My research is focused on understanding the cellular mechanisms that regulate coral physiology and symbiosis. I am also interested in how environmental conditions affect these processes, and in determining their adaptability in the face of global climate change.
B.S. Zoology & B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Michigan State University (2006)
Ph.D. Biology, Joint Program: San Diego State University and the University of California San Diego (2012)
Kujanwinski EB, K Longnecker, KL Barott, RJM Weber, MC Kido Soule (2016) Microbial community structure affects marine dissolved organic matter composition. Marine Science 3:45
Knowles B,et al. (2016) Lytic to temperate switching of viral communities. Nature 531(7595):466-470.
Hester ER, KL Barott, J Nulton, MJA Vermeij, FL Rohwer (2015) Stable and sporadic symbiotic communities of coral and algal holobionts. ISME Journal 10: 1157-1169.
Barott KL, SO Perez, LB Linsmayer, M Tresguerres (2015) Differential localization of ion transporters suggests distinct cellular mechanisms for calcification and photosynthesis between two coral species. American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative, and Comparative Phsyiology 309:R235-R246.
Barott KL, AA Venn, SO Perez, S Tambutte, M Tresguerres (2015) Coral host cells acidify symbiotic algal microenvironment to promote photosynthesis. PNAS 112(2): 607-612.
Tresguerres M, K Barott, M Barron, J Roa. (2014) Established and potential physiological roles of bicarbonate-sensing soluble adenylyl cyclase (sAC) in aquatic animals. Journal of Experimental Biology 217: 663-672.
Quistad S, A Stotland, J Grasis, K Barott, C Smurthweites, B Hilton, R Wolkowicz, F Rohwer. (2014) The evolution of TNF-induced apoptosis reveals 550 million years of functional conservation. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. In Press
Kelly L, G Williams, K Barott, C Carlson, et al. (2014) Local genomic adaptation of coral and algal-associated microbiomes to gradients of natural variability and anthropogenic stressors. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. In Press
Barott K, Y Helman, K Hess, M Barron, L Haramaty, J Buck, L Levin, and M Tresguerres. (2013) High adenylyl cyclase activity and in vivo cAMP fluctuations in corals suggest central physiological role. Sci. Reports 3: 1379.
Gregg, A, M Hatay, A Haas, N Robinett, K Barott, M Vermeij, K Marhaver, F Rohwer. (2013) Biological oxygen demand optode analysis of coral reef associated microbial communities exposed to algal exudates. PeerJ 1:e107.
Rohwer F and K Barott. (2013) Viral information. Biology & Philosophy 28(2): 283-297.
Janouškovec J, A Horák, K Barott, F Rohwer, and P Keeling. (2013) Environmental distribution of coral-associated relatives of apicomplexan parasites. ISME Journal, 7: 444-447.
Barott K and F Rohwer. (2012) Unseen players shape benthic competition on coral reefs. Trends in Microbiology 20(12): 621-628. Cover photo.
Barott K, G Williams, M Vermeij, J Harris, J Smith, F Rohwer and S Sandin. (2012) Natural history of coral-algae competition across a gradient of human activity in the Line Islands. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 460: 1-12. Feature Article.
Barott K, B Rodriquez-Brito, M Youle, K Marhaver, M Vermeij, J Smith, and F Rohwer. (2012) Microbial to reef scale interactions between the reef-building coral Montastraea annularis and benthic algae. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 279(1733): 1655-1664.
Kelly L, K Barott, E Dinsdale, A Friedlander, B Nosrat, D Obura, E Sala, S Sandin, J Smith, M Vermeij, G Williams, D Willner, and F Rohwer. (2012) Black reefs: iron-induced phase shifts on coral reefs. ISME Journal 6: 638-649.
McDole T, J Nulton, K Barott, B Felts, C Hand, M Hatay, H Lee, M Nadon, B Nosrat, P Salamon, B Bailey, S Sandin, B Vargas-Angel, M Youle, B Zgliczynski, R Brainard, F Rohwer. (2012) Assessing coral reefs on a Pacific-wide scale using the microbialization score. PLoS One. 7(9): e43233.
Janouškovec J, A Horák, K Barott, F Rohwer, and P Keeling. (2012) Global analysis of plastid diversity reveals new apicomplexan-related lineages associated with coral reefs. Current Biology 22(13): R518-519.
Cassman, N, A Prieto Davo, K Walsh, G Silva, F Angly, S Akhter, K Barott, J Busch, T McDole, J Haggerty, D Willner, G Alarcón, O Ulloa, E DeLong, B Dulith, F Rohwer, E Dinsdale. (2012) Oxygen minimum zones harbor novel viral communities with low diversity. Environmental Microbiology 14(11): 3043-3065.
Barott K, B Rodriguez-Brito, J Janouškovec, K Marhaver, J Smith, P Keeling, and F Rohwer. (2011) Microbial diversity associated with four functional groups of benthic reef algae and the reef-building coral Montastraea annularis. Environmental Microbiology 13(5): 1192-1204.
Barott K, J Caselle, E Dinsdale, A Friedlander, J Maragos, D Obura, F Rohwer, S Sandin, J Smith, and B Zgliczynski. (2010) The lagoon at Caroline/Millennium Atoll, Republic of Kiribati: Natural history of a nearly pristine ecosystem. PLoS ONE 5(6): e10950.
Vermeij M, K Barott, Johnson, A and K Marhaver. (2010) Release of eggs from tentacles in a Caribbean coral. Coral Reefs 29(2): 411.
Barott K, J, Smith, E Dinsdale, M Hatay, S Sandin, and F Rohwer. (2009) Hyperspectral and physiological analyses of coral-algal interactions. PLoS ONE 4(11): e8043.
Angly F, D Willner, A Prieto-Davó, R Edwards, R Schmieder, R Vega Thurber, D Antonopoulos, K Barott, et al. (2009) The GAAS metagenomic tool and its estimations of viral and microbial average genome size in four major biomes. PLoS Computational Biology 5(12): e1000593.
Vega Thurber R, K Barott, D Hall, H Liu, B Rodriguez-Brito, C Desnues, R Edwards, M Haynes, F Angly, L Wegley, and F Rohwer. (2008) Metagenomic analysis indicates that stressors induce production of Herpes-like viruses in the coral Porites compressa. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 105(47): 18413-18418.
*= Presentation speaker, † = Invited speaker, § = Poster presentation
§ Barott, K *, A Venn, S Tambutte, and M Tresguerres. (2014) Host proton pump promotes photosynthesis in scleractinian corals. Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography. Honolulu, HI.
† Barott, K * and M Tresguerres. Cellular mechanisms of coral pH regulation. Ocean Acidification Seminar, Oceanography Laboratory of Villefranche, France. January 24, 2014.
† Barott, K * and M Tresguerres. (2013) Coral pH regulation mechanisms and their roles in promoting photosynthesis and calcification. SIO Marine Biology Department Seminar, November 8, 2013.
Barott, K *, M Barron, and M Tresguerres. (2013) Mechanisms for pH sensing and regulation in corals. Society of Experimental Biology, Valencia, Spain. Young Investigator Award Finalist
Barott, K *, M Barron, and M Tresguerres. (2013) Mechanisms for pH sensing and regulation in corals. Yosemite Symbiosis Workshop, Sierra Nevada Research Institute, CA.
Barott, K *. et al. (2012) Microbial contribution to competition between corals and benthic algae. International Coral Reef Symposium, Cairns, Australia.
Barott, K *. (2011) The role of bacteria and viruses on coral reefs. Reef-a-Palooza. Orange County, CA.
Barott, K *. et al. (2011) Competition with benthic algae affects physiology and microbial communities associated with tropical corals. American Society for Limnology and Oceanography San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Barott, K *. and F. Rohwer. (2010) Changes in microbial communities associated with coral-algal interactions. Canadian Inst. for Advanced Research: Integrated Microbial Biodiversity Program Meeting. Seattle, WA.
Barott, K *., B. Rodriguez-Brito and F. Rohwer. (2010) Bacterial communities associated with the coralMontastraea annularis and competing benthic algae. Intl Society of Microbial Ecology. Seattle, WA.
§ Barott, K *., J. Smith, E. Dinsdale, M. Hatay, S. Sandin, and F. Rohwer. (2009) Exploring coral-algal interfaces using hyperspectral imagery. Canadian Inst. for Advanced Research: Integrated Microbial Biodiversity Program Meeting. Asilomar, CA.
Barott, K *., N. Knowlton and F. Rohwer (2009) Characterizing coral reef biodiversity at the micro scale. Canadian Inst. for Advanced Research: Integrated Microbial Biodiversity General Program Meeting. Asilomar, CA.
Barott, K *., R. Vega Thurber, and F. Rohwer. (2009) Understanding the role of viruses on coral reefs using metagenomics. Census of Marine Life Symposium and Workshop, University of Tokyo, Japan.
§ Barott, K *., D. Lipson, and W. Oechel. (2008) A positive feedback loop for global warming: methane production and microbial diversity in Arctic soils. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA.
NSF Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2012 – 2014)
Young Investigator Award Finalist, Society for Experimental Biology (2013)
Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Fellowship (2011)
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2007 – 2010)