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Biological Sciences
Idaho State University
921 S. 8th Ave
Mail Stop 8007
Pocatello, ID 83209-8007
Phone: (208) 282-3765
Fax: (208) 282-4570

Carolyn F. Weber, Ph.D.

Carolyn F. Weber, Ph.D.</

Assistant Professor

  • C.F. Weber Microbial Ecology Lab
    Gale Life Sciences Bldg, Rm 417
    We work at organismal and landscape scales to understand plant-microbe interactions and their feedbacks on biogeochemical cycling.


  • 2009, Ph.D. Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • 2004, B.A. Biochemsitry, Molecular Biology and Chemistry, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA
  • 2009-2011, Postdoctoral Fellow, Impacts of elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide and nitrogen deposition on soil fungal communities, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Weber joined the faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences at Idaho State University in January 2012. As an undergraduate, Weber became interested in microbial biogeochemistry as an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory (Boston University Marine Program, Woods Hole, MA) and the University of Maine (Walpole, ME). As a doctoral student in the laboratory of Dr. Gary M. King, Weber studied carbon monoxide-oxidizing bacteria in developing ecosystems on terrestrial volcanic deposits in Hawai'i and Japan. As a Director's Postdoctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Weber developed interests in the molecular ecology of soil fungi, their role in carbon cycling and how their community structure and function is impacted by environmental change. Weber's current research interests are in understanding the impacts of environmental disturbances (e.g. volcanic eruptions, invasive plant species) on microbial community structure and function in terrestrial ecosystems and feedbacks on carbon cycling. She works at the level of individual microorganisms to understand changes in physiology under different carbon regimes and also at the landscape scale to understand how changes in microbial community structure and function correlate with net carbon fluxes between soil and atmosphere.


  • BIOL 2206 Cell Biology Lecture
  • BIOL 2207 Cell Biology Laboratory
  • BIOL 6624 Microbial Ecology
  • BIOL 1101 AMOEBA

Selected Publications

Weber, C.F., Lockhart, J.S., Charaska, E., Aho, K. and Lohse, K.A. 2014. Bacterial composition of soils in ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forest exposed to different wildfire burn severity. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 69: 242-250.

Weber, C.F., Vilgalys, R. and Kuske, C.R. 2013. Changes in fungal community composition in response to elevated atmospheric CO2 and nitrogen fertilization varies with soil horizon. Frontiers in Microbiology.

Weber, C.F., and G.M. King. 2012. The phylogenetic distribution and ecological role of carbon monoxide oxidation in the genus Burkholderia. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 79: 167-175.

Schloss, P.D., S.L. Wescott, T. Ryabin, J.R. Hall, M. Hartman, E.B. Holister, R.A. Lesniewski, B.B. Oakley, D.H. Parks, C.J. Robinson, J.W. Sahl, B. Stres, G.G. Thallinger, D.J. Van Horn and C.F. Weber. 2009. Introducing mothur: Open Source, Platform-independent, Community-supported Software for Describing and Comparing Microbial Communities. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 75(23): 7537-7541.

King, G.M. and C.F. Weber. 2007. Distribution, diversity and ecology of aerobic CO-oxidizing bacteria. Nature Reviews. 5: 107-118.


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209