Dr. Samo is interested in applying principles of microbial ecology toward addressing questions and challenges in bioenergy and geochemistry. His current work aims to understand the influence of algal-bacterial interactions on elemental cycling and how this knowledge can be applied toward bioenergy applications and ecosystem functioning. He combines experimental culturing and manipulation of microbial communities with measurements of single-cell activity and metabolite transfer between and among microbes.
Kimbrel JA, TJ Samo, CS Ward, DJ Nilson, MP Thelen, A Siccardi, P Zimba, TW Lane, and X Mayali. (2019) Host Selection and Stochastic Effects Influence Bacterial Community Assembly on the Microalgal Phycosphere. Algal Research. 40: In press. doi: 10.1016/j.algal.2019.101489.
Samo TJ, Kimbrel JA, DJ Nilson, J Pett-Ridge, PK Weber, and X Mayali. (2018) Attachment between heterotrophic bacteria and microalgae influences symbiotic microscale interactions. Environmental Microbiology. 20(12): 4358-4400.
Fontanez KM, JM Eppley, TJ Samo DM Karl, EF Delong. (2015) Microbial community structure and function on sinking particles in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. Frontiers in Microbiology 6:469.
Pasulka AL, TJ Samo, MR Landry. (2015) Grazer and viral impacts on microbial growth and mortality in the southern California Current Ecosystem. Journal of Plankton Research 37(2): 320-336.
Samo TJ, S Smriga, F Malfatti, BE Pedler, F Azam. (2014) Broad distribution and high proportion of protein synthesis active marine bacteria revealed by click chemistry at the single cell level. Frontiers in Marine Science 1:48.