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Matthew Church

Matthew Church

Associate Professor

Office: Flathead Lake Biological Station Rm 115
Email: matt.church@flbs.umt.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Courses

Courses taught over past 5 years:

  • Spring 2016, OCN 621 “Biological Oceanography", University of Hawaii
  • Fall 2015, OCN 626 “Marine Microplankton Ecology", University of Hawaii 
  • Summer 2015, “Microbial Oceanography: Genomes to Biomes”, University of Hawaii
  • Spring 2015, OCN 621 “Biological Oceanography”, University of Hawaii  
  • Fall 2014, OCN 626 “Marine Microplankton Ecology", University of Hawaii
  • Summer 2014"Microbial Oceanography: Genomes to Biomes”, University of Hawaii
  • Spring 2014, OCN 621 “Biological Oceanography”, University of Hawaii
  • Fall 2013, “Marine Microplankton Ecology", University of Hawaii 
  • Summer 2013, “Microbial Oceanography: Genomes to Biomes”, University of Hawaii 
  • Spring 2013, OCN 621 “Biological Oceanography", University of Hawaii
  • Fall 2012, OCN 626 “Marine Microplankton Ecology", University of Hawaii 
  • Summer 2012, “Microbial Oceanography: Genomes to Biomes”, University of Hawaii 
  • Spring 2012, OCN 621 “Biological Oceanography”, University of Hawaii 
  • Fall 2011, OCN 626 “Marine Microplankton Ecology", University of Hawaii 
  • Summer 2011, “Microbial Oceanography: Genomes to Biomes”, University of Hawaii
  • Spring 2011, OCN 621 “Biological Oceanography", University of Hawaii 

Education

2003                The College of William and Mary, Ph.D., Marine Science

1999                The College of William and Mary, M.Sc., Marine Science

1994                The Evergreen State College, B.Sc.

Publications

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Microbial ecology, aquatic nitrogen cycling, organic matter cycling by microorganisms

PUBLICATIONS for the last 5 years

Articles and Invited Book Chapters

* NOTE: Single underline indicates graduate student working under Church’s mentorship; double underline indicates undergraduate student working under Church’s mentorship; asterisk (*) indicates post-doc working under Church’s mentorship.

 

In Review

1.Shilova, I., M.M. Mills, J.C. Robidart, K.A. Turk-Kubo, K.M. Bjorkman, Z. Kolber, I. Rapp, G.I. van Dijken, M.J. Church, K.R. Arrigo, E.P. Achterberg, J.P. Zehr.  Differential effects of nitrate, ammonium and urea as N sources for microbial communities in the North Pacific Ocean. In Review. Limnology and Oceanography.

2.Karl, D.M. and M.J. Church. Ecosystem structure and dynamics in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre: New views of an old ocean. In Review. Ecosystems.

3.Letelier. R.M., A.E. White, R.R. Bidigare, B. Barone, M.J. Church, and D.M. Karl.  Light absorption by phytoplankton in the North Pacific subtropical gyre. In Review. Limnology and Oceanography.

4.Shulse, C.N., B. Maillot, C.R. Smith, and M.J. Church. Polymetallic nodules, sediments, and deep waters in the equatorial North Pacific exhibit highly diverse and distinct bacterial, archaeal, and microeukaryotic communities. In Review. Microbiology Open.

5.Rii, Y., D.M. Karl, and M.J. Church.Temporal and vertical variability in picoplankton primary productivity in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. In Review. Marine Ecology Progress Series.

6.Viviani, D.A. and M.J. Church. Temporal variability in bacterial production in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. In Review. Deep-Sea Research I.

7.Goldberg, S.J., C.E. Nelson, D.A. Viviani, C.N. Shulse, and M.J. Church. Cascading influence of inorganic nitrogen substrate on DOM production, composition, lability and microbial community structure in the surface waters of the oligotrophic ocean. In Review. The ISME Journal.

 

Published Articles and Chapters

8.Böttjer, D.*, J.E. Dore, D.M. Karl, R.M. Letelier, C. Mahaffey, S.T. Wilson, and M.J. Church. Temporal variability in nitrogen fixation and particulate nitrogen export at Station ALOHA. Limnology and Oceanography doi: 10.1002/lno.10386

9.Ferron, S., del Valle, D.A., Björkman, K.M., Quay, P.D., Church, M.J., Karl, D.M. 2016. Application of membrane inlet mass spectrometry to measure aquatic gross primary production by the 18O in vitro method. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, doi: 10.1002/lom3.10116.

10.Rii, Y.M., S. Duhamel, R.R. Bidigare, D.M. Karl, D.J. Repeta, M.J. Church.2015. Diversity and productivity of photosynthetic picoeukaryotes in biogeochemically distinct regions of the South East Pacific Ocean. Limnology and Oceanography doi: 10.1002/lno.10255.

11.Björkman, K.M., M.J. Church, J.K. Doggett, D.M. Karl. 2015. Differential assimilation of inorganic carbon and leucine by Prochlorococcus and non-pigmented bacteria in the oligotrophic North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. Frontiers in Marine Science doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.01401

12.Viviani, D.A., D.M. Karl, M.J. Church. 2015. Photosynthetic production of dissolved and particulate organic carbon in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. Frontiers in Marine Science doi:10.3389/fmars.2015.00073.

13.White, A.E., R.M. Letelier, A.L. Whitmire, B. Barone, R.R. Bidigare, M.J. Church, and D.M. Karl. 2015.  Phenology of particle size distributions and primary productivity in the North Pacific Subtropical gyre. Journal Geophysical Research – Oceans 120: 7381–7399.

14.Bryant, J.A., F.O Aylward, J.M. Eppley, D.M. Karl, M.J. Church, E.F. DeLong.  Wind and sunlight shape microbial diversity in surface waters of the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. The ISME Journal doi: 10.1038/ismej.2015.221.

15.Wilson, S.T., B. Barone, F. Ascani, R. Bidigare, M. Church, D. del Valle, S. Dyhrman, S. Ferron, J. Fitzsimmons, L. Juranek, Z. Kolber, R. Letelier, S. Martinez-Garcia, D. Nicholson, K. Richards, Y. Rii, M. Rouco, D. Viviani, A. White, J. Zehr, D. Karl. 2015. Short-term variability in euphotic zone biogeochemistry and primary productivity at Station ALOHA: A case study of summer 2012. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 29: 1145–1164.

16.Barone, B.*, R.R. Bidigare, M.J. Church, D.M. Karl, R.M. Letelier, A.E. White. 2015. Particle distributions and dynamics in the euphotic zone of the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. Journal Geophysical Research – Oceans 120: 3229–3247.

17.Dore, J. E., M. J. Church, D. M. Karl, D. W. Sadler and R. M. Letelier. 2014.  Paired windward and leeward biogeochemical time series reveal consistent surface ocean CO2 trends across the Hawaiian Ridge. Geophysical Research Letters, 41: 6459-6467.

18.Lincoln, S.A., B. Wai, J.M. Eppley, M. J. Church, R E. Summons, E F. DeLong.  2014. Reply to Schouten et al.: Marine Group II planktonic Euryarchaeota are significant contributors to tetraether lipids in the ocean.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, doi:10.1073/pnas.1416736111.

19.Karl, D.M. and M.J. Church. 2014. Microbial oceanography and the Hawaii Ocean Time-series programme. Nature Reviews Microbiology, 12: 699–713.

20.Lincoln, S.A., B. Wai, J.M. Eppley, M.J. Church, R. E. Summons, E.F. DeLong. 2014. Planktonic Euryarchaeota are a significant source of archaeal tetraether lipids in the ocean.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 111: 9858–9863.

21.*Böttjer, D., D. M. Karl, R. M. Letelier, D.A. Viviani, M. J. Church. 2014. Experimental assessment of diazotroph responses to elevated seawater pCO2 in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 28: 601-616.

22.Bates, N., Y. Astor, M. Church, K. Currie, J. Dore, M. Gonzalez-Davila, L. Lorenzoni, F. Muller-Karger, J. Olafsson, J. M. Santana-Casiano. 2014.  Changing ocean chemistry: A time-series view of ocean uptake of anthropogenic CO2 and ocean acidification. Oceanography, 27: 12-15.

23.Gradoville, R., A. White, D. Böttjer*, M. Church, R. Letelier. 2014. Diversity trumps acidification: No carbon dioxide enhancement of Trichodesmium community nitrogen or carbon fixation at Station ALOHA. Limnology and Oceanography, 59: 645-659.

24.Robidart, J. C., M. J. Church, J. P. Ryan, F. Ascani, S. T. Wilson, D. Bombar, R. Marin III, K. J. Richards, D. M. Karl, C. A. Scholin and J. P. Zehr. 2014.  Ecogenomic sensor reveals controls on N2-fixing microorganisms in the North Pacific Ocean. The ISME Journal, 8: 1175-1185.

25. Durham, B. P., J. Grote, K. A. Whittaker, S. J. Bender, H. Luo, S. L. Grim, J. M. Brown, J. R. Casey, A. Dron, L. Florez-Leiva, A. Krupke, C. M. Luria, A. H. Mine, O. D. Nigro, S. Pather, A. Talarmin, E. K. Wear, T. S. Weber, J. M. Wilson, M. J. Church, E. F. DeLong, D. M. Karl, G. F. Steward, J. M. Eppley, N. C. Kyripdes, S. Schuster and M. S. Rappe. 2014.  Draft genome sequence of marine alphaproteobacterial strain HIMB11, the first cultivated representative of a unique lineage within the Roseobacter clade possessing an unusually small genome. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 9: 632-645.

26. Church, M.J., M. Lomas, F.M. Karger. 2013. Sea Change: Charting the course for biogeochemical ocean time series research in a new millennium.  Deep-Sea Research II, 93: 2-15.

27. Li, B., D. Karl, R. Letelier, R. Bidigare, and M.J. Church. 2013. Temporal and depth variability of chromophytic phytoplankton in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.  Deep-Sea Research II. 93: 84-95.

28. Pasulka, A.L., M.R. Landry, D.A.A. Taniguchi, A.G. Taylor, M.J. Church. 2013.  Temporal dynamics of phytoplankton and heterotrophic protists at station ALOHA.  Deep-Sea Research II, 93: 44-57.

29. Church, M.J., D. Böttjer*.  2013.  Diversity, ecology, and biogeochemical influence of N2 fixing microorganisms in the sea.  In: Levin S.A. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, second edition, Volume 2, pp. 608-625. Waltham, MA: Academic Press. 

30.Hunt, D., Y. Lin, M.J. Church, D.M. Karl, S.G. Tringe, L.K. Izzo, Z.I. Johnson. 2013. Uncoupling of abundance and activity of bacterioplankton in open ocean surface waters.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 79: 177-184.

31. Wilson, S.T., D. Böttjer*, M.J. Church, D.M. Karl.  2012. Comparative assessment of nitrogen fixation methodologies conducted in the oligotrophic North Pacific Ocean.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 78: 6516-6523.

32. Luo, Y. et al. 2012.  Database of diazotrophs in global ocean: Abundances, biomass and nitrogen fixation rates.  Earth System Science Data (ESSD), 5: 47-106.

33. Luo, Y., S.C. Doney, M.A.M. Friedrichs, M.J. Church, D.M. Karl, H.W. Ducklow.  2012. Interpreting the decadal primary production increase in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 117, G03019, doi:10.1029/2011JG001830.

34. Juarnek, L. P. Quay, R. Feely, D. Lockwood, D. Karl, M. Church. 2012.  Biological regulation of North Pacific air-sea CO2 flux: Evidence from dissolved oxygen isotopes and O2/Ar. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 117: C05022, doi:10.1029/2011JC007450.

35. Guidi, L., P.H.R. Calil, S. Duhamel, K.M. Bjorkman, G.A. Jackson, B. Li, M.J. Church, S.C. Doney, L. Stemmann, S. Tozzi, Z.S. Kolber, K.J. Richards, A.A. Fong, R.M. Letelier, G. Gorsky, D.M. Karl. 2012.  Does eddy-eddy interaction promote phytoplankton production and carbon export? Journal of Geophysical Research, .

36. Karl, D.M., M.J. Church, J.E. Dore, R.M. Letelier, C. Mahaffey. 2012.  Predictable and efficient carbon sequestration in the North Pacific Ocean supported by symbiotic nitrogen fixation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 109: 1842-1849.

37. Friedrich, T., A. Timmermann, A. Abe-Ouchi, N. R. Bates, M. O.Chikamoto, M.J. Church, J. E. Dore, D. K. Gledhill, M. Gonzalez-D´avila, M. Heinemann, T. Ilyina, J. H. Jungclaus, E. McLeod, A. Mouchet, J. M. Santana-Casiano.  2012.  Detecting regional anthropogenic trends in ocean acidification against natural variability.  Nature Climate Change, 2: 167-171.

38.Grote, J., C. Bayindirli, K. Bergauer, P. Carpintero de Morares, H. Chen, L. D'Ambrisio, B. Edwards, B. Fernandez-Gomez, M. Hamisi, R. Logares, D. Nguyen, Y. M. Rii, E. Saeck, C. Schutte, B. Winder, M. J. Church, G. F. Steward, D. M. Karl, E. F. DeLong, J. M. Eppley, S. Schuster, N. C. Kyrpides, M. S. Rappé.  2011. Complete genome sequence of strain HIMB100, a cultured representative of the SAR116 clade of marine Alphaproteobacteria. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 5: 269-278.

39. Li, B., R. Letelier, D. Karl, M.J. Church. 2011.  Size-dependent photosynthetic variability in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.  Marine Ecology Progress-Series, 440: 27-40.

40. Brzezinski, M.A., J.W. Krause, M.J. Church, D.M. Karl, B. Li, J.L. Jones, B. Updyke. 2011.  The annual silica cycle of the oligotrophic North Pacific Ocean. Deep-Sea Research I, 58: 988-1001.

41. Watkins-Brandt, K.S., R.M. Letelier, Y.H. Spitz, M.J. Church, D. Böttjer*, A.E. White.  2011. Enhancement of nitrogen and carbon fixation in the oligotrophic North Pacific via inorganic and organic phosphorus additions.  Marine Ecology Progress-Series, 432: 17-29.

42.Viviani, D.A., K.M. Bjorkman, D.M. Karl, M.J. Church. 2011. Plankton metabolism of the surface waters in the tropical and subtropical Pacific Ocean.  Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 62: 1-12. 

Honors

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

 

2015                Recipient, Yentsch-Schindler Early Career Award, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography

2015                Recipient, Klaus Wrytki Graduate Teaching Award, Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaii

2015                Recipient, 2015 Na Kama Kai Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaii  

                                        2009                Co-recipient of 2009 Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 

Professional Experience

2016-present   Associate Professor, Division of Biological Sciences, Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana

2016                Professor, Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaii

2011-2016       Associate Professor (with tenure), Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaii

2007-2011       Assistant Professor, Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaii

2004-2007       Assistant Researcher, University of Hawaii

2003-2004       Postgraduate Research Scientist, University of California Santa Cruz

1996-2002       Graduate Research Assistant, The College of William and Mary, School of Marine Science