Emil Ruff


Assistant Scientist
Tel: 508-289-7758 | Fax: 508-457-1548
Email: eruff@mbl.edu

Ph.D., Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, 2013
M.S., University of Stuttgart, 2010

Ruff CV

Research Statement

I am interested in the mechanisms and pathways that govern community assembly and the establishment of trophic networks. My goal is to use sequencing methods, mass spectrometry and bioinformatics to improve our understanding of the vast diversity of microorganisms and the complexity of their interactions with each other and the environment.

Recent Publications:

Pérez Castro S, Borton MA, Regan K, Hrabe de Angelis I, Wrighton KC, Teske AP, Strous M, Ruff SE. Degradation of biological macromolecules supports uncultured microbial populations in Guaymas Basin hydrothermal sediments.” The ISME Journal (accepted).

Teske A, Wegener G, Chanton JP, White D, MacGregor B, Hoer D, de Beer D, Zhuang G, Saxton MA, Joye SB, Lizarralde D, Soule SA, Ruff SE. (2021) “Microbial communities under distinct thermal and geochemical regimes in axial and off- axis sediments of Guaymas Basin.” Frontiers in Microbiology, 12, 633649. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmicb.2021.633649/full

Souza FFC, Mathai PP, Pauliquevis T,, Balsanelli E, Pedrosa FO, Souza EM, Baura VA, Monteiro RA, Cruz LM, Souza RAF, Andreae MO, Barbosa CGG; Hrabe de Angelis I, Sánchez-Parra B, Pӧhlker C, Weber B, Ruff SE, Reis RA, Godoi RHM, Sadowsky MJ, Huergo LF. (2021) “Influence of Seasonality on the Aerosol Microbiome of the Amazon Rainforest.” Science of the Total Environment, 760, 144092. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969720376233?via%3Dihub

Chakraborty, A.; Ruff, S. E.; Dong, X.; Ellefson, E. D.; Li, C.; Brooks, J. M.; Bernard, B. B.; Hubert, C. J. R. (2020) “Hydrocarbon seepage in the deep seabed links subsurface and seafloor biospheres.“ Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 117, 11029-11037. https://www.pnas.org/content/117/20/11029

Wang, Y.; Wegener, G.; Ruff, S. E.; Wang, F. (2020) „Anaerobic alkane oxidation in methyl/alkyl-coenzyme M reductase containing archaea.“ Environmental Microbiology, advanced online. https://sfamjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1462-2920.15057

Ruff, S. E. (2020) “Microbial communities and metabolisms at hydrocarbon seeps.” Chapter in Book: “Marine Hydrocarbon Seeps – Microbiology and Biogeochemistry of a Global Marine Habitat”; Book Series: Springer Oceanography, Eds. Teske, A.; Carvalho, V. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-34827-4

Kuloyo, O.; Ruff, S. E.; Cahill, A.; Connors, L.; Zorz, J. K.; Nightingale, M.; Mayer, B.; Strous, M. (2020) „Methane oxidation and methanotroph population dynamics in groundwater mesocosms”. Environmental Microbiology, 22, 1222-1237. https://sfamjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1462-2920.14929

Bhatnagar, S.; Cowley, E. S.; Kopf, S. H.; Pérez Castro, S.; Kearney S.; Dawson, S. C.; Hanselmann, K.; Ruff*, S. E. (2020) „Microbial community dynamics and coexistence in a sulfide-driven phototrophic bloom.“ Environmental Microbiome, 15:3. https://environmentalmicrobiome.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40793-019-0348-0

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