Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Noah Fierer

Noah Fierer

Microbial ecology. Terrestrial ecosystem ecology. Microbial biogeography. Impact of global change factors on microbial communities and processes.


Current Research

A microbial perspective on air quality

Microbes are ubiquitous and abundant in the atmosphere. There are typically millions of bacterial and fungal cells per cubic meter of air, and we inhale these microbes every time we step outside. Although most of these microbes are harmless, some can cause disease in livestock, plants, and humans. For the 10 percent of the U.S. population who suffers from asthma, airborne microbes are particularly important given that they are common triggers of allergies and allergenic asthma.

Despite the well-recognized importance of airborne microbes, the microbial diversity found in the near-surface atmosphere remains poorly studied. We have a limited understanding of the spatial variability in airborne bacterial and fungal communities and what factors influence this variability. In particular, we do not know how climatic conditions, surrounding land-use types, and proximity to point sources influence microbial air quality.

To address these knowledge gaps, my group has been using recent advances in high-throughput DNA sequencing to describe bacterial and fungal diversity in dust samples collected outside 1,500 homes located throughout the United States. These samples were collected as part of a unique citizen-science project (http://homes.yourwildlife. org/) that offers an opportunity for people across the United States to participate in the scientific process. This broad-scale survey has not only allowed us to build the first maps of airborne bacterial and fungal diversity across the United States, but we also have been able to quantify how environmental conditions outside the home influence the relative abundances of bacteria and fungi found in the atmosphere.

For example, we have shown that fungal diversity varies in a predictable manner across the U.S. and that we can use information on the hundreds of fungal taxa found in individual dust samples to identify the geographic origin of that sample. Likewise, we have shown how proximity to point sources of bacteria (including livestock enclosures) can be determined by analyzing the types of bacteria found in dust samples. Current work is focused on understanding the distributions of specific microbial pathogens and allergens so we can begin to predict how climate change or land-use change may alter the relative abundances of these taxa in the near-surface atmosphere.


Map showing the relative abundance of fungi belonging to the Alternaria genus from house dust samples collected across the United States. Alternaria is a group of interest as it is one of the main triggers of allergies and allergenic asthma. Darker colors indicate higher relative abundances.


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  • Stopnisek, N, D Zuhlke, A Carlier, A Barberan, N Fierer, D Becher, K Riedel, L Eberl and L Weisskopf (2016), Molecular mechanisms underlying the close association between soil Burkholderia and fungi. ISME J. Version: 1 10 (1) 253-264, issn: 1751-7362, ids: CY8PR, doi: 10.1038/ismej.2015.73, PubMed ID: 25989372
  • Leff, JW, P Del Tredici, WE Friedman and N Fierer (2015), Spatial structuring of bacterial communities within individual Ginkgo biloba trees. Environ. Microbiol. Version: 1 17 (7) 2352-2361, issn: 1462-2912, ids: CN0OX, doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.12695, PubMed ID: 25367625
  • Bergmann, GT, JM Craine, MS Robeson and N Fierer (2015), Seasonal Shifts in Diet and Gut Microbiota of the American Bison (Bison bison). PLoS One Version: 1 10 (11) , Art. No. e0142409, issn: 1932-6203, ids: CV7UL, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0142409, PubMed ID: 26562019
  • Barberan, A, KL McGuire, JA Wolf, FA Jones, SJ Wright, BL Turner, A Essene, SP Hubbell, BC Faircloth and N Fierer (2015), Relating belowground microbial composition to the taxonomic, phylogenetic, and functional trait distributions of trees in a tropical forest. Ecol. Lett. Version: 1 18 (12) 1397-1405, issn: 1461-023X, ids: CV8GI, doi: 10.1111/ele.12536, PubMed ID: 26472095
  • Aleklett, K, J Leff, N Fierer and M Hart (2015), Wild plant species growing closely connected in a subalpine meadow host distinct root-associated bacterial communities. PeerJ Version: 1 3 , Art. No. e804, issn: 2167-8359, ids: CD0IJ, doi: 10.7717/peerj.804, PubMed ID: 25755932
  • Prober, SM, JW Leff, ST Bates, ET Borer, J Firn, WS Harpole, EM Lind, EW Seabloom, PB Adler, JD Bakker, EE Cleland, NM DeCrappeo, E DeLorenze, N Hagenah, Y Hautier, KS Hofmockel, KP Kirkman, JMH Knops, KJ La Pierre, AS MacDougall, RL McCulley, CE Mitchell, AC Risch, M Schuetz, CJ Stevens, RJ Williams and N Fierer (2015), Plant diversity predicts beta but not alpha diversity of soil microbes across grasslands worldwide. Ecol. Lett. Version: 1 18 (1) 85-95, issn: 1461-023X, ids: AW7SJ, doi: 10.1111/ele.12381, PubMed ID: 25430889
  • Aanderud, ZT, SE Jones, N Fierer and JT Lennon (2015), Resuscitation of the rare boisphere contributes to pulses of ecosystem activity. Front. Microbiol. Version: 1 6 , Art. No. 24, issn: 1664-302X, ids: CA7NE, doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.00024, PubMed ID: 25688238
  • Emerson, JB, PB Keady, TE Brewer, N Clements, EE Morgan, J Awerbuch, SL Miller and N Fierer (2015), Impacts of Flood Damage on Airborne Bacteria and Fungi in Homes after the 2013 Colorado Front Range Flood. Environ. Sci. Technol. Version: 1 49 (5) 2675-2684, issn: 0013-936X, ids: CC8IH, doi: 10.1021/es503845j, PubMed ID: 25643125
  • McGuire, KL, H D'Angelo, FQ Brearley, SM Gedallovich, N Babar, N Yang, CM Gillikin, R Gradoville, C Bateman, BL Turner, P Mansor, JW Leff and N Fierer (2015), Responses of Soil Fungi to Logging and Oil Palm Agriculture in Southeast Asian Tropical Forests. Microb. Ecol. Version: 1 69 (4) 733-747, issn: 0095-3628, ids: CG4YP, doi: 10.1007/s00248-014-0468-4, PubMed ID: 25149283
  • Barberan, A, J Ladau, JW Leff, KS Pollard, HL Menninger, RR Dunn and N Fierer (2015), Continental-scale distributions of dust-associated bacteria and fungi. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. Version: 1 112 (18) 5756-5761, issn: 0027-8424, ids: CH3TS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1420815112, PubMed ID: 25902536
  • Leff, JW, SE Jones, SM Prober, A Barberan, ET Borer, JL Firn, WS Harpole, SE Hobbie, KS Hofmockel, JMH Knops, RL McCulley, K La Pierre, AC Risch, EW Seabloom, M Schutz, C Steenbock, CJ Stevens and N Fierer (2015), Consistent responses of soil microbial communities to elevated nutrient inputs in grasslands across the globe. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. Version: 1 112 (35) 10967-10972, issn: 0027-8424, ids: CQ1TV, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1508382112, PubMed ID: 26283343
  • Grantham, NS, BJ Reich, K Pacifici, EB Laber, HL Menninger, JB Henley, A Barberan, JW Leff, N Fierer and RR Dunn (2015), Fungi Identify the Geographic Origin of Dust Samples. PLoS One Version: 1 10 (4) , Art. No. e0122605, issn: 1932-6203, ids: CF8XK, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0122605, PubMed ID: 25875229
  • Edmonds-Wilson, SL, NI Nurinova, CA Zapka, N Fierer and M Wilson (2015), Review of human hand microbiome research. J. Dermatol. Sci. Version: 1 80 (1) 3-12, issn: 0923-1811, ids: CW7BO, doi: 10.1016/j.jdermsci.2015.07.006, PubMed ID: 26278471
  • Barberan, A, RR Dunn, BJ Reich, K Pacifici, EB Laber, HL Menninger, JM Morton, JB Henley, JW Leff, SL Miller and N Fierer (2015), The ecology of microscopic life in household dust. Proc. R. Soc. B-Biol. Sci. Version: 1 282 (1814) 212-220, Art. No. 20151139, issn: 0962-8452, ids: CU2OC, doi: 10.1098/rspb.2015.1139
  • Craine, JM, EG Towne, M Miller and N Fierer (2015), Climatic warming and the future of bison as grazers. Sci Rep Version: 1 5 , Art. No. 16738, issn: 2045-2322, ids: CW0LL, doi: 10.1038/srep16738, PubMed ID: 26567987
  • Hammer, TJ, JC Dickerson and N Fierer (2015), Evidence-based recommendations on storing and handling specimens for analyses of insect microbiota. PeerJ Version: 1 3 , Art. No. e1190, issn: 2167-8359, ids: CQ8HC, doi: 10.7717/peerj.1190, PubMed ID: 26311208
  • Beasley, DE, AM Koltz, JE Lambert, N Fierer and RR Dunn (2015), The Evolution of Stomach Acidity and Its Relevance to the Human Microbiome. PLoS One Version: 1 10 (7) , Art. No. e0134116, issn: 1932-6203, ids: CO0JM, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0134116, PubMed ID: 26222383
  • Forsberg, KJ, S Patel, MK Gibson, CL Lauber, R Knight, N Fierer and G Dantas (2014), Bacterial phylogeny structures soil resistomes across habitats. Nature Version: 1 509 (7502) 612-+, issn: 0028-0836, ids: AH9JC, doi: 10.1038/nature13377, PubMed ID: 24847883
  • Shade, A, SE Jones, JG Caporaso, J Handelsman, R Knight, N Fierer and JA Gilbert (2014), Conditionally Rare Taxa Disproportionately Contribute to Temporal Changes in Microbial Diversity. mBio Version: 1 5 (4) , Art. No. e01371-14, issn: 2150-7511, ids: AO8FE, doi: 10.1128/mBio.01371-14, PubMed ID: 25028427
  • Fierer, N., and C. Cary (2014), Archiving: Don't let microbial samples perish. Nature Version: 1 512 (7514) 253-253, issn: 00280836, ids: AN3SF, doi: 10.1038/512253b
  • Parfrey, LW, WA Walters, CL Lauber, JC Clemente, D Berg-Lyons, C Teiling, C Kodira, M Mohiuddin, J Brunelle, M Driscoll, N Fierer, JA Gilbert and R Knight (2014), Communities of microbial eukaryotes in the mammalian gut within the context of environmental eukaryotic diversity. Front. Microbiol. Version: 1 5 , Art. No. 298, issn: 1664-302X, ids: AK9DV, doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2014.00298, PubMed ID: 24995004
  • Stopnisek, N, N Bodenhausen, B Frey, N Fierer, L Eberl and L Weisskopf (2014), Genus-wide acid tolerance accounts for the biogeographical distribution of soil Burkholderia populations. Environ. Microbiol. Version: 1 16 (6) 1503-1512, issn: 1462-2912, ids: AJ2SM, doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.12211
  • Barberan, A, KS Ramirez, JW Leff, MA Bradford, DH Wall and N Fierer (2014), Why are some microbes more ubiquitous than others? Predicting the habitat breadth of soil bacteria. Ecol. Lett. Version: 1 17 (7) 794-802, issn: 1461-023X, ids: AJ2ZP, doi: 10.1111/ele.12282, PubMed ID: 24751288
  • Barberan, A, J Henley, N Fierer and EO Casamayor (2014), Structure, inter-annual recurrence, and global-scale connectivity of airborne microbial communities. Sci. Total Environ. Version: 1 487 187-195, issn: 0048-9697, ids: AI9NK, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.04.030, PubMed ID: 24784743
  • Fierer, N, A Barberan and DC Laughlin (2014), Seeing the forest for the genes: using rnetagenomics to infer the aggregated traits of microbial communities. Front. Microbiol. Version: 1 5 , Art. No. 614, issn: 1664-302X, ids: AU6FI, doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2014.00614, PubMed ID: 25429288
  • Crowther, TW, DS Maynard, JW Leff, EE Oldfield, RL McCulley, N Fierer and MA Bradford (2014), Predicting the responsiveness of soil biodiversity to deforestation: a cross-biome study. Glob. Change Biol. Version: 1 20 (9) 2983-2994, issn: 1354-1013, ids: AN0PU, doi: 10.1111/gcb.12565
  • Flores, GE, S Seite, JB Henley, R Martin, H Zelenkova, L Aguilar and N Fierer (2014), Microbiome of Affected and Unaffected Skin of Patients With Atopic Dermatitis Before and After Emollient Treatment. J. Drugs Dermatol. Version: 1 13 (11) 1365-1372, issn: 1545-9616, ids: AT5IJ
  • Gabor, RS, K Eilers, DM McKnight, N Fierer and SP Anderson (2014), From the litter layer to the saprolite: Chemical changes in water-soluble soil organic matter and their correlation to microbial community composition. Soil Biol. Biochem. Version: 1 68 166-176, issn: 0038-0717, ids: 287IU, doi: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2013.09.029
  • Hammer, TJ, WO McMillan and N Fierer (2014), Metamorphosis of a Butterfly-Associated Bacterial Community. PLoS One Version: 1 9 (1) , Art. No. e86995, issn: 1932-6203, ids: 297XI, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0086995, PubMed ID: 24466308
  • Treseder, KK, MR Maltz, BA Hawkins, N Fierer, JE Stajich and KL McGuire (2014), Evolutionary histories of soil fungi are reflected in their large-scale biogeography. Ecol. Lett. Version: 1 17 (9) 1086-1093, issn: 1461-023X, ids: AN2HW, doi: 10.1111/ele.12311, PubMed ID: 24912000
  • Gray, CM, RK Monson and N Fierer (2014), Biotic and abiotic controls on biogenic volatile organic compound fluxes from a subalpine forest floor. J. Geophys. Res.-Biogeosci. Version: 1 119 (4) 547-556, issn: 2169-8953, ids: AI9UN, doi: 10.1002/2013JG002575
  • Barberan, A, EO Casamayor and N Fierer (2014), The microbial contribution to macroecology. Front. Microbiol. Version: 1 5 , Art. No. 203, issn: 1664-302X, ids: AH2PB, doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2014.00203, PubMed ID: 24829564
  • Flores, GE, JG Caporaso, JB Henley, JR Rideout, D Domogala, J Chase, JW Leff, Y Vazquez-Baeza, A Gonzalez, R Knight, RR Dunn and N Fierer (2014), Temporal variability is a personalized feature of the human microbiome. Genome Biol. Version: 1 15 (12) , Art. No. 531, issn: 1465-6906, ids: AW9XX, doi: 10.1186/s13059-014-0531-y, PubMed ID: 25517225
  • Ramirez, KS, JW Leff, A Barberan, ST Bates, J Betley, TW Crowther, EF Kelly, EE Oldfield, EA Shaw, C Steenbock, MA Bradford, DH Wall and N Fierer (2014), Biogeographic patterns in below-ground diversity in New York City's Central Park are similar to those observed globally. Proc. R. Soc. B-Biol. Sci. Version: 1 281 (1795) , Art. No. 20141988, issn: 0962-8452, ids: AQ9VJ, doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1988
  • Neher, DA, TR Weicht, ST Bates, JW Leff and N Fierer (2013), Changes in Bacterial and Fungal Communities across Compost Recipes, Preparation Methods, and Composting Times. PLoS One Version: 1 8 (11) , Art. No. e79512, issn: 1932-6203, ids: 259PW, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079512, PubMed ID: 24278144
  • McGuire, KL, SD Allison, N Fierer and KK Treseder (2013), Ectomycorrhizal-Dominated Boreal and Tropical Forests Have Distinct Fungal Communities, but Analogous Spatial Patterns across Soil Horizons. PLoS One Version: 1 8 (7) , Art. No. e68278, issn: 1932-6203, ids: 182JD, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0068278, PubMed ID: 23874569
  • Metcalf, JL, LW Parfrey, A Gonzalez, CL Lauber, D Knights, G Ackermann, GC Humphrey, MJ Gebert, W Van Treuren, D Berg-Lyons, K Keepers, Y Guo, J Bullard, N Fierer, DO Carter and R Knight (2013), A microbial clock provides an accurate estimate of the postmortem interval in a mouse model system. eLife Version: 1 2 , Art. No. e01104, issn: 2050-084X, ids: 274WU, doi: 10.7554/eLife.01104, PubMed ID: 24137541
  • Flores, GE, ST Bates, JG Caporaso, CL Lauber, JW Leff, R Knight and N Fierer (2013), Diversity, distribution and sources of bacteria in residential kitchens. Environ. Microbiol. Version: 1 15 (2) 588-596, issn: 1462-2912, ids: 079ZP, doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.12036, PubMed ID: 23171378
  • Portillo, MC, JW Leff, CL Lauber and N Fierer (2013), Cell Size Distributions of Soil Bacterial and Archaeal Taxa. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. Version: 1 79 (24) 7610-7617, issn: 0099-2240, ids: 263NF, doi: 10.1128/AEM.02710-13, PubMed ID: 24077710
  • Craine, JM, N Fierer, KK McLauchlan and AJ Elmore (2013), Reduction of the temperature sensitivity of soil organic matter decomposition with sustained temperature increase. Biogeochemistry Version: 1 113 (3-Jan) 359-368, issn: 0168-2563, ids: 129ST, doi: 10.1007/s10533-012-9762-8
  • Aanderud, ZT, SE Jones, DR Schoolmaster, N Fierer and JT Lennon (2013), Sensitivity of soil respiration and microbial communities to altered snowfall. Soil Biol. Biochem. Version: 1 57 217-227, issn: 0038-0717, ids: 121LU, doi: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2012.07.022
  • Leff, JW and N Fierer (2013), Bacterial Communities Associated with the Surfaces of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. PLoS One Version: 1 8 (3) , Art. No. e59310, issn: 1932-6203, ids: 124QO, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0059310, PubMed ID: 23544058
  • Dunn, RR, N Fierer, JB Henley, JW Leff and HL Menninger (2013), Home Life: Factors Structuring the Bacterial Diversity Found within and between Homes. PLoS One Version: 1 8 (5) , Art. No. UNSP e64133, issn: 1932-6203, ids: 163UP, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0064133, PubMed ID: 23717552
  • Lauber, CL, KS Ramirez, Z Aanderud, J Lennon and N Fierer (2013), Temporal variability in soil microbial communities across land-use types. ISME J. Version: 1 7 (8) 1641-1650, issn: 1751-7362, ids: 187LF, doi: 10.1038/ismej.2013.50, PubMed ID: 23552625
  • Bates, ST, S Ahrendt, HM Bik, TD Bruns, JG Caporaso, J Cole, M Dwan, N Fierer, D Gu, S Houston, R Knight, J Leff, C Lewis, JP Maestre, D McDonald, RH Nilsson, A Porras-Alfaro, V Robert, C Schoch, J Scott, DL Taylor, LW Parfrey and JE Stajich (2013), Meeting Report: Fungal ITS Workshop (October 2012). Stand. Genomic Sci. Version: 1 8 (1) 118-123, issn: 1944-3277, ids: 203WP, PubMed ID: 23961317
  • Song, SJ, C Lauber, EK Costello, CA Lozupone, G Humphrey, D Berg-Lyons, JG Caporaso, D Knights, JC Clemente, S Nakielny, JI Gordon, N Fierer and R Knight (2013), Cohabiting family members share microbiota with one another and with their dogs. eLife Version: 1 2 , Art. No. e00458, issn: 2050-084X, ids: 274NV, doi: 10.7554/eLife.00458, PubMed ID: 23599893
  • Serna-Chavez, HM, N Fierer and PM van Bodegom (2013), Global drivers and patterns of microbial abundance in soil. Glob. Ecol. Biogeogr. Version: 1 22 (10) 1162-1172, issn: 1466-822X, ids: 211HO, doi: 10.1111/geb.12070
  • Bowers, RM, N Clements, JB Emerson, C Wiedinmyer, MP Hannigan and N Fierer (2013), Seasonal Variability in Bacterial and Fungal Diversity of the Near-Surface Atmosphere. Environ. Sci. Technol. Version: 1 47 (21) 12097-12106, issn: 0013-936X, ids: 248OP, doi: 10.1021/es402970s, PubMed ID: 24083487
  • Fierer, N, J Ladau, JC Clemente, JW Leff, SM Owens, KS Pollard, R Knight, JA Gilbert and RL McCulley (2013), Reconstructing the Microbial Diversity and Function of Pre-Agricultural Tallgrass Prairie Soils in the United States. Science Version: 1 342 (6158) 621-624, issn: 0036-8075, ids: 243RJ, doi: 10.1126/science.1243768, PubMed ID: 24179225
  • Jones, RT, LG Sanchez and N Fierer (2013), A Cross-Taxon Analysis of Insect-Associated Bacterial Diversity. PLoS One Version: 1 8 (4) , Art. No. e61218, issn: 1932-6203, ids: 130DR, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0061218, PubMed ID: 23613815
  • McGuire, KL, SG Payne, MI Palmer, CM Gillikin, D Keefe, SJ Kim, SM Gedallovich, J Discenza, R Rangamannar, JA Koshner, AL Massmann, G Orazi, A Essene, JW Leff and N Fierer (2013), Digging the New York City Skyline: Soil Fungal Communities in Green Roofs and City Parks. PLoS One Version: 1 8 (3) , Art. No. e58020, issn: 1932-6203, ids: 103EI, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0058020, PubMed ID: 23469260
  • Bates, ST, JC Clemente, GE Flores, WA Walters, LW Parfrey, R Knight and N Fierer (2013), Global biogeography of highly diverse protistan communities in soil. ISME J. Version: 1 7 (3) 652-659, issn: 1751-7362, ids: 114FL, doi: 10.1038/ismej.2012.147, PubMed ID: 23235291
  • Shade, A, JG Caporaso, J Handelsman, R Knight and N Fierer (2013), A meta-analysis of changes in bacterial and archaeal communities with time. ISME J. Version: 1 7 (8) 1493-1506, issn: 1751-7362, ids: 187LF, doi: 10.1038/ismej.2013.54, PubMed ID: 23575374
  • Bates, ST, D Berg-Lyons, CL Lauber, WA Walters, R Knight and N Fierer (2012), A preliminary survey of lichen associated eukaryotes using pyrosequencing. Lichenologist Version: 1 44 (1) 137-146, issn: 0024-2829, ids: 886VS, doi: 10.1017/S0024282911000648
  • Hulcr, J, AM Latimer, JB Henley, NR Rountree, N Fierer, A Lucky, MD Lowman and RR Dunn (2012), A Jungle in There: Bacteria in Belly Buttons are Highly Diverse, but Predictable. PLoS One Version: 1 7 (11) , Art. No. e47712, issn: 1932-6203, ids: 048TK, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0047712, PubMed ID: 23144827
  • Peterse, F, J van der Meer, S Schouten, JWH Weijers, N Fierer, RB Jackson, JH Kim and JSS Damste (2012), Revised calibration of the MBT-CBT paleotemperature proxy based on branched tetraether membrane lipids in surface soils. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta Version: 1 96 215-229, issn: 0016-7037, ids: 028MU, doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2012.08.011
  • Flores, GE, JB Henley and N Fierer (2012), A Direct PCR Approach to Accelerate Analyses of Human-Associated Microbial Communities. PLoS One Version: 1 7 (9) , Art. No. e44563, issn: 1932-6203, ids: 002ZJ, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0044563, PubMed ID: 22962617
  • Shade, A, JS Read, ND Youngblut, N Fierer, R Knight, TK Kratz, NR Lottig, EE Roden, EH Stanley, J Stombaugh, RJ Whitaker, CH Wu and KD McMahon (2012), Lake microbial communities are resilient after a whole-ecosystem disturbance. ISME J. Version: 1 6 (12) 2153-2167, issn: 1751-7362, ids: 041SL, doi: 10.1038/ismej.2012.56, PubMed ID: 22739495
  • Caporaso, JG, CL Lauber, WA Walters, D Berg-Lyons, J Huntley, N Fierer, SM Owens, J Betley, L Fraser, M Bauer, N Gormley, JA Gilbert, G Smith and R Knight (2012), Ultra-high-throughput microbial community analysis on the Illumina HiSeq and MiSeq platforms. ISME J. Version: 1 6 (8) 1621-1624, issn: 1751-7362, ids: 975GG, doi: 10.1038/ismej.2012.8, PubMed ID: 22402401
  • Ramirez, KS, JM Craine and N Fierer (2012), Consistent effects of nitrogen amendments on soil microbial communities and processes across biomes. Glob. Change Biol. Version: 1 18 (6) 1918-1927, issn: 1354-1013, ids: 938WF, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2012.02639.x
  • Gray, CM and N Fierer (2012), Impacts of nitrogen fertilization on volatile organic compound emissions from decomposing plant litter. Glob. Change Biol. Version: 1 18 (2) 739-748, issn: 1354-1013, ids: 875PB, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2011.02569.x
  • Portillo, MC, SP Anderson and N Fierer (2012), Temporal variability in the diversity and composition of stream bacterioplankton communities. Environ. Microbiol. Version: 1 14 (9) 2417-2428, issn: 1462-2912, ids: 999HN, doi: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2012.02785.x, PubMed ID: 22626459
  • Fierer, N, S Ferrenberg, GE Flores, A Gonzalez, J Kueneman, T Legg, RC Lynch, D McDonald, JR Mihaljevic, SP O'Neill, ME Rhodes, SJ Song and WA Walters (2012), From Animalcules to an Ecosystem: Application of Ecological Concepts to the Human Microbiome. Annu. Rev. Ecol. Evol. Syst. Version: 1 43 137-155, Ed. Futuyma, DJ, issn: 1543-592X, ids: BCV57, isbn: 978-0-8243-1443-9, doi: 10.1146/annurev-ecolsys-110411-160307
  • Gonzalez, A, J Stombaugh, CL Lauber, N Fierer and R Knight (2012), SitePainter: a tool for exploring biogeographical patterns. Bioinformatics Version: 1 28 (3) 436-438, issn: 1367-4803, ids: 888ZL, doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btr685, PubMed ID: 22171330
  • McGuire, KL, N Fierer, C Bateman, KK Treseder and BL Turner (2012), Fungal Community Composition in Neotropical Rain Forests: the Influence of Tree Diversity and Precipitation. Microbial. Ecol. Version: 1 63 (4) 804-812, issn: 0095-3628, ids: 970KM, doi: 10.1007/s00248-011-9973-x
  • Hulcr, J, NR Rountree, SE Diamond, LL Stelinski, N Fierer and RR Dunn (2012), Mycangia of Ambrosia Beetles Host Communities of Bacteria. Microb. Ecol. Version: 1 64 (3) 784-793, issn: 0095-3628, ids: 010YZ, doi: 10.1007/s00248-012-0055-5, PubMed ID: 22546962
  • Fierer, N, JW Leff, BJ Adams, UN Nielsen, ST Bates, CL Lauber, S Owens, JA Gilbert, DH Wall and JG Caporaso (2012), Cross-biome metagenomic analyses of soil microbial communities and their functional attributes. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. Version: 1 109 (52) 21390-21395, issn: 0027-8424, ids: 071WR, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1215210110, PubMed ID: 23236140
  • Barberan, A, ST Bates, EO Casamayor and N Fierer (2012), Using network analysis to explore co-occurrence patterns in soil microbial communities. ISME J. Version: 1 6 (2) 343-351, issn: 1751-7362, ids: 901RJ, doi: 10.1038/ismej.2011.119, PubMed ID: 21900968
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