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.
I recently took part in a month-long cruise to sample microbial biodiversity in manganese nodule fields in the North Pacific Ocean. To learn more about this project, and to see some awesome pictures of the deep-sea creatures we found, visit our cruise website:
- PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2017
- MS, Coastal Carolina University, 2009
- BS, Illinois Wesleyan University, 2007
For my most current publication list, please see: emmakwear.com/publications.html
- EK Wear, EG Wilbanks, CE Nelson, and CA Carlson. 2018. Primer selection impacts specific population abundances but not community dynamics in a monthly time-series 16S rRNA gene amplicon analysis of coastal marine bacterioplankton. Environmental Microbiology 20: 2709-2726.
- 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.