Joy Buongiorno (Altom)
502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN 37804
Education and Professional Experience
Carnegie Institution of Washington, Geophysical Laboratory
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Ph.D. Microbiology, GPA: 3.95, 2014-2018
M.Sc. Geoscience, GPA: 3.94, 2012-2014
Tennessee Technological University
Under Review, Flieder M, Buongiorno J, Herbold C, Hausmann B, Rattei T, Lloyd K, Loy A, Wasmund K (ISME J) Pre-print:: BioRxiv doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.10.01.322446.
Buongiorno J., Sipes K., Wasmund K., Loy A., Lloyd K.G. (2020) Woeseiales transcriptional response to shallow burial in Arctic fjord surface sediment. PLoS ONE 15(8): e0234839. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0234839
Morrison S.M., Buongiorno J., Downs R.T., Eleish A., Fox P., Giovannelli D., Golden J.J., Hummer D.R., Hystad G., Kellogg L.H., Kreylos O., Krivovichev S.V., Liu C., Merdith A., Prabhu A., Ralph J., Runyon S.E., Zahirovic S. and Hazen R.M. (2020) Exploring Carbon Mineral Systems: Recent Advances in C Mineral Evolution, Mineral Ecology, and Network Analysis. Front. Earth Sci. 8:208. doi: 10.3389/feart.2020.00208
Lloyd, K.G., Bird, J.T., *Buongiorno, J., Deas, E., Kevorkian, R., Noordhoek, T., Rosalsky, J., Roy, T. (2020), Evidence for a growth zone for deep subsurface microbial clades in near-surface anoxic sediments. Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
Accepted, Nayfach, S., Roux, S., … IMG/M Data Consortium. A Genomic Catalogue of Earth's Microbiomes. Nature Biotechnology.
In preparation, Buongiorno, J., Giovannelli, D., Morrison, S., Hazen, R., Falkowski, P., Tectonics, metal availability and the evolution of biogeochemistry (Science).
Under revision, Fullerton, K. M., Schrenk, M., Yucel, M., Manini, E., Marco, B., Rogers, T. J., Buongiorno, J. … Lloyd, K. (2019, October 13). Plate tectonics drive deep biosphere microbial community structure. Pre-print:: EarthRxiv doi: https://doi.org/10.31223/osf.io/gyr7n (Nature).
Co-signatory: Next generation of polar researchers agree on three priorities (2019). Nature, 570(36). doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-01718-1. Outcome of the Next Generation of Polar Researchers Leadership Symposium (https://dornsife.usc.edu/conferences/2019-nsf-ngpr3/).
Buongiorno, J., L.C. Herbert, L.M. Wehrmann, A. Michaud, K. Laufer, H. Røy, B. B. Jørgensen, A. Szynkiewicz, A. Faiia, K. M. Yeager, K. Schindler, K. G. Lloyd. (2019). Complex microbial communities drive iron and sulfur cycling in Arctic fjord sediments. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 00949-19; doi: 10.1128/AEM.00949-19.
Buongiorno, J. , Gomez, F. J., Fike, D. A., & Kah, L. C. (2019). Mineralized microbialites as archives of environmental evolution, Laguna Negra, Catamarca Province, Argentina. Geobiology, 17(2), 199-222. https://github.com/JBuongio/LagunaNegraOncolites
Vishnivetskaya T., Buongiorno J. , Bird J. T., Krivushin K., Spirina E., Oshurkova V., Shcherbakova S., Wilson G., Lloyd K. G., Rivkina E. (2018). Methanogens in the Antarctic Dry Valley Permafrost. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 94(8).
Buongiorno J., Turner S. Webster G., Asai M., Shumaker A. K., Roy T., … & Lloyd K. G. (2017). Interlaboratory quantification of Bacteria and Archaea in deeply buried sediments of the Baltic Sea (IODP Expedition 347). FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 93(3).
Buongiorno J. , Bird J.T., Lloyd K. G., Vishnivetskaya. T. (2016). Draft Genome Sequence of Antarctic Methanogen enriched from Dry Valley Permafrost. Genome Announcements, 4(6).
Competitive Research Grants and Scholarships
NASA Astrobiology Early Career Collaboration Award, Carnegie Institution for Science ($5,000) 2019
Student/Faculty Research Award, Univ. of TN ($2,016) 2016
Explorer's Club Student Research Grant, Univ. of TN ($1,500) 2016
David C. White Travel Award ($500) 2016
Graduate Student Senate Travel Award, Univ. of TN ($700) 2015
Society for Sedimentary Geology Student Assistance Grant ($1,000) 2015
Geological Society of America Research Grant, Univ. of TN ($1,250) 2015
Spackman Award, The Society for Organic Petrology, Univ. of TN ($1,000) 2013
Society for Sedimentary Geology Student Assistance Grant ($750) 2013
Geological Society of America Research Grant, Univ. of TN ($1,913) 2013
Bill Ross Field Camp Scholarship, Univ. of TN ($750) 2013
Graduate Student Senate Travel Award, Univ. of TN ($2,500) 2013
Honors and Awards
Extraordinary Scientist Advocate, Union of Concerned Scientists 2018
Carolyn W. Fite Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement 2018
Professional Promise Award 2018
Jimmy and Ileen Cheek Graduate Student Medal of Excellence 2018
Dept of Microbiology Graduate Award for Scientific Achievement 2017
Graduate Student Senate Award for Excellence in Research 2017
Recipient of UT Police Dept. challenge coin 2016
Mamont Scholar, Explorer's Club 2016
Best oral presentation, 3rd Annual Southeastern Biogeochemistry Symposium 2016
Chancellor's Fellowship, Univ. of TN ($3,000 for 4 years) 2014
Liberal Arts and Sciences Award, Tennessee Tech 2011
W.H. Farley Award, Tennessee Tech 2010
2020, "Data science approaches reveal environmental drivers behind microbial oxidoreductase abundance in volcanic ecosystems". American Society of Microbiology DC Branch meeting, Washington, DC.
2020, "The Microbial Ferrous Wheel in the Arctic". Next Generation of Explorer's Friday Seminar Series, Explorer's Club, NY.
2020, "Oxidoreductase enzyme abundance in marine and terrestrial volcanic ecosystems". Department of Mineral Sciences, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
2019, "Influences of trace element chemistry on oxidoreductase evolution". ENIGMA seminar series, Rutgers University, Newark Campus, NJ
2019, "Predicted restructuring of microbial communities with climate change in Svalbard fjords". Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, Newark Campus, NJ.
2019, "Climate change and the microbial ferrous wheel: Implications of Arctic warming on biogeochemical cycling in sediments". Department of Marine and Coastal Science, Rutgers University, Cook Campus, NJ.
2017, "High-resolution microbial community abundance and composition analysis of two iron-rich fjords, Kongsfjorden and Van Keulenfjorden, Svalbard (79°N): Implications for climate response". Center for Biofilm Engineering, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT.
Recent Conference Proceedings
2019, Giovannelli, D., Buongiorno, J. , Prabhu, A., Eleish, A., Huang, F., Fox, P. A., Hazen, R., Morrison, S. M., Tracking the evolution of our planet using large scale geochemistry and metagenomic data. American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, CA.
2019, Buongiorno, J. , Morrison S., Giovannalli D., Shrenk M., Barry P., DeMoor, M., Lloyd K.G., & Hazen R., "Using data science tools to unravel interactions between microbial communities and their geologic environment". Deep Carbon Observatory: Decade of Discovery, Washington, DC.
2019, Buongiorno, J. , Fullerton K., Rogers T., Giovannalli D., DeMoor M., Barry P., Shrenk M., Lloyd K., Morrison S. & Hazen R., "Interactions Between Microbial Communities and Their Geologic Environment at the Costa Rica Active Margin". Goldschmidt, Barcelona, Spain.
2019, Buongiorno, J. , Wasmund, K., Loy, A., Lloyd, K. G., "Genomic and transcriptional evidence for physiological responses to burial of the dominant carbon-fixing clade Woeseiaceae in Arctic fjord sediment". 2nd Annual Geobiological Society Meeting, Banff, Canada.
2018, Buongiorno, J. A. Szynkiewicz, A. Faiia, L. Herbert, L. Wehrmann, Lloyd, K. G.,"Biological catalysis of a complete iron and sulfur cycle in Arctic marine fjord sediments, Van Keulenfjorden, Svalbard(79°N)". International Symposium on Microbial Ecology in Leipzig, Germany.
2018, Buongiorno, J. , Szynkiewicz A., Faiia, A., Yeager K., Schindler, K., Lloyd, K. G., "Microbial community data supports biologically mediated cryptic sulfur cycling in Arctic sediments, Van Keulenfjorden, Svalbard (79°N)". Southeastern Geological Society of America Meeting, Knoxville, TN.
2017, Buongiorno, J. , Szynkiewicz A., Faiia, A., Yeager K., Schindler, K., Lloyd, K. G., Environmental drivers of microbial abundance and composition in Arctic sediments, Kongsfjorden and Van Keulenfjorden, Svalbard (79°N): Evidence from stable and radioactive isotopes". American Geophysical Union Meeting in New Orleans, LA.
2017, Buongiorno J., Lloyd, K., "Network analysis of microbial communities show complex ecological linkages in Arctic fjord sediments, Van Keulenfjorden, Svalbard, (79°N)". KY-TN branch of ASM meeting, Cookeville, TN.
2017, Buongiorno J., Lloyd, K., "High resolution microbial community analysis of sediments from the high Arctic, Kongsfjorden and Van Kuelenfjorden, Svalbard". 4th Annual Southeastern Biogeochemistry Symposium in Athens, GA.
Teacher Training and Certifications
UT Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning
Scholar Level Certification 2017
Practitioner Level Certification 2016
Best Practices in Teaching Pedagogy course 2016
Univ. of TN, Department of Microbiology; Bioinformatics course, Metatranscriptomics and MAGs Fall 2019
Univ. of TN, Division of Biology; Cellular and Molecular Biology course, Energy and Enzymes Fall2016
Univ. of TN, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences; Earth, Life, and Time course, Fossil records Spring 2014
Software Carpentry Workshop Dec. 2017
Organization/Function of the Cell
Cellular and Molecular Biology
Tennessee Governor's School for the Sciences and Engineering
Biodiversity and Evolution June2013
Scientific Thinking June 2014
General Biology II
General Biology I
Hot springs in the Andean Puna, Argentina (4600m asl) Feb. 2019
Kongsfjorden; Smeerenburgfjorden, Svalbard (79°N); Team lead July 2017
Kongsfjorden, Svalbard (79°N) August 2016
Long Valley Caldera, California June 2015
Laguna Verde Complex, Andes Mountains, Argentina (4100m asl); Team lead August 2013
Skills and Training
Next Generation of Polar Researchers Workshop 2019
Networks and Machine Learning Workshop 2019
Communications Bootcamp for Scientists (American Institution for Biological Sciences) 2019
Bystander Training 2017
Software Carpentry Workshop 2015
Computational Microbiology Workshop (C-DEBI) 2015
Carnegie Institution of Washington, Geophysical Laboratory, Washington, DC
PI: Robert Hazen, Ph.D.
NASA Astrobiology Institute project: Evolution of Nanomachines in Geospheres and Microbial Ancestors (ENIGMA) (https://enigma.rutgers.edu/)
Using data-driven discovery approaches and cutting-edge visualization techniques of metagenomic and geochemistry data to untangle the co-evolution of microbial oxidoreductase enzymes and their geologic environment.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
PI: Karen G. Lloyd, Ph.D. 2014-2018
The role of uncultured microbes in the Arctic marine sediment carbon cycle
Performed high resolution molecular analyses of microbial abundance, population structure, and biological function by coupling next generation sequencing of metagenomes, transcriptomes, and metabolomes with geochemical data of the anoxic sediment environment of Svalbard (79°N) to discover that depositional environment is a strong control on the distribution of anaerobic respiration pathways.
Evolutionary adaptations and metabolic pathways of methanogens in Antarctic Permafrost
Reconstructed the first publicly available methanogen genome from Antarctic permafrost. I also performed protein structure modeling, phylogenetics, and pathway reconstruction to determine structural adaptations to its harsh, cold environment and found several pathways by which methane can be generated with future warming conditions.
The deep biosphere in Baltic Sea Basin sediments
Collected and compared quantitative PCR data and direct cell counts of the Baltic Sea deep subsurface biosphere in an interlaboratory meta-analysis that found CARD-FISH is severely limited in its utility in energy-starved, low biomass sediments.
PI: Linda C. Kah, Ph.D. 2012-2014
Mineralized microbialites as archives of environmental evolution of a hypersaline lake basin: Laguna Negra, Catamarca Province, Argentina
Performed geomicrobiological analyses on microbial carbonates from the High Andes, NW Argentina in collaboration with the University of Córdoba, Argentina and The National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET). This work coupled carbon and oxygen isotope analysis with mineralogical, organic matter, and petrographic observations to establish the utility of microbialites as faithful records of lake basin evolution.
American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
Explorer's Club (Term member)
Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)
Geological Society of America (GSA)
International Society of Microbial Ecology (ISME)
Recent Synergistic Activities and Service
Goldschmidt 2020 June 2020 - 06i Harnessing Multidimensionality in Complex, Co-evolving Earth Systems; 11e Recognizing Preserved Microbial Signatures in Modern and Ancient Environments
- Applied and Environmental Biology; Microbiome; mSystems; International Society of Microbial Ecology Journal (ISME J); Microbial Ecology.
- Review panelist, Joint Genome Institute April 2020; Review panelist, NASA Exobiology April 2020; Review panelist, NSF Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems Jan. 2020; Ad hoc reviewer, NSF Office of Polar Programs June 2019.
East TN Freedom Schools Summer 2018
Producer of Scientific Programming/Volunteer Coordinator
500 Women Scientists
Member of National Leadership 2017-2019
Knoxville Pod Coordinator 2017-2018
American Institute of Biological Sciences Congressional Visits Day, Capitol Hill 2018
Career Planning Task Force member, UT 2017-2018
Dean's Graduate Student Advisory Council representative, UT 2017-2018
Media Relations Officer, Forum of Science Ethics and Policy, UT 2017-2018
tnAchieves mentor 2016-2017
Social Media coordinator for UT Department of Microbiology 2016-2017
Southeastern Biogeochemistry Symposium, student steering committee 2016
Darwin Day at UT
Head of advertising 2016
McClung Museum Exhibitor of Geobiology Research 2015
Ciencia Puerto Rico Benefit, Knoxville, TN (Organizer and presenter) 2017
Sunbright Elem., Morgan Co., TN 2017
Camp Creek Elem., Greene Co., TN 2017
Bearden Elem., Knox Co., TN 2017
Spring Hill Elem., Knox Co., TN 2014
Algood Elem., Putman Co., TN 2011