A complete list of journal articles, book chapters, blogs, and so forth written by Jeff and the other members of MorrisLab.

J. Jeffrey Morris Google Scholar Page

Peer-reviewed journals

  1. Adkins, Sarah J, RK Rock, and JJ Morris. 2018. Interdisciplinary STEM education reform: dishing out art in a microbiology laboratory. FEMS Microbiology Letters 365(1):fnx245
  2. JJ Morris and E Schniter. 2017. Black Queen markets: commensalism, dependency, and the evolution of cooperative specialization in human society. Journal of Bioeconomics 10.1007/s10818-017-9263-x
  3. Ma, Lanying, BC Calfee, JJ Morris, ZI Johnson, and ER Zinser. 2017. Degradation of hydrogen peroxide at the ocean’s surface: the influence of the microbial community on the realized thermal niche of Prochlorococcus. ISME J doi:10.1038/ismej.2017.182
  4. Hennon, Gwenn MM, JJ Morris, ST Haley, ER Zinser, AR Durrant, E Entwistle, T Dokland, and ST Dyhrman. 2017. The impact of elevated CO2 on Prochlorococcus and microbial interactions with ‘helper’ bacterium Alteromonas. ISME J doi:10.1038/ismej.2017.189
  5. Ashworth, M.P., and JJ Morris. 2016. Axenic microalgal cultures overlook the complexity of the phycosphere marketplace. Perspectives in Phycology 3(2): 107-111.
  6. Estrela, S., B. Kerr, and JJ Morris. 2016. Transitions in individuality through symbiosis. Current Opinion in Microbiology 31: 191-198
  7. Morris, J.J., Z.I. Johnson, S.W. Wilhelm, and E.R. Zinser. 2016. Diel regulation of hydrogen peroxide defenses by open ocean microbial communities. J. Plank. Res. 38: 1103-1114
  8. Lenski, RE, MJ Wiser, N Ribeck, ZD Blount, JR Nahum, JJ Morris, L Zaman, CB Turner, BD Wade, R Maddamsetti, AR Burmeister, EJ Baird, J Bundy, NA Grant, KJ Card, M Rowles, K Weatherspoon, SE Papoulis, R Sullivan, C Clark, JS Mulka, and N Hajela. 2015. Sustained fitness gains and variability in fitness trajectories in the long-term evolution experiment with Escherichia coli. Proc. Roy. Soc. B 282:1821.
  9. Estrela, Sylvie, J.J. Morris, and B. Kerr. 2015. Private benefits and metabolic conflicts shape the emergence of microbial interdependencies. Environmental Microbiology 18:1415-1427.
  10. Dutkiewicz, S.D., J.J. Morris, M.J. Follows, J. Scott, O. Levitan, S.T. Dyhrman, and I. Berman-Frank. 2015. Impact of ocean acidification on the structure of future phytoplankton communities. Nature Climate Change 5: 1002-1006.
  11. Morris, J.J. 2015. Black Queen evolution: the role of leakiness in structuring microbial communities. Trends In Genetics 31: 475-482.
  12. Mackey, K.R.M., J.J. Morris, F.M.M. Morel, and S.A. Kranz. 2015. Response of photosynthesis to ocean acidification. Oceanography 28(2):74–91
  13. Morris, J. J., S. E. Papoulis and R. E. Lenski (2014). Coexistence of evolving bacteria stabilized by a shared Black Queen function. Evolution 68(10): 2960-2971.
  14. Morris, J. J. and E. R. Zinser (2013). Continuous hydrogen peroxide production by organic buffers in phytoplankton culture media. J. Phycol. 49(6): 1223-1228.
  15. Morris, J. J., R. E. Lenski and E. R. Zinser (2012). The Black Queen Hypothesis: evolution of dependencies through adaptive gene loss. mBio 3(2): e00036-00012.
  16. Morris, J. J., Z. I. Johnson, M. J. Szul, M. Keller and E. R. Zinser (2011). Dependence of the cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus on hydrogen peroxide scavenging microbes for growth at the ocean’s surface. PLoS ONE 6(2): e16805.
  17. Morris, J. J., R. Kirkegaard, M. J. Szul, Z. I. Johnson and E. R. Zinser (2008). Facilitation of robust growth of Prochlorococcus colonies and dilute liquid cultures by “helper” heterotrophic bacteria. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 74(14): 4530-4534.

Book chapters

  1. Morris, J. J. and L. R. Hmelo (2014). Organizing principles for marine microbial consortia. Eco-DAS IX Symposium Proceedings. P. F. Kemp, ASLO: 1-15.
  2. Brum, J. R., J. J. Morris, M. Decima and M. R. Stukel (2014). Mortality in the oceans: Causes and consequences. Eco-DAS IX Symposium Proceedings. P. F. Kemp, ASLO: 16-48.


  1. Price, PB, JJ Morris, RC Bay, A Adhikari, SJ Giovannoni, and KL Vergin (2015). Molecular fossils from microorganisms preserved in glacial ice. bioRxiv. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/019240

Theses and dissertations

  1. Morris, J. J. (2011). The ‘helper’ phenotype: a symbiotic interaction between Prochlorococcus and hydrogen peroxide scavenging microorganisms. Ph.D., University of Tennessee.


  1. KEGGUR: a perl application for assembling “good-enough” databases that allow the analysis of specific functional genes within short-read metagenomic or metatransciptomic datasets. KEGGUR was developed specifically to feed functional gene data from the KEGG repository into MOTHUR.

Conference posters and presentations

  1. J.J. Morris, S. Dutkiewicz, S. Dyhrman, R.E. Lenski, and M.J. Follows. Meta-analysis of laboratory studies predicts large changes in phytoplankton communities in an acidifying ocean. 2014. Gordon Research Conference: Ocean Global Change Biology
  2. S.E. Papoulis, J.J. Morris, B. Kerr, L. Zaman, and R.E. Lenski. Black Queen gene loss in a structured environment. 2014. American Society for Microbiology General Meeting, Boston, MA.
  3. J.J. Morris, Z.I. Johnson, and E.R. Zinser. Diel regulation of hydrogen peroxide defenses in open ocean microbial communities. 2014. Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR.


  1. Predators, Parasites, and Piggyback Rides, 1 August 2016, Small Things Considered
  2. Sex and Evolution, Vibrio Style, 4 October 2015, Small Things Considered
  3. The Invisible Hand of Evolution, 28 July 2014, BEACON Center Blog
  4. The Evolution of Simplicity and the Black Queen Hypothesis, 21 May 2012, BEACON Center Blog
  5. A Black Queen in a Blue Ocean: How Microbes Evolve to Depend on Each Other, 2 May 2012, Huffington Post

Other publications

  1. Book review: A. K. Srivastava, A. N. Rai & B. A. Neilan [Eds.] 2013. Stress Biology of Cyanobacteria: Molecular Mechanisms to Cellular Responses. CRC Press. Journal of Phycology 50:750

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