435 Tate Hall
PhD, 2008, University of Southern California
Geobiology Research Group Website:
The Earth's lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere are profoundly influenced by the activities of microorganisms. Geobiological processes that underpin modern biogeochemical cycles also shaped ancient environments, from the formation of authigenic mineral deposits, to the oxygenation of Earth's early atmosphere. My primary scientific interest is to better understand interactions between the biosphere and geosphere in both modern and ancient settings.
In order to accomplish these goals, our lab takes the following approaches:
- We study modern geobiologically-relevant microbes and their metabolisms with the goals of better understanding their biology, evolution and biogeochemical significance in the modern, as well as to potentially identify these organisms in the rock record using novel approaches. In some cases, we work with organisms that we have isolated. In other cases, we employ culture-independent approaches such as metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, and itag/amplicon-enabled community characterization.
- We investigate the chemistry, petrology, and micropaleontology of modern and ancient mineral deposits and sedimentary structures that may provide us with evidence of microbial activity.
- We actively seek to establish new methods, such as immunodetection, for detecting and studying modern and ancient microbial activity.
Active Research and Interests
- Exploring the role of sulfur-oxidizing bacteria in the precipitation and dissolution of authigenic minerals
- Understanding the role of poyphosphate metabolism(s) in sediment geochemistry and microbial ecology
- Investigating the ecophysiology and genomics of sulfide-oxidizing bacteria such as Thiomargarita
- Exploring the metabolic and ecological diversity of chemolithoautotrophic microbes
- Studying chemosynthetic microbial communities and their preservation in the rock record
- Developing antibodies as in-situ organic biomarker detection tools
- Understanding the deep subsurface biosphere and its geological record
Professional Society Membership
- Geological Society of America
- International Society for Microbial Ecology
- American Geophysical Union
- Geochemical Society
- Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science
Honors and Awards
- Simons Foundation Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution, 2015
- National Academy of Sciences Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow, 2014
- Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellow, 2014
- UMN Graduate and Professional Student Assembly Outstanding Advisor Award, 2013
- UMN McKnight Land Grant Professorship, 2013
- National Science Foundation CAREER Grant, 2011-2016
- Agouron Institute Geobiology Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2008
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2005
Winkel, M., Salman, V., Woyke, T., Richter, M., Schulz-Vogt, H., Flood, B.E., Bailey, J.V., Mußmann, M., (2016) Single-cell sequencing of Thiomargarita reveals genomic flexibility for adaptation to dynamic redox conditions. Frontiers in Extreme Microbiology.
Flood, B.E., Fliss, P., Jones, D.S., Dick, G., Jain, S. Kaster, A.K., Winkel, M. Muβmann, M. Bailey, J.V. (2016) Single-Cell (Meta-)Genomics of a Dimorphic Candidatus Thiomargarita nelsonii Reveals Genomic Plasticity. Frontiers in Extreme Microbiology. 7:603. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00603
Harrison, B.K.*, Myrbo, A., Flood, B.E.*, Bailey, J.V. (2016) Recovery of subannual microbial community information from individual sedimentary laminae using a freeze-coring approach. Limnology and Oceanography, DOI: 10.1002/lno.10250
Jones, D.S.*, Flood, B.E. *, Bailey, J.V. (2015) Metatranscriptomic insights into polyphosphate metabolism in marine sediments. ISME Journal, DOI:10.1038/ismej.2015.169
Stevens, E.N.*, Bailey, J.V., Flood, B.E.*, Jones, D.S., Gilhooly III, W.P., Joye, S.B., Teske, A., Mason, O.U., (2015) Barite encrustation of benthic sulfur-oxidizing bacteria at a marine cold seep. Geobiology. DOI: 10.1111/gbi.12154
Mason, O.U. §, Case, D.H.§, Naehr, T.H., Lee, R.W., Thomas, R.B., Bailey, J.V., Orphan, V.J., (2015) Comparison of archaeal and bacterial diversity in methane seep carbonate nodules and host sediments, Eel River Basin and Hydrate Ridge, USA. Microbial Ecology; DOI 10.1007/s00248-015-0615-6.
Flood, B.E. *, Jones, D.S. *, Bailey, J.V., (2015) The complete genome of Sedimenticola thiotaurini strain SIP-G1, a polyphosphate and polyhydroxyalkanoate-accumulating sulfur-oxidizing gammaproteobacterium isolated from salt marsh sediments. ASM Genome Announcements.
Flood, B.E. *, Bailey, J.V., Jones, D.S.*, (2015) Sedimenticola thiotaurini sp. nov., a sulfide-oxidizing bacterium isolated from saltmarsh sediments, emended description of the genus Sedimenticola and holotype strain Sedimenticola selenatireducens. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.
Jones, D.S.*, Flood, B.E. *, Bailey, J.V. (2015) Metatranscriptomic analysis of diminutive Thiomargarita-like bacteria (“Candidatus Thiopilula spp.”) from abyssal cold seeps of the Barbados Accretionary Prism. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 81:3142–3156.
Vietti, L.A.*, Bailey, J.V., Fox, D.L., and Rogers, R.R., (2015) Rapid formation of framboidal sulfides on bone surfaces from a simulated marine carcass fall. Palaios. v. 30.
Crosby, C.H.*, Bailey, J.V., and Sharma, M., (2014), Fossil evidence of iron-oxidizing chemolithotrophy linked to phosphogenesis in the wake of the Great Oxidation Event. Geology, v. 42, p. 1015-1018.
Flood, B.E, Bailey, J.V., Biddle, J.F. (2014), Horizontal gene transfer and the rock record: comparative genomics of phylogenetically distant bacteria that induce wrinkle structure formation in modern sediments. Geobiology. doi: 10.1111/gbi.12072.
Salman, V., Bailey, J.V., Teske, A. (2013) Phylogenetic and morphologic complexity of giant sulphur bacteria. Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek v.104(2):169-86. doi: 10.1007/s10482-013-9952
Bailey, J.V., Corsetti, F.A., Greene, S.E., Crosby, C.H.*, Liu, P., Orphan, V.J., (2013) Filamentous sulfur bacteria preserved in modern and ancient phosphatic sediments: implications for the role of oxygen and bacteria in phosphogenesis.Geobiology doi: 10.1111/gbi.12046
Crosby, C.H.*, Bailey, J.V., (2012) The role of microbes in the formation of modern and ancient phosphatic mineral deposits. Frontiers in Aquatic Microbiology. v. 3, p. 3-9:241. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2012.00241
Cunningham, J. A., Thomas, C.-W., Bengtson, S., Marone, F., Stampanoni, M., Turner, F. R., Bailey, J. V., Raff, R. A., Raff, E. C., Donoghue, P. C. J., (2012) Experimental taphonomy of giant sulphur bacteria: implications for the interpretation of the embryo-like Ediacaran Doushantuo fossils. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, v. 279, 1857-1864.
Bailey, J.V., Salman, V., Rouse, G.W., Schulz-Vogt, H.N., Levin, L.A., Orphan, V.J., (2011) Dimorphism in methane seep-dwelling ecotypes of the largest known bacteria. ISME Journal, v. 5, p. 1926-1935.
Bailey, J.V., (2011) Breathing room for early animals. Nature Geoscience., v. 4, p. 354-355.
Salman, V., Amann, R., Girnth, A-C., Polerecky, L., Bailey, J.V., Høgslund, S., Jessen, G., Pantoja, S., and Schulz-Vogt, H., (2011) A single-cell sequencing approach to the classification of large, vacuolated sulfide-oxidizing bacteria. Systematic and Applied Microbiology, v. 34, p.243-259.
Bailey, J.V., Raub, T.D., Meckler, A.N., Harrison, B.K., Raub, T.M.D., Green, A.M., and Orphan, V.J., (2010) Pseudofossils in relict methane seep carbonates resemble endemic microbial consortia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 285, p. 131-142.
Bailey, J.V., Orphan, V.J., Joye, S.B., and Corsetti, F.A., (2009) Chemotrophic microbial mats and their potential for preservation in the rock record. Astrobiology, v. 9, p. 843-859.
Bailey, J.V., Joye, S.B., Kalanetra, K.M., Flood, B.E., and Corsetti, F.A., (2007) Evidence of giant sulphur bacteria in Neoproterozoic phosphorites. Nature, v. 445, p. 198-201.
Bailey, J.V., Corsetti, F.A., Bottjer, D.J., and Marenco, K.N., (2006) Microbially-mediated environmental influences on metazoan colonization of matground ecosystems: evidence from the Lower Cambrian Harkless Formation. Palaios, v. 21, p. 215-226.
Bailey, J.V., Cohen, A.S., and Kring, D.A., (2005) Lacustrine fossil preservation in acidic environments: Implications of experimental and field studies for the Cretaceous-Paleogene Boundary acid rain trauma. Palaios, v. 20, p. 376-389.