J. Vaun McArthur

Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, USA


J. Vaun McArthur was born in Pocatello, ID, USA and owes much of his success to such a beginning. He received a Ph.D. degree in biology/ecology from Kansas State University in 1984. Currently, he is a Senior Research Scientist/Professor at the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL) and Senior Scientist in the Odum School of Ecology. He has been at SREL since 1985. Dr. McArthur has broad experience in many aspects of aquatic ecology including lakes, ponds, reservoirs, Carolina bays, rivers, and streams as well as estuarine and marine systems. His studies have examined factors affecting decomposition, microbial responses to sources of naturally occurring organic carbon, trophic transfer of contaminants, and stable isotope characterization. He has studied population, community, and ecosystem processes using macroinvertebrates, fish, and microbes. Currently, he is studying the interactions between heavy metal contamination and antibiotic resistance in aquatic bacteria in both freshwater and marine systems. These studies are demonstrating that heavy metals indirectly select for antibiotic resistance traits in many species of bacteria and that these traits can be subsequently taken up by water-borne pathogens via horizontal gene transfer. He is the author of Microbial Ecology: An Evolutionary Approach. He has considerable training and experience in statistical thinking and analysis in ecological studies and is presently coauthoring a book on the subject.

Biography Updated on 12 January 2011

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