I am a microbial ecologist. My research addresses the responses of natural bacterial
communities to physical, chemical, and biological environmental variables. My group
examines the relationship between microbial diversity and ecological function, and
seeks to answer a number of specific questions at the level of ecophysiology, population
dynamics and community ecology. To facilitate this work we focus on specific groups
of bacteria that directly contribute to a particular function, such as the diazotrophic
bacteria, the sulfate reducing bacteria, and the acetogenic bacteria. Pathogenesis
is another ecological function of interest and current research examines pathogenesis
of marine Vibrio species and the specific virulence mechanisms employed by Vibrio
(of 87 peer reviewed papers and chapters, 64 published abstracts):
Dang, H. and C.R. Lovell. 2016. Microbial Surface Colonization and Biofilm Development
Environments. Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews 80: 91-138.
Gabriel, M.W., G.Y. Matsui, R. Friedman, and C.R. Lovell. 2014. Optimization of multilocus
sequence analysis for identification of species in the genus Vibrio. Applied and
Environmental Microbiology. In press.
Klein, S., C.K. Gutierrez West, D. Mejia and C.R. Lovell. 2014. Genes similar to the
parahaemolyticus virulence-related genes tdh, trh, tlh, and vscC2 occur in other
Vibrionaceae species isolated from a pristine estuary. Applied and Environmental
Gutierrez West, C.K., S.L. Kline and C.R. Lovell. 2013. The virulence factor genes
tdh, trh and
tlh occur at high frequency in Vibrio parahaemolyticus isolated from a pristine estuary.
Applied and Environmental Microbiology 79:2247-2252.
Pinckney, J., I. Hagenbuch, R. Long, C.R. Lovell. 2013. Sublethal effects of the antibiotic
tylosin on estuarine benthic microalgal communities. Marine Pollution Bulletin 68:8-12.
Lovell, C.R., and D.A. Davis. 2012. Specificity of salt marsh diazotrophs for vegetation
and plant hosts: Results from a North American marsh. Frontiers in Microbiology. 3:1-
15. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2012.00084
Gamble, M.D., and C.R. Lovell. 2011. Infaunal burrows are enrichment zones for Vibrio
parahaemolyticus. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 77:3703-3714.
Matsui, G.Y., N. Volkenborn, L. Polerecky, D.S. Wethey, C.R. Lovell, S.A. Woodin.
Controlled induction of bidirectional porewater advection in aquatic sediments
biomimetic Robolug. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods 9:84-96.
Davis, D., M.D. Gamble, C.E. Bagwell, P.W. Bergholz, and C.R. Lovell. 2011. Responses
saltmarsh grass rhizosphere diazotroph assemblages to changes in marsh elevation,
edaphic conditions and plant host species. Microbial Ecology 61:386-398.
Cramer, M.J., N. Haghshenas, G.Y. Matsui and C.R. Lovell. 2011. Celerinatantimonas
diazotrophicus, gen. nov., spec. nov., a nitrogen fixing bacterium representing a new
Family in the Gammaproteobacteria. International Journal of Systematic and
Evolutionary Microbiology 61:1053-1060.
Gamble, M.D., C.E. Bagwell, J. LaRocque, P.W. Bergholz, and C.R. Lovell. 2010. Seasonal
variability of diazotroph assemblages associated with the rhizosphere of the salt
cordgrass, Spartina alterniflora. Microbial Ecology 59:253-269.