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

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Neslihan Tas

Neslihan Tas

Neslihan Taş,PhD


Ecology Department



Phone: 510-486-5538

Fax: 510-486-7152



PhD, Microbiology, Molecular Ecology; Wageningen University, NL 2004 – 2008

Msc, Environmental Technology; Wageningen University, NL 2002 – 2004

Bsc, Environmantal Engineering;Marmara Üniversitesi, TR 1996 – 2001

Current Projects

  • Microbial evolution of Arctic ecosystems in a changing climate: Next generation ecosystem experiments(NGEE)-Arctic
  • Belowground Carbon Cycling
Work Experience

2011 – 2014 Postdoctoral research fellow

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Ecology Department, Berkeley, CA

  • Carbon sequestration in soils via use of black pyrogenic carbon
  • Effect of wildfires on soil CO2 emission, carbon stabilization and microbial processes in the Northern boreal forests
  • Microbial evolution of Arctic ecosystems in a changing climate DOE-NGEE (Next generation ecosystem experiments-Arctic) 
  • How will global climate change affect microbial genetic resources in Arctic? (with University of Bergen, Norway)
  • Integrative mapping of soil heterogeneity at the microbial scale

 2008 – 2011 Postdoctoral research fellow

Department of Molecular Cell Physiology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, NL 

  •  Detection of natural attenuation processes in BTEX polluted aquifers with a focus on generation and analysis of metagenomic/transcriptomic sequences with GS-FLX 454 system
  • Soil microbial community structure and ecosystem function in the context of climate warming in the sub-Arctic
  • Investigating long-term effects of copper contamination in agricultural soils on microbial community structure and springtails 

2004 – 2008 Junior Research Associate – Promovendus

Laboratory of Microbiology, Wageningen University, NL

  • Development and application of molecular techniques for analysing polluted ecosystems
  • Cultivation and identification of dechlorinating anaerobic bacteria

2006 – 2007 Guest Researcher

Institute of Environmental Genomics, Oklahoma University, OK

  • Optimization experimental protocols for microarray hybridization
  • Development and application of functional gene arrays (Geochip) in polluted river sediments


  • Jansson JK and Taş N. 2014. The microbial ecology of permafrost.Nature Reviews Microbiology 12:414-425  
  • Taş N, Prestat E, McFarland JW, Wickland KP, Knight R, Asefaw Berhe A, Jorgenson T, Waldrop MP, Jansson JK. 2014. Impact of fire on active layer and permafrost microbial communities and metagenomes in an upland Alaskan boreal forest. ISME Journal 8: 1904–1919
  • Prestat E, David MM, Hultman J, Taş N, Lamendella R, Mackelprang R, Myrold DD, Jumpponen A, Tringe S, Holman E, Mavromatis K, Jansson JK. 2014. FOAM: Functional Ontology Assignments for Metagenomes: an Hidden Markov Models database for environmental samples annotation. Nucleic Acids Research 42: e145
  • The Integrative HMP (iHMP) Research Network Consortium*.2014. The Integrative Human Microbiome Project (iHMP): Dynamic analysis of microbiome-host omics profiles during periods of human health and disease. Cell Host-Microbe 16:276-289 (*contributing author within the consortium)
  • Lamendella R, Borglin S, Chakraborty R, Strutt S, Taş N, Mason OU, Hultman J, Prestat E, Hazen T and Jansson JK. 2014. Assessment of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill impact on Gulf coast microbial communities. Frontiers in Microbiology doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2014.00130
  • Boer TE*, Taş N*, Braster M, Temminghoff EJM , Roling WFM and Roelofs D.2012. The influence of long-term copper contaminated agricultural soil at different pH levels on microbial communities and springtail transcriptional regulation. Environmental Science Technology 46: 60-68 (* shared first author)
  • Weedon JT, Kowalchuk GA, Aerts R, van Hal J, van Logtestijn R, Taş N, Röling WFM and van Bodegom PM. 2012. Summer warming accelerates sub-arctic peatland nitrogen cycling without changing enzyme pools or microbial community structure. Global Change Biology 18: 138-150
  • Taş N, van Eekert MHA, Wagner A, Schraa G, de Vos WM and Smidt H. 2011. The role of “Dehalococcoides” spp. in the anaerobic transformation of hexachlorobenzene in European rivers. Applied and Environmental Microbiology Vol. 77, pp 4437-4445
  • Taş N, Heilig GHJH ,van Eekert MHA, Schraa G, de Vos WM and Smidt H. 2010. Concurrent hexachlorobenzene and chloroethene transformation by endogenous dechlorinating microorganisms in the Ebro river sediment. FEMS Microbiology Ecology Vol. 74, pp 682-692
  • Taş N, van Eekert MHA, Schraa G, de Vos WM and Smidt H. 2010. The little bacteria that can – diversity, genomics and ecophysiology of “Dehalococcoides” spp. in contaminated environments. Microbial Biotechnology Vol.3, No.4, pp 389 – 402
  • Taş N, van Eekert MHA, Schraa G, Zhou J, de Vos WM and Smidt H. 2009. Tracking functional guilds: "Dehalococcoides" spp. in European river basins contaminated with hexachlorobenzene. Applied and Environmental Microbiology Vol.75, No.14, pp 4696-4704.
  • Barth JAC, Grathwohl P, Fowler HJ, Bellin A, Gerzabek MH, Lair GJ, Barcelo D, Petrovic M, Navarro A, Negrel P, Petelet-Giraud E, Darmendrail D, Rijnaarts HHM, Langenhoff AAM, de Weert JPA, Slob A, van der Zaan BM, Gerritse J, Frank E, Gutierrez A, Kretzschmar R, Gocht T, Steidle D, Garrido F, Jones KC, Meijer S, Moeckel C, Marsman A, Klaver G, Vogel T, Burger C, Kolditz O, Broers HP, Baran N, Joziasse J, won Tumpling W, van Gaans P, Merly C, Chapman A, Brouyere S, Aguilar JB, Orban P, Taş N, Smidt H. 2009. Mobility, turnover and storage of pollutants in soils, sediments and waters: achievements and results of the EU project AquaTerra. A review Agronomy for Sustainable Development Vol.29, No.1, pp 161 - 173.
  • Calli B, Mertoglu B, Taş N, Inanç B, Yenigün O and Öztürk I. 2003. Investigation of variations in microbial diversity in anaerobic reactors treating landfill leachate. Water Science & Technology Vol. 48, No.4, pp 105–112
  • Calli B, Taş N, Mertoglu B, Inanc B and Öztürk I. 2003. Molecular analysis of microbial communities in nitrification and denitrification reactors treating high ammonia leachate. Journal Of Environmental Science And Health, Part A—Toxic/Hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering Vol. A38, No. 10, pp. 1997–2007

Professional Services

Member of the Editorial Board of FEMS Microbiology Ecology (Wiley-Blackwell)

Reviewer for ISME Journal (Nature), Plos One, FEMS Microbiology Ecology (Wiley-Blackwell), Microbial Biotechnology (Wiley-Blackwell), BMC Microbiology (BioMed Central)