Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Erin Nuccio

Staff Scientist
Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division

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PhD Microbiology
University of California, Berkeley
MESM Environmental Science and Management
University of California, Santa Barbara
BS Environmental Science
Santa Clara University
BA Religious Studies
Santa Clara University

Research Interests

Nuccio’s research focuses on how roots affect key microbial processes in soil, such as the decomposition of plant residues and turnover of soil organic matter. She is currently using metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, and stable isotope approaches (stable isotope probing, Chip-SIP) as tools to understand the molecular underpinnings that drive these processes in soil. Her previous work focused on uncovering the ecological factors that shape the microbial communities living on and around plant roots—a soil microhabitat known as the rhizosphere.


  • Erin E. Nuccio, Angela Hodge, Jennifer Pett-Ridge, Donald J. Herman, Peter K. Weber, Mary K. Firestone (2013). An arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus significantly modifies the soil bacterial community and nitrogen cycling during litter decomposition, Environmental Microbiology 15(6): 1870-81. Cover Image
  • Erin E. Nuccio (2013). Deconstructing the soil microbiome: elucidating the influence of roots and arbuscular mycorrhizae on soil microbial communities. PhD dissertation. University of California, Berkeley.
  • Jennifer Pett-Ridge, Dorthe Groth-Peterson, Erin E. Nuccio, Mary K. Firestone (2013). Influence of oxic/anoxic fluctuations on ammonia oxidizers and nitrification potential in a wet tropical soil, FEMS Microbiology Ecology 85(1): 179-94.
  • Donald J. Herman, Mary K. Firestone, Jennifer Pett-Ridge, Erin E. Nuccio, Angela Hodge (2012). Interactions between an arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus and a soil microbial community mediating litter decomposition. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 80(1): 236-247.
  • Sean M. Watts, Melissa M. Uhl, Stephen P. Maurano, Erin E. Nuccio (2010). Using small-scale studies to prioritize threats and guide recovery of a rare hemiparasitic plant: Cordylanthus rigidus ssp littoralis. PLoS ONE 5(1): e8892.

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