Dana E Hunt

Hunt

Associate Professor of Microbial Ecology

My 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

  • Associate Professor of Microbial Ecology
  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 135 Duke Marine Lab Rd, Beaufort, NC 28516
  • Office Phone: (252) 504-7542
  • Email Address: dana.hunt@duke.edu
  • Websites:

Education

  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008

Courses Taught

  • BIOLOGY 293A: Research Independent Study
  • BIOLOGY 309A: Oceans in Human and Environmental Health
  • BIOLOGY 309DA: Oceans in Human and Environmental Health
  • BIOLOGY 319A: Coastal Watershed Science and Policy
  • BIOLOGY 493A: Research Independent Study
  • ENVIRON 309A: Oceans in Human and Environmental Health
  • ENVIRON 309DA: Oceans in Human and Environmental Health
  • ENVIRON 321A: Coastal Watershed Science and Policy
  • ENVIRON 393A: Research Independent Study
  • ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects
  • ENVIRON 729A: Oceans in Human and Environmental Health
  • ENVIRON 729DA: Oceans in Human and Environmental Health
  • ENVIRON 822A: Coastal Watershed and Policy
  • ENVIRON 886A: Current Topics in Marine Conservation
  • GLHLTH 309A: Oceans in Human and Environmental Health
  • GLHLTH 309DA: Oceans in Human and Environmental Health
  • MARSCI 309A: Oceans in Human and Environmental Health
  • MARSCI 321A: Coastal Watershed Science and Policy

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Duan, Y; Xie, N; Wang, Z; Johnson, ZI; Hunt, DE; Wang, G, Patchy Distributions and Distinct Niche Partitioning of Mycoplankton Populations across a Nearshore to Open Ocean Gradient., Microbiology Spectrum, vol 9 no. 3 (2021) [10.1128/spectrum.01470-21] [abs].
  • Ahern, OM; Whittaker, KA; Williams, TC; Hunt, DE; Rynearson, TA, Host genotype structures the microbiome of a globally dispersed marine phytoplankton., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol 118 no. 48 (2021) [10.1073/pnas.2105207118] [abs].
  • Bai, M; Xie, N; He, Y; Li, J; Collier, JL; Hunt, DE; Johnson, ZI; Jiao, N; Wang, G, Vertical community patterns of Labyrinthulomycetes protists reveal their potential importance in the oceanic biological pump., Environmental Microbiology (2021) [10.1111/1462-2920.15709] [abs].
  • Nayfach, S; Roux, S; Seshadri, R; Udwary, D; Varghese, N; Schulz, F; Wu, D; Paez-Espino, D; Chen, I-M; Huntemann, M; Palaniappan, K; Ladau, J; Mukherjee, S; Reddy, TBK; Nielsen, T; Kirton, E; Faria, JP; Edirisinghe, JN; Henry, CS; Jungbluth, SP; Chivian, D; Dehal, P; Wood-Charlson, EM; Arkin, AP; Tringe, SG; Visel, A; IMG/M Data Consortium, ; Woyke, T; Mouncey, NJ; Ivanova, NN; Kyrpides, NC; Eloe-Fadrosh, EA, A genomic catalog of Earth's microbiomes., Nature Biotechnology, vol 39 no. 4 (2021), pp. 499-509 [10.1038/s41587-020-0718-6] [abs].
  • Nayfach, S; Roux, S; Seshadri, R; Udwary, D; Varghese, N; Schulz, F; Wu, D; Paez-Espino, D; Chen, I-M; Huntemann, M; Palaniappan, K; Ladau, J; Mukherjee, S; Reddy, TBK; Nielsen, T; Kirton, E; Faria, JP; Edirisinghe, JN; Henry, CS; Jungbluth, SP; Chivian, D; Dehal, P; Wood-Charlson, EM; Arkin, AP; Tringe, SG; Visel, A; IMG/M Data Consortium, ; Woyke, T; Mouncey, NJ; Ivanova, NN; Kyrpides, NC; Eloe-Fadrosh, EA, Author Correction: A genomic catalog of Earth's microbiomes., Nature Biotechnology, vol 39 no. 4 (2021) [10.1038/s41587-021-00898-4] [abs].