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-1: Research Independent Study
  • BIOLOGY 293A: Research Independent Study
  • BIOLOGY 308A: Oceans in Human and Environmental Health
  • BIOLOGY 319A: Coastal Watershed Science and Policy
  • BIOLOGY 380LA: Marine Molecular Microbiology
  • BIOLOGY 493A: Research Independent Study
  • ENERGY 396-1: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
  • ENERGY 396: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
  • ENERGY 796-1: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
  • ENERGY 796: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
  • ENVIRON 308A: Oceans in Human and Environmental Health
  • 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
  • EOS 393A: Research Independent Study
  • GLHLTH 308A: Oceans in Human and Environmental Health

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Wang, Z; Juarez, DL; Pan, J-F; Blinebry, SK; Gronniger, J; Clark, JS; Johnson, ZI; Hunt, DE, Microbial communities across nearshore to offshore coastal transects are primarily shaped by distance and temperature., Environmental Microbiology, vol 21 no. 10 (2019), pp. 3862-3872 [10.1111/1462-2920.14734] [abs].
  • Ward, CS; Pan, J-F; Colman, BP; Wang, Z; Gwin, CA; Williams, TC; Ardis, A; Gunsch, CK; Hunt, DE, Conserved Microbial Toxicity Responses for Acute and Chronic Silver Nanoparticle Treatments in Wetland Mesocosms., Environmental Science & Technology, vol 53 no. 6 (2019), pp. 3268-3276 [10.1021/acs.est.8b06654] [abs].
  • Duan, Y; Xie, N; Song, Z; Ward, CS; Yung, C-M; Hunt, DE; Johnson, ZI; Wang, G, A High-Resolution Time Series Reveals Distinct Seasonal Patterns of Planktonic Fungi at a Temperate Coastal Ocean Site (Beaufort, North Carolina, USA)., Applied and Environmental Microbiology, vol 84 no. 21 (2018) [10.1128/AEM.00967-18] [abs].
  • Zhang, T; Pan, J-F; Hunt, DE; Chen, M; Wang, B, Organic matter modifies biochemical but not most behavioral responses of the clam Ruditapes philippinarum to nanosilver exposure., Marine Environmental Research, vol 133 (2018), pp. 105-113 [10.1016/j.marenvres.2017.10.016] [abs].
  • 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].