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Lise
Øvreås
Professor
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Thormøhlensgt. 53 A/B
5020 Bergen
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Postboks 7803
5020 Bergen
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+47 55 58 26 75
+47 992 36 392
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I am a microbial ecologist interested in microbial diversity as well as studying temporal and special patterns in the distribution and abundance of species. My special research interests are within genetic diversity and population dynamics of microorganisms in their natural environments, population ecology and community ecology. Another important topic that I study is the natural variation in microbial community composition as well as the regulation of biodiversity and adaptability of a microbial community to external stress factors. My current work is focused on studies of microbial diversity along environmental gradients and in the evolution of biogeochemical cycles. It is also focusing on the ecology of terrestrial and deep sea hydrothermal vents, diversity along salinity and pH gradients and in arctic soil to explore the physiological ecology of key populations. I use interdisciplinary approaches in the interface of microbiology, ecology, mathematics, as well as informatics and computer science.

Journal articles
  • Urich, Tim; Lanzén, Anders; Stokke, Runar; Pedersen, Rolf B.; Bayer, Christoph; Thorseth, Ingunn Hindenes; Schleper, Christa Maria; Steen, Ida Helene; Øvreås, Lise. 2014. Microbial community structure and functioning in marine sediments associated with diffuse hydrothermal venting assessed by integrated meta-omics. Environmental Microbiology. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.12283
  • Dornelas, Maria; Magurran, Anne E.; Buckland, Stephen T.; Chao, Anne; Chazdon, Robin L.; Colwell, Robert K.; Curtis, Tom; Gaston, Kevin J.; Gotelli, Nicholas J.; Kosnik, Matthew A.; Mcgill, Brian; McCune, Jenny L.; Morlon, Hélène; Mumby, Peter J.; Øvreås, Lise; Studeny, Angelika; Vellend, Mark. 2013. Quantifying temporal change in biodiversity: challenges and opportunities. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences. 280. 10 pages. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.1931
  • Lanzén, Anders; Simachew, Addis; Gessesse, Amare; Chmolowska, Dominika; Jonassen, Inge; Øvreås, Lise. 2013. Surprising prokaryotic and eukaryotic diversity, community structure and biogeography of Ethiopian soda lakes. PLoS ONE. 8. 12 pages. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0072577
  • Storesund, Julia Endresen; Øvreås, Lise. 2013. Diversity of planctomycetes in iron-hydroxide deposits from the arctic mid ocean ridge (AMOR) and description of Bythopirellula goksoyri gen. nov., sp. nov., a novel planctomycete from deep sea iron-hydroxide deposits. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology. 104: 569-584. doi: 10.1007/s10482-013-0019-x
  • Baskar, Sushmitha; Baskar, Ramanathan; Thorseth, Ingunn Hindenes; Øvreås, Lise; Pedersen, Rolf B. 2012. Microbially induced iron precipitation associated with a neutrophilic spring at Borra Caves, Vishakhapatnam, India. Astrobiology. 12: 327-346. doi: 10.1089/ast.2011.0672
  • Bengtsson, Mia M. B.; Sjøtun, Kjersti; Lanzén, Anders; Øvreås, Lise. 2012. Bacterial diversity in relation to secondary production and succession on surfaces of the kelp Laminaria hyperborea. The ISME Journal. 6: 2188-2198. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2012.67
  • Jørgensen, Steffen Leth; Hannisdal, Bjarte; Lanzén, Anders; Baumberger, Tamara; Flesland, Kristin; Fonseca, Rita; Øvreås, Lise; Steen, Ida Helene; Thorseth, Ingunn Hindenes; Pedersen, Rolf B.; Schleper, Christa Maria. 2012. Correlating microbial community profiles with geochemical data in highly stratified sediments from the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America. 109: E2846-E2855. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1207574109
  • Lanzén, Anders; Huson, Daniel H.; Gorfer, M; Grindhaug, Svenn Helge; Jonassen, Inge; Jonassen, Inge; Øvreås, Lise; Urich, Tim. 2012. CREST--classification resources for environmental sequence tags. PLoS ONE. 7. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0049334
  • Lanzén, Anders; Jørgensen, Steffen Leth; Huson, Daniel H.; Gorfer, Markus; Grindhaug, Svenn Helge; Jonassen, Inge; Øvreås, Lise; Urich, Tim. 2012. CREST - classification resources for environmental sequence tags. PLoS ONE. 7: e49334-e49334. Published 2012-11-08. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0049334
  • Bengtsson, Mia M. B.; Sjøtun, Kjersti; Storesund, Julia Endresen; Øvreås, Lise. 2011. Utilization of kelp-derived carbon sources by kelp surface-associated bacteria. Aquatic Microbial Ecology. 62: 191-199. doi: 10.3354/ame01477
  • Bjelland, Torbjørg; Grube, Martin; Hoem, Solveig; Jørgensen, Steffen Leth; Daae, Frida Lise; Thorseth, Ingunn Hindenes; Øvreås, Lise. 2011. Microbial metacommunities in the lichen-rock habitat. Environmental Microbiology Reports. 3: 434-442. doi: 10.1111/j.1758-2229.2010.00206.x
  • Dahle, Håkon; Hannisdal, Bjarte; Steinsbu, Bjørn Olav; Ommedal, Hege; Einen, Jørn; Jensen, Sigmund; Larsen, Øivind; Øvreås, Lise; Norland, Svein. 2011. Evolution of temperature optimum in Thermotogaceae and the prediction of trait values of uncultured organisms. Extremophiles. 15: 509-516. doi: 10.1007/s00792-011-0381-4
  • Lanzén, Anders; Jørgensen, Steffen Leth; Bengtsson, Mia M. B.; Jonassen, Inge; Øvreås, Lise; Urich, Tim. 2011. Exploring the composition and diversity of microbial communities at the Jan Mayen hydrothermal vent field using RNA and DNA. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 77: 577-589. doi: 10.1111/j.1574-6941.2011.01138.x
  • Bengtsson, Mia M. B.; Sjøtun, Kjersti; Øvreås, Lise. 2010. Seasonal dynamics of bacterial biofilms on the kelp Laminaria hyperborea. Aquatic Microbial Ecology. 60: 71-83. doi: 10.3354/ame01409
  • Bengtsson, Mia M. B.; Øvreås, Lise. 2010. Planctomycetes dominate biofilms on surfaces of the kelp Laminaria hyperborea. BMC Microbiology. 10. doi: 10.1186/1471-2180-10-261
  • Bjelland, Torbjørg; Grube, Martin; Hoem, Solveig; Jørgensen, Steffen Leth; Daae, Frida Lise; Thorseth, Ingunn Hindenes; Øvreås, Lise. 2010. Microbial metacommunities in the lichen-rock habitat. Environmental Microbiology Reports. doi: 10.1111/j.1758-2229.2010.00206.x
  • Steinsbu, Bjørn Olav; Thorseth, Ingunn Hindenes; Nakagawa, Satoshi; Inagaki, Fumio; Lever, Mark Alexander; Engelen, Bert; Øvreås, Lise; Pedersen, Rolf-Birger. 2010. Archaeoglobus sulfaticallidus sp nov., a thermophilic and facultatively lithoautotrophic sulfate-reducer isolated from black rust exposed to hot ridge flank crustal fluids. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. 60: 2745-2752. doi: 10.1099/ijs.0.016105-0
  • Øvreås, Lise; Johannesen, Torill; Jørgensen, Steffen Leth; Thorseth, Ingunn Hindenes; Pedersen, Rolf-Birger. 2009. Microbial population structure at low-temperature siliceous Fe-deposits at the Jan.-Mayen hydrothermal fields. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 73: A981-A981.
  • Einen, Jørn; Thorseth, Ingunn Hindenes; Øvreås, Lise. 2008. Enumeration of Archaea and Cacteria in seafloor basalt using real-time quantitative PCR and fluorescence microscopy. FEMS Microbiology Letters. 282: 182-187. doi: 10.1111/j.1574-6968.2008.01119.x
  • Horner-Devine, M. Claire; Silver, Jessica M.; Leibold, Mathew A.; Bohannan, Brendan J.M.; Colwell, Robert K.; Fuhrman, Jed A.; Green, Jessica L.; Kuske, Cheryl R.; Martiny, Jennifer B. Hughes; Muyzer, Gerard; Øvreås, Lise; Reysenbach, Anna-Louise; Smith, Val H. 2007. A comparison of taxon co-occurrence patterns for macro- and microorganisms. Ecology. 88: 1345-1353. doi: 10.1890/06-0286
  • Ruppel, Silke; Torsvik, Vigdis Lid; Daae, Frida Lise; Øvreås, Lise; Rühlmann, Jörg. 2007. Nitrogen availability decreases prokaryotic diversity in sandy soils. Biology and Fertility of Soils. 43: 449-459. doi: 10.1007/s00374-006-0122-5
  • Einen, Jørn; Øvreås, Lise. 2006. Flaviarmulus b asaltis gen. nov., sp. nov., a novel member of the family Flavobacteriaceae isolated from seafloor basalt. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. 56: 2455-2461.
  • Martiny, Jennifer B. Hughes; Bohannan, Brendan J.M.; Brown, James H.; Colwell, Robert K.; Fuhrman, Jed A.; Green, Jessica L.; Horner-Devine, M. Claire; Kane, Matthew; Krumins, Jennifer Adams; Kuske, Cheryl R.; Morin, Peter J.; Naeem, Shahid; Øvreås, Lise; Reysenbach, Anna-Louise; Smith, Val H.; Staley, James T. 2006. Microbial biogeography: putting microorganisms on the map. Nature Reviews Microbiology. 4: 102-112. doi: 10.1038/nrmicro1341
  • Zaballos, Milagros; Lòpez-Lòpez, Arantxa; Øvreås, Lise; Bartual, Sergio Galán; D'Auria, Giuseppe; Alba, Jose Carlos; Legault, Boris; Pushker, Ravindra; Daae, Frida Lise; Rodríguez-Valera, Francisco. 2006. Comparison of prokaryotic diversity at offshore oceanic locations reveals a different microbiota in the Mediterranean Sea. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 56: 389-405. doi: Se sammendragsfelt
  • Thingstad, Tron Frede; Øvreås, Lise; Egge, Jorun Karin; Løvdal, Trond Karsten; Heldal, Mikal. 2005. Use of non-limiting substrates to increase size; a generic strategy to simultaneously optimize uptake and minimize predation in pelagic osmotrophs? Ecology Letters. 8.
  • Jensen, Sigmund; Øvreås, Lise; Bergh, Øivind; Torsvik, Vigdis Lid. 2004. Phylogenetic analysis of bacterial communities associated with larvae of the Atlantic halibut propose succession from a uniform normal flora. Systematic and Applied Microbiology. 27: 728-736.
  • Lysnes, Kristine; Thorseth, Ingunn Hindenes; Steinsbu, Bjørn Olav; Øvreås, Lise; Torsvik, Terje; Pedersen, Rolf-Birger. 2004. Microbial community diversity in seafloor basalt from the Arctic spreading ridges. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 50: 213-230.
  • Øvreås, Lise; Bourne, David; Sandaa, Ruth-Anne; Casamayor, Emilio; Benlloch, Susana; Goddard, Victoria; Smerdon, Gary; Heldal, Mikal; Thingstad, Tron Frede. 2003. Response of bacterial and viral communities to nutrient manipulations in seawater mesocosms. Aquatic Microbial Ecology. 31: 109-212.
  • Øvreås, Lise; Daae, Frida L.; Torsvik, Vigdis; Rodríguez-Valera, Francisco. 2003. Characterization of microbial diversity in hypersaline environments by melting profiles and reassociation kinetics in combination with terminal restriction fragment length polymorphismsm. Microbial Ecology. 46: 291-301.
  • Benlloch, S; Lopez-Lopez, A; Casamayor, E; Øvreås, Lise; Goddard, V; Daae, Frida L.; Smeardon, G; Massana, R; Joint, Ian; Thingstad, T. Frede; Pedros-Alió, C; Rodriguez-Valera, F. 2002. Prokaryotic genetic diversity throughout the salinity gradient of a coastal solar saltern. Environmental Microbiology. 4: 349-360.
  • Benlloch, Susana; Lòpez-Lòpez, Arantxa; Casamayor, Emilio; Øvreås, Lise; Goddard, Victoria; Daae, Frida L.; Smerdon, Gary; Massana, Ramon; Joint, Ian; Thingstad, Tron Frede; Pedròs-Aliò, Carlos; Rodríguez-Valera, Francisco. 2002. Procaryotic genetic diversity throughout the salinity gradient of a coastal solar saltern. Environmental Microbiology. 4: 349-360.
  • Casamayor, Emilio; Massana, Ramon; Benlloch, Susana; Øvreås, Lise; Díez, Beatriz; Goddard, Victoria; Gasol, Jospeh; Joint, Ian; Rodríguez-Valera, Francisco; Pedròs-Aliò, Carlos. 2002. Changes in archaeal, bacterial and eucaryal assemblages along a salinity gradient by comparison of a genetic fingerprinting methods in a multipond solar saltern. Environmental Microbiology. 4: 338-348.
  • Torsvik, Vigdis; Øvreås, Lise. 2002. Microbial diversity and function in soil: from genes to ecosystems. Current Opinion in Microbiology. 5: 240-245.
  • Torsvik, Vigdis; Øvreås, Lise; Thingstad, T. Frede. 2002. Prokaryotic diversity - magnitude, dynamics and controlling factors. Science. 296: 1064-1066.
  • Drønen, Asbjørg Karine; de Faveri, Elise; Rist, Gitte; Top, Eva; Torsvik, Vigdis; Øvreås, Lise. 2001. Combining plasmids and bacterial diversity studies in soil microbial communities. Plasmid. 45: 135.
  • Fjellbirkeland, Anne; Torsvik, Vigdis; Øvreås, Lise. 2001. Methanotrophic diversity in an agricultural soil as evaluated by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis profiles of pmoA, mxaF and 16S rDNA sequences. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology. 79: 209-217.
  • Nakatsu, Cindy; Torsvik, Vigdis; Øvreås, Lise. 2000. Soil community analysis using denaturant gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) of 16S rDNA Products. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 64: 1382-1388.
  • Øvreås, Lise. 2000. Population and community level approaches for analysing microbial diversityin natural environments (review). MANGLER.
  • Jensen, Sigmund; Øvreås, Lise; Daae, Frida Lise; Torsvik, Vigdis Lid. 1998. Diversity in methane enrichments from agricultural soil revealed by DGGE separation of PCR amplified 16S rDNA fragments. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 25: 1-10.
  • Torsvik, Vigdis Lid; Daae, Frida Lise; Sandaa, Ruth-Anne; Øvreås, Lise. 1998. Novel techniques for analysing microbial diversity in natural and perturbed environments. Journal of Biotechnology. 64: 53-62.
  • Øvreås, Lise; Torsvik, Vigdis Lid. 1998. Microbial diversity and community structure in two different agricultural soil communities. Microbial Ecology. 36: 1-13.
  • Øvreås, Lise; Forney, Larry; Daae, Frida Lise; Torsvik, Vigdis Lid. 1997. Distribution of bacterioplancton in meromictic lake Sælenvannet, as determined by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis of PCR-amplified gene fragments coding for 16S rRNA. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 63: 3367-3373.
  • Brønstad, Kirsten Marie; Drønen, Karine; Øvreås, Lise; Torsvik, Vigdis Lid. 1996. Phenotypic diversity and antibiotic resistance in soil bacterial communities. Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology. 17: 253-259.
Reports and theses
  • Øvreås, Lise. 1998. Diversity of microbial populations and communities.
  • Øvreås, Lise. 1993. Developing and use of methods for assessing the diversity within microbial communities. Center for Microbial Ecology, Michigan State University.
Book sections
  • Torsvik, Vigdis Lid; Øvreås, Lise. 2008. Microbial diversity, life strategies, and adaptation to life in extreme soils. Chapter 2, pages 15-43. In:
    • Dion, Patrice; Nautiyal, Chandra Shekhar. 2008. Microbiology of Extreme Soils. Springer. 369 pages. ISBN: 978-3-540-74230-2.
  • Elsas, Jan Dirk van; Torsvik, Vigdis Lid; Hartmann, Anton; Øvreås, Lise; Jansson, Janet K. 2006. The Bacteria and Archaea in Soil. Chapter 4, pages 83-106. In:
    • van Elsas, Jan Dirk; Jansson, Janet K; Trevors, lack T. 2006. Modern Soil Microbiology, Second Edition. CRC Press. 646 pages. ISBN: 0824727495.
  • Torsvik, Vigdis Lid; Øvreås, Lise. 2006. Microbial Phylogeny and Diversity in Soil. Chapter 2, pages 23-54. In:
    • van Elsas, Jan Dirk; Jansson, Janet K; Trevors, lack T. 2006. Modern Soil Microbiology, Second Edition. CRC Press. 646 pages. ISBN: 0824727495.
  • Torsvik, Vigdis; Daae, Frida L.; Sandaa, Ruth-Anne; Øvreås, Lise. 2000. Molecular biology and genetic diversity of microorganisms. 43-57. In:
    • Seckbach, Joseph. 2000. Journey to diverse microbial worlds.
  • Torsvik, Vigdis Lid; Daae, Frida Lise; Goksøyr, Jostein; Sørheim, Roald; Øvreås, Lise. 1997. Diversity of Bacteria in soil and marine sediments. 115-120. In:
    • Martins, M.T.; Sato, M.I.Z.; Tiedje, J.M.; Hagler, L.C.N.; Döbereiner, J.; Sanchez, P.S. 1997. Progress in microbial ecology. ISBN: 85-85456-08-6.

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