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Faculty and Staff

Charles R. Lovell

Title: Professor
Department: Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-7036
Office: CLS, Room 408
Resources: Department of Biological Sciences


I am a microbial ecologist. My research addresses the responses of natural bacterial communities to physical, chemical, and biological environmental variables. My group examines the relationship between microbial diversity and ecological function, and seeks to answer a number of specific questions at the level of ecophysiology, population dynamics and community ecology. To facilitate this work we focus on specific groups of bacteria that directly contribute to a particular function, such as the diazotrophic bacteria, the sulfate reducing bacteria, and the acetogenic bacteria. Pathogenesis is another ecological function of interest and current research examines pathogenesis of marine Vibrio species and the specific virulence mechanisms employed by Vibrio parahaemolyticus.

Selected Publications

(of 87 peer reviewed papers and chapters, 64 published abstracts):

Dang, H. and C.R. Lovell. 2016. Microbial Surface Colonization and Biofilm Development in Marine

Environments. Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews 80: 91-138.

Gabriel, M.W., G.Y. Matsui, R. Friedman, and C.R. Lovell. 2014. Optimization of multilocus

   sequence analysis for identification of species in the genus Vibrio. Applied and

   Environmental Microbiology. In press. 

Klein, S., C.K. Gutierrez West, D. Mejia and C.R. Lovell. 2014. Genes similar to the Vibrio

   parahaemolyticus virulence-related genes tdh, trh, tlh, and vscC2 occur in other

   Vibrionaceae species isolated from a pristine estuary. Applied and Environmental

   Microbiology 80:595-602.

Gutierrez West, C.K., S.L. Kline and C.R. Lovell. 2013. The virulence factor genes tdh, trh and

   tlh occur at high frequency in Vibrio parahaemolyticus isolated from a pristine estuary.

   Applied and Environmental Microbiology 79:2247-2252.

Pinckney, J., I. Hagenbuch, R. Long, C.R. Lovell. 2013. Sublethal effects of the antibiotic

   tylosin on estuarine benthic microalgal communities. Marine Pollution Bulletin 68:8-12.

Lovell, C.R., and D.A. Davis. 2012. Specificity of salt marsh diazotrophs for vegetation zones

   and plant hosts: Results from a North American marsh.  Frontiers in Microbiology.  3:1-

   15.  doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2012.00084

Gamble, M.D., and C.R. Lovell. 2011. Infaunal burrows are enrichment zones for Vibrio

   parahaemolyticusApplied and Environmental Microbiology 77:3703-3714.

 Matsui, G.Y., N. Volkenborn, L. Polerecky, D.S. Wethey, C.R. Lovell, S.A. Woodin. 2011.

   Controlled induction of bidirectional porewater advection in aquatic sediments by a

   biomimetic Robolug.  Limnology and Oceanography: Methods 9:84-96.

Davis, D., M.D. Gamble, C.E. Bagwell, P.W. Bergholz, and C.R. Lovell. 2011. Responses of

   saltmarsh grass rhizosphere diazotroph assemblages to changes in marsh elevation,

   edaphic conditions and plant host species. Microbial Ecology 61:386-398.

Cramer, M.J., N. Haghshenas, G.Y. Matsui and C.R. Lovell. 2011. Celerinatantimonas

   diazotrophicus, gen. nov., spec. nov., a nitrogen fixing bacterium representing a new

   Family in the Gammaproteobacteria. International Journal of Systematic and

   Evolutionary Microbiology 61:1053-1060. 

Gamble, M.D., C.E. Bagwell, J. LaRocque, P.W. Bergholz, and C.R. Lovell. 2010.  Seasonal

   variability of diazotroph assemblages associated with the rhizosphere of the salt marsh

   cordgrass, Spartina alterniflora. Microbial Ecology 59:253-269.