brausm@gmail.com

AFFILIATIONS

CURRENT PROJECTS

  • Bacterial Ecology of Soil Microhabitats
  • Methods of Measuring and Modeling in situ pH of Soils of Wisconsin
  • Designing and Testing the Isolation Microchamber Plate (Iplate)

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Student in Soil Science – Microbial Ecology (Current)
University of WI-Madison

Microbial Diversity (Summer 2016)
Marine Biological Laboratory – Woods Hole, MA­

M.S. Environment & Resources (May 2016)
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Specialization: Phycology & Environmental Microbiology

Explorations in Data Analysis for Metagenomic Advances in Microbial Ecology (EDAMAME) (August 2014)
Kellogg Biological Station – Hickory Corners, MI

B.A. Zoology (December 2011)
 University of Wisconsin – Madison
Study Abroad: School for Field Studies (SFS) – Costa Rica
Specialization: Tropical Ecology

PUBLICATIONS

Braus, M. J., Graham, L. E. and Whitman, T. L. (2017), Spatiotemporal dynamics of the bacterial microbiota on lacustrine Cladophora glomerata (Chlorophyta). J. Phycol.. doi:10.1111/jpy.12573

EMPLOYMENT

Current Position (Begun September 2016)
 University of Wisconsin-Madison – Madison, WI
Research Assistant (Department of Soil Science)

May to June 2017
University of Wisconsin-Madison – Madison, WI
Lecturer, Botany 100 (3-Week Summer Session)

May to June 2016
University of Wisconsin-Madison – Madison, WI
Lecturer, Botany 100 (3-Week Summer Session)

June 2014 to 2016
 AlgaXperts, LLC – Madison, WI
Project Assistant

September 2013 to May 2016
University of Wisconsin-Madison – Madison, WI
Biology Laboratory Instructor

  • Biology/Botany/Zoology 151 (Fall 2013)
  • Biology/Botany/Zoology 152 (Spring 2014)
  • Biology/Botany/Zoology 151 (Fall 2014)
  • Botany 100 (Spring 2015)
  • Botany 100 (Summer 2015)
  • Plant Pathology 123 (Fall 2015) – Lead Teaching Assistant
  • Botany 100 (Spring 2016) – Laboratory Teaching Assistant

April 23 to May 17, 2012
Student Conservation Association (Americorps) – Fire Island, NY
Intern

Summers of 2004, ’05, and ‘07
Camp Unistar – Cass Lake, MN
Staff & Lifeguard

AWARDS & CERTIFICATIONS

  • Marine Biological Laboratory Scholarship to attend the 2016 Microbial Diversity summer course in Woods Hole, MA.
  • Anna Grant Birge Memorial Award for aquatic sciences to perform 16S amplicon analysis of bacterial microbiota of green filamentous algae in Lake Mendota in collaboration with the Center for Limnology.
  • Research Plant Care Certification at the University of Wisconsin – Madison greenhouses.
  • Advanced Computing Initiative Student Fund to attend the week-long Explorations in Data Analyses for Metagenomic Advances in Microbial Ecology (EDAMAME) workshop on bioinformatics, genetic sequence data analysis, and microbial ecology, led by faculty and collaborators at Michigan State University.
  • Americorps Education Award for service with the Student Conservation Association.

PRESS, POSTERS, PRESENTATIONS, OUTREACH, & SEMINARS

Doctoral Prospectus Seminar – Department of Soil Science
UW-Madison Soil Science Building —Madison, WI
January 31, 2017 — “Phsyiological Influences & Comparative Measurements of In Situ pH in Bacterial Ecology”

Poster – Navigating the Future of Water: Charting a Vision for American Cities
Milwaukee, WI
October 18-20, 2017 — “Spatiotemporal Dynamics of the Bacterial Microbiota on Lacustrine Cladophora glomerata (Chlorophyta)”

OutreachSaturday Science
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery – Madison, WI
October 7, 2017 — Soil Ecology & Microscopy

Outreach – Science Expeditions
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery – Madison, WI
April 1, 2017 — Soil Safari & Critter Quest

Outreach – Darwin Day
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery – Madison, WI
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018 — Brown Algae & Alginate

Seminar – Soil Science Department
 UW-Madison Soils Building
February 1, 2017 — “Meta & Metagenomics”

Speaker – Earth Day Conference 2016
Monona Terrace Community Convention Center
April 25, 2016 — “Algae and Algae-Associated Bacteria in the Context of Climate Change: Why Not All Algae are a ‘Nuisance Algae’”

Guest Lecture – Botany 100
UW-Madison Birge Hall
March 2015 — “Bacteria & Microbial Science”

Interview – UW-Madison Center for Limnology Blog
Field Samples: Exploring the Aquatic Microbiome

Seminar – Limnology & Marine Science
UW-Madison Water Sciences Building
December 10, 2014 — “Bioinformatics and the Algal Microbiome”

 

Updated 2018-01-19