Dana E Hunt
Assistant Professor of Microbial EcologyMy research focus is on understanding the ecology of microbes through examination of their genes and lifestyles. Bacteria are the most diverse organisms on earth and play a pivotal role in planetary cycling of nutrients and energy. Yet, we have a poor understanding of the factors that drive their diversity and dynamics in the environment. The lab's emphasis is on studying bacterial interactions with the environment at the appropriate temporal and spatial scale including the effect of temperature changes on bacterial populations and bacterial interactions with other organisms. Another area of active research is the response and adaptation of bacteria to emerging pollutants such as antibiotics and nanoparticles.
Appointments and Affiliations
- Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology
- Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology
- Office Location: 135 Duke Marine Lab Rd, Beaufort, NC 28516
- Office Phone: (252) 504-7542
- Email Address: email@example.com
- Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008
global change ecology
- BIOLOGY 293A: Research Independent Study
- BIOLOGY 319A: Coastal Watershed Science and Policy
- BIOLOGY 380LA: Marine Molecular Microbiology
- BIOLOGY 493A: Research Independent Study
- ENVIRON 321A: Coastal Watershed Science and Policy
- ENVIRON 383LA: Marine Molecular Microbiology
- ENVIRON 393A: Research Independent Study
- ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects
- ENVIRON 822A: Coastal Watershed and Policy
- ENVIRON 825LA: Marine Molecular Microbiology
- ENVIRON 849A: Doctoral Student Seminar and Professional Development
- ENVIRON 899: Master's Project
- EOS 393A: Research Independent Study
In the News
- Local Factors Cause Dramatic Spikes In Coastal Ocean Acidity (Dec 30, 2013)
- Ward, CS; Yung, C-M; Davis, KM; Blinebry, SK; Williams, TC; Johnson, ZI; Hunt, DE, Annual community patterns are driven by seasonal switching between closely related marine bacteria., The ISME Journal, vol 11 no. 6 (2017), pp. 1412-1422 [10.1038/ismej.2017.4] [abs].
- McMurray, SE; Johnson, ZI; Hunt, DE; Pawlik, JR; Finelli, CM, Selective feeding by the giant barrel sponge enhances foraging efficiency, Limnology and oceanography, vol 61 no. 4 (2016), pp. 1271-1286 [10.1002/lno.10287] [abs].
- Yung, C-M; Ward, CS; Davis, KM; Johnson, ZI; Hunt, DE, Insensitivity of Diverse and Temporally Variable Particle-Associated Microbial Communities to Bulk Seawater Environmental Parameters., Applied and environmental microbiology, vol 82 no. 11 (2016), pp. 3431-3437 [10.1128/aem.00395-16] [abs].
- Yung, C-M; Vereen, MK; Herbert, A; Davis, KM; Yang, J; Kantorowska, A; Ward, CS; Wernegreen, JJ; Johnson, ZI; Hunt, DE, Thermally adaptive tradeoffs in closely related marine bacterial strains., Environmental Microbiology, vol 17 no. 7 (2015), pp. 2421-2429 [10.1111/1462-2920.12714] [abs].
- Hunt, DE; Ward, CS, A network-based approach to disturbance transmission through microbial interactions., Frontiers in Microbiology, vol 6 (2015) [10.3389/fmicb.2015.01182] [abs].