Shawn Doyle

Shawn Doyle

Assistant Research Scientist

  (979) 845-5136

  Eller O&M 716D


Environmental microbiology

Microbial physiology and ecology


Oil spill microbiology

Microbiology and biogeochemistry of glaciers and ice sheets

Coral reef microbiology

Microbial responses to extreme weather

Selected Publications

Shore, A.N., J.A. Sims, M. Grimes, L.I. Howe-Kerr, C.G.B. Grupstra, S.M. Doyle, L. Stadler, J.B. Sylvan, K.E. Shamberger, S.W. Davies, L.Z. Santiago-Vázquez, A.M.S. Correa. In Press. On a Reef Far, Far Away: Anthropogenic Impacts Following Extreme Storms Affect Sponge Health and Bacterial Communities. Frontiers in Marine Science

Doyle, S.M., G. Lin, M. Morales-McDevitt, T.L. Wade, A. Quigg, and J.B. Sylvan. (2020) Niche Partitioning Between Coastal and Offshore Shelf Waters Results in Differential Expression of Alkane and PAH Catabolic Pathways. mSystems 5(4) e00668-20.

Kamalanathan, M., S.M. Doyle, C. Xu, A. Achberger, T. Wade, K. Schwehr, P. Santschi, J. Sylvan, and A. Quigg. (2020) Exoenzymes as a signature of microbial response to marine environmental conditions. mSystems 5(2) e00290-20.

Shiu, R-F., M-H. Chiu, C.I. Vazquez, Y-Y. Tsai, A. Le, A. Wa-kagiri, C. Xu, M. Kamalanathan, H. Bacosa, S.M. Doyle, J.B. Sylvan, P.H. Santschi, A. Quigg, and W-C. Chin. (2020) Protein to carbohydrate (P/C) ratio changes in microbial extracellular polymeric substances induced by oil and Corexit. Marine Chemistry 233:103789. 

Bera, G*., S.M. Doyle*, U. Passow, M. Kamalanathan, T.L. Wade, J.B. Sylvan, J.L. Sericano, G. Gold, A. Quigg, and A.H. Knap. (2020) Biological Response to Dissolved versus Dispersed Oil. Marine Pollution Bulletin 150:110713. *co-first authorship

Kealoha, A.K., S.M. Doyle, R.D. Hetland, S.F. DiMarco, J.B. Sylvan, and K.E. Shamberger. (2020) Localized hypoxia may have caused coral reef mortality at the Flower Garden Banks. Coral Reefs 39: 119-132.

Kamalanathan, M., M. Chiu, H. Bacosa, K. Schwehr, S. Tsai, S.M. Doyle, A. Yard, S. Mapes, C. Vasequez, L. Bretherton, J.B. Sylvan, P. Santschi, W. Chin, and A. Quigg. (2019) Role of polysaccharide synthesis in diatom (Thalassiosira pseudonana) and the associated bacteria in response to hydrocarbon exposure.  Plant Physiology 108:1898-1911.

Xu, C., S. Zhang, M. Beaver, P. Lin, L. Sun, S.M. Doyle, J.B. Sylvan, A. Wozniak, P.G. Hatcher, K. Kaiser, G. Yan, K.A. Schwehr, Y. Lin, T.L. Wade, WC. Chin, MH. Chiu, A. Quigg, and P.H. Santschi. (2018) The Role of Microbially-Mediated Expolymeric Substances (EPS) in Regulating Macondo Oil Transport in a Mesocosm Experiment. Marine Chemistry 206:52-61. doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2018.09.005

ur Rehman-Kayani, M.*, S.M. Doyle*, N. Sangwan, G. Wang, J.A. Gilbert, B.C. Christner, and T.F. Zhu. (2018) Metagenomic Analysis of Basal Ice from an Alaskan Glacier. Microbiome 6:123. doi:10.1186/s40168-018-0505-5. *co-first authorship

Kamalanathan, M., C. Xu, K. Schwehr, L. Bretherton, M. Beaver, S.M. Doyle, J. Genzer, J. Hillhouse, J.B. Sylvan, P. Santschi, and A. Quigg. (2018) Extracellular Enzyme Activity Profile in a Chemically Enhanced Water Accommodated Fraction of Surrogate Oil: Toward Understanding Microbial Activities After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Frontiers in Microbiology 9:798. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2018.00798

Doyle, S.M., E.A. Whitaker, V. De Pascuale, T.L. Wade, A.H. Knap, P.H. Santschi, A. Quigg, and J.B. Sylvan. (2018) Rapid Formation of Microbe-Oil Aggregates and Changes in Community Composition in Coastal Surface Water Following Exposure to Oil and the Dispersant Corexit. Frontiers in Microbiology 9:689. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2018.00689

Quigg, A., U. Passow, WC. Chin, C. Xu, S.M. Doyle, L. Bretherton, M. Kamalanathan, A.K. Williams, J.B. Sylvan, Z.V. Finkel, A.H. Knap, K.A. Schwehr, S. Zhang, L. Sun, T.L. Wade, W. Obeid, P.G. Hatcher, and P.H. Santschi. (2016) The Role of Microbial Expolymers in Determining the Fate of Oil and Dispersants in the Ocean. L&O Letters 1:3-26. doi:10.1002/lol2.10030

Montross, S. M. Skidmore, B. Christner, D. Samyn, JL. Tison, R. Lorrain, S.M. Doyle, and S. Fitzsimons. (2014) Debris-Rich Basal Ice as a Microbial Habitat, Taylor Glacier, Antarctica. Geomicrobiology 31:76-81. doi:10.1080/01490451.2013.811316

Doyle, S.M., S.N. Montross, M.L. Skidmore, and B.C. Christner. (2013) Characterizing Microbial Diversity and the Potential for Metabolic Function at -15°C in the Basal Ice of Taylor Glacier, Antarctica. Biology 2:1034-1053. doi:10.3390/biology2031034

Lee, J.H., H.Y. Koh, S.G. Lee, S.M. Doyle, B.C. Christner, and H.J. Kim. (2012) Draft Genome Sequence of Paenisporosarcina sp. Strain TG-20, a Psychrophilic Bacterium Isolated from the Basal Ice of Taylor Glacier. Journal of Bacteriology 194:6636. doi:10.1128/JB.01472-12

Lee, J.H., H.Y. Koh, S.G. Lee, S.M. Doyle, B.C. Christner, and H.J. Kim. (2012) Draft Genome Sequence of Paenisporosarcina sp. Strain TG-14, a Psychrophilic Bacterium Isolated from Sediment-Laden Stratified Basal Ice from Taylor Glacier, McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. Journal of Bacteriology 194:6656-6657. doi:10.1128/JB.01795-12

Amato, P., S.M. Doyle, J.R. Battista, and B.C. Christner. (2010) Implications of Subzero Metabolic Activity on Long-Term Microbial Survival in Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Permafrost. Astrobiology 10:789-798. doi:10.1089/ast.2010.0477

Amato, P., S.M. Doyle, and B.C. Christner. (2009) Macromolecular Synthesis by Yeasts Under Frozen Conditions. Environmental Microbiology 11:589-596. doi:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2008.01829.x


Book Chapters, Conference Proceedings, and Other Publications

Doyle, S.M., M. Dieser, E. Broemsen, and B. Christner. (2012) General Characteristics of Cold-Adapted Microorganisms. In L. Whyte and R.V. Miller (eds), Polar Microbiology: Life in a Deep Freeze. American Society of Microbiology Press, Washington D.C., pp. 103-125.

Montross, S.N., S.M. Doyle, D. Samyn, JL. Tison, B.C. Christner, and M.L. Skidmore. (2009) Sediment-Rich Antarctica Basal Ice as a Habitat for Microorganisms. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta Supplement 73:A897

Amato, P., S.M. Doyle, and B. Christner. (2009) Microbial Survival Mechanisms in the Cold Subsurface. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta Supplement 73:A35

Doyle, S.M., P. Amato, and B. Christner. (2008) Life In and Under the Antarctic Ice Sheets. (cover article) Microscopy Today 16.3:6-9. doi:10.1017/S1551929500059186


Ph.D. Microbiology, Louisiana State University, 2015

B.S. Microbiology, Louisiana State University, 2008

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