Distinguished Research Professor
285A Marine Sciences Bldg
Office Phone:  (706) 542-6481
282-284 Marine Sciences Bldg
Lab Phone: 
(706) 542-5900
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Moran Research Group

The Sapelo Island Microbial Carbon Observatory (SIMCO)


Ph.D. 1987, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

M.S. 1982, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

B.S. 1977, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

Research Emphasis:

Bacterial roles in the marine carbon and sulfur cycles; ecological genomics, metagenomics, and metatranscriptomics in coastal marine environments; diversity and structure of estuarine and coastal ocean bacterial communities; ecology and physiology of marine Roseobacter bacteria.

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Mary Ann Moran's Selected Publications

Luo H, Sun Y, Hollibaugh JT, Moran M.A.  2016.  Low genome content diversity of marine planktonic Thaumarchaeota. Environmental Microbiology Reports. 8(4):501-507.
Burns AS, Bullock HA, Smith C, Huang Q, Whitman WB, Moran M.A.  2016.  Small RNAs expressed during dimethylsulfoniopropionate degradation by a model marine bacterium. Environmental Microbiology Reports.
Kujawinski EB, Moran M.A., Stubbins A, Fatland R.  2016.  The Ocean Microbiome: Metabolic Engine of the Marine Carbon Cycle. Microbe Magazine. 11(6):262-267.
Moran M.A, Kujawinski EB, Stubbins A, Fatland R, Aluwihare LI, Buchan A, Crump BC, Dorrestein PC, Dyhrman ST, Hess NJ et al..  2016.  Deciphering ocean carbon in a changing world. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 113(12):3143-3151.
Rivers AR, Burns AS, Chan L-K, Moran M.A.  2016.  Experimental Identification of Small Non-Coding RNAs in the Model Marine Bacterium Ruegeria pomeroyi DSS-3. Frontiers in Microbiology. 7
Moran M.A.  2015.  The Global Ocean Microbiome. Science. 350
Alivisatos A.P, Blaser M.J, Brodie E.L, Chun M., Dangl J.L, Donohue T.J, Dorrestein P.C, Gilbert J.A, Green J.L, Jansson J.K et al..  2015.  A unified initiative to harness Earth's microbiomes. Science. 350(6260):507-508.
Medeiros P.M, Seidel M, Dittmar T, Whitman WB, Moran MA.  2015.  Drought-induced variability in dissolved organic matter composition in a marsh-dominated estuary. Geophysical Research Letters. 42:6446-6453.
Amin S.A, Hmelo L.R, van Tol H.M, Durham B.P, Carlson L.T, Heal K.R, Morales R.L, Berthiaume C.T, Parker M.S, Djunaedi B. et al..  2015.  Interaction and signalling between a cosmopolitan phytoplankton and associated bacteria. Nature. 522(7554):98-101.
Luo H, Moran MA.  2015.  How do divergent ecological strategies emerge among marine bacterioplankton lineages? Trends in Microbiology. 23(9):577-584.