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

Microbes are the most abundant and metabolically diverse form of cellular life on Earth and pivotal to understanding the Earth system. I am fascinated by how living organisms interact with one another, self-assemble into stable communities, and drive geochemical stoichiometry. Each of the three major research efforts in my laboratory, discussed below, are centered around characterizing microbial crosstalk and transactions within microbiomes with an eye toward ecosystem-level understanding and potential for human betterment:

1) Microbial Interactions,

2) Volatile Hydrocarbon Production, and

3) Natural Products Discovery and Microbial Chemical Ecology.

Through the use of robust methods in molecular biology and adaptation of new tools in analytical chemistry, my research group has made significant strides ranging from the field of environmental microbiology to applications in biomedicine.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT- call for papers:

I am pleased to announce that my colleague, Professor David Rowley (College of Pharmacy, Univeristy of Rhode Island) and I are hosting a Special Issue on "Antibacterial Marine Pharmacology" in the journal Marine Drugs. Please see the following link for details:

If you have any questions or are interested in contributing an article please feel free to contact me-- Thanks!

Recent Publications

Mincer, T. J.*, Zettler, E. R. and Amaral-Zettler, L. A. “Microbial interactions with plastic marine debris” Invited contribution as a Chapter in The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry. Volume: Hazardous Chemicals Associated with Plastics in the Environment. Editors: Hideshige Takada and Hrissi K. Karapanagioti. In Press: February, 2016. Springer Publishers, June 2016. DOI: 10.1007/698_2016_12

Krupke, A., Ossolinski, J. E., Hmelo, L. R., Mincer, T. J., Van Mooy, B. A. S. ‘Quorum sensing plays a complex role in regulating the enzyme hydrolysis activity of microbes associated with sinking particles in the ocean.” Frontiers in Microbiology, April 2016 3:55. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00055

Gamal, A. E., Agarwal, V., Diethelm, S., Rahman, I., Schorn, M. A., Sneed, J. M., Louie, G. V., Whalen, K. E.+, Mincer, T. J., Noel, J. P., Paul, V. J., Moore, B. S. “Biosynthesis of coral settlement cue tetrabromopyrrole in marine bacteria by a uniquely adapted brominase-thioesterase enzyme pair.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, April 2016, vol. 113 no. 14, 3797–3802, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1519695113

Harvey, E. L., Deering, R. W., Rowley, D. C., Johnson, M. D., Mincer, T. J., Whalen, K. E.+ “A bacterial quorum-sensing precursor induces mortality in the marine coccolithophore, Emiliania huxleyi” Frontiers in Microbiology, February 2016. doi:

Mincer, T. J.* and Aicher, A. C.+ “Methanol Production by a Broad Phylogenetic Array of Marine Phytoplankton” PLoS ONE (2016) 11(3):e0150820. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0150820

Poulson-Ellestad, K. L.+, Harvey, E. L., Johnson, M. D., Mincer, T. J.* “Exometabolomic profiling of the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi in response to grazing by the dinoflagellate Oxyrrhis marina” Frontiers in Marine Science, January 2016. doi:

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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