The Faculty


Microbial evolution and ecology, biogeochemistry


2002, B.A. Biology, Dartmouth College
2008, Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Biology, MIT
California Institute of Technology, Postdoctoral, 12/11
Microbiology & Geobiology

BPHYS Student

Sean Gibbons, PhD

Select Papers

  1. Waldbauer JR, Rodrigue S, Coleman ML, and Chisholm SW. 2012. Transcriptome and proteome dynamics of a light-dark synchronized bacterial cell cycle. PLoS  One 7(8): e43432. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0043432
  2. Kreamer NNK, Wilks JC, Marlow JJ, Coleman ML, and Newman DK. 2012. BqsR/BqsS constitute a two-component system that senses extracellular Fe(II) in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.  J. Bacteriol. 194: 1195-1204.
  3. Doughty DM, Coleman ML, Hunter RC, Sessions AL, Summons R and Newman DK. 2011. The RND-family transporter, HpnN, is required for hopanoid localization to the outer membrane of Rhodopseudomonas palustris TIE-1, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 108: E1045-E1051.
  4. Newman DK and Coleman ML. 2011. Where reductionism meets complexity: a call for growth in the study of non-growth. Environ Microbiol Reports, 3 (1): 14-15.
  5. Coleman ML and SW Chisholm.  2010.  Ecosystem-specific selection pressures revealed through comparative population genomics.  Proc Natl Acad Sci, 107:18634-18639.
  6. Welander PV*, Coleman ML*, Sessions AL, Summons RE, Newman DK.  2010.  Identification of a methylase required for 2-methylhopanoid production and implications for the interpretation of sedimentary hopanes. Proc Natl Acad Sci 107:8537-8542. (*contributed equally)
  7. Zinser ER, Lindell D, Johnson ZI, Futschik ME, Steglich C, Coleman ML, Wright MA, Rector T, Steen R, McNulty N, Thompson LR, Chisholm SW.  2009.  Choreography of the transcriptome, photophysiology, and cell cycle of a minimal photoautotroph, Prochlorococcus.  PLoS ONE 4(4): e5135. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005135
  8. Sullivan MB, Coleman ML, Quinlivan V, Rosenkrantz JE, Tan G, Lee JA, Waterbury JB, Bielawski JP, Chisholm SW.  2008.  Portal protein diversity and phage ecology. Environ. Microbiol. 10:2810-2823.
  9. Frias-Lopez J, Shi Y, Tyson GW, Coleman ML, Schuster SC, Chisholm SW, DeLong EF. 2008. Microbial community gene expression in ocean surface waters. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 105:3805-3810.
  10. Kettler G, Martiny AC, Huang K, Zucker J, Coleman ML, Rodrigue S, Chen F, Ferriera S, Johnson J, Lapidus A, Church GM, Chisholm SW.  2007.  Patterns and implications of gene gain and loss during the evolution of Prochlorococcus.  PLoS Genetics 3(12):e231.
  11. Lindell D, Jaffe JD, Coleman ML, Futschik ME, Axmann IM, Rector T, Kettler G, Sullivan MB, Steen R, Hess WR, Church GM, and Chisholm SW.  2007. Genome-wide expression dynamics of a marine virus and its host reveal features of co-evolution.  Nature 449:83-86.  
  12. Coleman ML and SW Chisholm.  2007.  Code and context: Prochlorococcus  as a model for cross-scale biology.  Trends Microbiol. 15:398-407.
  13. Martiny AC*, Coleman ML*, Chisholm SW.  2006.  Phosphate acquisition genes in Prochlorococcus ecotypes: evidence for genome-wide adaptation.  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 103:12552-12557. (*contributed equally)
  14. Coleman ML, Sullivan MB, Martiny AC, Steglich C, Barry KL, DeLong E, Chisholm SW. 2006. Genomic islands and the ecology and evolution of Prochlorococcus. Science 311:1768-1770.
  15. Sullivan MB, Coleman ML, Weigele P, Rohwer F, Chisholm SW. 2005. Three Prochlorococcus cyanophage genomes: signature features and ecological interpretation.  PLoS Biol. 3(5):e144.
  16. Rocap G, Larimer FW, Lamerdin J, Malfatti S, Chain P, Ahlgren NA, Arellano A, Coleman M, Hauser L, Hess WR, Johnson ZI, Land M, Lindell D, Post AF, Regala W, Shah M, Shaw SL, Steglich C, Sullivan MB, Ting CS, Tolonen A, Webb EA, Zinser ER, Chisholm SW. 2003. Genome divergence in two Prochlorococcus ecotypes reflects oceanic niche differentiation. Nature 424:1024-7.