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Dr. Elizabeth Trembath-Reichert

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry, WHOI

Contact Information:
Work: 508-289-3955
Building: Watson

Mailing Address:
266 Woods Hole Road, MS #51
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests


Link to a short YouTube video about my research


While my research record spans the deep marine biosphere to terrestrial plant evolution, it is unified by an interest in understanding and developing techniques to study biological transformations of the solid Earth. My current research focuses on microbially mediated Earth-life interactions, with the goal of identifying key players in global biogeochemical cycles and determining their rates of activity in past and modern environments. I integrate a range of techniques, including geochemical, gene-based, and statistical methods, and apply them across various scales ranging from molecules to oceanic basins.

Selected Publications


E. Trembath-Reichert, D. Butterfield, J.A. Huber. Application of stable isotope probing coupled with 'omics to examine thermophilic autotrophy in venting fluids of the Mariana back-arc. In Review.


E. Trembath-Reichert, Y. Morono, A. Ijiri, T. Hoshino, K. S. Dawson, F. Inagaki, V. J. Orphan. Methyl-compound use and slow growth characterize microbial life in 2 km-deep subseafloor coal and shale beds. PNAS. [DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1707525114] link


E. Trembath-Reichert, L. Ward, S. Slotznick, S. Bachtel, C. Kerans, J. Grotzinger, W. Fischer. Gene Sequencing-Based Analysis of Microbial Mat Morphotypes, Caicos Platform, British West Indies. Journal of Sedimentary Research. 86:629-636 [DOI:10.2110/jsr.2016.40] link

E. Trembath-Reichert, D.H. Case, V. J. Orphan. Characterization of microbial associations with methanotrophic archaea and sulfate-reducing bacteria through statistical comparison of nested Magneto-FISH enrichments. PeerJ. 4:e1913. [DOI:10.7717/peerj.1913] link


A.E. Dekas, S.A. Connon, G.L. Chadwick, E. Trembath-Reichert, V.J. Orphan. Activity and interactions of methane seep microorganisms assessed by parallel transcription and FISH-NanoSIMS analyses. ISME Journal. [DOI: 10.1038/ismej.2015.145] link

Inagaki, Hinrichs, Kubo, Bowles, Heuer, Hong, Hoshino, Ijiri, Imachi, Ito, Lever, Kaneko, Lin, Methé, Morita, Morono, Tanikawa, Bihan, Bowden, Elvert, Glombitza, Gross, Harrington, Hori, Li, Limmer, Liu, Murayama, Ohkouchi, Ono, Park, Phillips, Prieto-Mollar, Purkey, Riedinger, Sanada, Sauvage, Snyder, Susilawati, Takano, Tasumi, Terada, Tomaru, Trembath-Reichert, Wang & Yamada. Science: 349 (6246), 420-424. [DOI:10.1126/science.aaa6882] link

E. Trembath-Reichert, J.P. Wilson, S.E. McGlynn, W.W. Fischer. Four hundred million years of silica biomineralization in land plants. PNAS. 112:5449-5454. [DOI:10.1073/pnas.1500289112] link


E. Trembath-Reichert, A. Green-Saxena, V.J. Orphan. Whole Cell Immunomagnetic Enrichment of Environmental Microbial Consortia Using rRNA-Targeted Magneto-FISH. In: Edward FD, ed. Methods in Enzymology: Academic Press, 21-44. link

B. J. Mailloux, E. Trembath-Reichert, J. Cheung, M. Watson, M. Stute, G.A. Freyer, A.S. Ferguson, K.M. Ahmed, M.J. Alamd, B.A. Buchholz, J. Thomas, A.C. Layton, Y. Zheng, B.C. Bostickh, and A. van Geen. Advection of surface-derived organic carbon fuels microbial reduction in Bangladesh groundwater. PNAS. 110:5331-5335. [DOI:10.1073/pnas.1213141110] link


Ph.D. Geobiology. 2016. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.

M.S. Geobiology. 2013. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.

B.A. Environmental Science, Physics. 2008. Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, NY.