Anne Madden 2016-11-23T11:49:25+00:00


Anne Madden

Post-doc | Dunn Lab & Fierer Lab

I study the microbes of diverse environments and develop human applications from these insights.

We know more about the microbes associated with deep sea trenches, tropical lichens, and the international space station than we do about the microbes associated with many of the arthropods that interact with our crops and live in our homes. I am a microbial explorer. I seek to understand what microorganisms exist in our most intimate habitats. These habitats range from urban arthropods, to those associated with sourdough bread and polyester fabrics. Beyond investigating what factors determine these microbial assemblages, I am interested in understanding how we can use these insights to solve human problems, from foul smelling clothing, to bland beer.

On the Web

Twitter: @AnneAMadden
Before They Were Scientists: Anne Madden


Recent Publications

Madden AA, Epps MJ, Fukami T, Irwin RE, Sheppard J, Sorger DM, Dunn RR. 2018 The ecology of insect – yeast relationships and its relevance to human industry. Proc. R. Soc. B 285: 20172733.

Madden, A.A., Barberan, A., Bertone M.A., Menninger H.L, Dunn, R.R., and N. Fierer (2016) The diversity of arthropods in homes across the United States as determined by environmental DNA analyses. Molecular Ecology. (**Cover**). doi: 10.1111/mec.13900. View PDF.

Additional Publications

Barberan, A., Hammer, T.J., Madden, A.A., and N. Fierer (2016) Microbes should be central to ecological education and outreach. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. 17(1): 23-28.

Madden, A.A., Grassetti A., Soriano, J.N., and P.T. Starks. 2013. Actinomycetes with antimicrobial activity isolated from paper wasp nests. Environmental Entomology. 42(2): 703-710.

Madden, A.A., Stchigel, A.M., Guarro, J., Sutton, D.A., and P.T. Starks. 2012. Mucor nidicola sp. nov., a novel fungal species isolated from an invasive paper wasp nest. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. 62(7): 1710-1714.

Madden, A.A., Davis, M.M., and P.T. Starks. 2010. First detailed report of brood parasitoidism in the invasive population of the paper wasp Polistes dominulus (Hymenoptera, Vespidae) in North America. Insectes Sociaux. 57(3): 257-260.

In the Press

The Beers and the Bees: Pollinators Provide a Different Kind of Brewer’s Yeast

Scientific American July 26, 2017 – Features the research of Anne Madden.

Your next happy hour buzz, brought to you by bees

PBS Newshour June 16, 2017 – Features the research of Anne Madden.

What’s lurking in your showerhead?

The New Yorker Dec 8, 2016 – Features research from the Showerhead Microbiome Project.

Scientists just completed a census of the creepy crawlies that live in our homes

The Washington Post November 2, 2016 – Features research from the Arthropods of Our Homes project.

Dust DNA Reveals All the Insects and Creatures that Live in American Homes

Newsweek November 22, 2016 – Features research from the Arthropods of Our Homes project.

Walk on the Wild Side With Beer Made From Wasp Yeast

National Geographic – The Plate September 29, 2015 – Features the research of Anne Madden.

From the Lab Bench to the Beer Glass

NC State News September 9, 2015 – Features the research of Anne Madden.

The next big thing for beer could be bugs, NC State scientists say

The News & Observer July 29, 2015 – Features the research of Anne Madden.

True story: N.C. State scientists brew beer from wasps’ yeast

Indy Week July 21, 2015 – Features the research of Anne Madden.

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