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Deric Learman

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Associate Professor
Institute for Great Lakes Research
Biosciences 3111​
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  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Harvard University, 2008-2011
  • Ph.D., Virginia Tech, 2008
  • B.S., Central Michigan University, 2003
Research Interests
My overall research interests are directed towards understanding how microbes (single strains or microbial communities) control biogeochemical cycles in various environments, ranging from oceans, lakes, to sediments. The lab utilizes a range of techniques in microbial ecology, physiology, genomics, and geochemistry. As a member of the CMU Institute for Great Lakes Research, my lab is also interested in understanding how these dynamic processes function in the Great Lakes Basin.
​​Selected Publications
  • ​​​Alm, E.W., Daniels-Witt , Q. (GR), Learman, D.R., Jordan, D. (GR), Ryu, H., Gehring, T.M., Santo Domingo, J. (2018) Potential for Gulls to Transport Bacteria from Human Waste Sites to Beaches.  Science of the Total Environment, 615, pp. 123-130.
  • Hengy, M.H. (UG), Horton, D.J. (GR), Uzarski, D.G., and Learman, D.R. (2017) Microbial community diversity patterns are related to physical and chemical differences among temperate lakes near Beaver Island, MI.  PeerJ 5:e3937
  • Learman, D.R., Henson, M.W.​, Thrash, J.C., Temerton, B., Brannock, P.M., Mahon, A.R., and Halanych, K.M.  (2016) Biogeochemical and microbial variation across 5500 km of Antarctic surface sediment implicates organic matter as a driver of benthic community structure. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7:284. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00284
  • Ni, C.#Horton, D (GR)#, Rui, J., Henson, M.W. (GR), Jiang, Y., Huang, X., and Learman, D.R. (Available online) High concentrations of bioavailable heavy metals impact freshwater sediment microbial communitiesAnnals of MicrobiologyDOI: 10.1007/s13213-015-1189-8. # Denotes equal authorship.
  • Henson, M.W. (GR), Santo Domingo, J., Kourtev, P., Dunn, J. (UG), Jensen, R.V., and Learman, D.R. (2015) Metabolic and genomic analysis elucidates strain-level variation in Microbacterium spp. isolated from chromate contaminated sediment. PeerJ, 3:e1395; DOI:10.7717/peerj.1395.
  • Hansel, C.M. and Learman, D.R. (2015) "Chapter 18: Geomicrobiology of Manganese," in Ehrlich's Geomicrobiology, 6th Edition, eds. Henry Lutz Ehrlich, Dianne K. Newman and Andreas Kappler (CRC Press), 635pp.
  • Andeer, P.F., Learman, D.R., McIlvin, M., Dunn, J. (UG), and Hansel, C.M. (2015) Extracellular heme peroxidases mediate Mn(II) oxidation in a marine Roseobacter bacterium via superoxide production. Environmental Microbiology, Volume 17, Issue 10, pp. 3925–3936.
  • Learman, D.R., Voelker, B.M., Vazquez-Rodriguez, A.I., and Hansel, C.M.  (2011) Formation of manganese oxides by bacterially generated superoxide.  Nature Geoscience, Volume: 4, Pages: 95-98.

*GR denotes a CMU Graduate Student and UG represents a CMU undergraduate co-author 

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