Jeb Barrett is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech. He is interested in how long-term climate trends affect ecological processes. Research in the Barrett Lab addresses the influences of soils, climate variability, hydrology, and biodiversity on biogeochemical cycling from the scale of microorganisms to regional landscapes.
Dr. Barrett is part of a group of scientists who conduct research under the NSF-funded Long-term Ecological Research Network in Antarctica. He studies the mechanisms that control the spatial distribution of bacteria, fungi, and roundworms in the dry valleys of Antarctica. He is interested in how these microbial systems work under natural conditions as well as under the changes brought about by climate change.
Recent Relevant Publications
Zeglin, L. H, C. N. Dahm, J. E. Barrett, M. N. Gooseff, S. K. Fitpatrick, and C. D. Takacs-Vesbach. 2011. Bacterial community structure along moisture gradients in the parafluvial sediments of two ephemeral desert streams. Microbial Ecology DOI 10.1007/s00248-010-9782-7
Smith, J. L., J. E. Barrett, G. Tusnády, L. Rejtö, and S. Craig Cary. 2010. Resolving environmental drivers of microbial community structure in Antarctic soils. Antarctic Science 22: 673-680
Ayres, E., J. N. Nkem, D. H. Wall, B. J. Adams, J. E. Barrett, A. G. Fountain, and R. A. Virginia. 2010. Experimentally increased snow accumulation alters soil moisture and animal community structure in a polar desert. Polar Biology 33:897–907.
Cary, S. C., I. R. McDonald, J. E. Barrett, and D. A. Cowan. 2010. On the Rocks: the microbiology of Antarctic cold desert soils. Nature Reviews Microbiology 8: 129-138.
Simmons, B.L., D.H. Wall, B. J Adams, E. Ayres, J.E. Barrett, and R.A. Virginia. 2009. Terrestrial mesofauna in above- and below-ground habitats: Taylor Valley, Antarctica. Polar Biology 32: 1549-1558.
Simmons, B.L., D. H. Wall, B.J. Adams, E. Ayres, J. E. Barrett, and R.A. Virginia. 2009. Long-term experimental warming reduces soil nematode populations in the McMurdo dry valleys, Antarctica. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 41: 2052-2060.
Barrett, J. E., M. N. Gooseff, and C. Takacs-Vesbach. 2009. Spatial variation in active-layer geochemistry across hydrologic margins in a polar desert ecosystems. Hydrology and Earth System Science 13: 2349-2358.
Ball, B.A., R. A. Virginia, J. E. Barrett, A. N. Parsons, and D. H. Wall. 2009. Interactions between physical and biotic factors drive CO2 flux in Antarctic dry valley soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 41: 1510-1517.
Zeglin, L. H., R. L. Sinsabaugh. J. E. Barrett, M. N. Gooseff, and C. D. Takacs-Vesbach. 2009. Landscape distribution of microbial activity in the McMurdo Dry Valleys: Linked biotic processes, hydrology and geochemistry in a cold desert ecosystem. Ecosystems 12: 562-573.