Education
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Ph.D. in Microbiology, 2006
The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA. B.S. in Environmental Chemistry, 2000
Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA. B.A. in Russian Literature, 1995

Research Experience
Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, 2014-present
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, 2008-2014
Senior Research Associate, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Portland, OR, 2007-2008
Postdoctoral Fellow, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 2006-2007
Research Assistant, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2001-2006

Teaching Experience
Instructor, Human and Global Microbial Diversity, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, 2011-present
Instructor, Microbiology, Appalachian State University (ASU), Boone, NC, 2010-present
Instructor, Microbiology Laboratory, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, 2008-present
Instructor, Microbial Ecology Discussion Course, OHSU, Portland, OR, 2008
Faculty, Microbial Biogeochemistry I and Microbial Biogeochemistry II, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland, 2015
Faculty, Microbial Diversity Course, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, Summer 2011, 2012, and 2013
Co-Instructor, Environmental & Biomolecular History of the Earth, OHSU, Portland, OR, 2006-2007
Instructor, Microbiology Discussion Courses, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2004 & 2006
Small Group Leader and TA, General Microbiology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2001-2005
TA, Advanced Microbiology Laboratory, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2002

Grants and Awards
Cave Research Foundation, Graduate Research Grant, 2015-2016
Geological Society of America, Graduate Student Award, 2015-2016
Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Award in Health and Environmental Sciences, 2014-2015
Appalachian Women Scientists' Seed & Research Infrastructure Support grants, Appalachian State University (ASU), 2014
Board of Trustees International Research Grant, ASU, 2014
Nominee for W. C. Strickland Outstanding Young Faculty Award, ASU, 2012
North Carolina Space Grant's New Principal Investigators Award, NCSU, 2011
GRAM Award, ASU, 2010-2012
University Research Council Grant, ASU, 2008 & 2010
External Scholars Grant, University College, Appalachian State University, 2008
NSF RIDGE 2000 Fellowship, Ocean Sciences, National Science Foundation, 2007 & 2009
Environmental Research Grant, Cornell Center for the Environment, Cornell University (CU), 2005
Research Grant, NSF IGERT in Biogeochemistry and Environmental Biocomplexity, CU, 2005
Outstanding Teaching Assistant, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, CU, 2003
Research Fellowship, Program in Biogeochemistry and Environmental Change, CU, 2001

Invited Book Chapters:

Zinder SH and Bräuer SL. 2016. Methanoregula. In Whitman WB (ed.), Bergey's Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., in association with Bergey's Manual Trust, ISBN: 978-1-118-96060-8.

Carmichael SK and Bräuer SL. 2015. Microbial diversity and manganese cycling: a review of Mn(II)-oxidizing microbial cave communities. In Engel AS (ed.), Microbial Live of Cave Systems. De Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 137-160, ISBN: 978-3-11-033499-9.

Peer-Reviewed Publications:
(Bräuer’s advisees or co-advisees are denoted by an asterisk*; Equal contribution to co-authorship is denoted by a dagger†)

Browne P, Tamaki H, Kyrpides N, Woyke T, Goodwin L, Imachi H, Bräuer SL, Yavitt, JB, Liu WT, Zinder SH and Cadillo-Quiroz H. 2016. Genomic composition and dynamics among Methanomicrobiales predict adaptation to contrasting environments. The ISME Journal doi:10.1038/ismej.2016.104.

Harbison AB, Carson MA, Lamit LJ, Basiliko N and Bräuer SL. 2016. A novel isolate and widespread abundance of the candidate alphaproteobacterial order (Ellin 329), in southern Appalachian peatlands. FEMS Letters 363:doi: 10.1093/femsle/fnw151.

Bräuer SL, Cadillo-Quiroz H, Kyrpides N, Woyke T, Goodwin L, Detter C, Podell S, Yavitt JB and Zinder SH. 2015. Genome of Methanoregula boonei 6A8 reveals adaptations to oligotrophic peatland environments. Microbiology-SGM 161:1572-1581.

Carmichael SK†, Zorn BT*†, Santelli CM, Roble LA, Carmichael MJ and Bräuer SL,. 2015. Nutrient input influences fungal community composition, function, and size and can stimulate Mn(II) oxidation in caves.  Environmental Microbiology Reports7(4):592-605, doi:10.1111/1758-2229.12291.

Bräuer SL, Vuono D*, Carmichael MJ*, Strom A*, Pepe-Ranney C, Rabinowitz E, Buckley DH and Zinder SH. 2014. Microbial sequencing analyses suggest the presence of a fecal veneer on indoor climbing wall holds.  Current Microbiology 69:681-689, doi:10.1007/s00284-014-0643.

Carmichael MJ, Bernhardt ES, Bräuer SL and Smith WK. 2014. The role of vegetation in methane flux to the atmosphere: should vegetation be included as a distinct category in the global methane budget? Biogeochemistry 119:1-24.

Cadillo-Quiroz H, Bräuer SL, Goodson N*, Yavitt JB and Zinder SH. 2014. Methanobacterium paludis sp. nov. and a novel strain of Methanobacterium lacus isolated from northern peatlands. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 64(5):1473-1480, doi: 10.1099/ijs.0.059964-0.

Hawkins AN*, Johnson KW and Bräuer SL. 2014. Southern Appalachian Peatlands Support High Archaeal Diversity.  Microbial Ecology 67(3):587-602.

Carmichael SK, Carmichael MJ*, Strom A*, Johnson KW, Roble LA Gao Y and Bräuer SL. 2013. Sustained anthropogenic impact in Carter Saltpeter Cave, Carter County, Tennessee and the potential effects on Mn cycling. Journal of Cave and Karst Studies 75(3):189-204, doi: 10.4311/2012MB026.

Bräuer SL, Kranzler K*, Goodson N*, Murphy D, Simon HM, Baptista AM, and Tebo BM. 2013. Dark carbon fixation in the Columbia River's esturarine turbidity maxima: molecular characterization of red-type cbbL genes and measurement of DIC uptake rates in response to added electron donors. Estuaries and Coasts 36(5):1073-1083.

Mothapo NV , Grossman JM, Sooksa-nguan T, Maul J, Bräuer SL, and Shi W. 2013. Cropping  history affects nodulation and symbiotic efficiency of distinct hairy vetch (Vicia villosa Roth.) genotypes with resident soil rhizobia. Biology and Fertility of Soils 49(7):871-879.

Carmichael MJ*, Carmichael SK, Santelli C, Strom A*, and Bräuer SL. 2013. Environmentally relevant members of ferromanganese deposits in caves of the upper Tennessee River Basin. Geomicrobiology Journal 30(9): 779-800.

DeLorenzo S*, Bräuer SL, Edgmont CA, Herfort L, Tebo BM and Zuber PM. 2012. Ubiquitous dissolved inorganic carbon assimilation by marine bacteria in the Pacific Northwest coastal ocean as determined by stable isotope probing. PLoS ONE 7(10): e46695.

Sun C, Bräuer SL, Cadillo Quiroz H, Zinder SH, and Yavitt JB. 2012. Seasonal changes in methanogenesis and methanogenic community in three peatlands, New York State. Frontiers in Microbiology 3:81, doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2012.00081.

Johnson KW*, Carmichael MJ*, McDonald W*, Rose N*, Pitchford J, Windelspecht M, Karatan E and Bräuer SL. 2012. Increased abundance of Gallionella spp., Leptothrix spp. and total bacteria in response to enhanced Mn and Fe concentrations in a disturbed southern Appalachian high elevation riparian wetland. Geomicrobiology Journal 29:124–138.

    Sakai S, Ehara M, Tseng I-C, Yamaguchi T, Bräuer SL, Cadillo-Quiroz H, Zinder SH and Imachi H. 2011. Methanolinea mesophila, sp. nov., a hydrogenotrophic methanogen isolated from a rice field in Taiwan, and proposal of the new archaeal family Methanoregulaceae fam. nov. within the order Methanomicrobiales. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 62 (6):1389-95.

    Bräuer SL, Adams C*, Kranzler K*, Murphy D, Xu M*, Zuber P, Simon HM, Baptista AM and Tebo BM. 2011. Culturable Rhodobacter and Shewanella species are abundant in estuarine turbidity maxima of the Columbia River, Environmental Microbiology 13(3): 589–603.
    Bräuer SL, Cadillo Quiroz H, Ward RJ, Yavitt JB, and Zinder SH. 2011. Methanoregula boonei strain 6A8, gen. nov., sp. nov., an acidiphilic methanogen isolated from an acidic peat bog. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 61: 45-52.
    Popa R, Popa R, Mashall MJ, Nguyen H, Tebo, BM and Bräuer SL. 2009. Limitations and benefits of ARISA intra-genomic diversity fingerprinting, Journal of Microbiological Methods 78 (2):111-118.
    Anderson CR, Chu M-L, Davis RE, Dick GJ, Cho J-C, Bräuer SL and Tebo BM. 2009. Aurantimonas manganoxydans, sp. nov. and Aurantimonas litoralis, sp. nov.: Mn(II)-oxidizing representatives of a globally distributed clade of alpha-Proteobacteria from the order Rhizobiales. Geomicrobiology Journal 26:189-198.
    Bräuer SL, Yashiro E, Ueno N*, Yavitt JB and Zinder SH. 2006. Characterization of acid-tolerant H2/CO2-utilizing methanogenic enrichment cultures from an acidic peat bog. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 57(2):206-216.
    Bräuer SL, Yashiro E, Cadillo Quiroz H, Yavitt JB and Zinder SH. 2006. Isolation of a novel acidiphilic methanogen from an acidic peat bog. Nature 442:192-194.
    Cadillo Quiroz H, Bräuer SL, Yashiro E, Sun C*, Yavitt JB and Zinder SH. 2006. Vertical profiles of methanogens in two contrasting acidic peatlands in central New York State, USA. Environmental Microbiology 8(8):1428-1440.
    Bräuer SL, Yavitt JB and Zinder SH. 2004. Methanogenesis in McLean Bog, an acidic peat bog in upstate New York: stimulation by H2/CO2 in the presence of rifampicin, or by low concentrations of acetate. Geomicrobiology Journal 21(7):433-443.

Selected Conference Presentations:

    Harbison A and Bräuer SL. 2015. A novel, facultatively anaerobic, fermentative bacterium in the Hyphomicrobiaceae. American Society for Microbiology, New Orleans, LA.

    Cashay (Cloutier) M, Zorn BT, Carmichael SK, and Bräuer SL. 2015. Impact of exogenous nutrients on biotic Mn(II) oxidation and biogeochemical cycling among caves of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Southeastern Biogeochemistry Symposium, Atlanta, GA.

    Bräuer SL. 2014. Adding "Universal Design for Learning" (UDL) to a junior-level undergraduate microbiology course increased student grades, but not student ratings of the course. Association of Southeastern Biologists, Annual Meeting in Spartanbrg, SC.

    Zorn BT, Santelli C, Carmichael SK,Pepe-Ranney C, Roble LA, Carmichael MJ and Bräuer SL. 2013. Illumina sequencing of fungi associated with manganese oxide deposits in cave systems. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. Abstract #B11B-0369.

    Carmichael SK, Carmichael MJ*, Strom A, Johnson KW, Roble LA, Gao, Y, Santelli C and Bräuer SL. 2013. Using biominerals to assess anthropogenic inpact: a case study in Cartersalt Peter Cave, Carter County, TN, Karst Waters Institute, Carbon and Boundaries in Karst, Carlsbad, NM.

    Carmichael SK, Carmichael MJ*, Johnson KW, Roble LA Strom A,  Santelli C and Bräuer SL. 2012. Microbial Mn(II) oxidation as an indicator of anthropogenic impact in caves: a study in Carter Salt Peter Cave, Carter County, TN. Geological Society of America, Charlotte, NC.

    Carmichael MJ*, Carmichael SK, Craig T*, Strom A*, Galior K*, Roble LA*, and Bräuer SL. 2011. Microbial communities associated with the biomineralization of Mn oxides in subterranean karst environments of the southern Appalachians. Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations. Annual Meeting, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC.

    DeLorenzo S*, Tebo BM, Bräuer SL, Herfort L, Needoba JA, Zuber P. 2010. The role of anaplerotic carbon fixation in heterotrophic bacteria as a survival mechanism in hypoxic waters. 13th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology. Seattle, WA.
Invited & Selected Lectures (§Abstract selected for an oral presentation):

    Bräuer SL. 2012. Microbial Biogeochemical Cycling of Manganese. Regional American Society of Microbiology NC Invitational Speaker, Research Triangle Park, Raleigh, NC. (October 6, 2012).

    Bräuer SL. 2010. No time to wallow in the mire: methane in peat soils, Department of Soil Science, Invited Seminar, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. (March 10, 2010).
    Bräuer SL. 2010. Microbial biogeochemistry of manganese, Department of Microbiology, Invited Seminar, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. (February 25, 2010).
    Bräuer SL, Kranzler K*, and Tebo, B. 2007. Carbon and manganese cycling in the Columbia River’s estuarine turbidity maxima, American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA§.
    Bräuer SL, Yashiro E, Cadillo-Quiroz H, Yavitt JB, and Zinder SH. 2006. Characterization of Candidatus ‘Methanoregula boonei strain 6A8’, a novel acidiphilic methanogen from an acidic peat bog, Chemistry Department, Pomona College, Claremont, CA.
    Bräuer SL, Yashiro E, Cadillo-Quiroz H, Yavitt JB, and Zinder. 2005. Isolation of a novel acidiphilic methanogen from an acidic peat bog, Symposium in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.


Professional Service
DPC Committee, Department of Biology, ASU, Boone, NC, 2015-2017
Scholarship Committee, Department of Biology, ASU, Boone, NC, 2011-2016
Part-Time Teaching Award Committee, College of Arts and Sciences, ASU, 2011-2015
Scholarship Committee, College of Arts and Sciences, ASU, 2012-2014
AP&P Committee, Department of Biology, ASU, Boone, NC, 2011-2014
Reviewer, NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2015
Reviewer, DOE Terrestrial Ecosystem Science Panel, Bethesda, MD 2012
Ad hoc Reviewer, Soil Sci Soc Am J, FEMS Microbiol Ecol, and other journals, 2010-present
Ad hoc Reviewer, NSF proposals, Ocean Sciences, OTIC; and DEB Ecosystem Science, 2009-present
Advising Committee, Department of Biology, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, 2009-present
Scholarship Committee, Department of Biology, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, 2008-present
Search Committee, Non-tenure-track laboratory instructor, ASU, 2010
Search Committee, Tenure-track professors, Microbiology and Molecular ASU, 2009 and 2014
Seminar Committee, Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction, OHSU, 2007-2008
Admissions Committee, Department of Microbiology, Cornell University (CU), Ithaca, NY, 2004
Treasurer, Program in Biogeochemistry and Environmental Biocomplexity, CU, Ithaca, NY, 2003-2004


Community Service and Volunteer Experience
Community Outreach Presenter, Local Cave Grottoes, Johnson City, TN & Watauga County Schools, Boone, NC, 2010-present
Volunteer Instructor, Saturday Academy, Portland, OR, 2007-2008
Volunteer Instructor, Hillsboro School District, Hillsboro, OR, 2007
Master Composter, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Ithaca, NY, 2002-2005

Memberships and Affiliations
Sigma Xi
American Society for Microbiology
National Speleological Society
International Symposium on Microbial Ecology
Cornell University Program in Biogeochemistry and Environmental Biocomplexity
American Geophysical Union
Geological Society of America

High School Students Advised
Marlie Shelton, Culturing Mn(II) oxidizers 2010-2012

Undergraduates Advised
Nikki Hoover, Anaerobic culturing, 2015-present
Javier Cattle, Field analyses and fungal culturing, 2015-present
Laiken Price, Anaerobic culturing and molecular studies, 2015-present
Lucy Winesett, Anaerobic culturing and molecular studies, 2014-present
Jacob Montgomery, Field analyses and culturing, 2014-present
Andrew Hughes, Field analyses and culturing, 2014-present
Jeffrey Mudgett, Culturing Mn(II) oxidizers in caves, 2014-2015
Michael Rojas-Steinbrecher, Assisting with field analyses, Summer 2014
Austin Harbison, Anaerobic culturing, 2012-2014
Kelley Burns, Fungal culturing and molecular studies, 2012-2013
Grey Monroe, Anaerobic culturing and field analyses, 2011-2013
Taylor Jones, Phylogenetic analyses of archaea in peat, 2011
Bryan Zorn, Molecular analyses of fungal communities in caves, 2011-2012
Zachary Anderson, Culturing Mn(II) oxidizers and assisting with molecular techniques, 2010-2012
Noah Goodson, Characterization of methanogenic archaea, and qPCR analyses, 2010-2012
Amanda Strom, Culturing Mn(II) oxidizers and assisting with molecular techniques, 2010-2012
Whitney McDonald and Natalie Rose, Quantitative real-time PCR of wetland and cave samples, as well as culturing and clone libraries, 2009-2010
Jared Butler, High-throughput culturing, and cloning from Karst samples, 2009-2010
Kornelia Gailor, Culturing manganese oxidizers, 2009
Clare Adams, Quantifying Rhodobacter populations in the Columbia River Estuary, 2008-2009
Kira Kranzler, Culturing manganese oxidizers, creating clone libraries of RuBisCO genes, and assisting with biogeochemical analyses as part of an NSF Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (REU), Summer 2007
Criag Bierle, Analyzing methanogenic rates, culturing cellulolytic and anaerobic bacteria, and using molecular techniques to characterize bacteria in peat, 2002-2006
Seppo Aro, Analyzing methanogenic rates and culturing acetogens, 2004-2006
Nori Ueno, Culturing acetogens and characterizing Firimicutes strain TR1, 2004-2005
Vikram Mathrani, Culturing N2 fixing microorganisms, 2002-2003

Thesis Committees Chaired
Austin Harbison, Anaerobic culturing, 2014-present
Mara Cashay (Cloutier), Illumina sequencing of microbes in caves, 2014-present
Bryan Zorn, Fungal populations in caves, 2012-2014
Ashley Hawkins, Methanogenic archaea in high elevation peat-forming wetlands, 2010-2013
Mary Jane Carmichael, Molecular analyses of Mn oxides and associated bacteria, 2009-2012

Graduates Co-advised (either formally or informally)
Kristin W. Johnson, Mn- and Fe-oxidizing bacteria of a disturbed high elevation wetland, 2008-2009
Mouzhong Xu, Function gene analyses of Mn-oxidizing bacteria; semester rotational student, 2008
Suzanne DeLorenzo, Stable isotope probing in the Columbia River plume, 2007-2008