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Exploring the biogeography of thermal acclimation in heterotrophic microbes

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
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 Total cost 165˙598 €
 EC max contribution 165˙598 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-07-01   to  2017-06-30


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 Project objective

Understanding the biological mechanisms governing carbon (C) exchanges between terrestrial and atmospheric C pools, and how these exchanges will respond, and feed back, to climate warming, are among the most urgent challenges for climate and ecosystem scientists. Heterotrophic microbes are dominant biochemical engineers in terrestrial ecosystems, governing the flux of C between terrestrial and atmospheric pools. Despite concerns that rising atmospheric temperatures will stimulate the respiratory release of C by heterotrophic microbes, recent work highlights the potential for thermal acclimation to partially ameliorate this positive feedback. The magnitude and efficiency of this physiological response is, however, highly variable, suggesting that the strength of climate-ecosystem C feedbacks will vary across landscapes. The proposed study uses a combination of trait-based and community-scale approaches to explore the relative importance of microbial community composition and climate conditions in governing patterns of acclimation potential across landscapes. Incorporating this microbial physiological information into Earth System Models (ESMs) is essential if we are to predict global patterns in biogeochemical cycling under current, and future climate scenarios. The proposed work incorporates aspects of microbial physiological biology, community ecology and ecosystem ecology to address a critical uncertainty in current climate models. This interdisciplinary project will allow me the opportunity to exchange knowledge with experts in the fields of microbial community ecology and terrestrial ecosystem ecology at NIOO-KNAW. I will also foster an international collaborative network, which will benefit my host organisation and myself. The proposed fellowship will allow me re-enter the European academic system and develop the skills required to initiate my own effective research group following the project.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 T. W. Crowther, K. E. O. Todd-Brown, C. W. Rowe, W. R. Wieder, J. C. Carey, M. B. Machmuller, B. L. Snoek, S. Fang, G. Zhou, S. D. Allison, J. M. Blair, S. D. Bridgham, A. J. Burton, Y. Carrillo, P. B. Reich, J. S. Clark, A. T. Classen, F. A. Dijkstra, B. Elberling, B. A. Emmett, M. Estiarte, S. D. Frey, J. Guo, J. Harte, L. Jiang, B. R. Johnson, G. Kröel-Dulay, K. S. Larsen, H. Laudon, J. M. Lavallee, Y. Luo, M. Lupascu, L. N. Ma, S. Marhan, A. Michelsen, J. Mohan, S. Niu, E. Pendall, J. Peñuelas, L. Pfeifer-Meister, C. Poll, S. Reinsch, L. L. Reynolds, I. K. Schmidt, S. Sistla, N. W. Sokol, P. H. Templer, K. K. Treseder, J. M. Welker, M. A. Bradford
Quantifying global soil carbon losses in response to warming
published pages: 104-108, ISSN: 0028-0836, DOI: 10.1038/nature20150
Nature 540/7631 2019-06-13
2016 J. Liang, T. W. Crowther, N. Picard, S. Wiser, M. Zhou, G. Alberti, E.-D. Schulze, A. D. McGuire, F. Bozzato, H. Pretzsch, S. de-Miguel, A. Paquette, B. Herault, M. Scherer-Lorenzen, C. B. Barrett, H. B. Glick, G. M. Hengeveld, G.-J. Nabuurs, S. Pfautsch, H. Viana, A. C. Vibrans, C. Ammer, P. Schall, D. Verbyla, N. Tchebakova, M. Fischer, J. V. Watson, H. Y. H. Chen, X. Lei, M.-J. Schelhaas, H. Lu, D. Gianelle, E. I. Parfenova, C. Salas, E. Lee, B. Lee, H. S. Kim, H. Bruelheide, D. A. Coomes, D. Piotto, T. Sunderland, B. Schmid, S. Gourlet-Fleury, B. Sonke, R. Tavani, J. Zhu, S. Brandl, J. Vayreda, F. Kitahara, E. B. Searle, V. J. Neldner, M. R. Ngugi, C. Baraloto, L. Frizzera, R. Ba azy, J. Oleksyn, T. Zawi a-Nied wiecki, O. Bouriaud, F. Bussotti, L. Finer, B. Jaroszewicz, T. Jucker, F. Valladares, A. M. Jagodzinski, P. L. Peri, C. Gonmadje, W. Marthy, T. OBrien, E. H. Martin, A. R. Marshall, F. Rovero, R. Bitariho, P. A. Niklaus, P. Alvarez-Loayza, N. Chamuya, R. Valencia, F. Mortier, V. Wortel, N. L. Engone-Obiang, L. V. Ferreira, D. E. Odeke, R. M. Vasquez, S. L. Lewis, P. B. Reich
Positive biodiversity-productivity relationship predominant in global forests
published pages: aaf8957-aaf8957, ISSN: 0036-8075, DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf8957
Science 354/6309 2019-06-13
2017 Daniel S. Maynard, Mark A. Bradford, Daniel L. Lindner, Linda T. A. van Diepen, Serita D. Frey, Jessie A. Glaeser, Thomas W. Crowther
Diversity begets diversity in competition for space
published pages: 156, ISSN: 0028-0836, DOI: 10.1038/s41559-017-0156
Nature Ecology & Evolution 1/6 2019-06-13
2016 Christopher B. Barrett, Mo Zhou, Peter B. Reich, Thomas W. Crowther, Jingjing Liang
Forest value: More than commercial—Response
published pages: 1541.2-1542, ISSN: 0036-8075, DOI: 10.1126/science.aal2612
Science 354/6319 2019-06-13
2016 Joanna C. Carey, Jianwu Tang, Pamela H. Templer, Kevin D. Kroeger, Thomas W. Crowther, Andrew J. Burton, Jeffrey S. Dukes, Bridget Emmett, Serita D. Frey, Mary A. Heskel, Lifen Jiang, Megan B. Machmuller, Jacqueline Mohan, Anne Marie Panetta, Peter B. Reich, Sabine Reinsch, Xin Wang, Steven D. Allison, Chris Bamminger, Scott Bridgham, Scott L. Collins, Giovanbattista de Dato, William C. Eddy, Brian J. Enquist, Marc Estiarte, John Harte, Amanda Henderson, Bart R. Johnson, Klaus Steenberg Larsen, Yiqi Luo, Sven Marhan, Jerry M. Melillo, Josep Peñuelas, Laurel Pfeifer-Meister, Christian Poll, Edward Rastetter, Andrew B. Reinmann, Lorien L. Reynolds, Inger K. Schmidt, Gaius R. Shaver, Aaron L. Strong, Vidya Suseela, Albert Tietema
Temperature response of soil respiration largely unaltered with experimental warming
published pages: 201605365, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1605365113
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2019-06-13
2016 Mark A. Bradford, William R. Wieder, Gordon B. Bonan, Noah Fierer, Peter A. Raymond, Thomas W. Crowther
Managing uncertainty in soil carbon feedbacks to climate change
published pages: 751-758, ISSN: 1758-678X, DOI: 10.1038/nclimate3071
Nature Climate Change 6/8 2019-06-13
2017 Carlos A Aguilar-Trigueros, Matthias C Rillig, Thomas W Crowther
Applying allometric theory to fungi
published pages: 2175-2180, ISSN: 1751-7362, DOI: 10.1038/ismej.2017.86
The ISME Journal 11/10 2019-06-13
2017 Daniel S. Maynard, Thomas W. Crowther, Mark A. Bradford
Fungal interactions reduce carbon use efficiency
published pages: 1034-1042, ISSN: 1461-023X, DOI: 10.1111/ele.12801
Ecology Letters 20/8 2019-06-13
2017 Madeleine A. Rubenstein, Thomas W. Crowther, Daniel S. Maynard, Jonathan S. Schilling, Mark A. Bradford
Decoupling direct and indirect effects of temperature on decomposition
published pages: 110-116, ISSN: 0038-0717, DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2017.05.005
Soil Biology and Biochemistry 112 2019-06-14
2016 Henry B. Glick, Charlie Bettigole, Daniel S. Maynard, Kristofer R. Covey, Jeffrey R. Smith, Thomas W. Crowther
Spatially-explicit models of global tree density
published pages: 160069, ISSN: 2052-4463, DOI: 10.1038/sdata.2016.69
Scientific Data 3 2019-06-13
2016 K. R. Covey, C. P. Bueno de Mesquita, B. Oberle, D. S. Maynard, C. Bettigole, T. W. Crowther, M. C. Duguid, B. Steven, A. E. Zanne, M. Lapin, M. S. Ashton, C. D. Oliver, X. Lee, M. A. Bradford
Greenhouse trace gases in deadwood
published pages: 215-226, ISSN: 0168-2563, DOI: 10.1007/s10533-016-0253-1
Biogeochemistry 130/3 2019-06-13
2016 Annemieke van der Wal, Paulien J. A. Klein Gunnewiek, J. Hans C. Cornelissen, Thomas W. Crowther, Wietse de Boer
Patterns of natural fungal community assembly during initial decay of coniferous and broadleaf tree logs
published pages: e01393, ISSN: 2150-8925, DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.1393
Ecosphere 7/7 2019-06-13

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