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Charles R. Lovell

Title: Professor
Department: Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-7036
Office: CLS, Room 408
Resources: Department of Biological Sciences


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 parahaemolyticus.

Selected Publications of 87 peer reviewed papers/chapters and 64 published abstracts:

Dang, H. and C.R. Lovell. 2016. Microbial Surface Colonization and Biofilm Development in Marine Environments. Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews 80: 91-138. <Link>

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 VibrioApplied and Environmental Microbiology 80: 5359-65. <Link>

 Klein, S., C.K. Gutierrez West, D. Mejia and C.R. Lovell. 2014. Genes similar to the Vibrio parahaemolyticus virulence-related genes tdh, trh, tlh, and vscC2 occur in other Vibrionaceae species isolated from a pristine estuary. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 80: 595-602. <Link>

 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. <Link>

 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. <Link>

 Lovell, C.R., and D.A. Davis. 2012. Specificity of salt marsh diazotrophs for vegetation zones and plant hosts: Results from a North American marsh.  Frontiers in Microbiology.  3:15. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2012.00084

 Gamble, M.D., and C.R. Lovell. 2011. Infaunal burrows are enrichment zones for Vibrio parahaemolyticusApplied and Environmental Microbiology 77:3703-3714. <Link>

 Matsui, G.Y., N. Volkenborn, L. Polerecky, D.S. Wethey, C.R. Lovell, S.A. Woodin. 2011. Controlled induction of bidirectional porewater advection in aquatic sediments by 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 of saltmarsh grass rhizosphere diazotroph assemblages to changes in marsh elevation, edaphic conditions and plant host species. Microbial Ecology 61:386-398. <Link>

 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. <Link>

 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 marsh cordgrass, Spartina alterniflora. Microbial Ecology 59:253-269. <Link>