Prof. Dr. Micah Dunthorn - Research Focus and Publications



Prof. Dr. Micah Dunthorn

Eukaryotic Microbiology

University of Duisburg-Essen

Faculty of Biology

Universitätsstr. 5

D-45141 Essen, Germany

Room S05 R04 H83

Phone +49 (0)201 183 2453 

Fax +49 (0)201 183 3768

micah.dunthorn [at] uni-due.de

 

APPOINTMENTS

09.2018 - present: DFG-Heisenberg Professor (W2), head of the Department of Eukaryotic Microbiology, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

03.2017 - 08.2018: Independent Junior Research Group Leader, Department of Ecology, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

03.2012 - 02.2017: DFG-Emmy Noether Independent Junior Research Group Leader, Department of Ecology, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

03.2010 - 02.2012: Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Ecology, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

05.2009 - 02.2010: Faculty of Biology Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Ecology, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

08.2003 - 12.2003: Visiting Professor, Institute of Microbiology, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D. 2009: Organismic Biology and Evolution; University of Massachusetts Amherst, U.S.A.

M.S. 2002: Biology; University of Missouri St. Louis, U.S.A.

B.A. 2000: Biology; George Mason University, U.S.A.; with Honors

PUBLICATIONS

Forster, D., G. Lentendu, M. Wilson, F. Mahé, F. Leese, T. Andersen, M. Khomich, M. Dunthorn (submitted). Evaluating geographic variation within molecular operational taxonomic units (OTUs) using network analyses in Scandinavian lakes

Ritter, C.D., A.F. Machado, K.F. Ribeiro, M. Dunthorn (submitted). Metabarcoding advances for ecology and biogeography of Neotropical protists: what do we know, where do we go?

Lentendu, G., M. Dunthorn (in revision). Relating network analyses to phylogenetic relatedness to infer protistan co-occurrences and co-exclusions in marine and terrestrial environments

Ritter, C.D., D. Forster, J.A.R. Azevedo, A. Antonelli, R.H. Nilsson, M.E. Trujillo, M. Dunthorn (2021). Assessing biotic and abiotic interactions of microorganisms in Amazonia through co-occurrence networks and DNA metabarcoding. Microbial Ecology doi:10.1007/s00248-021-01719-6

Doliwa, A., M. Dunthorn, E. Rassoshanska, F. Mahé, D. Bass, C.D. Ritter (2021). Identifying potential hosts of short-branch Microsporidia. Microbial Ecology doi:10.1007/s00248-020-01657-9

Gottschling, M., L. Czech, F. Mahé, S. Adl, M. Dunthorn (2021). The windblown: possible explanations for dinophyte DNA in forest soils. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 68:e12833

Rajter, L., I. Ewers, N. Graupner, P. Vďačný, M. Dunthorn (2021). Colpodean ciliate phylogeny and reference alignments for phylogenetic placements. European Journal of Protistology 77:125747

Singer, D., C.V.W. Seppey, G. Lentendu, M. Dunthorn, D. Bass, L. Belbahri, Q. Blandenier,  D. Debroas, G.A. Groot, C. de Vargas, I. Domaizon, C. Ducker, I. Izaguirre, I. Koenig, G. Mataloni, M.R. Schiaffino E.A.D. Mitchell, S. Geisen, E. Lara (2021). Protist taxonomic and functional diversity in soil, freshwater and marine ecosystems. Environment International 146:106262

Hörandl, E. J. Bast, A. Brandt, S. Scheu, C. Bleidorn, M. Cordellier, M. Nowrousian, D. Begerow, A. Sturm, K. Verhoeven, J. Boenigk, T. Friedl, M. Dunthorn (2020). Genome evolution of asexual organisms and the paradox of sex in eukaryotes. In P. Pontarotti (ed.). Evolutionary Biology—A Transdisciplinary Approach. Springer, Cham pp. 133-167

Santoferrara, L., F. Burki, S. Filker, R. Logares, M. Dunthorn, G.B. McManus (2020). Perspectives from ten years of protist studies by high-throughput metabarcoding. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 67:612-622

Ritter, C.D., M. Dunthorn, S. Anslan, V. de Lima, L. Tedersoo, R.H. Nilsson, A. Antonelli (2020). Advancing biodiversity assessments with environmental DNA: long-read technologies help reveal the drivers of Amazonian fungal diversity. Ecology and Evolution 10:7509-7524

Lynn, D.H., M. Dunthorn (2020). Intramacronucleata. In de Queiroz, K., P.D. Cantino, J.A. Gauthier (eds.) Phylonyms: a companion to the PhyloCode. CRC Press: Boca Raton pp:95-96

M. Dunthorn, D.H. Lynn (2020). Postciliodesmatophora. In de Queiroz, K., P.D. Cantino, J.A. Gauthier (eds.) Phylonyms: a companion to the PhyloCode. CRC Press: Boca Raton pp:93

M. Dunthorn, D.H. Lynn (2020). Ciliophora. In de Queiroz, K., P.D. Cantino, J.A. Gauthier (eds.) Phylonyms: a companion to the PhyloCode. CRC Press: Boca Raton pp:91-92

Simpson, A.G.B., B. S. Leander, M. Dunthorn (2020). Alveolata. In de Queiroz, K., P.D. Cantino, J.A. Gauthier (eds.) Phylonyms: a companion to the PhyloCode. CRC Press: Boca Raton pp:85-89

Simpson, A.G.B., M. Dunthorn (2020). Stramenopila. In de Queiroz, K., P.D. Cantino, J.A. Gauthier (eds.) Phylonyms: a companion to the PhyloCode. CRC Press: Boca Raton pp:55-59

Simpson, A.G.B., M. Dunthorn (2020). Sar. In de Queiroz, K., P.D. Cantino, J.A. Gauthier (eds.) Phylonyms: a companion to the PhyloCode. CRC Press: Boca Raton pp:51-53

Lentendua, G., P.R.B. Buosi, A.F. Cabralc, B.T. Segóviad , B.R. de Meirab, F.M. Lansac-Tôhab, L.F.M. Velho, C. Ritter, M. Dunthorn (2019). Protist biodiversity and biogeography in lakes from four Brazilian river-floodplain systems. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 66:592-599

Adl, S.M., D. Bass, C.E. Lane, J. Lukeš, C.L. Schoch, A. Smirnov, S. Agatha, C. Berney, M.W. Brown, F. Burki, P. Cárdenas, I. Čepička, L. Chistyakova, J. del Campo, M. Dunthorn, B. Edvardsen, Y. Eglit, L. Guillou, V. Hampl, A.A. Heiss, M. Hoppenrath, T.Y. James, S. Karpov, E. Kim, M. Kolisko, A. Kudryavtsev, D.J.G. Lahr, E. Lara, L. Le Gall, D.H. Lynn, D.G. Mann, R. Massana i Molera, E.A.D. Mitchell, C. Morrow, J.S. Park, J.W. Pawlowski, M.J. Powell, D.J. Richter, S. Rueckert, L. Shadwick, S. Shimano, F.W. Spiegel, G. Torruella i Cortes, N. Youssef, V. Zlatogursky, Q. Zhang (2019). Revisions to the classification, nomenclature, and diversity of eukaryotes. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 66:4-119

Kraus D., J. Chi, J. Boenigk, D. Beisser, N. Graupner, M. Dunthorn (2019). Putatively asexual chrysophytes have meiotic genes: evidence from transcriptomic data. Peer J 6:e5894

Piredda,  R., J.-M. Claverie, J. Decelle, C. de Vargas, M. Dunthorn, B. Edvardsen, W. Eikrem, D. Forster, W.H.C.F. Kooistra, R. Logares, R. Massana, M. Montresor, F. Not, H. Ogata, J. Pawlowski, S. Romac, D. Sarno, T. Stoeck, A. Zingone (2018). Diatom diversity through HTS-metabarcoding in coastal European sea. Scientific  Reports 8:18059

Decelle, J., Q. Carradec, X. Pochon, N. Henry, S. Romac, F. Mahé, M. Dunthorn, A. Kourlaiev, C.R. Voolstra, P. Wincker, C. de Vargas (2018). Worldwide occurrence and activity of the reef-building coral symbiont Symbiodinium in the open ocean. Current Biology 28:3625-3633

Gurdebeke, P.R., K.N. Mertens, Y. Takano, A. Yamaguchi, K. Bogus, M. Dunthorn, K. Matsuoka, H. Vrielinck, S. Louwye (2018). The affiliation of Hexasterias problematica and Halodinium verrucatum sp. nov. to ciliate cysts based on molecular phylogeny and cyst wall composition. European Journal of Protistology 66:115-135

Bass, D., L. Czech, B. Williams, C. Berney, M. Dunthorn, F. Mahé, G. Torruella, G.D. Stentiford, T.A. Williams (2018). Clarifying the relationships between Microsporidia and Cryptomycota. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 65:773-782

Lentendu, G., F. Mahé, D. Bass, S. Rueckert, T. Stoeck, M. Dunthorn (2018). Consistent patterns of high alpha and low beta diversity in tropical parasitic and free-living protists. Molecular Ecology 27: 2846-2857

Geisen, S., E.A.D. Mitchell, S. Adl, M. Bonkowski, M. Dunthorn, F. Ekelund, L.D. Fernández, A. Jousset, V. Krashevska, D. Singer, F.W. Spiegel, J. Walochnik, E. Lara (2018). Soil protists: a fertile frontier in soil biology research. FEMS Microbiology Reviews 42:293-323

Dunthorn, M., H. Kauserud, D. Bass, J. Mayor, F. Mahé (2017). Yeasts dominate soil fungal communities in three lowland Neotropical rainforests. Environmental Microbiology Reports 9:668-675

Dunthorn, M., R.A. Zufall, J. Chi, K. Paszkiewicz, K. Moore, F. Mahé (2017). Meiotic genes in colpodean ciliates support secretive sexuality. Genome Biology and Evolution 9:1781-1787

Warren, A., D.J. Patterson, M. Dunthorn, J.C. Clamp, U.E.M. Achilles-Day, E. Aescht, S.A. Al-Farraj, S. Al-Quraishy, K. Al-Rasheid, M. Carr, J.G. Day, M. Dellinger, H.A. El-Serehy, Y. Fan, F. Gao, S. Gao, J. Gong, R. Gupta, X. Hu, K. Kamra, G. Langlois, X. Lin, D. Lipscomb, C.S. Lobban, P. Luporini, D.H. Lynn, H. Ma, M. Macek, J. Mackenzie-Dodds, S. Makhija, R.I. Mansergh, M. Martín-Cerecedax, N. McMiller, S. Nikolaeva, G.O. Ong’ondo, B. Pérez-Uz, J. Purushothaman, P. Quintela-Alonso, J. Rotterová, L. Santoferrara, C. Shao, Z. Shen, X. Shi, W. Song, T. Stoeck, A. La Terza, A. Vallesi, M. Wang, T. Weisse, K. Wiackowski, L. Wu, K. Xu, Z. Yi, R. Zufall, S Agatha (2017). Beyond the “Code”: a guide to the description and documentation of the biodiversity of ciliated protists (Alveolata, Ciliophora). Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 64:539-554

Berney, C., A. Ciuprina, S. Bender, J. Brodie, V. Edgcomb, E. Kim, J. Rajan, L.W. Parfrey, S. Adl, S. Audic, D. Bass, D.A. Caron, G. Cochrane, L. Czech, M. Dunthorn, S. Geisen, F. O. Glöckner, F. Mahé, C. Quast, J.Z. Kaye, A.G.B. Simpson, A. Stamatakis, J. del Campo, P. Yilmaz, C. de Vargas (2017). UniEuk: time to speak a common language in protistology! Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 64:407-411

Geisen, S., E.A.D. Mitchell, D.M. Wilkinson, S. Adl, M. Bonkowski, M.W. Brown, A.M. Fiore-Donno, T.J. Heger, V.E.J. Jassey, V. Krashevska, D.J.G. Lahr, K. Marcisz, M. Mulot, R. Payne, D. Singer, O.R. Anderson, D.J. Charman, F. Ekelund, B.S. Griffiths, R. Rønn, A. Smirnov, D. Bass, L. Belbahri, C. Berney, Q. Blandenier, A. Chatzinotas, M. Clarholm, M. Dunthorn, A. Feest, L.D. Fernandez-Parra, W. Foissner, B. Fournier, E. Gentekaki, M. Hajek, J. Helder, A. Jousset, R. Koller, S. Kumar, A. La Terza, M. Lamentowicz, Y. Mazei, S.S. Santos, C.V.W. Seppey, F.W. Spiegel, J. Walochnik, A. Winding, E. Lara (2017). Soil protistology rebooted: 30 fundamental questions to start with. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 111:94-103

Mahé, F., C. de Vargas, D. Bass, L. Czech, A. Stamatakis, E. Lara, D. Singer, J. Mayor, J. Bunge, S. Sernaker, T. Siemensmeyer, I. Trautmann, S. Romac, C. Berney, A. Kozlov, E.A.D. Mitchell, C.V.W. Seppey, E. Egge, G. Lentendu, R. Wirth, G. Trueba, M. Dunthorn (2017). Parasites dominate hyperdiverse soil protist communities in Neotropical rainforests. Nature Ecology and Evolution 1:0091

Forster, D., M. Dunthorn, F. Mahé, J.R. Dolan, S. Audic, D. Bass, L. Bittner, C. Boutte, R. Christen, J.-M. Claverie, J. Decelle, B. Edvardsen, E. Egge, W. Eikrem, A. Gobet, W.H.C.F. Kooistra, R. Logares, R. Massana, M. Montresor, F. Not, H. Ogata, J. Pawlowski, M.C. Pernice, S. Romac, K. Shalchian-Tabrizi, N. Simon, T.A. Richards, S. Santini, D. Sarno, R. Siano, D. Vaulot, P. Wincker, A. Zingone, C. de Vargas, T. Stoeck (2016). Benthic protists: the under-charted majority. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 92:fiw120

Forster, D., M. Dunthorn, T. Stoeck, F. Mahé (2016). Comparison of three clustering approaches for detecting novel environmental microbial diversity. PeerJ 4:e1692

Mahé, F., T. Rognes, C. Quince, C. de Vargas, M. Dunthorn (2015). Swarm v2: highly-scalable and high-resolution amplicon clustering. PeerJ 3:e1420

Richards, T., G. Leonard, F. Mahé, J. del Campo, S. Romac, M. D. M. Jones, F. Maguire, M. Dunthorn, C. de Vargas, R. Massana, A. Chambouvet (2015). Molecular diversity and distribution of marine fungi across 130 European environmental samples. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282:20152243

Massana, R., A. Gobet, S. Audic, D. Bass, L. Bittner, C. Boutte, A. Chambouvet, R. Christen, J.-M. Claverie, J. Decelle, J. R. Dolan, M. Dunthorn, B. Edvardsen, I. Forn, D. Forster, L. Guillou, O. Jaillon, W.H.C.F. Kooistra, R. Logares, F. Mahé, F. Not, H. Ogata, J. Pawlowski, M. C. Pernice, I. Probert, S. Romac, T. Richards, S. Santini, K. Shalchian-Tabrizi, R. Siano, N. Simon, T. Stoeck, D. Vaulot, A. Zingone, and C. de Vargas (2015). Marine protist diversity in European coastal waters and sediments as revealed by high-throughput sequencing. Environmental Microbiology 17:4035-4049

Dunthorn, M., J.H. Lipps, J.R. Dolan, M. Abboud-Abi Saab, E. Aescht, C. Bachy, M. Sonia Barría de Cao, H. Berger, W.A. Bourland, J.Ki. Choi, J. Clamp, M. Doherty, F. Gao, E. Gentekaki, J. Gong, X. Hu, J. Huang, T. Kamiyama, M.D. Johnson, B. Kammerlander, S.Y. Kim, Y.-O Kim, A. la Terza, M. Laval-Peuto, D. Lipscomb, C.S. Lobban, H. Long, P. Luporini, D.H. Lynn, M. Macek, R.I. Mansergh, M. Martín-Cereceda, G.G. McManus, D.J.S. Montagnes, G.O. Ong'ondo, D.J. Patterson, B. Pérez-Uz, P. Quintela-Alonso, L.S.L. Safi, L.F. Santoferrara, B. Sonntag, W. Song, T. Stoeck, D.K. Stoecker, M.C. Strüder-Kypke, I. Trautmann, L.R.P. Utz, A. Vallesi, P. Vd'ačný, A. Warren, T. Weisse, S.A. Wickham, Z. Yi, W. Zhang, Z. Zhan, R. Zufall, S. Agatha (2015). Ciliates—protists with complex morphologies and ambiguous early fossil record. Marine Micropaleontology 119:1-6

de Vargas C., S. Audic, N. Henry, J. Decelle, F. Mahé, R. Logares, E. Lara, C. Berney, N. Le Bescot, I. Probert, M. Carmichael, J. Poulain, S. Romac, S. Colin, J.-M. Aury, L. Bittner, S. Chaffron, M. Dunthorn, S. Engelen, O. Flegontova, L. Guidi, A. Horak, O. Jaillon, G. Lima-Mendez, J. Lukes, S. Malviya, R. Morard, M. Mulot, E. Scalco, R. Siano, F. Vincent, A. Zingone, C. Dimier, M. Picheral, S. Searson, S Kandels-Lewis, Tara Oceans Coordinators, S. G. Acinas, P. Bork, C. Bowler, F. Gail, G. Gorsky, N. Grimsley, P. Hingamp, D. Iudicone, F. Not, H. Ogata, S. Pesant, J. Raes, M. Sieracki, S. Speich, L. Stemman, S. Sunagawa, J. Weissenbach, P. Wincker, E. Karsenti (2015). Eukaryotic plankton diversity in the sunlit ocean. Science 348:1261605

Mahé, F., J. Mayor, J. Bunge, J. Chi, T. Siemensmeyer, T. Stoeck, B. Wahl, T. Paprotka, S. Filker, M. Dunthorn (2015). Comparing high-throughput platforms for sequencing the hyper-variable V4 region in environmental eukaryotic diversity surveys. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 62:338-345

Filker, S., A. Gimmler, M. Dunthorn, F. Mahé, T. Stoeck (2015). Deep sequencing uncovers high and substantial novel diversity in protistan plankton of solar saltern ponds. Extremophiles 19:283-295

Forster, D., L. Bittner, S. Karkar, M. Dunthorn, S. Romac, S. Audic, P. Lopez, T. Stoeck, E. Bapteste (2015). Testing ecological theories with sequence similarity networks: marine ciliates exhibit similar geographic dispersal patterns as multicellular organisms. BMC Biology 13:16

Dunthorn, M., R. A. Zufall, C. Lobban (2015). Report of the 2014 Joint Workshop of the International Research Coordination Network for Biodiversity of Ciliates and the British Society for Protist Biology. European Journal of Protistology 51:118-119

Mahé, F., T. Rognes, C. Quince, C. de Vargas, M. Dunthorn (2014). Swarm: robust and fast clustering method for amplicon-based studies. PeerJ 2:e593

Dunthorn, M., T. Stoeck, J. Clamp, A. Warren, F. Mahé (2014). Ciliates and the rare biosphere: a review. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 61: 404-409

Dunthorn, M., M. Hall, W. Foissner, T. Stoeck, L.A. Katz (2014). Broad taxon sampling of ciliates using mitochondrial small subunit ribosomal DNA. Acta Protozoologica 53:207-213

Filker, S., M. Kaiser, R. Rosselló-Móra, M. Dunthorn, G. Lax, T. Stoeck. (2014). Candidatus Haloectosymbiotes riaformosensis (Halobacteriaceae), an archaeal ectosymbiont of the hypersaline ciliate Platynematum salinarum. Systematic and Applied Microbiology 37:244-251

Chi, J., M. Parrow, M. Dunthorn (2014). Cryptic sex in Symbiodinium (Alveolata, Dinoflagellata) is supported by an inventory of meiosis genes. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 61:322-327

Stoeck, T., E. Przybos, M. Dunthorn (2014). The D1-D2 region of the large subunit ribosomal DNA as barcode for ciliates. Molecular Ecology Resources 14:458-468

Logares, R., S. Audic, D. Bass, L. Bittner, C. Boutte, R. Christen, J.-M. Claverie, J. Decelle, J. Dolan, M. Dunthorn, B. Edvardsen, A. Gobet, W. Kooistra, F. Mahé, F. Not, H. Ogata, J. Pawlowski, M.C. Pernice, S. Romac, K. Shalchian-Tabrizi,N. Simon, T. Stoeck, S. Santini, R. Siano, P. Wincker, A. Zingone, T. Richards, C. de Vargas, R. Massana (2014). Patterns of rare and abundant marine microbial eukaryotes. Current Biology 24:813-821

Dunthorn, M., J. Otto, S. A. Berger, A. Stamatakis, F. Mahé, S. Romac, C. de Vargas, S. Audic, BioMarKs Consortium (= B. Edvardsen, R. Massana, F. Not, N. Simon, A. Zingone), A. Stock, F. Kauff, T. Stoeck (2014). Placing environmental next generation-sequencing amplicons from microbial eukaryotes into a phylogenetic context. Molecular Biology and Evolution 31:993-1009

Chi, J., F. Mahé, J. Loidl, J. Logsdon, M. Dunthorn (2014). Meiosis gene inventory of four ciliates reveals the prevalence of a synaptonemal complex-independent crossover pathway. Molecular Biology and Evolution 31:660-672

Vďačnýa, P., H.-W. Breiner, V. Yashchenko, M. Dunthorn, T. Stoeck, W. Foissner (2014). The Chaos Prevails: Molecular Phylogeny of the Haptoria (Ciliophora, Litostomatea). Protist 165: 93–111

Foissner, W., W.A. Bourland, K.W. Wolf, T. Stoeck, M. Dunthorn (2014). New SSU-rDNA gene sequences for eleven colpodeans (Ciliophora, Colpodea) and description of Apocyrtolophosis nov. gen. European Journal of Protistology 50:40-46

Zhan, Z., T. Stoeck, M. Dunthorn, K. Xu (2014). Identification of a pathogenic ciliate Pseudocohnilembus persalinus (Oligohymenophorea: Scuticociliatia) by fluorescence in situ hybridization. European Journal of Protistology 50:16-24

Zhan, Z., K. Xu, M. Dunthorn (2013). Evaluating molecular support for and against the monophyly of the Peritrichia and phylogenetic relationships in the Mobilida (Ciliophora, Oligohymenophorea). Zoologica Scripta 42:213-226

Guillou L., D. Bachar, S. Audic, D. Bass, C. Berney, L. Bittner, C. Boutte, G. Burgaud, C. de Vargas, J. Decelle, J. del Campo, J.R. Dolan, M. Dunthorn, B. Edvardsen, M. Holzmann, W.H.C.F. Kooistra, E. Lara, N. Lebescot, R. Logares, F. Mahé, R. Massana, M. Montresor, R. Morard, F. Not, J. Pawlowski, I. Probert, A.-L. Sauvadet, R. Siano, T. Stoeck, D. Vaulot, P. Zimmermann, R. Christen (2013). The protist ribosomal reference database (PR2): a catalog of unicellular eukaryote small subunit rRNA sequences with curated taxonomy. Nucleic Acids Research 41:D597-D604

Lipps, J.H., T. Stoeck, M. Dunthorn (2013). Fossil tintinnids. In Dolan, J., D. Montagnes, S. Agatha, W. Coats, D. Stoecker (Eds.), Biology and ecology of tintinnid ciliates: models for marine plankton, pp. 186-197

Pawlowski, J., S. Audic, S. Adl,  D. Bass, L. Belbahri, C. Berney, S.S. Bowser, I. Cepicka, J. Decelle, M. Dunthorn, A.M. Fiore-Donno, G. Gile, M. Holzmann, R. Jahn, M. Jirků, P.J. Keeling, M. Kostka, A. Kudryavtsev, E. Lara, J. Lukeš, D.G. Mann, E.A.D. Mitchell, F. Nitsche, M. Romeralo, G.W. Saunders, A.G.B. Simpson, A.V. Smirnov, J. Spouge, R.F. Stern, T. Stoeck, J. Zimmermann, D. Schindel, C. de Vargas (2012). CBOL Protist Working Group: barcoding eukaryotic richness beyond the animal, plant and fungal kingdoms. PLoS Biology 10:e1001419

Dunthorn, M., W. Foissner, L.A. Katz, T. Stoeck (2012). Congruence and indifference between two molecular markers for understanding oral evolution in the Marynidae sensu lato (Ciliophora, Colpodea). European Journal of Protistology 48:297-304

Adl, S.M., A.G.B. Simpson, C.E. Lane, J. Lukeš, D. Bass, S.S. Bowser, M.W. Brown, F. Burki, M. Dunthorn, V. Hampl, A. Heiss, M. Hoppenrath, E. Lara, L. Le Gall, D.H. Lynn, H. McManus, E.A.D. Mitchell, S.E. Mozley-Stanridge, L.W. Parfrey, J. Pawloski, S. Rueckert, L. Shadwick, C. Schoch, A. Smirnov, F. W. Spiegel (2012). The revised classification of eukaryotes. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 59:429-493

Dunthorn, M., T. Stoeck, K. Wolf, H.-W. Breiner, W. Foissner (2012). Diversity and endemism of ciliates inhabiting Neotropical phytotelmata. Systematics and Biodiversity 10:195-205

Huang, J., M. Dunthorn, W. Song (2012). Expanding character sampling for the molecular phylogeny of euplotid ciliates (Protozoa, Ciliophora) using three markers, with a focus on the family Uronychiidae. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 63:598-605

Trueba, G., M. Dunthorn (2012). Many neglected tropical diseases may have originated in the Paleolithic or before: new insights from genetics. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 6:e1393

Dunthorn, M., L.A. Katz. (2012). Secretive ciliates and putative asexuality in microbial eukaryotes. In Schaechter, M. (Ed.), Eukaryotic microbes. Academic Press: Amsterdam, pp. 227-233

Dunthorn, M., J. Kleir, J. Bunge T. Stoeck (2012). Comparing the hyper-variable V4 and V9 regions for assessment of ciliate environmental diversity. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 59:185-187

Katz, L.A., J. DeBerardinis, M. Hall, A.M. Kovner, M. Dunthorn, S.V. Muse (2011). Heterogeneous rates of molecular evolution between cryptic species of the ciliate morphospecies Chilodonella uncinata. Journal of Molecular Evolution 73: 266-722

Foissner, W., T. Stoeck, S. Agatha, M. Dunthorn (2011). Intraclass evolution and classification of the Colpodea (Ciliophora). Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 58:397-415

Nebel, M., C. Pfabel, A. Stock, M. Dunthorn, T. Stoeck (2011). Delimiting operational taxonomic units for assessing ciliate environmental diversity using small-subunit rRNA gene sequences. Environmental Microbiology Reports 3:154-158

Dunthorn, M., W. Foissner, L.A. Katz (2011). Expanding character sampling in ciliate phylogenetic inference using mitochondrial SSU-rDNA as a molecular marker. Protist 162: 85-99

Yi, Z., M. Dunthorn, W. Song, T. Stoeck (2010). Increasing taxon sampling using both unidentified environmental sequences and identified cultures improves phylogenetic inference in the Prorodontida (Ciliophora, Prostomatea). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57:937-941

Dunthorn, M., J.H. Lipps, T. Stoeck (2010). Reassessment of the putative ciliate fossils Eotintinnopsis, Wujiangella, and Yonyangella from the Neoproterozoic Doushantuo formation in China. Acta Protozoologica 49:139-144

Dunthorn, M., L.A. Katz. (2010). Secretive ciliates and putative asexuality in microbial eukaryotes. Trends in Microbiology 18:183-188

Dunthorn, M., M. Eppinger, M.V.J. Schwarz, M. Schweikert. J. Boenigk, L.A. Katz, T. Stoeck (2009). Phylogenetic placement of the Cyrtolophosididae Stokes, 1888 (Ciliophora; Colpodea) and neotypification of Aristerostoma marinum Kahl, 1931. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 59:167-180

Dunthorn, M. (2009). Foliar anatomy and fiber motifs in Mammea (Clusiaceae). Plant Systematics and Evolution 280: 153-166

Dunthorn, M., L.A. Katz (2008). Richness of morphological hypotheses in ciliate systematics allows for detailed assessment of homology and comparisons with gene trees. Denisia 23:389-394

Dunthorn, M., N. Johnson (2008). Los Mecanismos de la Evolución. In Trueba, G., C. Montúfar (Eds.), Big Bang a Dolly, 3rd Ed. Universidad San Francisco de Quito Press: Quito (in Spanish; = The Mechanisms of Evolution), pp. 147-154

Dunthorn, M., W. Foissner, L.A. Katz. (2008). Molecular phylogenetic analysis of the class Colpodea (Phylum Ciliophora) using broad taxon sampling. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 46: 316-327

Parfrey, L.W., E. Barbero, E. Lasser, M. Dunthorn, D. Bhattacharya, D.J. Patterson, L.A. Katz. (2006). Evaluating support for the current classification of eukaryotic diversity. PLoS Genetics 2:e220

Dunthorn, M. (2004). Cryptic dioecy in Mammea (Clusiaceae). Plant Systematics and Evolution 249: 191-196

INVITED TALKS

2019: “Equating OTUs with Species Diversity,” Hutner Award Lecture, Joint meeting of the 8th European Conference on Protistology and the International Society of Protistology, Rome, Italy

2018: “A large view of the small protists in Neotropical rainforests,” Systematic Biology, Department of Organismal Biology, Uppsala University, Sweden

2018: “A large view of the small protists in Neotropical rainforests,” Ecological Colloquium, Institute of Zoology, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

2017: “EukBank module: presentation of the module and case study using Haptophytes,” 15th International Congress of Protistology, Prague, Czech Republic

2016: “Sexual reproduction and environmental diversity in protists,” Department of Biology, Ludwig Maximilians University, Germany

2016: “How classy are ciliates?” The International Research Coordination Network for Biodiversity of Ciliates’ Meeting on Taxonomy, Environmental Diversity, and Functional Ecology, Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.A.

2016: “Soil protists in three Neotropical rainforests are hyperdiverse and dominated by parasites,” Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany

2016: “Soil protists in three Neotropical rainforests are hyperdiverse and dominated by parasites,” Protistology-UK Meeting, Bournemouth, England

2016: “Clustering environmental amplicons with Swarm,” Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany

2015: “Diversity of soil protists in Neotropical rainforests,” Department of Molecular Evolution and Animal Systematics, University of Leipzig, Germany

2015: “Diversity of soil protists in Neotropical rainforests,” Division of Systematic Botany and Mycology, Ludwig Maximilians University, Germany

2015: “Clustering Neotropical soil protists into OTUs with Swarm,” Department of Diversity, Ecology and Evolution, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

2015: “Clustering Neotropical soil protists into OTUs with Swarm,” Department of Diversity, Ecology and Evolution, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

 2014: “Barcoding and ciliates,” Joint meeting of the International Research Coordination Network for Biodiversity of Ciliates and British Society of Protist Biology, London, England

2013: “Meiotic pathways in the alveolates: microbial eukaryotes with diverse genome architectures,” Department of Chromosome Biology, Max F. Perutz Laboratories, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

2013: “Ciliates and the rare biosphere: a review,” 14th International Congress of Protistology, Vancouver, Canada

2013: “Placing short environmental next generation sequencing amplicons from microbial eukaryotes into a phylogenetic context,” Joint meeting between the British Society of Protist Biology and the Linnean Society of London, London, England

2012: Keynote Lecture: “Placing short environmental next generation sequences into a phylogenetic context: ciliates as an example,” International Society of Protistologists North American Section Meeting, Durham, North Carolina, U.S.A.

2011: “Ciliate diversity and biogeography,” Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland

2008: “Evolutionary genetics of (a)sexuality,” Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador

 

CONTRIBUTED TALKS

2018: Dunthorn, M., J. Chi, “Independent reduction of meiotic crossover pathway 1 in the alveolates, 12th International Society for Evolutionary Protistology meeting, Droushia, Cyprus

2018: Dunthorn, M., “A large view of the small protists in Neotropical rainforests,” European Conference of Tropical Ecology of the Society for Tropical Ecology (gtö), Paris, France

2017: Dunthorn, M., “Phylogenetic placement and clustering methods for discovering diversity in metabarcoding studies,” 3rd BioSyst.EU meeting, Gothenburg, Sweden

2017: Dunthorn, M., R. Zufall, J. Chi, F. Mahé, “Meiotic Genes in Colpodean Ciliates Support Secretive Sexuality,” 15th International Congress of Protistology, Prague, Czech Republic

2012: Dunthorn, M, T. Stoeck, “A marine environmental pyrosequencing view of traditionally terrestrial and freshwater colpodean ciliates,” German Society of Protozoologists, Wuppertal, Germany

2010: Dunthorn, M, A. Behnke, T. Stoeck, “Ciliate diversity in Oslo Fjord and Naples Bay assessed by massively parallel pyrosequencing,” International Society of Protistologists, Canterbury, England

2010: Dunthorn, M. J. Kleir, W. Foissner, T. Stoeck, “Using two independent molecular markers to assess phylogenetic relationships of new Colpodea isolates,” German Society of Protozoologists, Düsseldorf, Germany

2009: Dunthorn, M., W. Foissner, L.A. Katz, “Expanding character sampling in ciliate phylogenetic reconstruction through analyses of mitochondrial sequences,” Society for the Study of Evolution, Moscow, Idaho, U.S.A.

2008: Dunthorn, M., “A phylogenetic classification of colpodean ciliates, ” International Society for Phylogenetic Nomenclature, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2008: Dunthorn, M., L.A. Katz “Mitochondrial small subunit ribosomal DNA as a molecular marker for higher-level systematics in colpodean and spirotrich ciliates,” International  Society of Protistologists, and the International Society for Evolutionary Protistology, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

2006: Dunthorn, M., W. Foissner, L.A. Katz, “Extensive pararphyly within the class Colpodea,” New England Molecular Evolutionary Biologists, Amherst, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

2006: Dunthorn, M., W. Foissner, L.A. Katz, “Problems and prospects for the phylogenetic resolution of the class Colpodea (Ciliophora),” German Society of Protozoologists, Berlin, Germany

 

POSTERS

*= presenter

2021: Doliwa, A.*, M. Dunthorn, D. Grabner, N. Graupner, "In silico comparisons of Microsporidia-specific primers," German Society for Protozoologists, Essen, Germany, online

2021: Doliwa, A., M. Dunthorn, E. Rassoshanska, F. Mahé, D. Bass, C.D. Ritter*, "Identifying potential hosts of short-branch Microsporidia,” German Society for Protozoologists, Essen, Germany, online

2020: Ewers, I.*, M. Dunthorn, N. Graupner, P. Vďačný, L. Rajter, “Re-analysis of the SSU-rRNA colpodean ciliate phylogeny,” The Systematics Association Young Systematists’ Forum Online Poster Session

2020: Ewers, I.*, M. Dunthorn, N. Graupner, P. Vďačný, L. Rajter, “Platyophryids early in the colpodean ciliate phylogeny,” International Society of Protistologists/International Society of Evolutionary Protistology Online Poster Session

2020: Doliwa, A.*, M. Dunthorn, E. Rassoshanska, F. Mahé, D. Bass, C.D. Ritter, “Identifying potential hosts of short-branch Microsporidia,” International Society of Protistologists/International Society of Evolutionary Protistology Online Poster Session

2020: Rassoshanska, E.*, M. Dunthorn, A. Doliwa, F. Mahé, D. Bass, C.D. Ritter, “Biodiversity of short-branch Microsporidia in three Neotropical rainforests,” International Society of Protistologists/International Society of Evolutionary Protistology Online Poster Session

2020: Graupner, N.*, D. Beisser, J. Boenigk, M. Dunthorn, “Environmental meiotic gene inventories”, German Society of Protozoologists, Kaiserslautern, Germany

2020: Lu, B.*, X. Hu, W. Song, X. Chen, M. Dunthorn, “Morphology and phylogeny of Vaginicolidae: a loricate Peritrich family”, German Society of Protozoologists, Kaiserslautern, Germany

2019: Graupner, N.*, D. Beisser, J. Boenigk, M. Dunthorn, “Environmental meiotic gene inventories”, Joint meeting of the 8th European Conference on Protistology and the International Society of Protistology, Rome, Italy

2016: Mahé, F., T. Rognes, C. Quince, C. de Vargas, M. Dunthorn*, “Swarm: fast & exact amplicon clustering”, A New Age of Discovery for Aquatic Microeukaryotes symposium at EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany

2015: Mahé, F., T. Rognes, C. Quince, C. de Vargas, M. Dunthorn*, “Swarm: fast & exact amplicon clustering”, European Congress of Protistology, Seville, Spain

2015: Mahé, F., T. Rognes, C. Quince, C. de Vargas, M. Dunthorn*, “Swarm: fast & exact amplicon clustering”, German Society of Protozoologists, Magdeburg, Germany

2014: Mahé*, F., T. Rognes, C. Quince, C. de Vargas, M. Dunthorn, “Swarm: fast & exact amplicon clustering”, European Conference on Computational Biology, Strasbourg, France

2014: Truatmann*, I., F. Mahé, M. Dunthorn, “Estimation of ribosomal RNA copy number in ciliates using quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR)", Joint meeting of the International Research Coordination Network for Biodiversity of Ciliates and British Society of Protist Biology, London, England

2014: Dunthorn*, M., M.W. Parrow, J. Chi, “Cryptic sex in Symbiodinium (Alveolata, Dinoflagellata) is supported by an inventory of meiosis genes”, German Society of Protozoologists, Essen, Germany

2008: Dunthorn*, M., L.A. Katz, “Are colpodean ciliates scandalous?”, International Society of Protistologists and the International Society for Evolutionary Protistology, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2007: Dunthorn*, M., L.A. Katz, “Reassessment of the order Cyrtolophosidida and subclass Oligotrichia (phylum Ciliophora) based on broader taxon and molecular sampling”, FASEB Ciliate Molecular Biology, Tucson, Arizona

2007: Dunthorn*, M., L.A. Katz, “Reassessment of the order Cyrtolophosidida and subclass Oligotrichia (phylum Ciliophora) based on broader taxon and molecular sampling”, Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2007: Dunthorn*, M., W. Foissner, L.A. Katz, “Molecular phylogenetic analysis of class Colpodea (Phylum Ciliophora) using increased taxon sampling”, Thinking Small: Microbial Diversity and Its Role in Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York

2006: Dunthorn*, M., W. Foissner, L.A. Katz, “Monophyly and paraphyly within the class Colpodea (Phylum Ciliophora)”, Society of Protozoologists, Troy, New York

2004: Dunthorn*, M., L.A. Katz, “Morphological and molecular analysis of bromeliad-inhabiting ciliates in Ecuador", International Society of Protozoologists, Smithfield, Rhode Island

RESEARCH GRANTS

2018: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Heisenberg Professorship, “Understanding and Recognition of Protist Diversity and Evolution,” grant number DU1319/5-1

2016: TU-Nachwuchsrings, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern

2012: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Emmy Noether-Programme Independent Junior Research Group, “Analyzing rainforest ciliate diversity in Panama and Ecuador using nascent sequencing technologies and qRT-PCR,” grant number DU1319/1-1

2010: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

AWARDS AND TRAVEL GRANTS

2019: Hunter Award, International Society of Protistologists, to a Society member within 15 years of their PhDwho has made outstanding contributions in some area(s) of protistology

2016: International Research Coordination Network for Biodiversity of Ciliates travel award

2012: R. P. Hall Travel Fund, International Society of Protistologists

2010: Travel Award, International Society of Protistologists

2008: International Travel Award for Young Scholars, Society for the Study of Evolution

2008: Holz-Connor Travel Grant, International Society of Protistologists

2006: Graduate Student Travel Grant, University of Massachusetts Graduate Program

2005: Mini-PEET Award, Society of Systematic Biologists

2004: Graduate Research Award, Society of Systematic Biologists

2004: Travel Grant, International Society of Protozoologists

2003: Graduate Student Fellowship, Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium,

2003: Travel Grant, Fourth International Symbiosis Society Congress

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Winter 2019/2020: Practical: Microscopic methods to observe protist grazing, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Winter 2019/2020: Wissenschaftliches Schreiben und Datenpräsentation, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Winter 2019/2020: Botanische Mikroskopierübungen, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Summer 2019: Übungen zur Biodiversität, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Winter 2018/2019: Wissenschaftliches Schreiben und Datenpräsentation, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Winter 2018/2019: Botanische Mikroskopierübungen, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Winter 2016/2017: Lecture: Diversity, Evolution, and Ecology of Microbial Eukaryotes; University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

Winter 2016/2017: Literature Seminar: Sex in Evolutionary Theory; University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

Summer 2016: Literature Seminar: Molecular Methods in Microbial Ecology; University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

Winter 2015/2016: Lecture: Diversity, Evolution, and Ecology of Microbial Eukaryotes; University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

Winter 2015/2016: Literature Seminar: Sex in Evolutionary Theory; University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

Winter 2015/2016: Literature Seminar: Biodiversity Research in Marine Eukaryotic Microorganisms; University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

Winter 2014/2015: Lecture: Diversity, Evolution, and Ecology of Microbial Eukaryotes; University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

Winter 2014/2015: Literature Seminar: Sex in Evolutionary Theory; University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

Winter 2013/2014: Lecture: Diversity, Evolution, and Ecology of Microbial Eukaryotes; University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

Winter 2013/2014: Literature Seminar: Sex in Evolutionary Theory; University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

Winter 2012/2013: Lecture: Diversity, Evolution, and Ecology of Microbial Eukaryotes; University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

Winter 2012/2013: Literature Seminar: Sex in Evolutionary Theory; University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

Winter 2011/2012: Literature Seminar: Molecular Biodiversity of marine eukaryotic microorganisms; Universityof Kaiserslautern, Germany

Winter 2010/2011: Literature Seminar: Molecular Biodiversity of marine eukaryotic microorganisms; Universityof Kaiserslautern, Germany

Fall 2008: Teaching Assistant: Cosmos to Humanity—From the Big Bang to the Space Age; University of  Massachusetts Amherst, U.S.A.

Spring 2008: Teaching Assistant: Cosmos to Humanity—From the Big Bang to the Space Age; University of Massachusetts Amherst, U.S.A.

Fall 2007: Teaching Assistant: Cosmos to Humanity—From the Big Bang to the Space Age; University of Massachusetts Amherst, U.S.A.

Spring 2004: Teaching Assistant: Environmental Evolution; University of Massachusetts Amherst, U.S.A.

Fall 2003: Teaching Assistant: Environmental Evolution; University of Massachusetts Amherst, U.S.A.

Fall 2002: Lecture: Systematic Theory; Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador