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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, Locey KJ (2017) Macroecology for microbiology. Environmental Microbiology. doi: 10.1111/1758-2229.12512  [article]
Locey KJ, Fisk MC, Lennon JT (2017) Microscale insight into microbial seed banks. Frontiers in Microbiology doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.02040  [article]
Lennon JT, Lehmkuhl (2016) A trait-based approach to biofilms in soil. Environmental Microbiology 18: 2732–2742  [article]
Locey KJ, Lennon JT (2016) Scaling laws predict global microbial diversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113: 5970-5975  [article]
Muscarella ME, Jones SE, Lennon JT (2016) Species sorting along a subsidy gradient alters community stability. Ecology 97: 2034-2043  [article]
Lennon JT, Denef VJ (2016) 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]

Treseder KK, Lennon JT (2015) Fungal traits that drive ecosystem dynamics. 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]

Martiny JBH, Jones SE, Lennon JT, Martiny AC (2015) Microbiomes in light of traits: a phylogenetic perspective. Science 350: aac9323  [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]

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]
Lennon JT, Jones SE (2011) Microbial seed banks: ecological and evolutionary implications of dormancy. Nature Reviews Microbiology 9:119-130  [article]
Fierer N, Lennon JT (2011) The generation and maintenance of diversity in microbial communities. American Journal of Botany 98: 439-448  [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]

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