Taylor Priest

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PhD Student

Flow Cytometry Research Group

MPI for Marine Microbiology
Celsiusstr. 1
D-28359 Bremen




+49 421 2028-9610

Taylor Priest

My Research

Heterotrophic bacteria are fundamental in the cycling of organic matter in the marine environment. Our understanding of the organisms involved and the biological mechanisms they employ to degrade organic compounds has advanced significantly in recent years with the application of metagenomics, metatranscriptomics and metaproteomics. The research in this field has largely focused on temperate coastal oceans and far less is known about coastal Arctic ecosystems. These regions are highly dynamic and subject to drastic seasonal variations such as the influx of warm freshwater during spring and summer. Furthermore, the global shifts in climate that are currently being witnessed are resulting in ecosystem-wide changes across the Arctic. My PhD is focused on using modern molecular ecological tools to characterise marine heterotrophic bacterioplankton in the Arctic, the genetic repertoire they encode to degrade organic compounds and how this changes with latitude, water mass origin and coastal influences. 

Part of the FACS group, supervised by PD Dr. Bernhard Fuchs


Priest, T.,B. Fuchs,R. Amann, and M. Reich. (2021). Di­ver­si­ty and bio­mass dy­na­mics of uni­cel­lu­lar ma­ri­ne fun­gi du­ring a spring phy­to­plank­ton bloom. En­vi­ron. Mi­cro­bi­ol.23:448-463. (doi:10.1111/1462-2920.15331)


Poster presented at VAAM 2019 (Mainz) - Diversity and biomass dynamics of unicellular marine fungi during a spring phytoplankton bloom

Field experience

Herschel Island (Yukon, Canada) expedition, 2019 - Expedition to collect water, sediment and thawed permafrost samples. Samples were taken to understand the impact of thawing permafrost on coastal heterotrophic bacterial community.

Research Cruise to the Fram Strait and coastal Svalbard region, RV. Maria S. Merian, 2020 - Water samples were collected from various depths to ecologically characterise the heterotrophic bacterial community and their functional capacities. 

Curriculum Vitae

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