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  • Gurry, T., HST Microbiome Consortium, Gibbons, S.M., Nguyen, L.T.T., Kearney, S.M., Ananthakrishnan, A., Jiang, X., Duvallet, C., Kassam, Z., Alm, E.J. 2018. Predictability and persistence of prebiotic dietary supplementation in a healthy human cohort. Scientific Reports.
  • Otwell, A.E., García de Lomana, A.L., Gibbons, S.M., Orellana, M.V., Baliga, N.S. 2018. Systems biology approaches towards predictive microbial ecology. Environmental Microbiology.
  • Kearney, S.M., Gibbons, S.M., Erdman, S., Alm, E.J. 2018. Orthogonal dietary niche enables reversible engraftment of a gut bacterial commensal. Cell Reports,
  • Kearney, S.M., Gibbons, S.M., Poyet, M., Gurry, T., Bullock, K., Allegretti, J.R., Clish, C.B., Alm, E.J. 2018. Endospores and other lysis-resistant bacteria comprise a widely shared core community within the human microbiota. ISME Journal,
  • Gibbons, S.M., Duvallet, C., Alm, E.J. 2018. Correcting for batch effects in case-control microbiome studies. PloS Computational Biology,
  • Xiang, X., Gibbons, S.M., Li, H., Shen, H., Fang, J., and Chu, H. 2018. Shrub encroachment is associated with changes in soil bacterial community composition in a temperate grassland ecosystem. Plant and Soil, 1-13, doi: 10.1007/s11104-018-3605-x


  • Pakpour, S., Bhanvadia, A., Zhu, R., Amarnani, A., Gibbons, S.M., Gurry, T., Alm, E.J., Martello, L.A. 2017. Identifying predictive features of Clostridium difficile infection recurrence before, during, and after primary antibiotic treatment. Microbiome, 5:148, doi:10.1186/s40168-017-0368-1.
  • Thompson L.R., Sanders J.G., McDonald D., Ladau J., Locey K., Navas-Molina J.A., Prill R.J., Gibbons S.M., Gonzalez A., Amir A., et al. 2017. A communal catalogue reveals Earth’s multiscale microbial diversity. Nature, doi:10.1038/nature24621
  • Duvallet, C., Gibbons, S.M., Gurry, T., Irizarry, R. and Alm, E.J. 2017. Meta-analysis of microbiome studies reveals disease-specific and shared responses. Nature Communications, 1784 (2017), doi:10.1038/s41467-017-01973-8

  • Califf, K.J., Schwarzberg-Lipson, K., Garg, N., Gibbons, S.M., Caporaso, J.G., Slots, J., Cohen, C., Dorrestein, P.C., and Kelley, S.T. 2017. Multi-omics analysis of periodontal pocket microbial communities pre-and post-treatment. mSystems, 2(3), pp.e00017-17
  • Gibbons, S.M., Lekberg, Y., Mummey, D.L., Sangwan, N., Ramsey, R.W., and Gilbert, J.A. 2017. Invasive plants rapidly reshape soil properties in a grassland ecosystem. mSystems, 2:e00178-16.
  • Gibbons, S.M., Kearney, S.M., Smillie, C.S., and Alm, E.J. 2017. Two dynamic regimes in the human gut microbiome. PloS Computational Biology,


  • Gibbons, S.M., Scholz, M., Hutchison, A.L., Dinner, A.R., Gilbert, J.A., and Coleman, M.L. 2016. Disturbance regimes predictably alter diversity in an ecologically complex bacterial system. mBio 7(6):e01372-16. doi:10.1128/mBio.01372-16
  • Xiang, X., Gibbons, S.M., He, J.S., Wang, C., He, D., Li, Q., Ni, Y. and Chu, H. 2016. Rapid response of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities to short-term fertilization in an alpine grassland on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. PeerJ, 4, p.e2226
  • O’Brien, S.L., Gibbons, S.M., Owens, S.M., Hampton‐Marcell, J., Johnston, E.R., Jastrow, J.D., Gilbert, J.A., Meyer, F. and Antonopoulos, D.A. 2016. Spatial scale drives patterns in soil bacterial diversity. Environmental Microbiology, 18(6), pp.2039-2051


  • Gibbons, S.M. and Gilbert, J.A. 2015. Microbial diversity—exploration of natural ecosystems and microbiomes. Current Opinion in Genetics & Development, 35, pp.66-72
  • Xiang, X., Gibbons, S.M., Yang, J., Kong, J., Sun, R. and Chu, H. 2015. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities show low resistance and high resilience to wildfire disturbance. Plant and Soil, 397(1-2), pp.347-356
  • Wood, M., Gibbons, S.M., Lax, S., Eshoo-Anton, T.W., Owens, S.M., Kennedy, S., Gilbert, J.A. and Hampton-Marcell, J.T. 2015. Athletic equipment microbiota are shaped by interactions with human skin. Microbiome, 3(1), p.1
  • Leone, V., Gibbons, S.M., Martinez, K., Hutchison, A.L., Huang, E.Y., Cham, C.M., Pierre, J.F., Heneghan, A.F., Nadimpalli, A., Hubert, N. and Zale, E. 2015. Effects of diurnal variation of gut microbes and high-fat feeding on host circadian clock function and metabolism. Cell Host & Microbe, 17(5), pp.681-689
  • Gibbons, S.M., Schwartz, T., Fouquier, J., Mitchell, M., Sangwan, N., Gilbert, J.A. and Kelley, S.T. 2015. Ecological succession and viability of human-associated microbiota on restroom surfaces. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 81(2), pp.765-773
  • Fuller, M., Priyadarshini, M., Gibbons, S.M., Angueira, A.R., Brodsky, M., Hayes, M.G., Kovatcheva-Datchary, P., Bäckhed, F., Gilbert, J.A., Lowe, W.L. and Layden, B.T. 2015. The short-chain fatty acid receptor, FFA2, contributes to gestational glucose homeostasis. American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism, 309(10), pp.E840-E851
  • Torres, P.J., Fletcher, E.M., Gibbons, S.M., Bouvet, M., Doran, K.S. and Kelley, S.T. 2015. Characterization of the salivary microbiome in patients with pancreatic cancer. PeerJ, 3, p.e1373.
  • Van Bonn, W., LaPointe, A., Gibbons, S.M., Frazier, A., Hampton‐Marcell, J. and Gilbert, J., 2015. Aquarium microbiome response to ninety‐percent system water change: Clues to microbiome management. Zoo Biology, 34(4), pp.360-367
  • Lax, S., Hampton-Marcell, J.T., Gibbons, S.M., Colares, G.B., Smith, D., Eisen, J.A. and Gilbert, J.A. 2015. Forensic analysis of the microbiome of phones and shoes. Microbiome, 3(1), p.1.
  • Vitaglione, P., Mennella, I., Ferracane, R., Rivellese, A.A., Giacco, R., Ercolini, D., Gibbons, S.M., La Storia, A., Gilbert, J.A., Jonnalagadda, S. and Thielecke, F. 2015. Whole-grain wheat consumption reduces inflammation in a randomized controlled trial on overweight and obese subjects with unhealthy dietary and lifestyle behaviors: role of polyphenols bound to cereal dietary fiber. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 101(2), pp.251-261


  • Lax, S., Smith, D.P., Hampton-Marcell, J., Owens, S.M., Handley, K.M., Scott, N.M., Gibbons, S.M., Larsen, P., Shogan, B.D., Weiss, S. and Metcalf, J.L., 2014. Longitudinal analysis of microbial interaction between humans and the indoor environment. Science, 345(6200), pp.1048-1052
  • Pfister, C.A., Gilbert, J.A. and Gibbons, S.M. 2014. The role of macrobiota in structuring microbial communities along rocky shores. PeerJ, 2, p.e631
  • Winston, M.E., Hampton-Marcell, J., Zarraonaindia, I., Owens, S.M., Moreau, C.S., Gilbert, J.A., Hartsel, J., Kennedy, S.J. and Gibbons, S.M. 2014. Understanding cultivar-specificity and soil determinants of the cannabis microbiome. PloS One, 9(6), p.e99641
  • Lekberg, Y., Gibbons, S.M. and Rosendahl, S. 2014. Will different OTU delineation methods change interpretation of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal community patterns? New Phytologist, 202(4), pp.1101-1104
  • Gibbons, S.M., Jones, E., Bearquiver, A., Blackwolf, F., Roundstone, W., Scott, N., Hooker, J., Madsen, R., Coleman, M.L. and Gilbert, J.A. 2014. Human and environmental impacts on river sediment microbial communities. PLoS One, 9(5), p.e97435
  • Rideout, J.R., He, Y., Navas-Molina, J.A., Walters, W.A., Ursell, L.K., Gibbons, S.M., Chase, J., McDonald, D., Gonzalez, A., Robbins-Pianka, A. and Clemente, J.C. 2014. Subsampled open-reference clustering creates consistent, comprehensive OTU definitions and scales to billions of sequences. PeerJ, 2, p.e545
  • Xiong, J., Sun, H., Peng, F., Zhang, H., Xue, X., Gibbons, S.M., Gilbert, J.A. and Chu, H. 2014. Characterizing changes in soil bacterial community structure in response to short-term warming. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 89(2), pp.281-292


  • McTee, M.R., Gibbons, S.M., Feris, K., Gordon, N.S., Gannon, J.E. and Ramsey, P.W. 2013. Heavy metal tolerance genes alter cellular thermodynamics in Pseudomonas putida and river Pseudomonas spp. and influence amebal predation. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 347(2), pp.97-106
  • Rubin, B.E., Gibbons, S.M., Kennedy, S., Hampton-Marcell, J., Owens, S. and Gilbert, J.A. 2013. Investigating the impact of storage conditions on microbial community composition in soil samples. PloS One, 8(7), p.e70460
  • Lekberg, Y., Gibbons, S.M., Rosendahl, S. and Ramsey, P.W. 2013. Severe plant invasions can increase mycorrhizal fungal abundance and diversity. The ISME Journal, 7(7), pp.1424-1433.
  • Gibbons, S.M., Caporaso, J.G., Pirrung, M., Field, D., Knight, R. and Gilbert, J.A. 2013. Evidence for a persistent microbial seed bank throughout the global ocean. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 110(12), pp.4651-4655
  • Roy, A.S., Gibbons, S.M., Schunck, H., Owens, S., Caporaso, J.G., Sperling, M., Nissimov, J.I., Romac, S., Bittner, L., Mühling, M. and Riebesell, U. 2013. Ocean acidification shows negligible impacts on high-latitude bacterial community structure in coastal pelagic mesocosms. Biogeosciences, 10(1), pp.555-566


  • Larsen, P.E., Gibbons, S.M. and Gilbert, J.A. 2012. Modeling microbial community structure and functional diversity across time and space. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 332(2), pp.91-98
  • Ramsey, P.W., Gibbons, S.M., Rice, P., Mummey, D.L., Feris, K.P., Moore, J.N., Rillig, M.C. and Gannon, J.E. 2012. Relative strengths of relationships between plant, microbial, and environmental parameters in heavy-metal contaminated floodplain soil. Pedobiologia, 55(1), pp.15-23
  • Lekberg, Y., Schnoor, T., Kjøller, R., Gibbons, S.M., Hansen, L.H., Al‐Soud, W.A., Sørensen, S.J. and Rosendahl, S. 2012. 454‐sequencing reveals stochastic local reassembly and high disturbance tolerance within arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities. Journal of Ecology, 100(1), pp.151-160


  • Gibbons, S.M., Feris, K., McGuirl, M.A., Morales, S.E., Hynninen, A., Ramsey, P.W. and Gannon, J.E. 2011. Use of microcalorimetry to determine the costs and benefits to Pseudomonas putida strain kt2440 of harboring cadmium efflux genes. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 77(1), pp.108-113


  • Feris, K.P., Ramsey, P.W., Gibbons, S.M., Frazar, C., Rillig, M.C., Moore, J.N., Gannon, J.E. and Holben, W.E. 2009. Hyporheic microbial community development is a sensitive indicator of metal contamination. Environmental Science & Technology, 43(16), pp.6158-6163

Commentaries and Book Chapters

  • Kearney, S.M., Gibbons, S.M., 2018. Designing synbiotics for improved human health. Microbial Biotechnology, 11(1), 141-144
  • Gibbons, S.M., 2017. Metapopulation theory provides new insight into microbial biogeography. Environmental Microbiology, doi: 1111/1462-2920.13702
  • Gibbons, S.M., 2017. Microbial community ecology: function over phylogeny. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1(1), doi:10.1038/s41559-016-0032
  • Gibbons, S.M., 2016. The Built Environment Is a Microbial Wasteland. mSystems, 1(2), pp.e00033-16
  • Gibbons, S.M., 2015. Statistical Tools for Data Analysis. Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology Protocols. Springer Protocols Handbooks, Humana Press

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