Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Ty Samo

Postdoctoral Appointment
Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division


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DegreeDiscipline/InstitutionYear
Ph.D. Marine Biology
Scripps Institution of Oceanography – UC San Diego
Msc. Marine Biology
Scripps Institution of Oceanography – UC San Diego
B.S. Cell Biology & Biochemistry
UC San Diego

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in all aspects of microbial ecology and biogeochemistry. Specifically, I am using principles in these disciplines to enhance algal biomass for use in bioenergy applications. To this end, much of my work focuses on experimental culturing and manipulation of algae and bacteria, monitoring nutrient and metabolite transfer of bacteria-algae symbioses, measuring various modes of single-cell activity, and collecting quantitative and high-resolution images.


Honors and Awards

  • 2010 UC San Diego Bouchet Graduate Honor Society inaugural inductee
  • 2009 Claude ZoBell marine microbiology fellowship award
  • 2008 Scripps Institution of Oceanography TA award
  • 2008 UCSD/HHMI Interfaces graduate certification in microscopy

Selected (Recent) Publications

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.

Smriga S, TJ Samo, F Malfatti, J. Villareal, F. Azam. (2014) Individual cell DNA synthesis within natural marine bacterial assemblages as detected by 'click' chemistry. Aquatic Microbial Ecology. 72(3): 269-280.

Malfatti F, V Turk, T. Tinta, P. Mozetič, M. Manganelli, TJ Samo, J.A. Ugalde, N. Kovač, M. Stefanelli, M. Antonioli, S. Fonda-Umani, P. Del Negro, B. Cataletto, A. Hozić, N. Ivošević DeNardis, V. Žutić, V. Svetličić, T. Mišić Radić, T. Radić, D. Fuks, F. Azam. (2014) Microbial mechanisms coupling carbon and phosphorus cycles in phosphorus-limited northern Adriatic Sea. Science of the Total Environment. 470-471: 1173-1183

Samo TJ, BE Pedler, AL Pasulka, GI Ball, L Aluwihare, F Azam,R Goericke, MR Landry. (2012) Microbial distribution and activity across a water mass frontal zone in the California Current. Journal of Plankton Research. 34(9): 802-814

Stukel, MR, MR Landry, MD Ohman, R Goericke, TJ Samo, CR Benitez-Nelson. (2011) Do inverse ecosystem models accurately reconstruct plankton trophic flows? Comparing two solution methods using field data from the California Current. Journal of Marine Systems. 91(2): 20-33

Malfatti F, TJ Samo, F Azam. (2009) High-resolution imaging of pelagic bacteria by Atomic Force Microscopy and implications for carbon cycling. The ISME Journal. 4(2): 427-439

Manganelli M, F Malfatti, TJ Samo, BG Mitchell, H Wang, F Azam. (2009) Major role of microbes in carbon fluxes during Austral Winter in the Southern Drake Passage. PLoS ONE. 4:e6941

Samo TJ, F Malfatti, F Azam. (2008) A new class of transparent organic particles in seawater visualized by a novel fluorescence approach. Aquatic Microbial Ecology. 53(3): 307-321


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