Firestone Lab

Soil Microbiology at the University of California, Berkeley

Firestone Lab

Firestone Lab

Firestone Lab

Soil Microbiology at the University of California, Berkeley

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Welcome to the Firestone Lab.

Next time you are outside, we encourage you to look down at the soil beneath your feet. Now, imagine scooping up a small thimble-full of that soil. Did you know that in just that tiny thimble of soil there are 1 billion bacteria and 1 million fungi? Amazing, right? We think so. Our lab studies soil microbial ecology – examining how all those microbes interact with growing plants and with each other, how they break down carbon substrates and cycle nutrients, and how they impact exchange of gases such as CO2, CH4, and N2O between the soil and the atmosphere.

Our recent projects examine topics ranging ranging from: Microbial mediation of soil carbon dynamics; processes in the zone of soil around the plant root, called the rhizospere; using meta-omic approaches to link identity with function (metagenomes to metatranscriptomes to metaproteomes and metabolomes; digging deeper to examine microbial communities in saprolite (proto-soil); and microbial mediation of nitrogen cycling, with a particular focus on the highly reactive nitrous oxide.


I am beyond excited to be receiving the Department of Energy E.O. Lawrence Award tomorrow in at a hybrid ceremony Washington DC. 1:30pm EST… If you’d like to watch live or the recording of my (only slightly goofy) 3 min speech–here’s the link.
https://science.osti.gov/lawrence/Ceremony

Diamond Lab now has its own website! Still some work to be done but getting there. Please check it out at https://diamondlab.bio/. Also be on the lookout for updates on hiring soon!!!! @igisci @BanfieldLab #postdocjobs #postdocs #Genomics #microbiome

Proud to finally share this preprint now that it’s submitted to a journal. Paws crossed! It was a pleasure working with @BanfieldJill @Firestone_Lab @Jeffinerca @AlexaMNicolas and the Twitterless Steve Blazewicz.
https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.06.28.498032v2

(1/2) I am extremely excited to announce that I will be starting my own lab at the @igisci! We will focus on developing model microbiome systems and use multi-‘Omic techniques to identify features driving community behavior.
https://innovativegenomics.org/people/spencer-diamond/

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