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Myrna Jacobson

Assistant Professor (Research) of Biological Sciences

Contact Information
E-mail: myrnaj@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-5145
Office: AHF 139

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Biographical Sketch

Myrna Jacobson Meyers is a biogeochemist focusing on nutrient limitation and excess,using ectoenzyme markers. She is interested in cell communication and in addition, she develops, in conjunction with the John Hench School of Cinema arts, animation to describe fundamental biological principals, and teaches how to communicate science using learner centered learning techniques.
 

Education

Ph.D. Oceanography, SUNY Stony Brook, 1990
 

Postdoctoral Training

Senior Research Faculty , Georgia Institute of Technology, 1996-2002  
Senior National Research Council Fellow- , NE RL Environmental Protection Agency, Athens GA, 1996-1999  
Research Associate, Southeastern Research Program (SERP) , Florida International University, Miami, FL , 1993-1995  
Postdoctoral Sea Grant Fellow , Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Division of Marine Biology and Fishes, Miami, FL, 1992-1993  
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Assistant Research Scientist , University of Southern California , 2000-  
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Interests include Marine biogeochemistry, plant-sediment interactions, nutrient cycling in coastal environments, wetland biogeochemistry enzymes as indicators of environmental response, cell communication
 

Research Keywords

Biogeochemistry, Environmental EctoEnzymes, Nutrient imbalances, Communicating science through words and cartoons
 

Funded Research

Contracts and Grants Awarded

COSIEN - Informal Science Education (National Science Foundation (ISE)), Myrna Jacobson Meyers, $116,320, 11/30/2009-08/31/2013  
Communicating Ocean Sciences To Informal Audiences (Cosia) (University of California, Berkeley), Jacobson, Myrna Ellen, $60,902, 03/01/2006-07/30/2010  
Biocomplexity of Mangroves (NSF), Myrna Jacobson, Fogel, Frischer,Feller,McKee, Cheeseman, Joye, $4,500,000, 01/01/2001-06/30/2006  
BIOCOMPLEXITY: MICROBIAL AND NUTRIENT CONTROLS IN MANGROVE (NSF), Myrna Jacobson, $800,000, 07/14/2000-06/30/2006  
 

USC Funding

BIOLOGY . SOMA FELLOWSHIP : One-time fellowship to the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts to create artistic piece about the Marine Environmental Biology Department used in the Web design and student recruitment., $4,000, Fall 2009   
Presidents Fellowship. Development of Biomass measurement: Student Fellowship to learn and develop PFLA biomass measurement for sediments to use in laboratory research., $1,000, Fall 2009   
James H. Zumberge Faculty Research and Innovation Grant . Wrigley Institute of Environmental Studies and DADA John Hench School of Cinema Arts Visualization Science A Catalina Island retre: Science & Art weekend on Catalina Island September2008. Research collaboration to develop works at the intersection of art and science. Speakers: Pieter Folkens,Eric Hanson,Ruth West,Diane Holland. , $14,000, 2008-2009   
Presidents Fellowship for Research . Measurement of Nitrogen, phosphorus and Carbon sources in different environments to calibrate ectoenzyme activity with environmental change.: Ammonium,low level nitrate, inorganic phosphate, organic phosphate, total phosphate, C:N ratios will be measured in sand and mud in an attempt to calibrate ectoenzyme activity measured., $2,500, Fall 2008   
Provost Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Comparison of methods of measurement of biomass in mud and sand samples : We plan to compare the hospholipid fatty acid biomass assay with fluorescent microscopy and the automated-ribosomal intergenic spacer (ARISA) technique. , $2,500, Fall 2008   
SOARSophomore Opportunities for Academic Research . Seasonal ectoenzyme activity in Catalina mud and sand: We tested the natural variations in ectoenzyme activity for the mud and sand acquired Catalina Island samples without augmenting nutrient levels using a 96-well plate method developed by our lab. , $1,000, 2007-2008   
Rose Hill Undergraduate research Fellowship . Comparison of ectoenzyme activity from pristene sand and mud areas and correlations with phosphorous nutrient sources: Use ectoenzymes to describe an environment’s nutrient load. Calabrate to those to traditional nutrient analysis of Carbon nitrogen and phosphorous species. , $1,500, Spring 2008   
 

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"Communicating Science:educating science researchers and science policy fellows", Reflection on Pratices in Science Communication , Poster, Lawrence Hall of Science , NSF, Invited, 2010-2011   
"Phosphatase and aminopeptidase activity in basaltic rocks from Loihi Sea Mount ", CDEBI , Poster, South Carolina, NSF, Invited, 2010-2011   
"Integration of Animation, Gaming, Virtual Reality, and WWWeb", NAFKI Science Visualization, Poster, Abstract, Irvine CA, NSF, Invited, 2009-2010   
"Molecular Insights into Plant-Microbial Processes and Carbon Storage in Mangrove Ecosystems", American Geophysical Union, Poster, Refereed Abstract, San Francisco, California, none, 12/14/2009-12/16/2009  
 

Publications

Journal Article

Romero, I. .., Jacobson Meyers, M. E., Fuhrman, J. A., Fogel, M., Capone, D. G. (2011). Long-term nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizationeffects on N2 fixation rates and nifH gene community patterns in mangrove sediments. Microbial Ecology.
Fogel, M. L., Wooller, M. J., Cheeseman, J., Smallwood, B. J., Roberts, Q., Romero, I., Jacobson/Meyers, M. E. (2008). Unusually negative nitrogen isotopic compositions (d15N) of mangroves and lichens in an oligotrophic, microbially-influenced ecosystem. Biogeosciences. Vol. 5, pp. 937-969.
Ibekwe, A. M., Lyon, S. R., Leddy, M., Jacobson Meyers, M. E. (2007). Impact of Plant Density and Microbial Composition on Water Quality from a Free Water Surface Constructed Wetland. Environmental Microbiology. Vol. 9(4)
Hewson, I., Jacobson Meyers, M., Fuhrman, J. A. (2007). Sediment bacterial assemblage diversity and enzyme activity across the San Pedro Basin Southern California Borderlands. Environmental Microbiology. Vol. unknown, pp. 1462-2920..
 

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

Animation, In conjunction with the John Hench School of Animation: Production, Scripting, Direction of film the Nitrogen Cascade Google Nitrogen Cascade on You Tube to view., 2009-2010   
Train Congressional Interns, Developed interactive program for trainning of KNAUSS NOAA fellows in communication with non-science professionals. This program will be used starting February 2011 in Washington D.C., 2009-2010   
Video/ Animation, Supervision of the: SOMA FELLOWSHIP FOR VIDEO AND ANIMATION We have created a one-time fellowship to the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts to create an artistic piece about the Marine Environmental Biology Department distributed and used in the Web design and focus on student recruitment. , 2009-2010   
cartoon, This is a cartoon called the Carbon Cycle a Leaf's View made with DADA USC. can be found by googling "Ocean tube" and selecting "Mangrove", 2006-2007   
 

Honors and Awards

Invited AnimationTemecula Valley Internationa Film and Music Festival September 2011 , 2011  
 

Service to the Profession

Conferences Organized

Co-PI with K Smith from J, Hench School, The Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and the Cinematic Arts, Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, Santa Catalina Island , A research and collaboration initiative to develop works at the intersection of art and science.60 plus participants plus Guest speakers include:Illustrator and Environmentalist,Visual Effects Artist and Professor , Artist and Molecular Genetics Researcher,CEO of Artificial Intelligence software., 2008-2009   
 
 
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