Publications and Funding

Postdoctoral Researcher in the Coleman Lab at the University of Chicago in the Department of Geophysical Sciences

In Prep Publications

Henson, M.W., Papka, Z.B., and Coleman, M.L. (2023). Wide-spread salinity tolerance across diverse Synechococcus strains. In Prep- MBio (July 2023).

Henson M.W. and Thrash, J.C. Size fractionated microbial communities from the coastal northern Gulf of Mexico. (2023). In Prep- Limnology and Oceanography (April 2023).

Publications (career citation metrics: 512 citations, h-index= 10, i10-index= 10)

Getz, E.W., Lanclos, V.C., Henson, M.W., Beja, Oded, Faircloth, B.C., Thrash, J.C. The Aegean-169 clade of bacterioplankton is synonymous with SAR11 subclade V and metabolically distinct. 2023. Accepted-mSystems. bioRxiv.

Lanclos, V.C., Rasmussen, A.N., Kojima, C.Y., Cheng, C., Henson, M.W., Faircloth, B.C., Francis, C.A. and Thrash, C., 2022. Ecophysiology and genomics of the brackish water adapted SAR11 subclade IIIa. bioRxiv. In Press-The ISME Journal.

M. Swanson, A. S. Achmadi, H. Handika, S. Anita, M.W. Henson, J.A. Nations, K.C. Rowe, J.A. Esselstyn. 2021. Cecal bacterial families associated with diet in a trophically diverse community of wild rodents. 2022. Submitted- ISME Communications.

Stapelfeldt, A.M., Barnes, S.J., Henson, M.W., Thrash, J.C. Draft Genome Sequence of the marine Flavobacteriaceae sp. strain LSUCC0859. 2022. Microbiology Resource Announcements11(5), pp.e00186-22.

Zehnpfennig, J.R., Garber, A.I., Sheik, C.S., Henson, M.W., Ramírez, G.A., Mahon, A.R., Halanych, K.M, and Learman, D.R. 2021. Metagenomics of Antarctic continental shelf sediment demonstrates a diverse potential for chemolithoautotrophic metabolism. Msphere6(6), pp.e00770-21.

Swanson, M.T., Henson, M.W., Handika, H., Achmadi, A.S., Anita, S., Rowe, K.C., Esselstyn, J.A. 2021. Mycoplasmataceae taxa drive microbial community composition differences between gut regions in an assemblage of Crocidura shrews. In Press- Journal of Mammology.

Savoie E.R., Lanclos, V.C., Henson, M.W., Cheng, C., Getz, E.W., Barnes, S.J., LaRowe, D.E., Rappé M.S., and Thrash, J.C. 2021. Ecophysiology of the cosmopolitan OM252 bacterioplankton (Gammaproteobacteria). mSystems 6(3), e0027621.

Feng, X., Chu, X., Qian, Y., Henson, M.W., Lanclos, V.C., Qin, F., Zhao, Y., Thrash, J.C. and Luo, H., 2021. Mechanisms Driving Genome Reduction of a Novel Roseobacter Lineage Showing Vitamin B12 Auxotrophy. The ISME Journal15(12), pp.3576-3586.

Lucchesi A.M., Henson M.W., Temperton B, Thrash J.C. 2020. Complete genome sequence of Marinobacterium sp. strain LSUCC0821, isolated from the coastal Gulf of Mexico. Microbiology Resource Announcements 9, pp.e01035-20.

Henson, M.W., Lanclos, V.C., Pitre, D.M., Weckhorst, J.L., Lucchesi, A.M., Cheng, C., Temperton, B. and Thrash, C. (2020). Expanding the diversity of bacterioplankton isolates and modeling isolation efficacy with large scale dilution-to-extinction cultivationApplied and Environmental Microbiology 86, pp.e00943-20

Henson, M.W., Guidry, M.E., Carnes, M.K., Thrash, J.C. (2020). Draft genome sequence of the novel coastal bacterium LSUCC0115 from the MWH-UniPo clade, Order Burkholderiales, Class BetaproteobacteriaMicrobiology Resource Announcements 9(2), pp.e01492-19

Lanclos, V.C., Henson, M.W., Dorion, C., Thrash, J.C. (2019). Draft genome of strain LSUCC0057, a member of the SAR92 clade of GammaproteobacteriaMicrobiology Resource Announcements 8(25), pp.e00599-19.

Coelho, J.T., Henson, M.W., Thrash, J.C. (2019). Draft genome sequence of strain LSUCC0112, a Gulf of Mexico representative of the Oligotrophic Marine GammaproteobacteriaMicrobiology Resource Announcements 8(27), pp.e00521-19.

Learman, D.R., Ahmand, Z., Brookshier, A., Henson, M.W., Hewitt, V., Lis, A., Morrison, C., Robinson, A., Todaro, E., Wologo, E., Wynne, S., Alm, E.W., Kourtev, P.S., Santo Domingo, J.W. (2019). Comparative genomics of 16 Microbacterium spp. that tolerate multiple heavy metals and antibioticsPeerJ 6, pp.e6258

Craine, J., Henson M.W., Thrash, J.C., Hanssen, J., Spooner, G., Fleming P., Pukonen, M., F. Stahr, Spaulding, S., and Fierer, N.. (2018). Environmental DNA reveals the structure of phytoplankton assemblages along a 2900-km transect in the Mississippi RiverbioRxiv

Henson M.W., Hanssen J, Spooner G, Flemming P, Pukonen M, Stahr F, Thrash, J.C. (2018). Microbial regime changes and indicators of eutrophication on the Mississippi River identified via a human-powered 2900 km transectLimnology and Oceanography 63(5), pp.1837-1855.

Henson, M.W., Lanclos, V.C., Faircloth, B.C., Thrash, J.C. (2018). Cultivation and genomics of the first freshwater SAR11 (LD12) isolateISME Journal 12, pp.1846–1860.

Lanclos, V.C., Henson, M.W., Pitre, D.M. and Thrash, J.C. (2016). Draft genome sequence of strain LSUCC0135, an early diverging member of the order Methylophilales in the phylum BetaproteobacteriaGenome Announcements 4(6), pp.e01231-16.

Henson, M.W., Pitre, D.M., Weckhorst, J.L., Lanclos, V.C., Webber, A.T., Thrash, J.C. (2016). Artificial seawater media facilitates cultivating members of the microbial majority from the Gulf of MexicomSphere 1(2), pp.e00028-16 Editor’s pick

Learman, D.R., Henson, M.W., Thrash, J.C., Temperton, B., Brannock, P., Mahon, A., Halanych, K.H. (2016) Biogeochemical and microbial variation across 5500 km of Antarctic surface sediment implicates organic matter as a driver of benthic community structureFrontiers in Microbiology: Aquatic Microbiology 7, pp.284.

Ni, C., Horton, D. J., Rui, J., Henson, M.W., Jiang, Y., Huang, X., & Learman, D. R. (2016). High concentrations of bioavailable heavy metals impact freshwater sediment microbial communitiesAnnals of Microbiology 66, pp.1003–1012.

Henson M.W., Santo Domingo J.W., Kourtev P.S., Jensen R.V., Dunn J.A., Learman D.R. (2015). Metabolic and genomic analysis elucidates strain-level variation in Microbacterium spp. isolated from chromate contaminated sedimentPeerJ 3, pp.e1395

Ryu, H., Henson, M.W., Elk, M., Toledo-Hernandez, C., Griffith, J., Blackwood, D., Noble, R., Gourmelon, M., Glassmeyer, S., and Santo Domingo, J. (2013). Development of quantitative PCR assays targeting 16S rRNA gene of Enterococcus spp. and their application to the identification of Enterococcus species in environmental samplesApplied Environmental Microbiology. 79(1), pp.196-204.


2020 Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund, “Cryptic diversity and ecosystem stability in the Great Lakes” American Natural History Museum, $1,600

2020 Simons’ Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Marine Ecology, “Testing the role of fine-scale diversity for local adaptation and population stability in Synechococcus“, Simons’ Foundation, $261,000

2017 – 2018 Lerner Gray Grant, “Examining the functional differences of two important SAR11 subclades and its insights on how salinity changes may alter global biogeochemical cycles.” American Natural History Museum, $2,500

2015 – 2016 LEEC Research Grant, “Assessment of wetlands on the Louisiana coast using baseline microbial community structure and developing microbial indices”, LA Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, $1,138

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