Clara Fuchsman

Research Interests:

I like to combine molecular and chemical techniques to answer biogeochemical questions.  For most of my career I have studied the anaerobic N cycle in either the Black Sea or oceanic oxygen minimum zones. In this position, I am going to be learning about metagenomics and metaproteomics on samples from a transect across the South Atlantic. Maybe we can figure out what some of those uncultured bacteria are up to. 

Education:

BA Biochemistry, Swarthmore College (2001)

MS Chemical Oceanography, University of Washington (2004) Title: Microbial Activity Evidenced by N Species and Isotopes in the Black Sea Advisor: James Murray

PhD Chemical Oceanography, University of Washington (2010) Title: Microbial ecology and nitrogen isotope biogeochemistry of the Black Sea  Advisors: James Murray and James Staley

Certificate in Astrobiology, University of Washington (2010) Astrobiology Rotation: Vertical Descent or Lateral Transfer? Unraveling the large number of shared genes between anaerobic and/or thermophilic bacteria and archaea Advisor: Gabrielle Rocap

Research Scientist, University of Washington (2011-2012) with Allan Devol

Publications

Kirkpatrick J.B., Fuchsman, C.A., Staley, J.T., and Murray, J.W.  (submitted) Dark Nitrogen Fixation in the Suboxic Zone of the Black Sea. Environmental Microbiology Reports.

Kirkpatrick J.B., Fuchsman, C.A., Yakushev, E.V., Staley, J.T., and Murray, J.W. (2012) Activity of Anammox and Denitrifying Bacteria in the Black Sea. Frontiers in Aquatic Microbiology 3: 255. PDF

Fuchsman, C.A., Murray, J.W., and Staley, J.T. (2012) Stimulation of autotrophic denitrification by intrusions of the Bosporus Plume into the anoxic Black Sea. Frontiers in Aquatic Microbiology 3: 257

Fuchsman, C.A., Staley, J.T., Oakley, B.O., Kirkpatrick J.B. and Murray, J.W. (2012) Free-living and aggregate associated Planctomycetes in the Black Sea. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 80: 402-416. PDF

Fuchsman, C.A., Kirkpatrick, J.B., Brazelton, W.J., Murray, J.W., and Staley, J.T. (2011) Metabolic strategies of free-living and aggregate associated bacterial communities inferred from biological and chemical profiles in the Black Sea suboxic zone. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 78: 586-603. PDF

Fuchsman, C.A., Murray, J.W., and Konovalov, S.K. (2008) Concentration and natural stable isotope profiles of nitrogen species in the Black Sea. Marine Chemistry 111: 90-105.

Konovalov, S.K., Fuchsman, C.A., Belokopitov, V., Murray, J.W. (2008) Modeling the distribution of nitrogen species and isotopes in the water column of the Black Sea. Marine Chemistry 111: 106-124. PDF

Oakley, B.B., Francis, C.A., Roberts, K.J., Fuchsman, C.A., Srinivasan, S., and Staley, J.T. (2007) Analysis of nitrite reductase (nirK and nirS) genes and cultivation reveal depauperate community of denitrifying bacteria in the Black Sea suboxic zone. Environmental Microbiology 9: 118-130.

Fuchsman, C.A., and Rocap, G. (2006) Whole-genome reciprocal BLAST analysis reveals that Planctomycetes do not share an unusually large number of genes with Eukarya and Archaea. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 72: 6841-6844. PDF

Kirkpatrick J., Oakley, B., Fuchsman, C., Srinivasan, S., Staley, J.T., and Murray, J.W. (2006) Diversity and distribution of Planctomycetes and related bacteria in the suboxic zone of the Black Sea. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 72: 3079-3083.