Publications of the Christner Research Group

Disclaimer: the copyright of these articles are with the corresponding publishers. The files are provided for academic use only.

Google Scholar Profile


Vick-Majors, T.J., A.C. Mitchell, A.M. Achberger, B.C. Christner, J.E. Dore, A.B. Michaud, J.A. Mikuck, A.M. Purcell, M.L. Skidmore, and J.C. Priscu. 2016. Physiological ecology of microorganisms in Subglacial Lake Whillans. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7:1705. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.01705

Achberger, A.M., B.C. Christner, A.B. Michaud, J.C. Priscu, M.L. Skidmore, T.J. Vick-Majors, and the WISSARD Science Team. 2016. Microbial community structure of Subglacial Lake Whillans, West Antarctica. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7:1457. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.01457

Wang, C., E.E. Oliver, B.C. Christner, and B.-H. Luo. 2016. Functional analysis of a bacterial antifreeze protein indicates a cooperative effect between its two ice-binding domains. Biochemistry, 55:3975–3983. 

Vick-Majors, T.J., A. Achberger, P. Santibañez, J.E. Dore, T. Hodson, A. Michaud, J. Mikucki, B.C. Christner, M.L. Skidmore, R. Powell, W.P. Adkins, C. Barbante, A. Mitchell, R. Scherer, and J.C. Priscu. 2016. Biogeochemical character of the liquid water cavity beneath the McMurdo Ice Shelf, Antarctica. Limnology and Oceanography, 61:572-586.

Mikucki, J.A., P.A. Lee, D. Ghosh, A.M. Purcell, A.C. Mitchell, K.D. Mankoff, A.T. Fischer, S. Tulaczyk, S. Carter, M. Siegfried, H.A. Fricker, T. Hodson, J. Coen, R. Powell, R. Scherer, T. Vick-Majors, A.A. Achberger, B.C. Christner, M. Tranter, and the WISSARD Science Team. 2016. Subglacial Lake Whillans biogeochemistry: A synthesis of current knowledge. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, 374:20140290.

Cameron, K.A., B. Hagedorn, M. Dieser, B.C. Christner, K. Choquette, R. Sletten, B. Crump, C. Kellogg, and K. Junge. 2015. Diversity and potential sources of microbiota associated with snow on western portions of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Environmental Microbiology, 17:594-609.

Bryan, N.C., M. Stewart, D. Granger, T.G. Guzik, and B.C. Christner. 2014. A method for sampling microbial aerosols using high altitude balloons. Journal of Microbiological Methods, 107:161-168.  

Purcell, A.M., J. Mikucki, I. Alekhina, A.M. Achberger, C. Barbante, B.C. Christner, D. Ghosh, A.B. Michaud, A.C. Mitchell, J.C. Priscu, R. Scherer, M.L. Skidmore, T.J. Vick-Majors, and the WISSARD Science Team. 2014. Microbial sulfur transformations in Subglacial Lake Whillans sediments. Frontiers in Microbiology, 5:594. DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2014.00594.

Christner, B.C., J.C. Priscu, A. M. Achberger, C. Barbante, S.P. Carter, K. Christianson, A.B. Michaud, J.A. Mikucki, A.C. Mitchell, M.L. Skidmore, T.J. Vick-Majors, and the WISSARD Science Team. 2014. A microbial ecosystem beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Nature, 512:310-313.

Brown, J.R., J.D. Seymour, T.I. Brox, M.L. Skidmore, C. Wang, B.C. Christner, B.-H. Luo, and S.L. Codd. 2014. Recrystallization inhibition in ice due to ice binding protein activity detected by nuclear magnetic resonance. Biotechnology Reports, 3:60-64.

Tulaczyk, S., J.A. Mikucki, M.R. Siegfried, J.C. Priscu, C.G. Barcheck, L.H. Beem, A. Beha, J. Burnett, B.C. Christner, A.T. Fisher, H.A. Fricker, K.D. Mankoff, R.D. Powell, F. Rack, D. Sampson, R.P. Scherer, S.Y. Schwartz, and the WISSARD Science Team. 2014. WISSARD at Subglacial Lake Whillans: Scientific Operations and Initial Observations. Annals of Glaciology, 55:51-58.

Dieser, M. E.L.J.E. Broemsen, K.A. Cameron, G.M. King, A. Achberger, K. Choquette, B. Hagedorn, R. Sletten, K. Junge, and B.C. Christner. 2014. Molecular and biogeochemical evidence for methane cycling beneath the western margin of the Greenland Ice Sheet. ISME Journal, 8:2305-2316.

Montross, S., M. Skidmore, B. Christner, D. Samyn, J.-L. Tison, R. Lorrain, S. Doyle, and S. Fitzsimons. 2014. Debris-rich basal ice as a microbial habitat, Taylor Glacier, Antarctica. Geomicrobiology Journal, 31:76-81.

Dieser, M., J.R. Battista, and B.C. Christner. 2013. Double-strand DNA break repair at -15C. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 79:7662-7668.

Doyle, S.M., S.N. Montross, M.L. Skidmore, and B.C. Christner. 2013. Characterizing microbial diversity and the potential for metabolic function at -15C in the basal ice of Taylor Glacier, Antarctica. Biology, 2:1034-1053.

Priscu, J.C., A.M Achberger, J. Cahoon, B.C. Christner, R.L Edwards, W. Jones, A. Michaud, M.L. Skidmore, R.H. Spigel, G. Switzer, S. Tulaczyk, and T. Vick. 2013. A microbiologically clean strategy for access to the Whillans Ice Stream subglacial environment. Antarctic Science, 25:637-647.

Lee, J. H., H.Y. Koh, SG. Lee, S.M. Doyle, B.C. Christner, and H.J. Kim. 2012. Draft genome sequence of Paenisporosarcina sp.TG-20, a psychrophilic bacterium isolated from sediment-laden stratified basal ice from Taylor Glacier, McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. Journal of Bacteriology, 194:6636.

Lee, J. H., H.Y. Koh, SG. Lee, S.M. Doyle, B.C. Christner, and H.J. Kim. 2012. Draft genome sequence of Paenisporosarcina sp.TG-14, a psychrophilic bacterium isolated from sediment-laden stratified basal ice from Taylor Glacier, McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. Journal of Bacteriology, 194:6656-6657.

Christner, B.C., G.G. Montross, and J.C. Priscu. 2012. Dissolved gases in frozen basal water from the NGRIP borehole: implications for biogeochemical processes beneath the Greenland ice sheet. Polar Biology, 35:1735-1741. doi 10.1007/s00300-012-1198-z.

Doyle, S.M., M. Dieser, E. Broemsen, and B.C. Christner. 2012. General characteristics of cold-adapted microorganisms. In L. Whyte and R.V. Miller (eds), Polar Microbiology: Life in a Deep Freeze. American Society of Microbiology Press, Washington, D.C., pp. 103-125.

Achberger, A.M., T.I. Brox, M.L. Skidmore, and B.C. Christner. 2011. Expression and partial characterization of an ice-binding protein from a bacterium isolated at a depth of 3,519 meters in the Vostok ice core, Antarctica. Frontiers in Microbiology, 2:255. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2011.00255.

Fricker, H.A., R. Powell, J. Priscu, S. Tulaczyk, S. Anandakrishnan, B. Christner, D. Holland, H. Horgan, R. Jacobel, J. Mikucki, A. Mitchell, R. Scherer, and J. Severinghaus. 2011. Siple Coast subglacial aquatic environments: the Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling (WISSARD) project. In M. Siegert and M. Kennicutt (eds), Proceedings of the Chapman Conference on the Exploration and Study of Antarctic Subglacial Aquatic Environments. American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C., pp. 199-220.

Junge, K., B.C. Christner, and J.T. Staley. 2011. Diversity of psychrophilic bacteria from sea ice and glacial ice communities. In K. Horikoshi, G. Antranikian, A. Bull, F. Robb, and K. Stetter (eds), Extremophiles Handbook. Springer, Heidelberg, Germany, pp. 793-816.

Amato, P., S.M. Doyle, J.R. Battista, and B.C. Christner. 2010. Implications of subzero metabolic activity on long-term microbial survival in terrestrial and extraterrestrial permafrost. Astrobiology, 10:789-798.

Christner, B.C. 2010. Bioprospecting for microbial products that affect ice crystal formation and growth. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 85:481-489.

Phillips, V.T.J., C. Andronache, B.C. Christner, C.E. Morris, D.C. Sands, A. Bansemer, A. Lauer, C. McNaughton, and C. Seman. 2009. Potential impacts from biological aerosols on ensembles of continental clouds simulated numerically. Biogeosciences, 6:987-1014.

Amato, P., and B.C. Christner. 2009. Energy metabolism response to low temperature and frozen conditions in Psychrobacter cryohalolentis. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 75:711-718.

Amato, P., S.M. Doyle, and B.C. Christner. 2009. Macromolecular synthesis by yeasts under frozen conditions. Environmental Microbiology, 11:589-596.

Christner, B.C., R. Cai, C.E. Morris, K.S. McCarter, C.M. Foreman, M.L. Skidmore, S.N. Montross, and D.C. Sands. 2008. Geographic, seasonal, and precipitation chemistry influence on the abundance and activity of biological ice nucleators in rain and snow. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105:18854-18859.

Priscu, J.C., B.C. Christner, J.E. Dore, B.N. Popp, M.B. Westley, and K.L. Casciotti. 2008. Supersaturated N2O in a perennially ice-covered lake: molecular and stable isotopic evidence for a biogeochemical relict. Limnology and Oceanography, 53:2439-2450.

Priscu, J.C., S. Tulaczyk, M. Studinger, M.C. Kennicutt II, B.C. Christner, and C.M. Foreman. 2008. Antarctic Subglacial Water: Origin, Evolution and Microbial Ecology. In W. Vincent and J. Laybourn-Parry (eds), Polar Limnology. Oxford University Press, pp. 119-135.

Raymond, J.A., B.C. Christner, and S.C. Schuster. 2008. A bacterial ice-binding protein from the Vostok ice core. Extremophiles, 12:713-717.

Christner, B.C., C.E. Morris, C.M. Foreman, R. Cai, and D.C. Sands. 2008. Ubiquity of biological ice nucleators in snowfall. Science, 319:1214.

Christner, B.C., M.L. Skidmore, J.C. Priscu, M. Tranter, and C.M. Foreman. 2008. Bacteria in subglacial environments. In R. Margesin, F. Schinner, J.-C. Marx, and C. Gerday (eds), Psychrophiles: From Biodiversity to Biotechology. Springer, New York.

Priscu, J.C., B.C. Christner, C.F. Foreman, and G. Royston-Bishop. 2007. Biological material in ice cores. In S.A. Elias (ed.), Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science, Volume 2, pp. 1156-1166. Elsevier, UK.

Christner, B.C., G. Royston-Bishop, C.F. Foreman, B.R. Arnold, M. Tranter, K.A. Welch, W. B. Lyons, A.I. Tsapin, M. Studinger, and J.C. Priscu. 2006. Limnological conditions in Subglacial Lake Vostok, Antarctica. Limnology and Oceanography, 51:2485-2501.

Royston-Bishop, G., J.C. Priscu, M. Tranter, B.C. Christner, M.J. Siegert, and V. Lee. 2005. Incorporation of particulates into accreted ice above Subglacial Lake Vostok, Antarctica. Annals of Glaciology, 40:145-150.

Christner, B.C., J.A. Mikucki, C.M. Foreman, J. Denson, and J.C. Priscu. 2005. Glacial ice cores: a model system for developing extraterrestrial decontamination protocols. Icarus, 174:572-584.

Christner, B.C., E. Mosley-Thompson, L.G. Thompson, and J.N. Reeve. 2005. Recovery and identification of bacteria from polar and non-polar glacial ice. In S. O. Rogers and J. Castello (eds), Life in Ancient Ice, pp. 209-227. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey.

Priscu, J.C., and B.C. Christner. 2004. Earth’s icy biosphere. In Bull, Alan T. (ed.), Microbial Diversity and Bioprospecting, pp. 130-145. American Society for Microbiology, Washington, D.C.

Christner, B.C., B.H. Kvitko, and J.N. Reeve. 2003 Molecular identification of bacteria and eukarya inhabiting an Antarctic cryoconite hole. Extremophiles, 7:177-183.

Christner, B.C., E. Mosley-Thompson, L.G. Thompson, and J.N. Reeve. 2003. Bacterial recovery from ancient ice. Environmental Microbiology 5:433-436.

Christner, B.C. 2002. Incorporation of DNA and protein precursors into macromolecules by bacteria at -15oC. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 68:6435-6438.

Christner, B.C., E. Mosley-Thompson, L.G. Thompson, V. Zagorodnov, K. Sandman, and J.N. Reeve. 2002. Isolation and identification of bacteria from ancient and modern ice core archives. In: The Patagonian Ice Fields. A unique natural laboratory for environmental and climate change studies, edited by G. Casassa, F.V. Sepúlveda, and R. Sinclair, Kluwer Academic Plenum Publishers, New York.

Christner, B.C., E. Mosley-Thompson, L.G. Thompson, and J.N. Reeve. 2001. Isolation of bacteria and 16S rDNAs from Lake Vostok accretion ice. Environmental Microbiology 3:570-577.

Christner, B.C., E. Mosley-Thompson, L.G. Thompson, V. Zagorodnov, K. Sandman, and J.N. Reeve. 2000. Recovery and identification of viable bacteria immured in glacial ice. Icarus 144:479-485.


Christner, B.C. 2002. Detection, recovery, isolation, and characterization of bacteria in glacial ice and Lake Vostok accretion ice. Ph.D thesis, Department of Microbiology, The Ohio State University.


Christner, B.C. 2012. Cloudy with a chance of microbes (cover article). Microbe, 7:70-75.

Christner, B.C. 2010. Subglacial Antarctic environments: the other deep biosphere. In-Depth (Newsletter of the National Ice Core Laboratory - Science Management Office, USA), 5(2):3-5.

Hallar, A.G., C. Wiedinmyer, I.B. McCubbin, R.B. Bowers, N. Fierer, L. Mazzoleni, B. Christner, D. Obrist, and X. Fain. 2009. A High Altitude Interdisciplinary Field Campaign - The Storm Peak Aerosol and Cloud Characterization Study (SPACCS08). SPACC article Mountain Research Newsletter.

Christner, B.C. and J.C. Priscu. 2008. Antarctica: a last frontier for microbial exploration. Microbiology Today, 35:70-73.

Doyle, S.M., P. Amato, and B.C. Christner. 2008. Life in and under the Antarctic ice sheets (cover article). Microscopy Today, 16:6-9.

Christner, B.C., and J.C. Priscu. 2005. Subglacial Lake Vostok. Invited contributor to the Encyclopedia of Water, edited by Jay H. Lehr, John Wiley and Sons Publishing.

Christner, B.C. 2004. Cryoconite hole ecosystems in Antarctic glacier ice. Invited contributor to the Encyclopedia of the Antarctic, edited by Beau Riffenburgh, Routledge Reference.