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.
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.
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 Washington Post November 2, 2016 – Features research from the Arthropods of Our Homes project.
Newsweek November 22, 2016 – Features research from the Arthropods of Our Homes project.
National Geographic – The Plate September 29, 2015 – Features the research of Anne Madden.
The News & Observer July 29, 2015 – Features the research of Anne Madden.
Indy Week July 21, 2015 – Features the research of Anne Madden.