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Kendra Mitchell née Maas
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Research interests:

  • Microbial ecology of natural environments
  • Interactions between microbial communities and their geochemical settings
  • Biogeography of microbes across varying spatial and phylogenetic scales

Ph.D. Biology University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
B.Sc. Biology with Chemistry Minor Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield


Mitchell, K.R. and C.D. Takacs-Vesbach. (2008) A comparison of methods for total community DNA preservation and extraction from various thermal environments. Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology. 35 p. 1139-1147.

Takacs-Vesbach, C. D., Mitchell, K. R., Jackson-Weaver, O. & Reysenbach, A.-L. (2008) Volcanic calderas delineate biogeographic provinces among Yellowstone thermophiles. Environmental Microbiology. 10 (7) p. 1681-1689.

Hall, J.R., Mitchell, K.R., Jackson-Weaver, O., Kooser, A., Crossey, L. J. & Takacs-Vesbach, C. (2008) Diversity and distribution of Aquificales along a natural thermal gradient. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 74 p. 4910-4922.

Jackson-Weaver, O., Mitchell, K.R., & Takacs-Vesbach, C. (under review) Evaluation of the potential for microbial migration within Yellowstone National Park. Submitted to FEMS Microbial Ecology Jan. 2008

Reysenbach, A.-L., Banta, A.B., Civello, S., Mitchell, K.R., Lalonde, S., Konhauser, K.O., Rodman, A., Rustenholtz, K. & Takacs-Vesbach, C. (2005) The Aquificales in Yellowstone National Park. In Geothermal Biology and Geochemistry in Yellowstone National Park, pp. 129-142. Edited by W.P. Inskeep & T.R. McDermott. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University Thermal Biology Institute.

Rodman, A. & Maas, K. (2002) Uncharted territory: Exploring life in Yellowstone National Park's hot springs. Natural Resource Year in Review, p. 38.

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