Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Ocean Life, Planet Health


Emerson - Publications


  • Cleland D., K. Jastrzembski, E. Stamenova, J. Benson, C. Catranis, D. Emerson, and B. Beck. 2007. Growth characteristics of microorganisms on commercially available animal-free alternatives to tryptic soy medium. Journal of Microbiological Methods. 69:345-352.
  • Emerson, D., J.A. Rentz, T.G. Lilburn, R.E. Davis, H. Aldrich, C. Chan, and C.L. Moyer. 2007. A novel lineage of proteobacteria involved in formation of marine Fe-oxidizing microbial mat communities . PLOSOne. 2(8): e667. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0000667
  • Emerson, D., and J. Tang. 2007. Media and Nutrition. In Manual of Methods for General and Molecular Microbiology, 3rd Edition. C.A. Reddy, et al [eds.] American Society of Microbiology Press. pp 200-214.
  • Neubauer, S. C., G. E. Toledo-Dur´n, D. Emerson, J. P. Megonigal. 2007. Returning to their roots: Iron-oxidizing bacteria enhance short-term plaque formation in the wetland-plant rhizosphere. Geomicrobiology Journal 24:65-73.
  • Rentz, J.A., C. Kraiya, G.W. Luther III, and D. Emerson. 2007 Control of ferrous iron oxidation within circumneutral microbial iron mats by cellular activity and autocatalysis. Environmental Science and Technology 41:6048-6089.
  • Roden, E. R. and D. Emerson. 2007. Microbial Metal Cycling in Aquatic Environments. Manual of Environmental Microbiology, 3rd Ed. American Society of Microbiology Press. Washington, D.C. pp, 540-562.
  • Weiss, J.V., J.A. Rentz, T. Plaia, S.C. Neubauer, M.M. Floyd, T. Lilburn, C. Bradburne, J.P. Megonigal, and D. Emerson. 2007. Identification of diverse neutrophilic Fe(II)-oxidizing bacteria isolated from the rhizosphere of wetland plants and description of Ferritrophicum radicicola gen. nov. sp. nov., and Sideroxydans paludicola sp. nov. Geomicrobiology J. 24:559-570.


  • Cleland D, Krader P, Emerson D (2008) Use of the DiversiLab repetitive sequence-based PCR system for genotyping and identification of archaea.  Journal of Microbiological Methods 73:172-178.
  • Druschel GK, Emerson D, Sutka R, Suchecki P, Luther GW (2008) Low oxygen and chemical kinetic constraints on the geochemical niche of neutrophilic iron (II) oxidizing microorganisms. Geochemica Cosmochimica Acta 72:3358-3370.
  • Emerson D, Agulto L, Liu H, Liu L (2008) Identifying and characterizing bacteria in an era of genomics and proteomics. BioScience 58:925-936.
  • Ma S, Luther III GW, Keller J, Madison AS, Metzger E, Megonigal JP, Emerson D (2008) Solid-state Au/Hg microelectrode for the investigation of Fe and Mn cycling in a freshwater wetland: implications for methane production. Electroanalysis 20:233-239.
  • Neubauer S, Emerson D,  Megonigal P (2008) Microbial oxidation and reduction of iron in the root zones of wetland plants  and mobility of heavy metals. Pp. 339-371 in: Biophysico-Chemical Processes of Heavy Metals and Metalloids in Soil Environments. A. Violante, P.M. Huang and G. Stotzsky (eds). IUPAC.


  • Chan CS, Fakra SC, Edwards DC, Emerson D, Banfield JF (2009) Iron oxyhydroxide mineralization on microbial extracellular polysaccharides. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 73(13):3807-3818
  • Emerson D (2009) Dedication. Geomicrobiology Journal 26(8):251
  • Emerson D (2009) Potential for iron-reduction and iron-cycling in iron. Geomicrobiology Journal 26(8):639-647
  • Emerson D (2009) Seamount microbiology. Geomicrobiology Journal 26(8):249-250
  • Emerson D, Wilson W (2009) Giving microbial diversity a home. Nature Reviews Microbiology 7(11):758.
  • Smith SA, Unz RF, Emerson D, Clancy JL (2009) Joint Task Group. Section 9240: Iron and sulfur bacteria. Standard Methods fot eh Examination of Water and Wastewater.


  • Emerson D, Fleming EJ, McBeth JM (2010) Iron-oxidizing bacteria: An environmental and genomic perspective. Annual Review of Microbiology 64:561-583.
  • Emerson D (2010) Leptothrix. Encyclopedia of Geobiology (Kappler A, ed.). Springer-Verlag.
  • Emerson D, Moyer CL (2010) Microbiology of seamounts: Common patterns observed in community structure. Oceanography 23(1):148-163.