Marian L. Schmidt

microbial ecologist, instructor, & bioinformatician

Recent Publications

For a full list of my publications, please be welcome to check out my google scholar page or my CV

(2017). Microhabitats shape diversity-productivity relationships in freshwater bacterial communities. Preprint on bioRxiv.

Preprint Code Project

(2017). Flow cytometric monitoring of bacterioplankton phenotypic diversity predicts high population-specific feeding rates by invasive dreissenid mussels. In Environmental Microbiology.


(2016). Growth of magnetotactic sulfate-reducing bacteria in oxygen concentration gradient medium. In Environmental Microbiology Reports.



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I am an exectuvie board member for FEMMES, which is dedicated to closing gender and racial divides in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Working in diverse and underserved communities, FEMMES creates collaborative teaching and learning environments to promote the participation, confidence, and technical skills of girls in STEM.

Software Carpentry Mentor & Instructor

I am the co-chair of the mentoring subcommittee for the global Software Carpentry organization and have taught 7 workshops on unix, git, and R.

Teaching Consulting & Instructional Technology

I am a teaching consultant and instructional technologist through the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) at the University of Michigan.


I have taught five semester-long courses as a graduate student instructor (GSI) at the University of Michigan in the Program in Biology:

  • EEB 483: Freshwater Ecosystems, with lab (Fall 2016)
  • BIO 207: Introduction to Microbiology, with lab (Winter 2015)
  • EEB 483: Freshwater Ecosystems, with lab (Fall 2014)
  • BIO 173: Introduction to Biology Laboratory, with lab (Winter 2013)
  • BIO 171: Introduction to Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Fall 2012)

In addition, I taught the following programming/bioinformatics workshops: