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Sarah Kyker, PhD

440.946.4400, ext. 266

Ph.D. 2010, Case Western Reserve University
M.S. 2006, Case Western Reserve University
B.A. 2003, Miami University, Botany
B.S. 2003, Miami University, Secondary Education

Sarah Kyker, PhD

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

I am a microbial ecologist interested in the influence of human-induced and natural environmental changes on microbial communities. Because microorganisms are small in size, they are environmentally sensitive. Despite their small size, microorganisms can have a large impact on the overall health of a habitat due to their role in ecosystem processes. Consequently, environmental changes that alter microbial communities can have a large effect on the overall health of the habitat. My research focuses on deciduous forest soils, which harbor a tremendous diversity of microorganisms. For example, just a teaspoon of uncontaminated soil is estimated to contain millions of microbial species and billions of individual microbial cells. I primarily study bacteria and fungi, as these groups make up a large portion of the microbial diversity in soil. I use molecular techniques to study the community composition of microorganisms and functional genes possessed by microorganisms. The goal of my research is to help elucidate the importance of environmental changes to the health of a habitat or an ecosystem when these changes affect the smallest inhabitants.

Select Publications

Carrino-Kyker SR, LA Kluber, KP Coyle, and DJ Burke. 2016. Regulation of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and their phosphate transporter genes in acidic forest soils following phosphorus addition. Symbiosis doi:10.1007/s13199-016-0448-1.

Carrino-Kyker SR, LA Kluber, SM Petersen, KP Coyle, CR Hewins, JL DeForest, KA Smemo, and DJ Burke. 2016. Mycorrhizal fungal communities respond to experimental elevation of soil pH and P availability in temperate hardwood forests. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 92 doi:10.1093/femsec/fiw024.

Hewins CR, SR Carrino-Kyker, and DJ Burke. 2015. Seasonal variation in mycorrhizal fungi colonizing roots of Allium tricoccum (wild leek) in a mature hardwood forest. Mycorrhiza 25: 469-483; doi:10.1007/s00572-015-0628-5.

Carrino-Kyker SR, KA Smemo, and DJ Burke. 2013. Shotgun metagenomic analysis of metabolic diversity and microbial community structure in experimental vernal pools subjected to nitrate pulse. BMC Microbiology 13: 78. (Highly accessed)

Carrino-Kyker SR, KA Smemo, and DJ Burke. 2012. The effects of pH change and NO3 pulse on microbial community structure and function: a vernal pool microcosm study. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 81: 660-672.

Kluber LA, SR Carrino-Kyker, KP Coyle, JL DeForest, CR Hewins, AN Shaw, KA Smemo, and DJ Burke. 2012. Mycorrhizal response to experimental pH and P manipulation in acidic hardwood forests. PLoS ONE 7: e48946.

 Carrino-Kyker, SR, AK Swanson, and DJ Burke. 2011. Changes in eukaryotic microbial communities of vernal pools along an urban-rural land use gradient. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 62: 13-24.

Carrino-Kyker, SR and AK Swanson. 2008. Temporal and spatial patterns of eukaryotic and bacterial communities found in vernal pools. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 74: 2554-2557.