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Seán P. O'Connell

Department of Biology
Associate Professor of Microbiology; H.F. “Cotton” and Katherine P. Robinson Professor of Biology

Sean O'Connell

Phone: 828-227-2203
Email: soconnell@email.wcu.edu 
Office Address: Natural Science Building Room 130

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Microbiology, Idaho State University, 2002
  • B.S. in Biology and certification in Secondary Education, Johnson State College, 1994
  • A.S. in Liberal Science/Environmental Studies, Sullivan County Community College, 1990

Publications & Presentations:

  • O’Connell, SP, EA York, MB Collins, DT Rosbach, KR Black, and WB Haney.  2007.  An Initial Inventory of Bacteria Found within the Soils and Waters of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In The Great Smoky Mountains National Park All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory: A Search for Species in Our Own Backyard. Southeastern Naturalist. Special Issue 1:57-72.
  • O’Connell, S. 2006. ‘Astronomical’ diversity of bacteria in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) Quarterly 4:2.
  • O’Connell, S. 2004. “Subvisible” biodiversity in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Southeastern Biology 51:30-31 (Reprinting of below article).
  • O’Connell, S. 2003. “Subvisible” biodiversity in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) Quarterly 4:1.
  • Lehman, RM, SP O'Connell, A Banta, JK Fredrickson, A-L Reysenbach, TL Kieft, and FS Colwell. 2004. Microbiological comparison of core and groundwater samples collected from a fractured basalt aquifer with that of dialysis chambers incubated in situ. Geomicrobiology Journal 21:169-182.
  • Ingram, JC, RM Lehman, WF Bauer, SP O'Connell, and FS Colwell. 2003. Detection of fatty acids from intact microorganisms by molecular beam static secondary ion mass spectrometry. Journal of Microbiological Methods 53:295-307.
  • O'Connell, SP, RM Lehman, O Snoeyenbos-West, VD Winston, DE Cummings, ME Watwood, and FS Colwell. 2003. Detection of Euryarchaeota and Crenarchaeota in an oxic basalt aquifer. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 44:165-173.
  • O'Connell, S. 2003. "Subvisible" biodiversity in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) Quarterly 4:1.
  • Lehman, RM and SP O'Connell. 2002. Comparison of extracellular enzyme activities and community composition of attached and free-living bacteria in porous medium columns. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 68:1569-1575.
  • O'Connell, S. 2002. Microorganisms as the cornerstone of the Smoky Mountain Ecosystem. All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) Quarterly. 3:1.
  • O'Connell, S. 2002. Microorganisms as the cornerstone of the Smoky Mountain Ecosystem. Southeastern Biology. 49:384-386 (Reprinting of above article).
  • O'Connell, SP and JL Garland. 2002. Differential response of microbial communities in Biolog GN and GN2 microplates. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 34:413-416.
  • Lehman, RM, Roberto FF, Earley D, Bruhn DF, Brink SF, O'Connell SP, Delwiche ME and Colwell FS. 2001. Attached and Unattached Bacterial Communities in a 120-Meter Corehole in an Acidic, Crystalline Rock Aquifer. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 67: 2095-2106.
  • O'Connell, SP, RD Lawson, ME Watwood, and RM Lehman. 2000. A BASIC program for reduction of data from community-level physiological profiling using Biolog microplates: rationale and critical interpretation of data. Journal of Microbiological Methods 40:213-220.
 

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