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Presentations for NIMBioS Investigative Workshop:
Individual-based Ecology of Microbes, June 8-10, 2011


  • Introduction to NIMBioS, Lou Gross
  • Introduction to workshop, Ferdi Hellweger

Interactions among populations

  • The evolution of co-occuring protozoa species in response to competition and predation in natural microcosms (leaves of Sarracenia purpurea), Tom Miller
  • Functional traits, trade-offs and community structure in phytoplankton and other microbes, Elena Litchman (discussion leader)
  • Stochastic colonization and extinction of microbial species on marine aggregates, Drew Kramer

Interactions within populations

  • Mathematical model of infection control on medical implants, Alicia Prieto L
  • Individual-based models of social evolution in biofilms, Sara Mitri (discussion leader)
  • Invasive amphibian fungal skin disease dynamics, Gabriela Rios-Sotelo
  • Within-biofilm interactions between alternative phenotypes with altered expression of extracellular "public goods", Will Driscoll

Interactions with the environment

  • Using IBM's to predict substrate use preference from pyrosequencing data in permafrost soils, Jessica Ernakovich
  • Individual-based modeling of marine biogeochemistry, James Clark (discussion leader)
  • Elucidating the bacteria responsible for utilization of dissolved organic matter in streams, Philips Akinwole
  • Evolutionary response of microbes to fluctuating environment: an mechanistic account, Xiao Yi

Intracellular biochemical networks

  • Linking genes to ecosystems using systems bioecology, Ferdi Hellweger
  • Single cell analysis on microfluidic platforms, Alexandra Ros (discussion leader)
  • Variability in yeast sporulation, Colin Maxwell

Heterogeneity, diversity and structure

  • Continuum models of biofilms, Isaac Klapper
  • Activated sludge floc modeling: structure formation and scale up, Dana Ofiteru (discussion leader)
  • Individual-based microbial ecology of agricultural rhizosphere and phyllosphere populations with a focus on horizontal gene transfer and the ecology and evolution of plant pathogens, Andrea Vu

Microscopy based methods

  • Persistence of microbial communities (including aquatic pathogens) in marine snow-like organic aggregates, Maille Lyons
  • Individual-based microbial ecology of plant leaf surface colonization, Johan Leveau (discussion leader)
  • Extracting ecological information from complex biofilm spatial structures, Nabil Mabrouk

Flow cytometry, microfluidics, and other single cell methods

  • Analysis of cell-cell and cell-environment interaction by integration of microfluidic devices and agent-based modeling, Andre Levchenko
  • Importance of variation in elemental composition of marine protists to oceanic biogeochemical cycles and foodweb dynamics, Stephen Baines (discussion leader)
  • Cyst germination and emergence flux of Alexandrium fundyense cells in shelf sea and coastal sediments, Emil Vahtera

Community: Physiology and Sequencing

  • Enhanced generation of biogenic methane from coal, Lisa Gallagher
  • Syntrophic interactions in anoxic aquatic communities, Caroline Plugge (discussion leader)
  • Cyanobacterial growth rate response to varying experimental environments, RajReni Kaul

Model development and frameworks

  • Agent-based modeling with Repast Simphony, Jonathan Ozik
  • Individual-based modeling using the Lagrangian Ensemble Metamodel, Tony Field (discussion leader)
  • Mechanistic prediction of fermentation by rumen microbes, Chris Topping
  • Individual Based Modeling of rodlike bacteria in microfluidic device, Kami Koleva

Model application

  • Integrating experimental soil community ecology and modeling techniques, Kirstin Holfelder
  • Individual-based modeling: the role of patterns and standards, Volker Grimm (discussion leader)
  • Individual-based modeling of interactions between microbes in biofilms and the effect of spatial structure, Jan Kreft

Modeling methods

  • Essential community interactions supporting organohalide respiration by Dehalococcoides, Kirsti Ritalahti
  • Individual based modeling of Toxoplasma gondii, Xiaopeng Zhao (discussion leader)
  • The impact of bacterial dispersal networks on biodegradation performance, Thomas Banitz

Summing up

  • Report of session groups
  • Synthesis, Caroline Plugge & Andre Levchenko
  • Future directions discussion, Jan Kreft

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