Montana State University

Department of Earth Sciences

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173480
Bozeman, MT 59717-3480

Tel: (406) 994-3331
Fax: (406) 994-6923
Location: 226 Traphagen Hall

Department Chair

Dr. David Mogk

earth@montana.edu

Mark L. Skidmore

Associate Professor of Geology

Contact Information

Office: Leon Johnson Hall #627A
Office Phone:   (406) 994-7251
Lab:   Leon Johnson Hall #627
Lab Phone:   (406) 994-7225
Email:   skidmore@montana.edu

Office Hours: Spring 2014

T 10:00 - 12:00

Education

B.A., Cambridge University, UK, 1992
M.S., University of Alberta, Canada, 1995
Ph.D., University of Alberta, Canada, 2001

Geomicrobiology Lab

Research Interests

Biogeochemistry and geomicrobiology

Current Graduate Students


Seth Mangini
Ryan Scanlon
Terra Spotts
Lauren Thomas
Zach Adam ,co-supervised with Dave Mogk

Selected Publications

Bakermans, C., Skidmore, M.L., Douglas, S., McKay, C.P. (in press) Molecular characterization of bacteria from permafrost of the Taylor Valley, Antarctica, FEMS Microbiology Ecology.

Florentine, C., Skidmore, M., Speece, M., Link, C. and Shaw, C. (in press) Geophysical analysis of transverse ridges and internal structure at Lone Peak rock glacier, Big Sky, Montana, USA. Journal of Glaciology.

Montross, S., Skidmore, M., Christner, B., Samyn, D., Tison, J.L., Lorrain, R., Doyle, S. and Fitzsimons, S. (2014) Debris-rich basal ice as a microbial habitat, Taylor Glacier, Antarctica. Geomicrobiology Journal, 31(1), 76-81, DOI: 10.1080/01490451.2013.811316

Doyle, S.M., Montross, S.N., Skidmore, M.L., and Christner, B.C. (2013) Characterizing microbial diversity and the potential for metabolic function at −15 °C in the basal ice of Taylor Glacier, Antarctica. Biology, 2(3), 1034-1053, doi:10.3390/biology2031034

Mitchell, A.C., Lafrenière, M.J., Skidmore, M.L. and Boyd, E.S. (2013) Influence of bedrock mineral composition on microbial diversity in a subglacial environment. Geology, 41, (8) 855-858, doi:10.1130/G34582.1

Priscu, J.C., Achberger, A.M. , Cahoon, J.E., Christner, B.C., Edwards, R.L., Jones, W.L., Michaud, A.B., Siegfried, M.R., Skidmore, M.L., Spigel, R.H, Switzer, G.W., Tulaczyk, S., Vick-Majors, T.J. (2013). A microbiologically clean strategy for access to the Whillans Ice Stream subglacial environment. Antarctic Science, advance online publication, doi:10.1017/S0954102013000035.

Hamilton, T. L, Peters, J.W., Skidmore, M.L., and Boyd, E.S. (2013) An active endogenous microbiome beneath glacial ice. ISME Journal, 7, 1402-1412, doi:10.1038/ismej.2013.31

Montross, S.N, Skidmore, M., Tranter, M., Kivimäki, A.-L., Parkes, R.J. (2013) A microbial driver of chemical weathering in glaciated systems. Geology, 41,215-218.

Brown, J.R., Brox, T.I., Vogt, S.J., Seymour, J.D., Skidmore, M.L., Codd, S.L. (2012) Magnetic Resonance Diffusion and Relaxation Characterization of Water in the Unfrozen Vein Network in Polycrystalline Ice and its Response to Microbial Metabolic Products. Journal of Magnetic Resonance, 225, 17-24

Skidmore, M., Jungblut, A., Urschel, M. and Junge, K. (2012) Cryospheric Environments in Polar regions (Glaciers and Ice Sheets, Sea Ice and Ice Shelves), p 218-239, in Polar Microbiology: Life in a Deep Freeze, (Eds.) Whyte and Miller. American Society for Microbiology Press, Washington D.C. 312pp.

Achberger, A.M., Brox, T.I., Skidmore, M.L. and Christner B.C. (2011) Expression and partial characterization of an Ice Binding Protein from a Bacterium Isolated at a Depth of 3,519 Meters in the Vostok Ice Core, Antarctica. Frontiers in Microbiology, 2, doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2011.00255

Bakermans, C. and Skidmore, M. (2011b). Microbial Respiration in Ice at Subzero Temperatures (-4 to -33oC). Environmental Microbiology Reports, 3(6), 774-782.

Boyd, E.S. Lange, R.K., Mitchell, A., Havig, J.R., Hamilton, T.L., Lafrenière, M.J., Shock, E.L., Peters, J.W. and Skidmore, M. (2011)Diversity, Abundance, and Potential Activity of Nitrifying and Nitrate Reducing Microbial Assemblages in a Subglacial Ecosystem. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 77(14),4778-4787.

Skidmore, M. (2011)Microbial communities in Antarctic subglacial aquatic environments. (SAE) in Exploration and Study of Antarctic Subglacial Aquatic Environments, AGU Geophysical Monograph 192, p. 61-81 (Eds.) Siegert, Bindschadler and Kennicutt. ACU Press, Washington DC.

Bakermans, C. and Skidmore, M. (2011). Microbial Metabolism in Ice and Brine at -5°C Environmental Microbiology, 13(8), 2269–2278.

Davila A.F., Skidmore, M., Fairén, A.G., Cockell, C. and Schulze-Makuch, D. (2010) New priorities in the robotic exploration of Mars: The case for in situ search of extant life. Astrobiology, 10(7),705-710.

Wadham, J.L., Tranter, M., Skidmore, M., Hodson, A.J., Priscu, J., Lyons, W.B., Sharp M., Wynn, P. and Jackson M. (2010) Biogeochemical weathering under ice: size matters Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 24, GB3025, doi:10.1029/2009GB003688.

Boyd, E. Skidmore, M., Mitchell, A., Bakermans, B. and Peters, J. (2010) Methanogenesis in subglacial sediments. Environmental Microbiology Reports, 2(5), 685-692.

Skidmore, M., Tranter, M., Tulaczyk, S., and Lanoil, B. (2010) Hydrochemistry of ice stream beds - evaporitic or microbial effects? Hydrological Processes, 24, 517-523

Gaidos, E., Marteinsson, V., Thorsteinsson, T., Johannesson, T., Rafnsson, A.R., Stefansson, A., Glazer, B., Lanoil, B., Skidmore, M., Han, S.K., Miller, M., Rusch, A., and Foo, W. (2009) An oligarchic microbial assemblage in the anoxic bottom waters of a volcanic subglacial lake. ISME Journal: Multidisciplinary Journal of Microbial Ecology. 3, 486-497.

Lanoil, B., Skidmore, M., Priscu, J.C., Han, S.K., Foo, W., Vogel, S.W., Tulaczyk, S., and Engelhardt, H. (2009) Bacteria beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Environmental Microbiology. 11 (3), 609-615.

Christner, B.C., Cai, R., Morris, C.E., McCarter, K.S., Foreman, C.M., Skidmore, M.L., Montross, S.N., Sands, D.C. (2009) Geographic location, season, and precipitation chemistry influence on the abundance and activity of biological ice nucleators in rain and snow. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (105), 48, 18854-18859.

Statham, P.J., Skidmore, M.L., and Tranter, M. (2008) Inputs of glacially derived dissolved and colloidal iron to the coastal ocean and implications for primary productivity. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 22, GB3013. doi:10.1029/2007GB003106.

Christner, B., Skidmore, M., Priscu, J., Tranter, M. and Foreman, C. (2008). Bacteria in subglacial environments. p51-71 in Psychrophiles: from biodiversity to biotechnology,(Eds.) Margesin, Schinner, Marx and Gerday. Springer-Verlag, Berlin.