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Dr. David Treves

Associate Professor of Biology

Indiana University Southeast

Office: LF310, Lab: LF307

Phone: (812) 941-2129  

Email: dtreves@ius.edu


PhD, 1998, University of Michigan

MS, 1992, University of Michigan

BS, 1988, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Research interests (microbial ecology):

Moderate halophiles; bacterial diversity of sulfur-rich, low salinity springs

Antibiotic resistance in the environment

Fungal diversity and fungal phytopathogens (Microbotryum violaceum)


Recent publications:

Willis, M.G. & Treves, D.S. In press - Jan. 2015. Isolation and Characterization of Halotolerant 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic Acid Degrading Bacteria From Sulfidic, Low Salinity Salt Springs. Fine Focus. PDF

Treves, D.S. 2014. Psychrobacter: Key features of a psychrotolerant bacterium from a Kentucky salt spring. Visual Media Brief, Microbe Library. Published Online July 1, 2014.

Treves, D. S. 2012. Helping Students Understand Gene Regulation with Online Tools: A Review of MEME and Melina II, Motif Discovery Tools for Active Learning in Biology. JMBE Vol. 13, #2, 194-195.

Treves, D.S. & C.M. Martens. 2011. Penicillium and Aspergillus dominate a collection of culturable molds from a tannery in Indiana. Proceedings Indiana Academy of Science. 119(2):170-173.

Treves, D.S. 2010. Review of three DNA analysis applications for use in the microbiology or genetics classroom. JMBE Vol. 11, #2, 186-187.



M310/M315 Microbiology lecture and laboratory (fall and spring)

J200/J201 Microbiology lecture and laboratory (spring)

M420 Microbial Ecology (summer I)



Recent projects:

Moser Leather Tannery and Loop Island Wetlands Project

In collaboration with Al Goodman, president of A.W. Goodman & Associates, we've been conducting a microbiological survey of the Moser Leather Tannery and the adjacent 47 acre Loop Island Wetlands located in New Albany, IN. See below for an abstract that describes some of our work and a few pictures from the study. 


Influence of >100 years of tannery activity on a wetland community: A service-learning project for undergraduate microbiologists


Presented at the 2004 ASMCUE meeting in New Orleans, LA

In this project a student-community partnership was established to conduct a hands-on microbiological investigation of the effects of >100 years of tannery activity on a wetland community. The study site includes a 47-acre wetland in close proximity to a tannery that was operational from the late 1800s to early 2002. Students enrolled in Microbial Ecology, an upper level course for undergraduates, examined a variety of unique environments including tanyard pools within the tannery complex, soils potentially contaminated by tannery waste, and water and sediment from two outdoor waste lagoons. Throughout the study, standard culture-dependent methods were compared to molecular-based culture-independent techniques such as ARDRA and PCR-DGGE. Student activities included, i) interfacing with the landowner to construct a hypothesis-driven research plan to investigate the wetland site, ii) completion of a suite of microbiological tests designed to address the proposed hypotheses, iii) composition of a final report that was presented to the landowner. Additionally students participated in a wetland cleanup and visited an elementary school science club to foster interest in microbiology.

IUS Microbiology class on a field trip to the Moser Leather Tannery (Fall 2004).

Fluorescence microscopy of bacteria in spent tanning fluid.




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