors: Manabu Fukui, Hokkaido University, Japan and Michaela Salcher, Biology Centre of the ASCR, Institute of Hydrobiology, Czech Republic

Speakers

Luis M. Rodriguez-R, Georgia Institute of Technology, United States
  • Biogeography and seasonal variation disentangled in microbial meta-communities of five connected lakes
Christopher Weisener, University of Windsor, Canada
  • Metatranscriptomic and metagenomic study of point source impacts on freshwater sediment microbial communities in Detroit River urban watershed
Qingyun Yan, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Decade-long repeatable seasonal diversity patterns of bacterioplankton communities in Lake Donghu
Jakob Zopfi, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Spatial heterogeneity of microbial community structures and biogeochemical processes in the pillow-like sediment structures of Lake Geneva
Convenors: Bill Hanage, Harvard University, United States

Speakers

Carla Lutz, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Long term intra-amoebal survival reduces virulence traits of Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Ryan Hunter, University of Minnesota, United States
  • Mucin-based cross-feeding in cystic fibrosis lung disease
Daniel Tamarit, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Origin and evolution of a specialised gene transfer agent
Matt Jones, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Probiotics for pathogens in light of invasion ecology
Convenors: Ramunas Stepanauskas, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, United States and Michael Wagner, University of Vienna, Austria

Speakers

Katy Hoffmann, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany
  • Ecophysiology of the JTB255 marine benthic group: a dominant bacterial clade in deep-sea sediments
Jen Nguyen, MIT, United States
  • The consequences of fluctuating nutrient environments on bacterial growth
Manu Tamminen, Eawag, Switzerland
  • Inferring microbial ecosystem structures by high-throughput single cell genomics
Tingting Yang, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Cell differentiations within individual cable bacteria
Convenors: Wolf-Dietrich Hardt, ETH Zurich, Switzerland and Staffan Kjelleberg, Nanyang Technical University, Singapore

Speakers

Tim Enke, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Microbial interactions on particles at the micro scale - a model system to answer ecosystem questions
Ilana Kolodkin-Gal, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  • Not so subtle: The role of a subpopulation of motile cells in Bacillus subtilis biofilms during interspecies competition
Scott Rice, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Spatial and temporal mapping of c-di-GMP during Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm development and dispersal
Silvio Waschina, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany
  • Metabolic network architecture- and carbon source-dependent trade-off in metabolite production costs
Convenors: Manuel Liebeke, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Germany and Aaron Wright, PNNL, United States

Speakers

Manuel Kleiner, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Assessing species biomass contributions in microbial communities via metaproteomics
Feiqiao Yu, Stanford University, United States
  • Microfluidic mini-metagenomics improve contig binning for the discovery of novel microbial organisms
Rachel Harris, Princeton University, United States
  • Elucidation of active players in biogeochemical cycling via fluorescent in situ hybridization of transcript-annealing molecular beacons (FISH-TAMB)
Xiaofan Jin, Stanford University, United States
  • Patterned biofilms for engineering synthetic microbial consortia
Convenors: David Berry, University of Vienna, Austria and Peter Turnbaugh, University of California, San Francisco, United States

Speakers

Aspen Reese, Duke University, United States
  • Antibiotics rapidly disturb the gut environment and microbiota, leading to reproducible succession
Libusha Kelly, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, United States
  • The gut microbiome drives individual differences in metabolism of an anti-cancer drug
Jay T. Lennon, Indiana University, United States
  • Metabolic activity of the skin microbiome: is our first line of defense sleeping on the job?
Tommi Vatanen, Broad Institute, United States
  • Variation in microbiome LPS immunogenicity contributes to autoimmunity in humans
Convenors: Ramon Massana, ICM Barcelona, Spain and Alexandra Worden, MBARI, United States

Speakers

François-Yves Bouget, Université Paris, France
  • Molecular mecanisms of eukaryotic marine picophytoplankton adaptation to low iron environments
John Pearman, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
  • Unraveling spatio-temporal patterns of diversity in microbial eukaryotes in the photic zone of the Red Sea
Mary Thaler, Université Laval, Canada
  • New insight into biotic interactions of planktonic microbial eukaryotes in the Arctic Ocean from winter-summer
Anna Vader, University Centre in Svalbard, Norway
  • Proteorhodopsins are abundantly expressed by microbial eukaryotes in a high-Arctic fjord
Convenors: Mary E. Lidstrom, University of Washington, United States and Colin Murrell, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom

Speakers

Philip Eickenbusch, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Deciphering microbial turnover of low-molecular-weight organic carbon substrates in sulfate-reducing and methanogenic sediments
Viola Krukenberg, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Germany
  • Metabolic potential of and interactions between phylogenetically distinct members of anaerobic methane-oxidizing consortia
Phillip Pope, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
  • Novel syntrophic populations dominate metabolism in methanogenic microbiomes
Alexander Probst, University of California, Berkeley, United States
  • Pathway preference for microbial carbon fixation as a function of geochemical conditions over a variety of subsurface environment types
Convenors: Svetlana Dedysh, Winogradsky Institute of Microbiology, Research Center of Biotechnology RAS, Russia and Peter Dunfield, University of Calgary, Canada

Speakers

Yoshiteru Aoi, Hiroshima University , Japan
  • Letting microorganisms escape from loneliness and grow
Sujatha Srinivasan, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, United States
  • Designer media: optimizing growth of fastidious bacteria using genome analysis and reconstruction of metabolic pathways
Anthony Neumann, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States
  • Isolation and ecological distribution of novel Fibrobacteres phylotypes in mammals
Bonita Lam, University of Southern California, United States
  • Electrochemical enrichment and isolation of novel marine microorganisms capable of extracellular electron transfer
Convenors: Christine Moissl-Eichinger, Medical University of Graz, Austria and David Stahl, University of Washington, United States

Speakers

Masaru Nobu, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, United States
  • Chasing the elusive Euryarchaeota class WSA2: genomes reveal a uniquely fastidious methyl-reducing methanogen
Rosa Leon Zayas, University of Delaware, United States
  • Microbial community analysis of the Costa Rica margin from a metagenomic perspective
Itzhak Mizrahi, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
  • Diet-induced changes of redox potential underlie compositional shifts in the rumen archaeal communities
Julian Taffner, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Metagenomic data provide new insights into plant-specific archaeal communities
Convenors: Paola Bonfante, University of Turin, Italy and Jillian Petersen, University of Vienna, Austria

Speakers

Manuel Aranda Lastra, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
  • Genome analysis of coral dinoflagellate symbionts highlights evolutionary adaptations to a symbiotic lifestyle
Monica Medina, Penn State University, United States
  • Coral holobiont genomics reveals potentially parasitic interactions once thought to be exclusively mutualistic
Torsten Thomas, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Evolution and function of eukaryotic-like proteins in microbial sponge symbionts
Gaëlle Bisch, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Bartonella-related bacteria in ants : a case of divergent evolution between pathogens and symbionts
Convenors: Vanessa Bailey, PNNL, United States and Etienne Yergeau, INRS - Armand-Frappier Institute, Canada

Speakers

Ida Karlsson, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
  • Protozoa as drivers for soil disease suppressiveness
Qirong Shen, Nanjing Agricultural University, China
  • Large scale enhancement of soil microbiome functionality consistently improves soil-born disease suppression
Robin Tecon, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • Cooperation in carbon source degradation shapes spatial self-organization of surface-attached microbial consortia
Maaike van Agtmaal, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Pesticide application drives microbial community composition, activity and migration in soil
Convenors: Steven Kembel, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada and Ashley Shade, Michigan State University, United States

Speakers

Jakob Russel, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Competition among culturable bacteria correlates with phylogenetic relatedness
Anna Székely, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Impact of soil leachate and soil bacteria on lake bacterial communities: habitat generalists are the best competitors
Kalin Vetsigian, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States
  • Diverse modes of eco-evolutionary dynamics in communities of antibiotic producing bacteria
Jizhong Zhou, University of Oklahoma, United States
  • Temperature mediates continental-scale diversity of microbes in forest soils
Convenors: Ian Head, Newcastle University, United Kingdom and Gerrit Voordouw, University of Calgary, Canada

Speakers

Alexander Eiler, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Novel dependencies and prokaryotic 'interactomes' in an alkane degrading bioreactor operating under methanogenic condition
Martin Krüger, BGR, Germany
  • Applications of microbial conversion of oil, coal and shales into methane - a potential future energy resource?
C.E. Victoria Collins, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Implications of nitrogen-fixation in methanogenic biodegradation of hydrocarbons in oil sands tailings
Lu Wang, Peking University, China
  • Diverse petroleum microbial community with hydrocarbon degradation function under high pressure anaerobic culture
Convenors: Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, Arizona State University, United States and Alexandre Soares Rosado, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Speakers

Emine Ertekin, Bogazici University, Turkey
  • A Rieske oxygenase detoxifies disinfectants in the environment
Maria Fernanda Campa, University of Tennessee/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, United States
  • Stream water microbial population resistance to biocides used in hydraulic fracturing fluids
Sofie Thijs, Hasselt University, Belgium
  • Isolation, functional characterisation and genomics-enabled discovery of bacterial catabolic adaptations for degradation of nitroaromatic contaminants in polluted soils
Yun Wang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  • Time-resolved analysis of a denitrifying quinoline-degrading microbial community revealed a core microbiome responsible for the degradation function
Convenors: Holger Daims, University of Vienna, Austria and David Richardson, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom

Speakers

Pawel Lycus, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
  • Have your cake and eat it too: bet-hedging as a fitness trait in the paradigm denitrifier Paracoccus denitrificans
Monica Conthe, TU Delft, the Netherlands
  • Life on N2O: on the ecophysiology of nitrous oxide respiration
David Vuono, Desert Research Institute, United States
  • Nitrate dissimilatory pathway selection depends on carbon concentration in a novel denitrifier/respiratory ammonifier, Intrasporangium calvum C5
Anja Kamp, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Intracellular nitrate in anaerobic nitrate metabolism of sinking diatom aggregates
Convenors: Liping Zhao, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Speakers

Simone S. Li, EMBL Heidelberg/University of New South Wales, Germany/Australia
  • Impact of faecal microbiota transplantation on microbial populations in the gut
Giovanni Bacci, University of Florence, Italy
  • The distribution pattern of metabolic modules and antibiotic resistance genes reveals differences in the airway microbiome of cystic fibrosis patients
Anna Heintz-Buschart, Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine, Luxembourg
  • Integrated multi-omic analysis of the human gastrointestinal microbiome in familial type 1 diabetes
Kaitlyn Oliphant, University of Guelph, Canada
  • Predicting allochthonous species incorporation into dysbiotic gut microbial ecosystems using a continuous culture (chemostat) model of the human distal gut
Convenors: Josh Neufeld, University of Waterloo, Canada and Lutgarde Raskin, University of Michigan, United States

Speakers

Shameen Jauffur, McGill University, Canada
  • Influent wastewater nitrifiers determine the population structure in activated sludge treatment systems
Katharina Kitzinger, University of Vienna, Austria
  • First isolation and genomic characterization of a Nitrotoga strain representing key nitrite-oxidizing Betaproteobacteria in wastewater treatment plants
Mathew Brown, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
  • Virus abundance dynamics and their biotic and abiotic interactions in a full scale activated sludge plant
Ben Oyserman, University of Wisconsin, United States
  • Ancestral genome reconstruction identifies the evolutionary basis for trait acquisition in polyphosphate accumulating bacteria
Convenors: Josh Neufeld, University of Waterloo, Canada and Lutgarde Raskin, University of Michigan, United States

Speakers

Mads Albertsen, Aalborg University, United States
  • Genome centric metagenomics in environmental biotechnology: past, present and future
Minjae Kim, Georgia Institute of Technology, Austria
  • Widely used benzalkonium chloride disinfectants co-select for bacterial antibiotic resistance
Lars Reier Bakken, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
  • Manipulation of soil microbial communities and their metabolism to reduce emissions of N2O
Emma Ransom-Jones, Bangor University, United Kingdom
  • Characterising cellulose-degrading microbial communities in landfill reveals a repository of unexplored biomass-degrading diversity
Robert Stedtfeld, Michigan State University, United States
  • Highly parallel qPCR and amplicon sequencing of antibiotic resistance genes in dairy cows treated for uterine infections
Convenors: Steven Allison, University of California, Irvine, United States and Gregory Dick, University of Michigan, United States

Speakers

Erin Bertrand, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Multi-omic insights into the role of temperature and iron availability in shaping coastal Southern Ocean microbial dynamics
Olivia Mason, Florida State University, United States
  • Omics analyses reveal microbial community function in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill deep-sea plume and in surface sediments
Sandra Phoma, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Disentangling the drivers of taxonomic and functional community in the Southern ocean
Monica Vasquez, P. Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile
  • Cellular localization of putative FtsQ-like protein during cell division in Anabaena sp. PCC7120
Convenors: Steven Allison, University of California, Irvine, United States and Gregory Dick, University of Michigan, United States

Speakers

Lei Cheng, Zhejiang University, China
  • Experimental warming drives millennia-old soil organic matter decomposition in a grassland
Susannah Tringe, DOE Joint Genome Institute, United States
  • Wetland microbial community response to restoration
Convenors: Ed DeLong, University of Hawaii, Manoa, United States and Ken Takai, JAMSTEC, Japan

Speakers

Rohan Sachdeva, University of Southern California, United States
  • Multi-year patterns of high-resolution specific activities of sympatric microbial populations in an oxygen minimum zone
Samuel Chaffron, KU Leuven, VIB, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Plankton networks driving carbon export in the oligotrophic ocean
Adrien Assie, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Germany
  • An alternative pathway for inorganic carbon fixation in epsilonproteobacterial epibionts of deep-sea Bathymodiolus mussels
Steven Biller, MIT, United States
  • Extracellular vesicle production by marine bacteria: release rates and DNA packaging
Convenors: Kirsten Küsel, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany and Derek Lovley, University of Massachusetts, United States

Speakers

Axel Aigle, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
  • Connection between nitrogen and manganese cycles in Shewanella algae C6G3 isolated from coastal marine sediments
Cornelia List, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
  • Mechanism(s) of electron transfer during iron reduction by Clostridium acetobutylicum
Elisabeth Carlier, Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, France
  • Gut methylmercury production of herbivorous and piscivorous freshwater fish from Cazaux-Sanguinet Lake (South-Western France)
Alexandre Poulain , University of Ottawa, Canada
  • A physiological role for mercury during phototrophic growth
Convenors: Craig Cary, University of Waikato, New Zealand and Lyle Whyte, McGill University, Canada

Speakers

Insa Bakenhus, University of Oldenburg, Germany
  • Bacterioplankton biogeography and activity patterns in the Southern Ocean
Oliver Müller, University of Bergen, Norway
  • From freeze to thaw: implications of changing Arctic soil communities
Tom O. Delmont, University of Chicago, United States
  • High-resolution genomics reveals the acclimation and evolutionary responses of a polar Pseudo-Nitzschia population to environmental changes
Vani Mohit, Laval University, Canada
  • Characterization of a newly discovered class of microbial mats at the top of the world
Convenors: Sylvain Moineau, Université Laval, Canada and David Prangishvili, Pasteur Institute, France

Speakers

Lars Hansen, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Characterisation of a new phage genus with a remarkable defense mechanism
Shaman Narayanasamy, Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine, Luxembourg
  • Metagenomic and metatranscriptomic analyses of CRISPR-Cas dynamics within a mixed microbial community
Edze Westra, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
  • Phage densities tip the balance in the evolution of distinct host immune strategies
Feng Chen, University of Maryland, United States
  • Phage infection of an estuarine Synechococcus leads to massive shutdown of genomic island genes

Speakers

Jamie W. Becker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
  • Co-culture of Prochlorococcus and SAR11: Insights from the most abundant carbon cycling duo on Earth
Tom Berben, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • A transcriptomics study of sulfur metabolism in the haloalkaliphilic sulfur-oxidizing bacterium Thioalkalivibrio thiocyanoxidans ARh 2T
Jesse McNichol, MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, United States
  • Primary productivity and ecology of the subseafloor biosphere at deep-sea hydrothermal vents, 9 degrees North, East Pacific Rise
Lars Schreiber, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Disguised as sulfate-reducers - lessons from a sulfur disproportionator and cable bacteria
Convenors: Yahai Lu, Peking University, China and Julia Vorholt, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Speakers

Isabelle Laforest-Lapointe, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
  • Plant-associated bacterial diversity impacts tree productivity in a biodiversity experiment
Denis Faure, I2BC, France
  • Up and down regulation of the horizontal gene transfer within the hosted pathogenic microbiota
Andrew Crombie, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
  • Biodegradation of isoprene, a much neglected atmospheric trace gas
Manabu Kanno, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
  • Potential significance of atmospheric H2 scavenging on plant-microbe interactions: ecophysiological aspects of plant-associated high-affinity H2-oxidizing streptomycetes
Convenors: Martin Embley, Newcastle University, United Kingdom and Phil Arevalo, MIT, United States

Speakers

Maren Friesen, Michigan State University, United States
  • Adaptive variation and biogeographic patterns in the pangenome of symbiotic Mesorhizobium adapted to serpentine soils
Sanne Westhoff, Leiden University, the Netherlands
  • Experimental evolution of no-cost resistance at sub-MIC concentrations of streptomycin in Streptomyces coelicolor
Ruth Herschberg, Technion, Israel
  • The antibiotic-independent evolution of antibiotic resistance
Frank Maixner, EURAC Research, Institute for Mummies and the Iceman, Italy
  • The 5,300-year-old Helicobacter pylori genome of the Iceman
Convenors: Thulani Makhalanyane, University of Pretoria, South Africa and Ramon Rossello Mora, Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies, Spain

Speakers

Anne Daebeler, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Physiological and genomic characterization of alkaliphilic nitrite-oxidizing bacteria from Austrian saline lakes
Hakon Dahle, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Microbial responses to shifting energy landscapes in hydrothermal systems
Nina Dombrowski, University of Texas at Austin, United States
  • Comparative metagenomics uncovers the functional potential of bacteria from deep-sea hydrothermal vent and estuary sediments
Xiang Xiao, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  • Is depth at origin really essential for hydrostatic pressure preference? The results of evolution to cross-stress adaptations
Convenors: Manabu Fukui, Hokkaido University, Japan and Michaela Salcher, Biology Centre of the ASCR, Institute of Hydrobiology, Czech Republic

Speakers

Mia Bengtsson, University of Greifswald, Germany
  • Dispersal facilitates local adaptation of planktonic bacteria and microbial eukaryotes in lakes
Sarahi L. Garcia, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Auxotrophy and metabolic complementarity of abundant freshwater bacteria in model communities
Jim Moran, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, United States
  • Diel carbon flow dynamics within a structured photoautotrophic community highlights controls on spatial migration and taxonomic exchange of fresh carbon
Jérôme P. Payet, Oregon State University, United States
  • Comparative metatranscriptomics and metagenomics of riverine microbial community response to changes in dissolved organic matter composition
Convenors: Bill Hanage, Harvard University, United States

Speakers

Isabel Frost, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • The evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacterial colonies
Marilou Sison-Mangus, University of California Santa Cruz, United States
  • Host genotype specific microbiota do not influence the susceptibility of Daphnia magna to a bacterial pathogen
Robert Quinn, University of California San Diego, United States
  • Modeling dynamics of the cystic fibrosis microbiome in a lung bronchiole microcosm
Stineke van Houte, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
  • The diversity-generating benefits of a prokaryotic adaptive immune system
Convenors: Ramunas Stepanauskas, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, United States and Michael Wagner, University of Vienna, Austria

Speakers

Jordan Bird, University of Tennessee, United States
  • Comparative genomics expands the phylogeny and functional diversity of candidate order Altiarchaeales to its cosmopolitan sub-clades
Moritz Buck, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Functional phylogenies and genome fluidity of superphylum Parcubacteria
Osnat Gillor, Ben Gurion University, Israel
  • Bet hedging in bacteriocin producing populations: the single cell outlook
Alyse Hawley, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Single-cell genomics reveals co-metabolic interactions within uncultivated Marine Group A bacteria
Convenors: Wolf-Dietrich Hardt, ETH Zurich, Switzerland and Staffan Kjelleberg, Nanyang Technical University, Singapore

Speakers

Thorsten Brinkhoff, University of Oldenburg, Germany
  • Signaling and antibiotic production of Phaeobacter inhibens affect colonization of phytoplankton by natural bacterial communities
Felix Goldschmidt, ETH Zurich/EAWAG, Switzerland
  • Metabolic interactions promote spatial population diversity in expanding microbial populations
Fan Lü, Tongji University, China
  • Improving biological carbon chain elongation with conductive carbon material: unique morphology of microbial ecology
Konstanze Schiessl, Columbia University, United States
  • The influence of resource gradients on cooperation and competition in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms
Convenors: Manuel Liebeke, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Germany and Aaron Wright, PNNL, United States

Speakers

Jean-Baptiste Raina, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • An in situ microfluidic approach for investigating the chemical interactions between marine microbes
Christian Sieber, DOE Joint Genome Institute, United States
  • A novel method to reconstruct thousands of near complete genomes from metagenomes
Hsiao-Ying Cheng, Rice University, United States
  • Programming microbes to report on quorum sensing dynamics in soil by producing a volatile gas
Jimena Barrero Canosa, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Germany
  • Direct-geneFISH: A simplified protocol for the simultaneous detection and quantification of genes and rRNA in microorganisms
Convenors: David Berry, University of Vienna, Austria and Peter Turnbaugh, University of California, San Francisco, United States

Speakers

Jens Walter, University of Alberta, Canada
  • The importance of colonization history in gut microbiota assembly
Damian Rafal Plichta, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Transcriptional interactions lead to niche segregation among microbes in the human gut
Madison Cox, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States
  • Altering the ruminal bacterial community via whole-rumen contents exchange affects milk production efficiency in dairy cows
Thomas Clavel, TU Munich, Germany
  • The mouse intestinal bacterial collection (miBC): host-specific insight into cultivable diversity and genomic novelty of the mouse gut microbiome
Convenors: Ramon Massana, ICM Barcelona, Spain and Alexandra Worden, MBARI, United States

Speakers

Eric Capo, CARRTEL, INRA, University Savoie Mont Blanc, France
  • Tracking a century of change in lacustrine microbial eukaryotes driven by local and global forcings
Pernille Bronken Eidesen, The University Centre in Svalbard, Norway
  • Spatial diversity and community composition of root-associated fungi in the High Arctic archipelago Svalbard - environmental influence is scale-dependent
Hans-Peter Grossart, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Germany
  • Ecology of fungal parasites on phytoplankton
Ari Jumpponen, Kansas State University, United States
  • Rapid soil fungal community responses to fires of variable intensities
Convenors: Mary E. Lidstrom, University of Washington, United States and Colin Murrell, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom

Speakers

Mette M. Svenning, University of Tromsø, Norway
  • Regulatory and evolutionary temperature adaptations in globally important methane oxidizing bacteria of the genus Methylobacter
Caitlin Singleton, Australian Centre for Ecogenomics, Australia
  • Methanotrophy across a climate critical thaw environment
Zhongjun Jia, Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences , China
  • Conventional methanotrophs are responsible for atmospheric methane oxidation in paddy soils
Annelies Veraart, NIOO-KNAW, Netherlands
  • A trait-based approach to predict aerobic methane oxidation under environmental change
Convenors: Svetlana Dedysh, Winogradsky Institute of Microbiology, Research Center of Biotechnology RAS, Russia and Peter Dunfield, University of Calgary, Canada

Speakers

Hirotsugu Fujitani, Waseda University, Japan
  • Direct isolation of microcolonies from activated sludge opens the window of unrecognized genus Nitrosomonas as ammonia oxidizers
Marcus Tank, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
  • Disclosing the hidden diversity of chlorophotrophic bacteria and their specific relation to oxygen in two alkaline hot spring microbial mats in Yellowstone National Park
Nozomi Nakahara, Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan
  • Cultivation of previously uncultured Chloroflexi, a bacterial dark matter in subseafloor biosphere
S. Emil Ruff, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Transient exposure to oxygen and nitrate reveals ecophysiology of enigmatic benthic anaerobes
Convenors: Christine Moissl-Eichinger, Medical University of Graz, Austria and David Stahl, University of Washington, United States

Speakers

Andy Leu, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Understanding the metabolic potential of ANME-2d and its role in anaerobic methane oxidation coupled to metal reduction
Gunter Wegener, HGF-MPG Group for Deep Sea Ecology and Technology, Germany
  • A novel archaeal-bacterial consortium that couples butane oxidation to the reduction of sulfate
Cassandre Lazar, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany
  • Ecophysiology of uncultured Archaea in groundwater and carbonate rocks
Morten Simonsen Dueholm, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • The tubular sheaths encasing Methanosaeta and Methanospirillum filaments are functional amyloids
Convenors: Paola Bonfante, University of Turin, Italy and Jillian Petersen, University of Vienna, Austria

Speakers

Heidi Horn, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States
  • Mass spectrometry imaging reveals differential chemical response to pathogens in an ancient ant-microbe symbiosis
Wen-Sui Lo, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
  • Horizontal gene transfer in mosquito-associated Spiroplasma and its implication in the evolution of facultative symbionts
Stephan Schmitz-Esser, Iowa State University, United States
  • Transcriptome sequencing reveals insights into the genetic basis of Cardinium hertigii-caused cytoplasmic incompatibility
Laura-Carlota Paz, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Biparental transmission of Verminephrobacter symbionts in the earthworm Aporrectodea tuberculata (Lumbricidae)
Convenors: Vanessa Bailey, PNNL, United States and Etienne Yergeau, INRS - Armand-Frappier Institute, Canada

Speakers

Stephanie A. Eichorst, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Exploring the niches of cellulose degradation in a forested soil - from the process to the single-cell scale
Wyatt Hartmann, DOE Joint Genome Institute, United States
  • Coupling of belowground carbon cycling and stoichiometry from organisms to ecosystems along a soil C gradient under rice cultivation
Roland Wilhelm, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Multi-omic analyses reveal long-term impacts of timber harvesting on soil microbial communities at reforested sites across North America
Fernando Andreote, University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • The composition of soil microbiome determines the colonization of plant roots by arbuscular mychorrizal fungi
Convenors: Vanessa Bailey, PNNL, United States and Etienne Yergeau, INRS - Armand-Frappier Institute, Canada

Speakers

Aurélie Deveau, INRA, France
  • Black truffles as a model in microbial ecology to analyse fungal-bacterial interactions
Walid Horrigue, INRA Dijon, France
  • Predictive models of abundance and diversity of soil microbial communities
Andrea Lohberger, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • Enhanced access to organic nitrogen as a direct benefit in the interaction of the fungus Morchella crassipes with soil bacteria
Steven McBride, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, United States
  • Effects of quorum sensing manipulation and litter recalcitrance on soil microbial ecology and metabolism
Laura Meredith, University of Arizona, United States
  • Microbial, physical and chemical drivers of COS and 18O-CO2 exchange in soils
Kristin Schulz-Bohm, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, the Netherlands
  • A fragrant neighborhood: volatile mediated bacterial interactions in soil
Søren J. Sørensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Coping with copper: legacy effect of copper on potential activity of soil bacteria following a century of exposure
Hamed Azarbad, INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier, Canada
  • Stability of (metal-tolerant) microbial communities towards additional stressors
Convenors: Steven Kembel, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada and Ashley Shade, Michigan State University, United States

Speakers

Antonis Chatzinotas, Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany
  • Effects of micropredators with distinct prey ranges on the coexistence and adaptation of bacterial prey
Stephanie D. Jurburg, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Autogenic succession drives deterministic recovery in soil bacteria
Jennifer Bowen, University of Massachusetts Boston, United States
  • Testing controls on microbial dormancy in highly diverse salt marsh systems
Kenneth Locey, Indiana University, United States
  • Scaling laws predict global microbial diversity
Convenors: Ian Head, Newcastle University, United Kingdom and Gerrit Voordouw, University of Calgary, Canada

Speakers

Adrien Vigneron, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
  • Impact of water flooding on the succession of oil reservoir microbial communities and metabolic potential in a complex North Sea oilfield
Casey Hubert, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Temperature shifts simulating seawater injection for secondary oil recovery trigger the germination of endospore-forming Firmicutes
Tekle Tafese Fida, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Limited thermophilicity of nitrite reduction and implications for control of sulfide production in oil reservoirs
Mikayla Borton, The Ohio State University, United States
  • Microbial methylamine metabolisms conserved in geographically distinct hydraulically fractured shale wells
Convenors: Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, Arizona State University, United States and Alexandre Soares Rosado, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Speakers

Noa Balaban, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
  • Can structure analysis of microbial populations in aquifers explain the persistence of organo-brominated compounds?
Max Häggblom, Rutgers University, United States
  • Genomic characterization of a Ruminococcaceae species that mediates O-demethylation of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE)
Marcus A. Horn, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
  • Earthworm enhanced mineralization of 4-chloro-2-methylphenoxyacetic acid: uncultured Planctomycetaceae and Sphingomonadaceae as key players
Yoshida Naoko, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Unprecedented high dechlorination activity by reductive dehalogenase extensively expressed from a large plasmid of Geobacter sp. AY
Convenors: Holger Daims, University of Vienna, Austria and David Richardson, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom

Speakers

Jessika Fuessel, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Metabolic flexibility allows a ubiquitous marine nitrite-oxidizer to compete by sulfide oxidation and partial denitrification
Maria Mooshammer, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Cyanate - an overlooked energy and nitrogen source in natural and engineered environments?
Sebastian Lücker, Radboud University, the Netherlands
  • Metabolic labor united - complete nitrification by a single microorganism
Norisuke Ushiki, Waseda University, Japan
  • Comparative genomic analysis of phylogenetically distinct two Nitrospira strains isolated from a wastewater treatment plant
Convenors: Peer Bork, EMBL, Germany and Liping Zhao, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Speakers

Feng Zhang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  • Modulation of gut microbiota contributes to improve glucose homeostasis of patients with type 2 diabetes
Elisa Margolis, Seattle Children's Hospital, United States
  • Microbiome dynamics: causality detection with cross convergent mapping
Joshua Ladau, Gladstone Institutes, United States
  • The human gut microbiome is geographically unstructured across the United States
Justine W. Debelius, University of California San Diego, United States
  • Citizen science, population scale poop, and other adventures of the American Gut Project
Convenors: Josh Neufeld, University of Waterloo, Canada and Lutgarde Raskin, University of Michigan, United States

Speakers

Yujie Men, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States
  • Roles played by ammonia oxidizers of a nitrifiying activated sludge community in micropollutant biotransformation as evidenced by inhibition experiments
Sarah O'Sullivan, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
  • High-throughput characterisation of single-ecosystems: anaerobic granules in "micro-sequencing batch reactors"
Rasmus Hansen Kirkegaard, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Immigration has a large impact on the observed microbial community in anaerobic digesters
Magdalena Calusinska, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg
  • What is behind the dominance of single populations in the core microbiome of anaerobic bioreactors?
Talitha Santini, The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Microbial community assembly in engineered haloalkaline environments and implications for development of bioremediation strategies
Christine Sharp, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Naturally-occurring phototrophic communities increase the productivity and decrease the cost of carbon capture systems as compared to axenic cultures
Convenors: Steven Allison, University of California, Irvine, United States and Gregory Dick, University of Michigan, United States

Speakers

Mary Lipton, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, United States
  • Deciphering microbial community interactions through succession
Chris Brown, University of California, Berkeley, United States
  • In situ growth rates of bacteria from the candidate phyla radiation, a massive monophyletic group of putatively symbiotic bacteria
Malte Herold, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Integrated multi-omics for understanding niche ecology of distinct populations in microbial consortia
Laura Hug, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Diverse metabolism and lifestyles inferred for aquifer-associated Elusimicrobia, a phylum previously considered to comprise host-associated bacteria
Lily Khadempour, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States
  • Metaproteomic analysis reveals a substrate-specific response of leaf-cutter ants' fungal cultivar
Damian Rivett, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Whole genome sequencing provides a platform for elucidating mechanisms in experimental bacterial ecology
Convenors: Ed DeLong, University of Hawaii, Manoa, United States and Ken Takai, JAMSTEC, Japan

Speakers

Nikos Kyrpides, DOE Joint Genome Institute, United States
  • Uncovering Earth’s Virome
Laura Gómez-Consarnau, University of Southern California, United States
  • Quantifying Proteorhodopsin in the sea
Bethany C. Kolody, University of California San Diego, United States
  • In situ robotic sampling of coherent populations of surface ocean microbial eukaryotes reveals new insights into diel partitioning of community metabolism
Greta Reintjes, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Germany
  • The advantage of being selfish in marine surface waters
Convenors: Kirsten Küsel, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany and Derek Lovley, University of Massachusetts, United States

Speakers

Jasmine Berg, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology , Germany
  • Intensive cryptic microbial Fe cycling in a low Fe environment
Olivia Healy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, United States
  • Dissimilatory nitrate reduction to ammonium coupled to iron(II) oxidation by an autotrophic, moderately acidophilic Geobacter sp. FeAm09
Stefan Bertilsson, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Interactive chemical and biological control of mercury methylation in lake sediments
Zheng Shiling , Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Co-occurrence of Methanosarcina mazei and Geobacteraceae in an iron (III)-reducing enrichment culture
Convenors: Craig Cary, University of Waikato, New Zealand and Lyle Whyte , McGill University, Canada

Speakers

Richard Campen, Middlebury College, United States
  • Drilling into an englacial conduit to investigate the geomicrobiology of the source of Blood Falls, Antarctica
Rachael Morgan-Kiss, Miami University, United States
  • Diversity and function of microbial eukaryotes from chemically stratified, permanently ice-covered lakes (McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica)
Trista Vick-Majors, Montana State University, United States
  • Microbial physiology in subglacial aquatic environments: an unexplored part of the low-energy biosphere
Catherine Larose, Université de Lyon, France
  • Carbon and temperature effects on microbial communities living in the snow
Convenors: Sylvain Moineau, Université Laval, Canada and David Prangishvili, Pasteur Institute, France

Speakers

Nicole Webster, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia
  • Reef holobiont viromics
Simon Roux, The Ohio State University, United States
  • Ecogenomics and biogeochemical impacts of uncultivated, globally abundant ocean viruses
Cynthia Silveira, San Diego State University, United States
  • Piggyback-the-winner: lytic to temperate switching of viral communities
Julia Gustavsen, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Network analysis reveals the strong role of the environment in structuring microbial communities in a estuarine environment
Convenors: Yahai Lu, Peking University, China and Julia Vorholt, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Speakers

Sur Herrera Paredes, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States
  • Synthetic bacterial communities to dissect and engineer bacterial contributions to plant phenotypes
Alexandre Jousset, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
  • Priority effects determine rhizosphere microbiome assembly and functioning
Johan Leveau, University of California Davis, United States
  • Use of artificial leaf surfaces for improved mechanistic understanding of microbial colonization of the phyllosphere
Barbara Drigo, University of Western Sydney, Australia
  • Trading nutrients between drought-tolerant mycorrhizae and hyphae-associated microbes