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Mary Ann Moran

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UGA Foundation Distinguished Professor

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Moran Lab Website

  • Ph.D. 1987, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  • M.S. 1982, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • B.S. 1977, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
Research Areas:
Research Interests:

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.

Nowinski, B. and M. A. Moran. 2021. Niche dimensions of a marine bacterium are identified using invasion studies in coastal seawater. Nature Microbiology 6: 524–532. DOI

Ferrer-González, F. X.,  B. Widner, N. R. Holderman, J. Glushka, A. S. Edison, E. B. Kujawinski, and  M. A. Moran. 2020. Resource partitioning of phytoplankton metabolites that support bacterial heterotrophy. ISME Journal 15:762-773. DOI

Fu, H., M. Uchimiya, J. Gore, and M. A. Moran. 2020. Ecological drivers of bacterial community assembly in synthetic phycospheres. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 117:3656-3662. DOI

Moran, M. A. and B. P. Durham. 2019. Sulfur metabolites in the pelagic ocean. Nature Reviews Microbiology 17: 665-678. DOI

Coles V.J, Stukel M.R, Brooks M.T, Burd A., Crump B.C, Moran M.A, Paul J.H, Satinsky B.M, Yager P.L, Zielinski B.L et al..  2017.  Ocean biogeochemistry modeled with emergent trait-based genomicsScience. 358(6367):1149-1154. DOI 

Landa M, Burns AS, Roth SJ, Moran M.A.  2017.  Bacterial transcriptome remodeling during sequential co-culture with a marine dinoflagellate and diatom. The ISME Journal. DOI 

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 worldProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 113(12):3143-3151. DOI  

Moran M.A.  2015.  The Global Ocean Microbiome. Science. 350 DOI 

Luo H, Moran MA.  2015.  How do divergent ecological strategies emerge among marine bacterioplankton lineages? Trends in Microbiology. 23(9):577-584. DOI 

Durham BP, Sharma S, Luo H, Smith CB, Amin S, Bender SJ, Dearth SP, Van Mooy BAS, Campagna S, Kukawinski EB et al.  2015.  Cryptic carbon and sulfur cycling between surface ocean planktonProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 112: 453–457. DOI 

Gifford SM, Sharma S, Moran MA.  2014.  Linking activity and function to ecosystem dynamics in a coastal bacterioplankton communityFrontiers in Microbiology. 5. DOI 

Satinsky B.M, Crump B.C, Smith C.B, Sharma S., Zielinski B.L, Doherty M., Meng J., Sun S., Medeiros P.M, Paul J.H et al..  2014.  Microspatial gene expression patterns in the Amazon River PlumeProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 111(30):11085–11090. DOI 

Moran MA, Satinsky B, Gifford SM, Luo H, Rivers A, Chan L-K, Meng J, Durham BP, Shen C, Varaljay VA et al..  2013.  Sizing up metatranscriptomicsThe ISME Journal. 7(2):237-243. DOI 

Newton RJ, Griffin LE, Bowles KM, Meile C, Gifford S, Givens CE, Howard EC, King E, Oakley CA, Reisch CR et al..  2010.  Genome characteristics of a generalist marine bacterial lineageThe ISME Journal. 4:784–798. DOI 


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Articles Featuring Mary Ann Moran

Mary Ann Moran is on a roll for 2018! In addition to her previously reported appointment to Regents' Professor, Mary Ann has also been…

Mary Ann Moran has been named Regents' Professor for the University of Georgia. The Regents’ Professorship includes a $10,000 salary increase and is granted for an initial period of three years, which may be renewed. No more than one Regents’ Professorship is…

UGA Department of Marine Sciences research adapted for teens

Athens, Ga. – A $1.3 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation will allow University of Georgia researchers to uncover answers about an important metabolic link that takes place in the Earth’s oceans.

Faculty members Mary Ann Moran and Aron Stubbins are first authors of publications that were recognized as top-cited papers in the Limnology and Oceanography 60th Anniversary Special Collection issue.

Mary Ann Moran, Patricia Medeiros and Aron Stubbins have an article appearing today in PNAS, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, addressing both the complexities and innovations in the field of dissolved organic material in the world's oceans…

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