Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Tracy Mincer
Tracy Mincer's photoTracy Mincer
Associate Scientist
Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry

Contact Information:
Work: 508 289 3640
Building: Watson Building 109

Mailing Address:
Mailstop 51
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests
  • Determining in situ selective pressures on marine microorganisms
  • Elucidation of chemical communication and its role in coordinating microbial processes
  • Marine microbial natural products and their role in chemical ecology
  • Gaining a deeper understanding of the epibiont community of the bloom-forming cyanobacteria Trichodesmium

Recent Publications
  1. Schmidt, V., Reveillaud, J., Zettler, E. R., Mincer, T. J., Murphy, L., Amaral-Zettler, L. “Oligotyping reveals community level habitat selection in the genus Vibrio” Frontiers in Microbiology. Accepted for Publication September 2014.
  2. Apprill, A.*, Robbins,J., Eren, A. M., Pack, A. A., Reveillaud, J., Mattila, D., Moore, M., Niemeyer, M., Moore, K. M. T., Mincer, T. J.* “Humpback whale populations share a core skin bacterial community: towards a health index for marine mammals?” (2014) 9(3): e90785. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0090785, PLoS ONE.
  3. Zettler, E. R., Mincer, T. J., Amaral-Zettler, L., “The unnatural history of the ‘Plastisphere’: Microbes on plastic marine debris.” Accepted: Environmental Science and Technology, Volume 47: Pages 7137-7146, June 2013.
  4. Apprill, A., Hughen, K., & Mincer, T. J. “Major similarities in the bacterial communities associated with lesioned and healthy Fungiidae corals.” Environmental Microbiology, Volume 15: pages 2063-2072, July 2013.
  5. Cordero, O. X., Wildschutte, H., Kirkup, B., Proehl, S., Ngo, L., Hussain, F., Le Roux, F., Mincer, T. J., & Polz, M. F. “Ecological Populations of Bacteria Act as Socially Cohesive Units of Antibiotic Production and Resistance.”  Science, Volume 337, pages 1228-1231, September 2012.
  6. Hmelo, L. R., Van Mooy, B.A.S. & Mincer, T. J. “Characterization of bacterial epibionts on the cyanobacterium Trichodesmium”. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, Volume 67, pages 1-14, July 2012.

Postdoctoral Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Fall 2004–Spring 2008. Professor Edward F. DeLong, advisor Ph.D. Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, Fall 2004. Professor William Fenical, advisor B.S. Chemistry/Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego.  Spring, 1995

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