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Jim Fredrickson

Biological Sciences Division
Laboratory Fellow
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: J4-16
Richland, WA 99352


Dr. Fredrickson specializes in Microbial Ecology and Environmental Microbiology. Since joining Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in 1985, he has focused his research efforts in subsurface microbiology and biogeochemistry. He has been responsible for laboratory and field research programs investigating the microbial ecology and biogeochemistry of geologically diverse subsurface environments and is recognized nationally and internationally for these efforts. He is currently a Laboratory Fellow in the Biological Sciences Division at PNNL.

Dr. Fredrickson has also served as Subprogram Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Energy's Subsurface Science Program from 1991 to the present. In this role, he coordinated the technical aspects of DOE's Deep Subsurface Microbiology Subprogram at the national level and assists DOE's Program Manager in setting programmatic research directions. In 2005 Dr. Fredrickson was appointed Chief Scientist for the Genomics: GTL program. In this capacity, Dr. Fredrickson served as a spokesperson for the GTL program to the science community.

Research Interests

  • Microbial ecology
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Subsurface microbiology and biogeochemistry

Education and Credentials

  • B.S. Soil Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 1978
  • M.S. Soil Sciences, Washington State University, 1982
  • Ph.D. Soil Microbiology,Washington State University, 1984

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Editor-in-Chief of Microbial Ecology (1995-2005)
  • Editorial Board Member Environmental Microbiology
  • Past Editorial Board Member of Applied and Environmental Microbiology
  • Served as Chairman of Division N (Microbial Ecology), American Society for Microbiology (1995-1997)
  • Divisional Group III Representative for the American Society for Microbiology (1998-2000)
  • Ad hoc reviewer for Science, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Geomicrobiology Journal, Journal of Bacteriology, Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Environmental Science and Technology, Canadian Journal of Microbiology, Chemical Geology and Molecular Ecology;
  • 1998 ASM Foundation Lecturer
  • Member of the American Society for Microbiology
  • Member of the Organizing Committee for the 1993 International Conference on Subsurface Microbiology, Bath, England and the 1996 International Symposium on Subsurface Microbiology, Davos, Switzerland
  • 1996 DOE-Environmental Management Science Program, Bioremediation Section Peer-review panel

Awards and Recognitions

  • 1985 Emil Truog Award, Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis in the Field of Soil Science; Soil Science Society of America
  • 1985 Washington State University Outstanding Thesis Award
  • Adjunct Graduate Faculty Appointment, Washington State University - served on five graduate committees to date
  • 1991 U.S. DOE Certificate of Appreciation for "Outstanding Research in Microbiology and for Program Planning that Contributed to the Development of a Fundamental Research Program in Biodegradation and Microbial Physiology"
  • Adjunct Faculty Appointment, University of Idaho
  • American Society for Microbiology Foundation Lecturer, 1998-2000
  • Member, American Academy of Microbiology, 1999
  • Advisory Committee Member, UCLA-DOE Institute for Genomics and Proteomics
  • Co-chaired a colloquium sponsored by the American Academy of Microbiology, 2004. Systems Microbiology: Beyond Microbial Genomics (report published by the American Academy of Microbiology)
  • Member of the Committee on the Astrobiology Strategy for the Exploration of Mars (2006-2007)
  • Selection Committee 2006 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award in Environmental Science & Technology
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

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