Emma Wear

Emma Wear

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Emma Wear

Phone: (406) 872-4531
Email: emma.wear@flbs.umt.edu

About me

I'm a postdoc with Matt Church, working on a variety of projects linking bacterial and archaeal community structure and metabolic function.  I am particularly interested in understanding how ecosystem-level events, such as phytoplankton blooms, impact the interactions between bacterioplankton community composition and biogeochemical cycles.



  • PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2017
  • MS, Coastal Carolina University, 2009
  • BS, Illinois Wesleyan University, 2007


Select publications

For my most current publication list, please see: emmakwear.com/publications.html

  • EK Wear, CA Carlson, LA Windecker, and MA Brzezinski. 2015. Roles of diatom nutrient stress and species identity in determining the short- and long-term bioavailability of diatom exudates to bacterioplankton. Marine Chemistry 177: 335-348.
  • EK Wear, CA Carlson, AK James, MA Brzezinski, LA Windecker, and CE Nelson. 2015. Synchronous shifts in dissolved organic carbon bioavailability and bacterial community responses over the course of an upwelling-driven phytoplankton bloom. Limnology and Oceanography 60: 657-677.
  • EK Wear, ET Koepfler, and EM Smith. 2014. Spatiotemporal variability in dissolved organic matter composition is more strongly related to bacterioplankton community composition than to metabolic function in a blackwater estuarine system. Estuaries and Coasts 37: 119-133.