Earth Sciences Division (ESD) Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Eoin Brodie

Eoin Brodie

Eoin Brodie

Staff Scientist

Ecology Department



Phone: 510-486-6584

Fax: 510-486-7152


Biographical Summary

As a microbial ecologist my major research interests lie in determining and better understanding the factors that structure and control microbial communities and the functional implications of alterations in community composition. For this reason my research involves a wide range of microbial systems including surface and subsurface soils, deep subsurface environments, invertebrate guts, watersheds and contaminated aquifers, urban aerosols and various mammalian microbiomes. To assess microbial community composition in a high-throughput and high-resolution manner we employ state-of-the-science microarray and DNA sequencing technologies and relate microbiological parameters to functional and physical properties of ecosystems using stable-isotopes, biochemical assays, geochemical/geophysical measurements and statistical modeling.


  • 2004-2005  Postdoctoral, Molecular Microbiology, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • 2002-2004  Postdoctoral, Microbial Ecology, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2001  Ph.D. Microbial Ecology, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • 1996  B.S. Microbiology, University College Dublin, Ireland

Research and Professional Experience

  • 2009-present - Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • 2008-2009 - Research Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • 2005-2008 - Scientific Engineering Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • 2004-2005 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • 2002-present - Guest lecturer UC Berkeley (ESPM131, ESPM112)
  • 2002-2004 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1996-2000 - Enterprise Ireland Graduate Research Fellowship, University College Dublin

Honors and Awards

  • 2008 - Wall St. Journal technology Innovation Award - Winner Best New Technology (Environment Category)
  • 2008 - Wall St. Journal technology Innovation Award - Bronze Best New Technology (Overall)
  • 2008 - R&D 100 Award for Berkeley Lab PhyloChip
  • 2008 - Pollution Engineering Magazine Number 1 New Technology for 2008 (PhyloChip)
  • 2001 - Promega Prize, Society for General Microbiology
  • 2000 - Faculty of Science Graduate Symposium, UC Dublin
  • 1996-1999 - Enterprise Ireland Basic Research Award

Service to Scholarly Journals

Reviewer for:

  • 2004-present - Chemosphere and Journal of Microbiological Methods (Elsevier)
  • 2006-present - Geomicrobiology Journal (Taylor and Francis Group)
  • 2006-present - Ecological Letters, Molecular Ecology Notes
  • 2004-present - Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation (all Blackwell Publishing) Microbial Ecology (Springer)
  • 2006-present - Environmental Science and Technology (ACS Publications)
  • 2007-present - Environmental Science and Pollution Research (Ecomed Verlagsgesellschaft)
  • 2008-present - Journal of Proteome Research (ACS Publications)
  • 2009-present - ISME Journal (Nature Publishing Group)

Other Professional Activities

  • 2004-present - Current member of the ‘greengenes’ 16S rRNA database development team
  • 2004-present - Co-developer of the Berkeley Lab PhyloChip and MycoChip