Dana E. Hunt, Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology  

Dana E. Hunt

My research focus is on understanding the ecology of microbes through examination of their genes and lifestyles. Bacteria are the most diverse organisms on earth and play a pivotal role in planetary cycling of nutrients and energy. Yet, we have a poor understanding of the factors that drive their diversity and dynamics in the environment. The lab's emphasis is on studying bacterial interactions with the environment at the appropriate temporal and spatial scale including the effect of temperature changes on bacterial populations and bacterial interactions with other organisms. Another area of active research is the response and adaptation of bacteria to emerging pollutants such as antibiotics and nanoparticles.

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008
PhD, Environmental Engineering, MIT, 2008
BA, Biochemistry, Rice University, 2001
BA, Environmental Engineering, 2001

Office Location: 135 Duke Marine Lab Rd, Beaufort, NC 28516
Office Phone: (252) 504-7542
Email Address: dana.hunt@duke.edu

Additional Web Page: http://oceanography.ml.duke.edu/hunt/

marine science
environmental genomics
environmental toxicology
global change ecology

Recent Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Ward, CS; Pan, J-F; Colman, BP; Wang, Z; Gwin, CA; Williams, TC; Ardis, A; Gunsch, CK; Hunt, DE, Conserved Microbial Toxicity Responses for Acute and Chronic Silver Nanoparticle Treatments in Wetland Mesocosms., Environmental Science & Technology, vol. 53 no. 6 (March, 2019), pp. 3268-3276 [doi]  [abs].
  2. Duan, Y; Xie, N; Song, Z; Ward, CS; Yung, C-M; Hunt, DE; Johnson, ZI; Wang, G, A High-Resolution Time Series Reveals Distinct Seasonal Patterns of Planktonic Fungi at a Temperate Coastal Ocean Site (Beaufort, North Carolina, USA)., Applied and Environmental Microbiology, vol. 84 no. 21 (November, 2018) [doi]  [abs].
  3. Zhang, T; Pan, J-F; Hunt, DE; Chen, M; Wang, B, Organic matter modifies biochemical but not most behavioral responses of the clam Ruditapes philippinarum to nanosilver exposure., Marine Environmental Research, vol. 133 (February, 2018), pp. 105-113 [doi]  [abs].
  4. Ward, CS; Yung, C-M; Davis, KM; Blinebry, SK; Williams, TC; Johnson, ZI; Hunt, DE, Annual community patterns are driven by seasonal switching between closely related marine bacteria., The Isme Journal, vol. 11 no. 6 (June, 2017), pp. 1412-1422 [doi]  [abs].
  5. Garcia, NS; Yung, C-M; Davis, KM; Rynearson, T; Hunt, DE, Draft Genome Sequences of Three Bacterial Isolates from Cultures of the Marine Diatom Thalassiosira rotula., Genome Announcements, vol. 5 no. 18 (May, 2017) [doi]  [abs].

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