Biological Sciences

Carolyn F. Weber, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Microbiology


Biographical Sketch

Dr. Weber joined the faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences at Idaho State University in January 2012. As an undergraduate, Weber became interested in microbial biogeochemistry as an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory (Boston University Marine Program, Woods Hole, MA) and the University of Maine (Walpole, ME). As a doctoral student in the laboratory of Dr. Gary M. King, Weber studied carbon monoxide-oxidizing bacteria in developing ecosystems on terrestrial volcanic deposits in Hawai'i and Japan. As a Director's Postdoctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Weber developed interests in the molecular ecology of soil fungi, their role in carbon cycling and how their community structure and function is impacted by environmental change. Weber's current research interests are in understanding the impacts of environmental disturbances (e.g. volcanic eruptions, invasive plant species) on microbial community structure and function in terrestrial ecosystems and feedbacks on carbon cycling. She works at the level of individual microorganisms to understand changes in physiology under different carbon regimes and also at the landscape scale to understand how changes in microbial community structure and function correlate with net carbon fluxes between soil and atmosphere.

Teaching Areas


Weber, C.F. and Kuske, C.R. 2012. Comparative assessment of fungal cellobiohydrolase I richness and composition in cDNA generated using oligo (dT) primers or random hexamers. Journal of Microbiological Methods. doi: 10.1016/j.mimet.2011.11.016.

Weber, C.F., and G.M. King. 2012. The phylogenetic distribution and ecological role of carbon monoxide oxidation in the genus Burkholderia. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 79: 167-175.

Weber, C.F., D.R. Zak, B.A. Hungate, R.B. Jackson, R.Vilgalys, R. David Evans, C.W. Schadt, P.J. Megonigal and C.R. Kuske. 2011. Responses of cellulolytic fungi to elevated CO2 are complex and variable across five ecosystems. Environmental Microbiology. 13(10): 2778-2793.

Weber, C.F., and C.R. Kuske. 2011. Reverse transcription-PCR methods significantly impact richness and composition measures of expressed fungal cellobiohydrolase I genes in soil and litter. Journal of Microbiological Methods. 86:344-350.

Weber, C.F., and G.M. King. 2010. Distribution and Diversity of Carbon Monoxide-oxidizing Bacteria and Bulk bacterial Communities across a Succession Gradient on a Hawaiian Volcanic Deposit. Environmental Microbiology. 12(7):1855-1867.

Weber, C.F., and G.M. King. 2010. Quantification of Burkholderia coxL in Hawaiian Volcanic Deposits. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 76(7): 2212-2217.

Schloss, P.D., S.L. Wescott, T. Ryabin, J.R. Hall, M. Hartman, E.B. Holister, R.A. Lesniewski, B.B. Oakley, D.H. Parks, C.J. Robinson, J.W. Sahl, B. Stres, G.G. Thallinger, D.J. Van Horn and C.F. Weber. 2009. Introducing mothur: Open Source, Platform-independent, Community-supported Software for Describing and Comparing Microbial Communities. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 75(23): 7537-7541.

Weber, C.F. and G.M. King. 2009. Water stress impacts on bacterial carbon monoxide oxidation on recent volcanic deposits. The ISME Journal. 3: 1325-1334.

King, G.M., C.F. Weber, K. Nanba, Y. Sato and H. Ohta. 2008. Atmospheric CO and hydrogen uptake and CO oxidizer phylogeny for Miyake-jima, Japan volcanic deposits. Microbes and Environment. 23(4): 299-305.

King, G.M. and C.F. Weber. 2008. Interactions between bacterial carbon monoxide and hydrogen consumption and plant development on recent volcanic deposits. The ISME Journal. 2: 195-203.

King, G.M. and C.F. Weber. 2007. Distribution, diversity and ecology of aerobic CO-oxidizing bacteria. Nature Reviews. 5: 107-118. [research featured in Science, 320:1582-1583].

Weber, C.F. and G.M. King. 2007. Physiological, ecological and phylogenetic characterization of Stappia, a marine CO-oxidizing genus. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 73(4): 1266-76.

Zhao, W. C.F. Weber, CL. Zhang, C.S. Romanek, G.M. King, G. Mills, T. Sokolova, and J. Wiegel. 2006. Thermalkalibacillus uzonensis gen. nov. sp. nov, a novel aerobic alkali-tolerant thermophilic bacterium isolated from a hot spring in Uzon Caldera, Kamchatka. 2006. Extremophiles. 10(4): 337-45.

Weber, C.F., S. Barron, R. Marino, R.W. Howarth, G. Tomasky, and E.A. Davidson. 2002. Nutrient limitation of phytoplankton growth in Vineyard Sound and Oyster Pond, Falmouth, Massachusetts. Biological Bulletin. 203: 261-263.

Barron, S, C.F. Weber, R. Marino, E. Davidson, G. Tomasky and R. Howarth. 2002. Effects of varying salinity on phytoplankton growth in a low-salinity coastal pond under two nutrient conditions. Biological Bulletin. 203:260-261.


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