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Timothy Magnuson

Timothy S. Magnuson, Ph.D.

Microbial Ecology & Physiology

Office: Life Sciences 325

(208) 406-9514

Magnuson Microbiology Group

We conduct research in Environmental Microbiology.


1996, Ph.D. Bacteriology, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
1991, M.S. Bacteriology, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
1987, B.S. Biochemistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

1999-2000, Postdoctoral fellow, Microbial physiology, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
1996-1999, Postdoctoral fellow, Microbial physiology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Magnuson is a Microbiologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry (1987) from the University of Minnesota, and earned both an M.S. and Ph.D. in Bacteriology from the University of Idaho (1996). He then held postgraduate positions at the University of Massachusetts and Montana State University. In 2001, he began a tenure-track appointment at Idaho State University, where he has developed a successful and diverse research portfolio in Environmental Microbiology. His work spans microbial physiology, biochemistry, and ecology, and his research group explores a variety of topics, including toxic metal metabolism and biofuel production. Dr. Magnuson has published over 20 papers while at ISU, and has presented research at national and international conferences on microbiology, bioenergy, and geochemistry. He currently serves as a reviewer and editor for several prestigious microbiology journals, and has been a long-standing member of the American Society for Microbiology. Dr. Magnuson has been awarded over $1.5 million in funding from federal and private entities, and most importantly, has mentored 30 postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate researchers. Dr. Magnuson was named an ISU 'Outstanding Researcher' in 2013. His overarching research goal is to understand how the microbial world can help humankind through cleaner energy and toxic waste remediation.


BIOL 4433 Microbial Physiology
BIOL 4433L Microbial Physiology Laboratory
BIOL 5533 Microbial Physiology (Graduate)
BIOL 5533L Microbial Physiology Laboratory (Graduate)
BIOL 4469 Special Topics in Microbiology
BIOL 5569 Special Topics in Microbiology (Laboratory)
BIOL 4473 Applied and Environmental Microbiology/Laboratory
BIOL 5573 Applied and Environmental Microbiology/Laboratory (Graduate)

Selected Publications

Magnuson, T.S., and R.N. Ledbetter. 2014. Experimental Geomicrobiology: From Field to Laboratory. In Manual of Environmental Microbiology, 4rd Edition. American Society for Microbiology Press. In Preparation.

Reardon, C.L., T.S. Magnuson, E. S. Boyd, W.D. Leavitt, D.W. Reed, and G.G Geesey. 2014. Hydrogenase Activity of Mineral-Associated and Suspended Populations of Desulfovibrio desulfuricans Essex 6. Microb. Ecol. 67(2): 318-326

Coats, E., E. Searcy, K. Feris, , D. Shrestha, A. McDonald, A. Briones, T.S. Magnuson, and M. Prior. 2013. Application of an Integrated 2-Stage Anaerobic Digestion and Biofuels Production Process to Reduce Life Cycle GHG Emissions from US Dairies. Biofuels Bioproducts Biorefining 7: 459-473.

Ellis, J.T., and T.S. Magnuson. 2012. Thermostable and alkalistable xylanases produced by the thermophilic bacterium Anoxybacillus flavithermus TWXYL3. ISRN Microbiology Article ID 517524.

Hall, C.L., N.K. Wadsworth, D.R. Howard, E.M. Jennings, L.D. Farrell, T.S. Magnuson, and R.J. Smith. 2011. Inhibition of Microorganisms on a Carrion Breeding Resource: The Antimicrobial Peptide Activity of Burying Beetle (Coleoptera: Silphidae) Oral and Anal Secretions. Environ. Entomol. 40(3): 669-678.


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