Dr. Duane P. Moser

Associate Research Professor Microbiology
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Professional Interests

Dr. Moser is a microbial and molecular ecologist focused on life in the terrestrial deep subsurface, lakes and oceans, and arid lands. Moser utilizes a combination of cultivation-dependent and -independent life detection methods, in conjunction with environmental and stable isotope chemistry, to track the activities and identities of microbes in the wild. Moser has focused on a variety of microbial types throughout his career, especially uncultivated bacteria and archaea of sediments and very deep aquifers. Moser has also worked extensively with bacteria of the cosmopolitan aquatic genus,Shewanella.

Research Summary

At DRI, Dr. Moser is developing a research program addressing the many microbiologically interesting habitats of the Great Basin, with special emphasis on aquifer and geothermal systems, terminal lakes and playas, and deep lake sediments. He is also developing studies addressing the role of microbes in contaminant alteration and transport; especially radionuclides at DOE sites, such as the Nevada Test Site. He is also researching the role of riverbed and riparian zone microbes in the enhancement of water quality of western rivers, such as the Truckee in NV.

Research Projects

Research Programs

Media Coverage

Education

DegreeYearInstitutionArea
Ph.D. 1997 University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Biological Sciences
M.S. 1992 University of Wisconsin, OshKosh Microbiology
B.S. 1989 University of Wisconsin, OshKosh Microbiology
Major 1985 University of Wisconsin, Platteville Reclamation/Geology

Academic Affiliations

Associations

Environmental Microbiology Laboratory

TheEnvironmental Microbiology Laboratory, located in Las Vegas, Nevada, is a versatile platform supporting the study of microorganisms in the environment. The major tools of this facility are designed to be implemented as modules applicable to almost any sample type, with a current emphasis on deep aquifers and the continental subsurface, freshwater lake sediment, and desert springs.

Research and employment opportunities at all levels (undergraduate - postdoctoral) are often available in our lab. Several types of scholarships may also be available throughout the year for students with strong academic credentials.

Fellowship Winners

  • Karen Levy
    • Award: NSF EPSCoR Undergraduate Fellowship (2006/2007 academic year)
  • Juan Plata
    • Award: NSF EPSCoR Undergraduate Fellowship (2006/2007 academic year)
    • Award: UNLV Ronald E. McNair Scholarship (summer 2007)
  • Christina Jacovides
    • Award: NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (summer 2007)
  • Mary Ehrsam
    • Award: NSF EPSCoR Undergraduate Fellowship (2007/2008 academic year)
  • Alexander Michaud
    • Award: NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (summer 2008)

Online Publications

Online Press Releases
Online Journal Publications

Publications & Presentations

2018

Gerrity, D., Arnold, M., Dickenson, E., Moser, D. P., Sackett, J. D., Wert, E. (2018). Microbial community characterization of ozone-biofiltration systems in drinking water and potable reuse applications, Water research, 135, 207-219
Hamilton-Brehm, S. D., Hristova, L. T., Edwards, S. C., Wedding, J. R., Snow, M., Kruger, B. R., Moser, D. P. (2018). Ancient human mitochondrial DNA and radiocarbon analysis of archived quids from the Mule Spring Rockshelter, Nevada, USA, PLoS One, 13, (3), e0194223
Moser, D. P., Kruger, B. R., Thomas, N. J., Sackett, J. D. (2018). Analog study to constrain potential microbial degradation of diesel range organics from Amchitka site drilling mud pits, 41 p., Desert Research Institute: Las Vegas, NV, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Legacy Management. Under Cooperative Agreement DE-LM0000432. Division of Hydrologic Sciences Publication No. 41237.
Moser, D. P., Sackett, J. D., Kruger, B. R., Hamilton-Brehm, S. D. (2018). Deep biosphere windows into the Death Valley Regional Flow System, 57th Meeting of the Arizona/Nevada Branch, American Society for Microbiology: Las Vegas, NV, April 21, 2018, Oral presentation.
Moser, D. P., Sackett, J. D., Kruger, B. R., Hamilton-Brehm, S. D., Huerta, D. C. (2018). Thinking big by looking small: The Death Valley Regional Flow System as a regional-scale deep biosphere observatory, Devils Hole Workshop: Beatty, NV, May 2, 2018-May 4, 2018, Oral presentation.
Papp, K., Bacaro, F., Gerrity, D., Moser, D. P. (2018). Using quantitative stable isotope probing to identify carcinogen-degrading bacteria in wastewater, 57th Meeting of the Arizona/Nevada Branch, American Society for Microbiology: Las Vegas, NV, April 21, 2018
Sackett, J. D., Huerta, D. C., Kruger, B. R., Hamilton-Brehm, S. D., Moser, D. P. (2018). A comparative study of prokaryotic diversity and physicochemical characteristics of Devils Hole and the Ash Meadows Fish Conservation Facility, a constructed analog, PLoS One, 13, (3), e0194404
Sackett, J. D., Huerta, D. C., Kruger, B. R., Hamilton-Brehm, S. D., Moser, D. P. (2018). A comparative study of prokaryotic diversity and physicochemical characteristics of Devils Hole and the Ash Meadows Fish Conservation Facility, a constructed analog, Devils Hole Workshop: Beatty, NV, May 2, 2018-May 4, 2018
Sackett, J. D., Moser, D. P. (2018). Prokaryotic biogeochemistry of the Truckee River hyporheic zone, 57th Meeting of the Arizona/Nevada Branch, American Society for Microbiology: Las Vegas, NV, April 21, 2018
Stamenkovi?, V., Barross, J., Beaty, D., Beegle, L., Bell, M. S., Breuer, D., Cooper, I., Davila, A., Fischer, W. W., Glavin, D., Graham, H., Kirschvink, J., Mischna, M., Moser, D. P., Mustard, J., Onstott, T. C., Osburn, M., Orphan, V., Russell, M., Sapers, H., Spohn, T., Templeton, A., Ward, L., Zacny, K. (2018). Mars Subsurface Access: From Sounding to Drilling, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's Astrobiology Science Strategy for the Search for Life in the Universe Meeting: Irvine, CA, January 16, 2018-January 18, 2018, White paper.
Summers, R., Snow, M., Sackett, J. D., Moser, D. P. (2018). Microbial communities from soil and coprolites, 83rd Annual Meeting, Society for American Archaeology: Washington, DC, April 11, 2018-April 15, 2018, Oral presentation.

2017

Becraft, E., Woyke, T., Jarett, J., Ivanova, N., GodoyVitorino, F., Poulton, N., Brown, J., Brown, J., Lau, M., Onstott, T., Moser, D. P., Stepananauskas, R. (2017). Rokubacteria: genomic giants among the uncultured bacterial phyla, Frontiers in microbiology, 8, 2264
Blunt, S., Benotti, M., Rosen, M., Hedlund, B., Moser, D. P. (2017). Reversible reduction of estrone to 17b-estradiol by Rhizobium, Sphingopyxis, and Pseudomonas isolates from the Las Vegas Wash, Journal of environmental quality, 46, (2), 281-287
Blunt, S., Sackett, J. D., Rosen, M., Benotti, M., Trenholm, R., Vanderford, B., Hedlund, B., Moser, D. P. (2017). Association between degradation of pharmaceuticals and endocrine-disrupting compounds and microbial communities along a treated wastewater effluent gradient in Lake Mead, Science of The Total Environment
Hicks, M., Ruggiero, M., Willever, K. L., Hamilton-Brehm, S. D., Moser, D. P., Campbell, J. (2017). Characterization of potentially novel Rhodobacteraceae from Walker Lake, Nevada
Kruger, B. R., Moser, D. P., Hershey, R. L. (2017). Constraining the age of water in Southern Nevada aquifers: Investigating microbial controls on radiocarbon signatures of dissolved organic carbon.
Momper, L., Reese, B., Zinke, L., Wanger, G., Osburn, M., Moser, D. P., Amend, J. (2017). Major phylum?level differences between porefluid and host rock bacterial communities in the terrestrial deep subsurface, Environmental microbiology reports
Moser, D. P., Hamilton-Brehm, S. D., Huerta, D. C., , K., Sackett, J. D. (2017). Deep biosphere Windows of the Death Valley Regional Flow System
Moser, D. P., Sackett, J. D., Kruger, B. R. (2017). The Death Valley Regional Flow System: a fault-controlled oasis for deep life beneath the Mojave Desert
Sackett, J. D., Hamilton-Brehm, S. D., Kruger, B. R., Mullin, S., Wanger, G., Orphan, V., Moser, D. P. (2017). Planktonic vs. attached deep subsurface microbial communities of the Death Valley Regional Flow System, with special reference to microbial dark matter lineages
Sackett, J. D., Huerta, D. C., Kruger, B. R., , H., Moser, D. P. (2017). Comparative analysis of the microbiology and aqueous geochemistry of Devils Hole and the Ash Meadows Fish Conservation Facility.

2016

Jangir, Y., French, S., Momper, L., Moser, D. P., Amend, J. P., El-Naggar, M. Y. (2016). Isolation and Characterization of Electrochemically Active Subsurface Delftia and Azonexus Species, Frontiers in Microbiology, 7, doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00756 Article No. 756
Moser, D. P., Onsott, T. (2016). Endorsement, 512, Princeton University Press

2015

Moser, D. P. (2015). Biogeochemistry of Walker Lake. Close-out report for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. USFWS Contract Number: 84240-B-J112 / F11AC01287, 38 p, Accepted

2014

Moser, D. P. (2014). Microbial Biogeochemistry of Ash Meadows Springs. Close-out report for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Great Basin Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Cooperative Agreement CESU 84320-5-J306, DRI Project ID: 10031 and 10937., 101 p, Accepted
Moser, D. P. (2014). Radiochemically-supported microbial communities: a potential mechanism for biocolloid production of importance to actinide transport. Final Report. Desert Research Institute, Nevada University, Reno, NV (United States), 81p, Accepted

2013

Peacock, J., Cole, J., Murugapiran, S., Dodsworth, J., Fisher, J., Moser, D. P., Hedlund, B. (2013). Pyrosequencing reveals high-temperature cellulolytic microbial consortia in Great Boiling Spring after in situ lignocellulose enrichment, PLoS One, 8, (3), e59927, Accepted
Thomas, J. M., Moser, D. P., Fisher, J., Reihle, J. L., Wheatley, A. E., Hershey, R. L., Baldino, C., Weissenfluh, D. (2013). Using water chemistry, isotopes and microbiology to evaluate groundwater sources, flow paths and geochemical reactions in the death valley flow system, USA, Procedia Earth and Planetary Science, 7, 842-845, Accepted

2012

Wanger, G., Moser, D. P., Hay, M., Myneni, S., Onstott, T., Southam, G. (2012). Mobile hydrocarbon microspheres from> 2?billion?year?old carbon?bearing seams in the South African deep subsurface, Geobiology, 10, (6), 496-505, Accepted

2011

Davidson, M., Silver, B., Onstott, T., Moser, D. P., Gihring, T., Pratt, L., Boice, E., Lollar, B., Lippmann-Pipke, J., Pfiffner, S. (2011). Capture of planktonic microbial diversity in fractures by long-term monitoring of flowing boreholes, Evander Basin, South Africa, Geomicrobiology Journal, 28, (4), 275-300, Accepted
Kersting, A., Zavarin, M., Powell, B., Moser, D. P., Carroll, S., Maxwell, R., Dai, Z., Williams, R., Tumey, S., Zhao, P. (2011). LLNL SFA FY11 Program Management and Performance Report: Environmental Transport of Plutonium, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, CA, Accepted

2009

Moser, D. P. (2009). Limnological analyses of Devils Hole and Point of Rocks Refugium, Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge, Nye County, Nevada - Part II: Microbiology. Closeout Report. Great Basin Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit Contract No. H8R07060001, Accepted
Navarro, J. B., Moser, D. P., Flores, A., Ross, C., Rosen, M. R., Dong, H., Zhang, G., Hedlund, B. P. (2009). Bacterial succession within an ephemeral hypereutrophic Mojave Desert playa lake, Microb Ecol, 57, 307-320

2008

Costa, K., Hallmark, J., Navarro, J., Hedlund, B., Moser, D. P., Labahn, S., Soukup, D. (2008). Geomicrobiological changes in two ephemeral desert playa lakes in the Western United States, Geomicrobiology Journal, 25, (5), 250-259, Accepted

2007

Arrowood, T., Young, M. H., Yu, Z., Labahn, S. K., Moser, D. P. (2007). Fate and Transport of Acrylamide in Soil and Groundwater Systems: Sorption, Retardation and Numerical Simulations
Labahn, S. K., Moser, D. P., Arrowood, T., Young, M. H. (2007). Fate of Acrylamide in Soil and Groundwater Systems: Microbial Degradation
Young, M. H., Woodrow, J., Moser, D. P., Zhu, J., Chen, L., Susfalk, R. B., Miller, G. C., Labahn, S. K., Moran, E. A., Arrowood, T. (2007). Results of Laboratory Experiments in Support of PAM-Related Research (with nine authors)

2006

Gihring, T. M., Moser, D. P., Lin, L. H., Davidson, M., Onstott, T. C., Morgan, L., Milleson, M., Kieft, T. L., Trimarco, E., Balkwill, D. L., Dollhopf, M. E. (2006). The distribution of microbial taxa in the subsurface water of the Kalahari Shield, South Africa, Geomicrobiol. J., 23, 415-430
Kieft, T. L., Moser, D. P. (2006). Preface for Special Issue (Deep Biosphere), Geomicrobiol, J., 23
Lin, L. H., Wang, P. L., Rumble, D., Lippmann-Pipke, J., Boice, E., Pratt, L. M., Lollar, B. S., Brodie, E. L., Hazen, T. C., Andersen, G. L., DeSantis, T. Z., Moser, D. P., Kershaw, D., Onstott, T. C. (2006). Long-term sustainability of a high-energy, low-diversity crustal biome, Science, 314, 479-482
Onstott, T. C., Lin, L. H., Davidson, M., Mislowack, B., Borcsik, M., Hall, J. A., Slater, G. F., Ward, J. A., Lollar, B. S., Lippmann-Pipke, J., Boice, E., Pratt, L. M., Pfiffner, S. M., Moser, D. P., Gihring, T. M., Kieft, T. L., Phelps, T. J., Vanheerden, E., Litthaur, D., DeFlaun, M., Rothmel, R., Wanger, G., Southam, G. (2006). The origin and age of biogeochemical trends in deep fracture water of the Witwatersrand Basin, South Africa, Geomicrobiol. J, 23, 369-414
Pfiffner, S. M., Cantu, J. M., Smithgall, A., Peacock, A. D., White, D. C., Moser, D. P., Onstott, T. C., van Heerden, E. (2006). Deep subsurface microbial biomass and community structure in Witwatersrand Basin mines, Geomicrobiol. J, 23, 431-442
Sherwood Lollar, B., Lacrampe-Couloume, G., Slater, G. F., Ward, J. A., Moser, D. P., Gihring, T. M., Lin, L., Onstott, T. C. (2006). Unravelling abiogenic and biogenic sources of methane in the Earth's deep subsurface, Chem. Geol., 226, 328-339
Slater, G. F., Lippmann-Pipke, J., Moser, D. P., Reddy, C. M., Onstott, T. C., Lacrampe-Couloume, G., Lollar, B. S. (2006). C-14 in methane and DIC in the deep terrestrial subsurface: Implications for microbial methanogenesis, Geomicrobiol J, 23, 453-462

2005

Lin, L. H., Hall, J. A., Lippmann, J., Ward, J. A., Sherwood Lollar, B., DeFlaun, M., Rothmel, R., Moser, D. P., Gihring, T. M., Mislowack, B., Onstott, T. C. (2005). Radiolytic H2 in the continental crust: nuclear power for deep subsurface microbial communities, Geochem, Geophys, Geosys, 6:Q07003, doi: 10.1029/2004GC000907
Lin, L., Hall, J., Lippmann?Pipke, J., Ward, J., Sherwood Lollar, B., DeFlaun, M., Rothmel, R., Moser, D. P., Gihring, T., Mislowack, B. (2005). Radiolytic H2 in continental crust: nuclear power for deep subsurface microbial communities, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 6, (7), Accepted
Lollar, B., Slater, G., Moser, D. P., Gihring, T., Telling, J., Lacrampe-Couloume, G., Lin, L., Onstott, T. (2005). Abiogenic gases, H2 autotrophy and methanogenesis in the deep subsurface, Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, 229, U888-U888, AMER CHEMICAL SOC 1155 16TH ST, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20036 USA, Accepted
Moser, D. P., Gihring, T. M., Brockman, F. J., Fredrickson, J. K., Balkwill, D. L., Dollhopf, M. E., Sherwood Lollar, B., Pratt, L. M., Boice, E., Southam, G., Wanger, G., Baker, B. J., Pfiffner, S. M., Lin, L. H., Onstott, T. C. (2005). Desulfotomaculum spp. and Methanobacterium spp. Dominate 4-5 km Deep Fault, Appl. Environ. Microbiol, 12, 8773-8783

2004

Moser, D. P., Boston, P., Martin, H. (2004). Caves and Mines Microbiological Sampling, Encyclopedia of Environmental Microbiology, Accepted
Ward, J. A., Slater, G. F., Moser, D. P., Lindenschmidt, L. H., LacrampeCouloume, G., Bonin, A. S., Davidson, M., Hall, J. A., Mislowack, B., Bellamy, R. E., Onstott, T. C., Lollar, B. S. (2004). Microbial hydrocarbon gases in the Witwatersrand Basin, South Africa: Implications for the deep biosphere, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 68, 3239-3250

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