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Darcy McRose

Darcy McRose
  • Title Thomas D. and Virginia W. Cabot Career Development Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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  • Faculties Climate, Environment & Life Science
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  • BS, Stanford University, Earth Systems, 2008
  • MS, Stanford University, Earth Systems, 2011
  • PhD, Princeton University, Geosciences, 2018

Research Interests

Our research group is interested in understanding the ways microbially-mediated chemical and biological transformations in soils and sediments affect nutrient cycling and plant growth. We focus specifically on the chemical tools or “secondary metabolites” that microbes use to navigate and alter their environment. Our work incorporates bacterial physiology, genetics, and genomics as well as mass spectrometry and other geochemical measurements.

Selected Publications

D.L. McRose, J. Li, D.K. Newman. The chemical ecology of coumarins and phenazines affects iron acquisition by pseudomonads. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 120: 1-10 (2023).

D.L. McRose and D.K. Newman. Redox-active antibiotics enhance phosphorus bioavailability, Science, 6533:1033-1037 (2021).

K.M. Dahlstrom, D.L. McRose, D.K. Newman. Keystone metabolites of crop rhizosphere microbiomes, Current Biology, 30: R1131-R1137 (2020).

D.L. McRose, A. Lee, S.H. Kopf, O. Baars, A.M.L. Kraepiel, D.M. Sigman, F.M.M Morel, X. Zhang. The effect of iron limitation on the isotopic composition of cellular and released fixed nitrogen in Azotobacter vinelandii, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 244:12-23 (2019).

D.L. McRose, M. R. Seyedsayamdost, F.M.M Morel. Multiple siderophores: Bug or feature? Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, 23: 983-993 (2018).

D.L. McRose, O. Baars, M.R. Seyedsayamdost, F.M.M Morel. Quorum sensing and iron regulate a two-for-one siderophore gene cluster in Vibrio harveyi, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115: 7581-7586 (2018).