Dr Tyler J. Kohler
(BSc Kansas State University; MSc University of Nebraska; PhD University of Colorado)
I am broadly interested in how freshwater microbial communities are influenced by their biotic and abiotic environment, and using this information to make informed predictions about past, present, and future ecosystem structure and function. I am particularly interested in links between microbial composition and biogeochemical cycles, and how these relationships will evolve given global climate destabilization, land-use change, and ever-increasing socio-economic disparities.
Polar regions in particular are ideal places to disentangle these relationships, given their relatively pristine nature and trophic simplicity. Furthermore, rapidly accelerating environmental change and an increasing human presence makes research in these areas especially timely.
Kohler TJ, Vinšová P, Falteisek L, Žárský JD, Yde JC, Hatton JE, Hawkings JR, Lamarche-Gagnon G, Hood E, Cameron KA, Stibal M (2020) Patterns in microbial assemblages exported from the meltwater of Arctic and sub-Arctic glaciers. Frontiers in Microbiology 11:669 doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2020.00669
Lamarche-Gagnon G, Wadham JL, Sherwood Lollar B, Arndt S, Fietzek P, Beaton AD, Tedstone AJ, Telling J, Bagshaw EA, Hawkings JR, Kohler TJ, Zarsky JD, Mowlem MC, Anesio AM, Stibal M (2019) Greenland melt drives continuous export of methane from the ice-sheet bed. Nature 565:73–77 doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0800-0
Hawkings JR, Hatton JE, Hendry KR, de Souza GF, Wadham JL, Ivanovic R, Kohler TJ, Stibal M, Beaton A, Lamarche-Gagnon G, Tedstone A, Hain M, Bagshaw E, Pike J, Tranter M (2018) The global silicon cycle impacted by past ice sheets. Nature Communications 9:3210 doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-05689-1
Full list of publications here.