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Jay T. Lennon

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Associate Professor

IU Affiliations
Integrated Program in the Environment

Contact Information
By telephone: 856-0962 / 6-7235 (lab)
By fax: 812-855-6082
JH 261B / JH 261 (lab)

Lab website
Lab wiki

Evolution, Ecology & Behavior
Research Areas
  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Microbial Cell Biology and Environmental Responses
  • Microbial Interactions and Pathogenesis

Ph.D., Dartmouth College
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Brown University

Research Description

Microorganisms are the most abundant and diverse life forms on Earth. They have fast reproductive rates and evolve rapidly to changes in their environment. Microbes also carry out processes that are critical for the stability of natural and managed ecosystems.

We study the ecology and evolution of microbial communities. We are interested in the factors that generate and maintain microbial biodiversity. In turn, we seek to understand the implications of microbial diversity for ecosystem functioning. Our research uses various tools including molecular biology, simulation modeling, laboratory experiments, field surveys, and whole ecosystem manipulations in a wide range of habitats.

For additional information and news, visit the Lab Wiki and follow us on Twitter. Data and code for our projects can be found on GitHub.

Select Publications
Lennon JT, Denef VJ (2015) Evolutionary ecology of microorganisms: from the tamed to the wild, p 4.1.2-1–4.1.2-12. In Yates MV, Nakatsu C, Miller R, Pillai S (ed), Manual of Environmental Microbiology, 4th ed. ASM Press, Washington, DC.  [article]
Jones SE, Lennon JT (2015) A test of the subsidy-stability hypothesis: effects of terrestrial carbon in aquatic ecosystems. Ecology 96: 1550-1560  [article]
Treseder KK, Lennon JT (2015) Fungal traits that drive ecosystem dynamics on land. Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews 79: 243-262  [article]
Aanderud ZT, Jones SE, Fierer N, Lennon JT (2015) Resuscitation of the rare biosphere contributes to pulses of ecosystem activity. Frontiers in Microbiology 6:24    [article]
terHorst CP, Lennon JT, Lau JA (2014) The relative importance of rapid evolution for plant-soil feedbacks depend on ecological context. Proceeding of the Royal Society B 281: 20140028  [article]
Muscarella ME, Bird KC, Larsen ML, Placella SA, Lennon JT (2014) Phosphorus resource heterogeneity in microbial food webs. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 73: 259-272  [article]
Peralta AL, Stuart D, Kent AD, Lennon JT (2014) A social-ecological framework for "micromanaging" microbial services. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12: 524-531  [article]

Shade A, Peter H, Allison S, Baho D, Berga M, Bürgmann H, Huber D, Langenheder S, Lennon JT, Martiny JBH, Matulich K, Schmidt TM, Handelsman J (2012) Fundamentals of microbial community resistance and resilience. Frontiers in Aquatic Microbiology. 3: 417  [article]

Lennon JT, Aanderud ZA, Lehmkuhl BK, Schoolmaster DR (2012) Mapping the niche space of soil microorganisms using taxonomy and traits. Ecology 93: 1867–1879  [article]

Lau JA, Lennon JT (2012) Rapid responses of soil microorganisms improve plant fitness in novel environments. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109: 14058–14062  [article]

Fierer N, Lennon JT (2011) The generation and maintenance of diversity in microbial communities. American Journal of Botany 98: 439-448  [article]
Lennon JT, Jones SE (2011) Microbial seed banks: ecological and evolutionary implications of dormancy. Nature Reviews Microbiology 9:119-130  [article]
Lau JA, Lennon JT (2011) Evolutionary ecology of plant-microbe interactions: soil microbial structure alters natural selection on plant traits. New Phytologist 192:215-224  [article]
Jones SE, Lennon JT (2010) Dormancy contributes to the maintenance of microbial diversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 107: 5881-5886  [article]
Hall EK , Singer GA, Kainz MJ, Lennon JT (2010) Evidence for temperature acclimation in bacteria: an empirical test of a hypothesized membrane-mediated trade-off. Functional Ecology 24: 898-908  [article]
Lennon JT, Martiny JBH (2008) Rapid evolution buffers ecosystem impacts of viruses in a microbial food web. Ecology Letters 11:1177-1188  [article]

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