Ryan Trexler, Research Technologist
M.Sc. The Ohio State University (Environmental Science)
B.Sc. Juniata College (Biology)
Bio: I have had the opportunity to be a part of many diverse research experiences in environmental microbiology ranging from studying microbial communities of remote Appalachian streams, investigating the gut microbiome of Brook Trout, to elucidating the presence and community dynamics of deep terrestrial microbes of fracking wells. Through these experiences I have been motivated by the dearth of understanding and corresponding need to determine how microbes contribute to ecosystem processes. In the Bell lab I am currently working on developing new methods for manipulating microbiomes. I hope to reveal how such manipulations might alter community structure and function and in turn impact ecosystem processes. Accordingly, I am excited to use innovative tools in my research such as various ‘omics techniques to study these dynamics and I look forward to continuing to learn and apply new approaches to tease apart challenging questions.
Orcid ID: 0000-0002-8321-6127
Loop Profile: 176087
Awards: College of Agricultural Sciences Ambassador Award (2019)
Kaminsky LM, Trexler RV, Malik RJ, Hockett K, Bell TH. 2019. The inherent conflicts in developing soil microbial inoculants. Trends in Biotechnology 37: 140-151.
Kaminsky LM, Thompson GL, Trexler RV, Bell TH†, Kao-Kniffin J†. Accepted. Medicago sativa has reduced biomass and nodulation when grown with soil microbiomes conditioned to high phosphorous inputs. Phytobiomes.
† Authors contributed equally.
Akondi RN, Sharma S, Trexler RV, Mouser PJ, Pfiffner SM. 2019. Microbial lipid biomarkers detected in deep subsurface black shales. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts DOI: 10.1039/C8EM00444G.
Akondi RN, Trexler RV, Pfiffner SM, Mouser PJ, Sharma S. 2017. Modified lipid extraction methods for deep subsurface shale. Frontiers in Microbiology 8: 1408.
Daly RA, Borton MA, Wilkins MJ, Hoyt DW, Kountz DJ, Wolfe RA, Welch SA, Marcus DN, Trexler RV, MacRae JD, Krzycki JA, Cole DR, Mouser PJ, Wrighton KC. 2016. Microbial metabolisms in a 2.5-km-deep ecosystem created by hydraulic fracturing in shales. Nature Microbiology 1: 16146.
Grant CJ, Weimer AB, Marks NK, Perow ES, Oster JM, Brubaker KM, Trexler RV, Solomon CM, Lamendella R. 2015. Marcellus and mercury: assessing potential impacts of unconventional natural gas extraction on aquatic ecosystems in northwestern Pennsylvania. Journal of Environmental Science and Health 50: 482-500.
Trexler RV, Solomon CM, Brislawn CJ, Wright JR, Rosenberger A, McClure EE, Grube AM, Peterson MP, Keddache M, Mason OU, Hazen TC, Grant CJ, Lamendella R. 2014. Assessing impacts of unconventional natural gas extraction on microbial communities in headwater stream ecosystems in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Frontiers in Microbiology 5: 522.
Wilkins MJ, Daly RA, Mouser PJ, Trexler RV, Sharma S, Cole DR, Wrighton KC, Biddle JF, Denis EH, Fredrickson JK, Kieft TL, Onstott TC, Peterson L, Pfiffner SM, Phelps TJ, Schrenk MO. 2014. Trends and future challenges in sampling the deep terrestrial biosphere. Frontiers in Microbiology 5: 481.
Trexler RV, Grandinette E, Bonet I, Bell TH. 2018. Exploring a new approach to the reproducible transfer of microbiomes between soils. Wild and Tamed Phytobiomes, University Park, PA.
Trexler RV, Grandinette E, Bonet I, Bell TH. 2017. Developing a novel method to reproducibly transfer microbiomes between soils, while limiting soil compound transfer. American Society for Microbiology, Allegheny Branch Meeting, Juniata College.
Trexler RV, Akondi RN, Pfiffner SM, Daly RA, Wilkins MJ, Sharma S, Wrighton KC, Mouser PJ. 2016. Phospholipid Fatty Acid Evidence of Recent Microbial Life in Pristine Marcellus Shale Cores. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Eastern Section Meeting, Lexington, KY.
Trexler RV, Pfiffner SM, Akondi RN, Sharma S, Mouser PJ. 2015. Optimizing methods for extracting lipids from organic-rich subsurface shale to estimate microbial biomass and diversity. Geological Society of America Fall Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
Trexler RV, Wrighton KC, Pfiffner SM, Wilkins MJ, Daly RA, Mouser PJ. 2014. Temporal Changes in Microbial Metagenomic Signatures and Lipid Profiles After Fracturing in the Marcellus Shale. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
Trexler RV, Solomon CM, Brislawn CJ, Wright JR, Rosenberger A, McClure EE, Grube AM, Peterson MP, Keddache M, Grant CJ, Lamendella R. 2013. A comparison of headwater microbial communities differing in the presence of unconventional shale gas activity. American Society for Microbiology, Allegheny Branch Meeting, Susquehanna University.
Trexler RV, Solomon CM, Strutt S, Grant CJ, Santo Domingo JW, Lamendella R. 2013. The response of freshwater aquatic microbial communities to Marcellus shale natural gas extraction. American Society of Microbiology General Meeting, Denver, CO.