• Assistant Professor, Biology


  • Amador, E.S., Bandfield, J.L., Kelley, D.S., Brazelton, W.J. (2017) The Lost City Hydrothermal Field as a spectroscopic and astrobiological Analog for Nili Fossae, Mars. Astrobiology 17(11): 1138-1160. doi: 10.1089/ast.2016.1606. Published, 11/01/2017.
  • Fuchsman, CA., Collins, R.E., Rocap, G., Brazelton, W.J. (2017) Effect of the environment on horizontal gene transfer between bacteria and archaea. PeerJ 5:e3865. doi:10.7717/peerj.3865. Published, 09/29/2017.
  • Dangerfield, C.D., Nadkarni, N.M., Brazelton, W.J. (2017) Canopy soil bacterial communities altered by severing host tree limb. PeerJ 5:e3773. doi: 10.7717/peerj.3773. Published, 09/06/2017.
  • Crespo-Medina, M., Twing, K.I., Sánchez-Murillo, R., Brazelton, W.J., McCollom, T.M., Schrenk, M.O. (2017) Methane dynamics in a tropical serpentinizing environment: the Santa Elena Ophiolite, Costa Rica. Frontiers in Microbiology. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2017.00916. Published, 05/23/2017.
  • Twing, K.I., Brazelton, W.J., Kubo, M.D.Y., Hyer, A.J., Cardace, D., Hoehler, T.M., McCollom, T.M., Schrenk, M. O. (2017). Serpentinization-influenced groundwater harbors extremely lowdiversity microbial communities adapted to high pH. Frontiers in Microbiology 8, 308. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2017.00308. Published, 03/01/2017.
  • Brazelton WJ, Thornton CN, Hyer A, Twing KI, Longino AA, Lang SQ, Lilley MD, Früh-Green GL, Schrenk MO. (2017) Metagenomic identification of active methanogens and methanotrophs in serpentinite springs of the Voltri Massif, Italy. PeerJ 5:e2945 doi: 10.7717/peerj.2945. Published, 01/26/2017.
  • Morill, P.L., W.J. Brazelton, L. Kohl, A. Rietze, S.M. Miles, H. Kavanagh, M.O. Schrenk, S.E. Ziegler, and S.Q. Lang (2014) Investigations of potential microbial methanogenic and carbon monoxide utilization pathways in ultra-basic reducing springs associated with present-day continental serpentinization: the Tablelands, NL, CAN. Frontiers in Microbiology. 5: 613. Doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2014.00613. Published, 11/13/2014.
  • Méhay, S., G.L. Früh-Green, S.Q. Lang, S.M. Bernasconi, W.J. Brazelton, M.O. Schrenk, P. Schaeffer, P. Adam (2013) Record of archaeal activity at the serpentinite-hosted Lost City Hydrothermal Field. Geobiology. 11: 570–592. doi: 10.1111/gbi.12062. Published, 10/11/2013.
  • Szponar, N., W.J. Brazelton, M.O. Schrenk, D.M. Bower, A. Steele, P.L. Morrill (2013) Geochemistry of a continental site of serpentinization, the Tablelands Ophiolite, Gros Morne National Park: A Mars analogue. Icarus. 224: 286-296. Published, 06/2013.
  • Brazelton, W.J., P.L. Morrill, N. Szponar, M.O. Schrenk (2013) Bacterial communities associated with subsurface geochemical processes in continental serpentinite springs. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 79(13):3906. doi: 10.1128/AEM.00330-13. Published, 04/12/2013.
  • Stüeken, E. E., R.E. Anderson, J.S. Bowman, W.J. Brazelton, J. Colangelo-Lillis, A.D. Goldman, S.M. Som, J.A. Baross (2013) Did life originate from a global chemical reactor? Geobiology. 11: 101–126. doi: 10.1111/gbi.12025. Published, 03/11/2013.
  • Anderson, R. E., W.J. Brazelton, J.A. Baross (2013) The deep viriosphere: assessing the viral impact on microbial community dynamics in the deep subsurface. Reviews in Mineralogy & Geochemistry, 75, 649–675. doi:10.2138/rmg.2013.75.20. Published, 01/2013.
  • Schrenk, M.O., W.J. Brazelton, S.Q. Lang (2013) Serpentinization, carbon, and deep life. Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry. 75:575-606. doi: 10.2138/rmg.2013.75.1. Published, 01/2013.
  • Brazelton, W.J., B. Nelson and M.O. Schrenk (2012) Metagenomic evidence for H2 oxidation and H2 production by serpentinite-hosted subsurface microbial communities. Frontiers in Extreme Microbiology. 2:268. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2011.00268. Published, 01/06/2012.


  • Brazelton, W.J., et al. (2015) Metagenomic Investigations of Serpentinization-­Powered Microbial Ecosystems. Astrobiology Science Conference. Chicago, IL. June 2015. Contributed Talk, Presented, 06/2015.
  • Brazelton,W.J.(2015) Invited Presentation: Introduction to Serpentinite-Hosted Microbial Ecosystems. Deep Carbon Observatory, Deep Life Meeting. Lisbon, Portugal, May 2015. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/2015.
  • Brazelton, W.J. (2014) Biogeography of serpentinite-hosted microbial ecosystems. Gordon Research Conference on Marine Microbes. Waltham, MA. Contributed Talk, Presented, 06/2014.
  • Brazelton, W.J., M.O. Schrenk (2014) Metagenome-enabled investigations of carbon and hydrogen fluxes within the serpentinite-hosted subsurface biosphere. DOE Joint Genome Institute User Meeting. Walnut Creek, CA. Contributed Talk, Presented, 04/2014.
  • Brazelton, W.J. (2014) Biogeography of serpentinte-hosted ecosystems. Invited Presentation at University of Southern California Marine and Environmental Biology seminar. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/2014.
  • Brazelton, W.J., et al. (2013) Microbial carbon cycling in Lost City hydrothermal chimneys and other serpentinite-hosted ecosystems. Invited Presentation. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 12/2013.
  • Brazelton, W.J., et al. (2013) Plenty to eat, nothing to breathe: challenges to life in serpentinite habitats. Invited Presentation. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 12/2013.
  • Brazelton, W.J., et al. (2013) Biogeography of serpentinite-hosted ecosystems. Goldschmidt Conference. Contributed Talk, Presented, 09/2013.
  • Brazelton, W.J. (2013) Explorations for geochemically-fueled microbial life in California, Newfoundland, Italy and Mars. Beckman Scholars Symposium. Invited Alumni Presentation. Irvine, Ca, July 2013. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/2013.
  • Brazelton, W.J., J.A. Baross. (2013) Serpentinization, archaeal biofilms, and the origins of multicellular communities. Emergence in Chemical Systems. Anchorage, AK, June 2013. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/2013.