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Dr. Alice Ortmann, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of South Alabama

Diversity and ecological roles of marine microbes including Bacteria, Archaea and their viruses using both culture-based and molecular biology techniques.

Recent Projects

Addressing the microbial diversity and activities within Mobile Bay and the northern Gulf of Mexico. Characterizing the life cycle and host/virus interactions of STIV, a crenarchaeal virus and Sulfolobus, an acidophilic thermophile. Initial survey and characterization of viruses associated with deep-sea hydrothermal venting on the Juan de Fuca ridge.

Selected Publications

Ortmann, A. C. and N. Ortell. (2013) Changes in free-living bacterial community diversity reflect the magnitude of environmental variability. FEMS Microbiology Ecology (in press).

Christiaen, B., R. Bernard, B. Mortazavi, J. Cebrian and A. C. Ortmann. (2013a) Differences in urbanization are not reflected in the δ15N of seagrass leaves at a global scale. Marine Pollution Bulletin doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.06.024.

Christiaen, B., A. McDonald, J. Cebrian and A. C. Ortmann. (2013b) Response of the microbial community to environmental change during seagrass transplantation. Aquatic Botany 109:31-38.

Maaty, W. S., J. Steffens, J. Heinemann, A. C. Ortmann, B. D. Reeves, S. K. Biswas, E. A. Dratz, P. A. Grieco, M. J. Young and B. Bothner. (2012b) Global analysis of viral infection in an archaeal model system. Frontiers in Virology 3:411.

Ortmann, A. C., J. Anders, N. Shelton, L. Gong, A. G. Moss and R. H. Condon. (2012) Dispersed oil disrupts microbial pathways in pelagic food webs. PLOS ONE 7:e42548.

Maaty, W. S., K. Selvig, S. Ryder, P. Tarlykov, J. K. Hilmer, J. Heinemann, J. Steffens, J. C. Snyder, A. C. Ortmann, N. Movahed, K. Spicka, L. Chetia, P. A. Griecos, E. A. Dratz, T. Douglas, M. J. Young and B. Bothner. (2012a) Proteomic analysis of Sulfolobus solfataricus during Sulfolobus turreted icosahedral virus infection. Journal of Proteome Research 11:1420-1432.

Ortmann, A. C., R. C. Metzger, J. D. Liefer and L. Novoveska. (2011) Grazing and viral lysis vary for different components of the microbial community across an estuarine gradient. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 65:143-157.

Wirth, J. F., J. C. Snyder, R. A. Hochstein, A. C. Ortmann, D. A. Willits, T. Douglas and M. J. Young. (2011) Development of a genetic system for the archaeal virus Sulfolobus turreted icosahedral virus (STIV). Virology 415:6-11.


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