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Kirsten Hofmockel

Institution
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Projects

Unraveling spatial and temporal dynamics of microbial necromass destabilization

Lead Institution
U.S. Geological Survey
Principal Investigator
Courtney Creamer
Project type
Large-Scale EMSL Research
Microbial necromass—or the extracellular and intracellular remains of dead microbes—can make up a significant portion of soil organic carbon and nitrogen. But a large quantity of necromass doesn’t…

TEAMS - Trial Ecosystems for the Advancement of Microbiome Science

Lead Institution
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Principal Investigator
Ryan McClure
A primary goal of the TEAMs project is to optimize the Soil EcoFAB devices to accommodate goals of the soil microbiome scientific community. We have made significant progress advancing the Soil…

Rhizosphere processes at molecular to core scale

Lead Institution
Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory
Principal Investigator
Nancy Hess
The amount of C in soil far exceeds the C content of atmosphere as well as the amount C stored above ground as plant biomass. The C fluxes between atmosphere and biomass are huge, many orders of…

Extracellular Research Thrust for EMSL SSA

Lead Institution
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Principal Investigator
Kirsten Hofmockel
Here we propose to address the basic geochemical and biogeochemical interactions that mediate organic-mineral interactions. Identifying binding mechanisms at the organic matter-mineral interface will…

Extracellular Research Thrust for EMSL SSA

Lead Institution
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Principal Investigator
Kirsten Hofmockel
This project will develop a conceptual framework that defines the biotic and abiotic mechanisms regulating the persistence of mineral associated organic matter (OM). The specific goals are to…

Soil-like habitats for spatial analysis of microbe-mineral interactions

Lead Institution
Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory
Principal Investigator
Arunima Bhattacharjee
The objective of this study is to develop mineral microfluidics compatible with a suite of optical and chemical imaging capabilities at EMSL, as well as SSRL, for probing microbially relevant…

Decomposers in Transition

Lead Institution
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Principal Investigator
Kirsten Hofmockel
The overarching objective of the research is to develop a scalable approach for understanding how soil decomposer community dynamics are affected by spatial heterogeneity and climate change (drought)…

TWIN Ecosystems Project

Lead Institution
Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory
Principal Investigator
Nancy Hess
The goal of the TWIN ecosystem project (‘TWINS’) is to pilot laboratory and field ‘twin’ ecosystems that use sensors and autonomous controls to test the hypothesis that compositional changes in root…

Scaling the Microbial Ecology of Soil Carbon

Lead Institution
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Principal Investigator
Kirsten Hofmockel
We propose to determine the ecology of soil microbial responses to experimental warming, by utilizing EMSL capabilities to quantifying growth, mortality, and C use and growth efficiency, as modulated…

Evaluating Spatial and Molecular Drivers of Microbial Function

Lead Institution
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Principal Investigator
Kirsten Hofmockel
One of the greatest and most persistent challenges in the field of soil ecology is the establishment of a direct and predictable link between soil microorganisms and ecosystem function. Soil…

Identifying Multi-omics of Microbial Function

Lead Institution
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Principal Investigator
Kirsten Hofmockel
Project type
Limited Scope
Soil microorganisms are key drivers of global biogeochemical cycles, impacting the flow of nutrients to all life on Earth and many ecosystem services we depend on, such as crop production and carbon…