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Byron Adams


4127 LSB
Provo, UT 84602

Research Interests

Soil Ecosystem Responses to Climate-driven Environmental Changes; Evolutionary Ecology; Ecological Genomics, Soil Biodiversity, Microfauna


  • PhD, Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska, 1998

Honors & Awards

  • Brigham Young University : University Professor
  • Brigham Young University : Karl G. Maeser Excellence in Research and Creative Arts Award
  • Brigham Young University : Young Scholar Award
  • Raytheon Polar Services, National Science Foundation : Ice Marathon, McMurdo Station Antarctica, First Place (over 40 division)
  • College of Life Sciences, Brigham Young University : Outstanding Research Award
  • Utah Science Teachers Association : Recognition for Outstanding Service in Science Education
  • Petroleum Helicopters Inc.; McMurdo Station Helicopter Operations : Golden Beaker Award
  • United States Department of Defense : Antarctic Service Medal

Courses Taught

Winter 2019

  • BIO 494R: Mentored Research Section 001, 038
  • BIO 559R: Advanced Systematics Section 017, 010
  • BIO 799R: Dissertation Section 001

Fall 2018

  • BIO 130: Biology Section 006, 007, 008, 009, 012
  • BIO 250: Evolutionary Medicine Section 001
  • BIO 494R: Mentored Research Section 001
  • BIO 503: Research Orientation Section 001
  • BIO 799R: Dissertation Section 006

Summer 2018

  • BIO 799R: Dissertation Section 001

Spring 2018

  • BIO 420: Evolutionary Biology Section 001
  • BIO 421: Evolutionary Biology Lab Section 001
  • BIO 494R: Mentored Research Section 020
  • BIO 799R: Dissertation Section 007


Journal Articles

Ball BA, Adams BJ, Barrett JE, Wall DH, Virginia RA. 2018. Soil biological responses to C, N and P fertilization in a polar desert of Antarctica. 122:7-18.

Morffe J, García N, Breugelmans K, Adams BJ. 2018. Morphological examination and phylogenetic analysis clarify the taxonomic status of Cuban Longior Travassos & Kloss, 1958 (Nematoda: Thelastomatoidea: Hystrignathidae). 4399(4):521.

Shaw EA, Adams BJ, Barrett JE, Lyons WB, Virginia RA, Wall DH. 2018. Stable C and N isotope ratios reveal soil food web structure and identify the nematode Eudorylaimus antarcticus as an omnivore–predator in Taylor Valley, Antarctica. Polar Biology. 41(5):1013-1018.

Wlostowski AN, Gooseff MN, Adams BJ. 2018. Soil Moisture Controls the Thermal Habitat of Active Layer Soils in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. 123(1):46-59.

Andriuzzi WS, Adams BJ, Barrett JE, Virginia RA, Wall DH. 2018. Observed Trends in soil fauna in the Antarctic Dry Valley: early signs of shifts predicted under climate change. Ecology. 99(2):312-321.

Diaz MA, Adams BJ, Welch KA, Welch SA, Opiyo SO, Khan AL, McKnight DM, Cary SC, Lyons WB. 2018. Aeolian Material Transport and Its Role in Landscape Connectivity in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface. 72(3):281-15.

Morffe J, GarcÍa N, Breugelmans K, Adams BJ, Hasegawa K. 2018. Morphological and molecular characterization of Coynema poeyi (Coy, García & Álvarez, 1993) (Oxyuridomorpha: Hystrignathidae) from Antillanax pertyi (Kaup, 1869) (Coleoptera: Passalidae) from Cuba and new locality records for the species. Zootaxa. 4497(1):29-40.

Andriuzzi WS, Stanish LF, Simmons BL, Jaros C, Adams BJ, Wall DH, McKnight DM. 2018. Spatial and temporal patterns of microbial mats and associated invertebrates along an Antarctic stream. 41(10):1911-1921.

Aanderud ZT, Saurey S, Ball BA, Wall DH, Barrett JE, Muscarella ME, Griffin NA, Virginia RA, Adams BJ. 2018. Stoichiometric Shifts in Soil C:N:P Promote Bacterial Taxa Dominance, Maintain Biodiversity, and Deconstruct Community Assemblages. 9.

Knox MA, Andriuzzi WS, Buelow HN, Takacs-Vesbach C, Adams BJ, Wall DH. 2017. Decoupled responses of soil bacteria and their invertebrate consumer to warming, but not freeze–thaw cycles, in the Antarctic Dry Valleys. Ecology Letters.

Gooseff MN, Barrett JE, Adams BJ, Doran PT, Fountain AG, Berry Lyons W, McKnight DM, Priscu JC, Sokol ER, Takacs-Vesbach C, et al. 2017. Decadal ecosystem response to an anomalous melt season in a polar desert in Antarctica. Nature Ecology & Evolution.

Bradshaw W, Nelson J, Adams BJ, Bell JD. 2017. Promoting the Multidimensional Character of Scientific Reasoning. Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education. 18(1):13.

Blackburn D, Shapiro-Ilan DI, Adams BJ. 2016. Biological control and nutrition: Food for thought. Biological Control. 97:131-138.

Blackburn D, Wood Jr. PL, Burk TJ, Crawford B, Wright SM, Adams BJ. 2016. Evolution of virulence in Photorhabdus spp., entomopathogenic nematode symbionts. Systematic and Applied Microbiology. 39(3):173-179.

Gunnell MK, Robison RA, Adams BJ. 2016. Natural Selection in Virulence Genes of Francisella tularensis. 82(6):264-278.

Lyons WB, Deuerling K, Welch KA, Welch SA, Michalski G, Walters WW, Nielsen U, Wall DH, Hogg I, Adams BJ. 2016. The Soil Geochemistry in the Beardmore Glacier Region, Antarctica:Implications for Terrestrial Ecosystem History. Scientific Reports. 6.

Knox MA, Wall DH, Virginia RA, Vandegehuchte ML, Gil IS, Adams BJ. 2016. Impact of diurnal freeze-thaw cycles on the soil nematode Scottnema lindsayae in Taylor Valley, Antarctica. Polar Biology. 39(4):583-592.

Pearce DA, Alekhina IA, Terauds A, Wilmotte A, Quesada A, Edwards A, Dommergue A, Sattler B, Adams BJ, Magalhães C, et al. 2016. Aerobiology Over Antarctica – A New Initiative for Atmospheric Ecology. Frontiers in Microbiology 7:4159–7. 7(4159-4167).

Blackburn D, Crawford B, Shapiro-Ilan DI, Adams BJ. 2016. Environmental drivers of trait changes in Photorhabdus luminescens. Biological Control. 92:145-152.

Morffe J, García N, Adams BJ, Hasegawa K. 2016. First record of the land planarian Bipalium kewense Moseley, 1878 (Tricladida: Geoplanidae: Bipaliinae) from Cuba. BioInvasions Records. 5(3):127–132.

Beet CR, Hogg ID, Collins GE, Cowan DA, Wall DH, Adams BJ. 2016. Genetic diversity among populations of Antarctic springtails (Collembola) within the Mackay Glacier ecotone. 59(9):762-770.

Bennett KR, Hogg ID, Adams BJ, Hebert PD. 2016. High levels of intraspecific genetic divergences revealed for Antarctic springtails: evidence for small-scale isolation during Pleistocene glaciation. 119(1):166–178.

Fountain AG, Saba G, Adams BJ, Doran P, Fraser W, Gooseff M, Obryk M, Priscu JC, Stammerjohn S, Virginia RA. 2016. The Impact of a Large-Scale Climate Event on Antarctic Ecosystem Processes. 66(10):848-863.

Gunnell MK, Adams BJ, Robison RA. 2016. The Genetic Diversity and Evolution of Francisella tularensis with Comments on Detection by PCR. Current Issues in Molecular Biology. 18:79-91.

Dillman A, Macchietto M, Porter CL, Rogers A, Williams B, Antoshechkin I, Lee MM, Goodwin Z, Lu XJ, Lewis EE, et al. 2015. Comparative genomics of Steinernema reveals deeply conserved gene regulatory networks. 16:21.

Velasco-Castrillon A, McInnes SJ, Schultz MB, Arroniz-Crespo M, D’Haese CA, Gibson JA, Adams BJ, Page TJ, Austin AD, Cooper SJ, et al. 2015. Mitochondrial DNA analyses reveal widespread tardigrade diversity in Antarctica. 29(6):578-590.

Shapiro-Ilan DI, Blackburn D, Duncan L, El-Borai FE, Koppenhöfer H, Tailliez P, Adams BJ. 2014. Characterization of biocontrol traits in Heterorhabditis floridensis: A species with broad temperature tolerance. Journal of Nematology. 46(4):336-345.

Miller WR, Johansson C, Adams BJ. 2014. Tardigrades of North America: Records for Five Marine Species from the Pacific Coast. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science. 117(3 & 4):281–286.

Adams BJ, Wall DH, Virginia RA, Broos E, Knox MA. 2014. Ecological Biogeography of the Terrestrial Nematodes of Victoria Land, Antarctica. ZooKeys. 419(419):29–71.

Gutt J, Adams BJ, Bracegirdle T, Cowan D, Cummings V, di Prisco G, Gradinger R, Isla E, McIntyre T, Murphy E, et al. 2013. Antarctic Thresholds - Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation: a new SCAR-Biology Programme. Polarforschung. 82(2).

Bai X, Adams BJ, Ciche TA, Clifton S, Gaugler R, -s. Kim K, Spieth J, Sternberg PW, Wilson RK, Grewal PS. 2013. A Lover and a Fighter: The Genome Sequence of an Entomopathogenic Nematode Heterorhabditis bacteriophora. PLoS ONE. 8(7):e69618 (13 pages).

Johansson C, Miller WR, Linder ET, Adams BJ, Boreliz-Alvarado E. 2013. Tardigrades of Alaska: distribution patterns, diversity and species richness. Polar Research. 32(0):11 pages.

Milano de Tomasel C, Adams BJ, Tomasel FG, Wall DH. 2013. The life cycle of the antarctic nematode Plectus murrayi under laboratory conditions. Journal of Nematology. 45(1):39-42.

Fierer N, Leff JW, Adams BJ, Adams BJ, Nielsen UN, Bates ST, Lauber CL, Owens S, Gilbert JA, Wall DH, et al. 2012. Cross-biome metagenomic analyses of soil microbial communities and their functional attributes. PNAS. 109(52):21390-21395.

Dillman A, Chaston JM, Adams BJ, Ciche TA, Goodrich-Blair H, Stock SP, Sternberg PW. 2012. An entomopathogenic nematode by any other name. PLoS Pathogens. 8(3):1-4.

Smith TE, Wall DH, Hogg ID, Adams BJ, Nielsen UN, Virginia RA. 2012. Thawing permafrost alters nematode populations and soil habitat characteristics in an Antarctic polar desert ecosystem. Pedobiologia. 55(2):75-81.

Nielsen UN, Wall DH, Adams BJ, Virginia RA, Ball BA, Gooseff MN, McKnight DM. 2012. The ecology of pulse events: insights from an extreme climatic event in a polar desert ecosystem. Ecosphere. 3(2):17.

Chaston JM, Dillman AR, Shapiro-Ilan AL, Bilgrami AL, Gaugler R, Hopper KR, Adams BJ. 2011. Recovery of deteriorated traits in entomopathogenic nematodes by outcrossing. International Journal for Parasitology. 34:1701-1711.

Nielsen UN, Wall DH, Adams BJ, Virginia RA. 2011. Antarctic nematode communities: observed and predicted responses to climate change. Polar Biology. 34:1701-1711.

Nielsen UN, Wall DH, Li G, Toro M, Adams BJ, Virginia RA. 2011. Nematode communities of Byers Peninsula, Livingston Island, maritime Antarctica. Antarctic Science.

Maneesakorn P, An RS, Daneshvar H, Taylor K, Bai XD, Adams BJ, Grewal PS, Chandrapatya A. 2011. Phylogenetic and cophylogenetic relationships of entomopathogenic nematodes (Heterorhabditis: Rhabditida) and their symbiotic bacteria (Photorhabdus: Enterobacteriaceae). Molecular Phylogenetics And Evolution.

Demetras NJ, Hogg ID, Banks JC, Adams BJ. 2010. Latitudinal distribution and mitochondrial DNA (COI) variability of Stereotydeus spp. (Acari: Prostigmata) in Victoria Land and the central Transantarctic Mountains. Antarctic Science. 22(6):749-756.

Adhikari BN, Tomacel CM, Li G, Wall DH, Adams BJ. 2010. The Antarctic Nematode Plectus murrayi: An Emerging Model to Study Multiple Stress Survival. Cold Spring Harbor Protocols (Emerging Model Organism Series). pdb.emo142(doi:10.1101/pdb.emo142).

Adhikari BN, Adams BJ. 2010. Culturing the Antarctic Nematode Plectus murrayi. Cold Spring Harbor Protocols.

Peat SM, ffrench-Constant RR, Waterfield N, Marokhazi J, Fodor A, Adams BJ. 2010. A robust phylogenetic framework for the bacterial genus Photorhabdus and its use in studying the evolution and maintenance of bioluminescence: A case for 16S, gyrB, and glnA. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 57(2010):728-740.

Adhikari BN, Wall DH, Adams BJ. 2010. Effect of slow desiccation and freezing on gene transcription and stress survival of an Antarctic nematode. Journal of Experimental Biology. 213:1803-1812.

Ayres E, Nkem JN, Wall DH, Adams BJ, Simmons BL, Virginia RA, Fountain AG, Barrett JE. 2010. Experimentally increased snow accumulation alters soil moisture and animal community structure in a polar desert. Polar Biology. 33:897-907.

Johnson JB, Peat S, Adams BJ. 2009. Where's the ecology in molecular ecology?. Oikos. 118:1601-1609.

Simmons BL, Wall DH, Adams BJ, Ayres E, Barrett JE, Virginia RA. 2009. Long-term experimental warming reduces soil nematode populations in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antartica. Soil Biology & Biochemistry. 41:2052-2060.

Shapiro-Ilan DI, Mbata GN, Nguyen KB, Peat SM, Blackburn D, Adams BJ. 2009. Characterization of biocontrol traits in the entomopathogenic nematode Heterorhabditis georgiana (Kesha strain), and phylogenetic analysis of the nematode's symbiotic bacteria. Biological Control. 51:377-387.

Johnson JB, Adair MJ, Adams BJ, Fairbanks D, Itamura V, Jeffery DE, Merrell DB, Ritter SM, Tolman RR. 2009. Evolution education in Utah: a state office of education-university partnership focuses on why evolution matters. Evolution: Education & Outreach. 2:349-358.

Simmons BL, Wall DH, Adams BJ, Barrett JE, Virginia RA. 2009. Terrestrial mesofauna in above- and below-ground habitats: Taylor Valley, Antarctica. Polar Biology. 32:1549-1558.

Bai X, Adams BJ, Ciche TA, Clifton S, Gaugler R, Hoenhout SA, Spieth J, Sternberg PW, Grewal PS, Wilson RK. 2009. Transcriptomic analysis of the entomopathogenic nematode Heterorhabditis bacteriophora TT01. BMC Genomics. 10.

Adhikari BN, Wall DH, Adams BJ. 2009. Desiccation survival in an Antarctic nematode: Molecular analysis using expressed sequenced tags. BMC Genomics. 10.

Victoriano PF, Ortiz JC, Benavides E, Adams BJ, Sites JW. 2008. Comparative phylogeography of co-distributed species of Chilean Liolaemus (Squamata: Tropiduridae) from the central-southern Andean range. Molecular Ecology. 17:2397-2416.

Barrett JE, Virginia RA, Wall DH, Adams BJ. 2008. Decline of a dominant invertebrate species contributes to altered carbon cycling in low diversity soil ecosystem. Global Change Biology. 14:1-11.

Ayres E, Nkem JN, Wall DH, Adams BJ, Barrett JE, Broos EJ, Parsons AN, Powers LE, Simmons BL, Virginia RA. 2008. Human trampling reduces soil faunal populations in a polar desert, McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. Conservation Biology. 22:1544-1551.

Peat S, Adams BJ. 2008. Natural selection on the luxA gene of bioluminescent bacteria. Symbiosis. 46:101-108.

Bai X, Grewal PS, Hogenhout SA, Adams BJ, Ciche TA, Gaugler R, Sternberg PW. 2007. Comparative analysis of Heterorhabditis bacteriophora expressed sequence tags (ESTs). Journal of Parasitology. 93:1343-1349.

Bliss T, Dillman A, Russell R, Anderson M, Jett M, Yourick D, Adams BJ. 2007. The exterminators: An inquiry-based experimental module using insect parasitic nematodes. The Science Teacher. 74:34-40.

Carrasco-Ballesteros S, Castillo P, Adams BJ, Perez-Artes E. 2007. Identification of Pratylenchus thornei, the cereal and legume root-lesion nematode, based on SCAR-PCR and satellite DNA. European Journal of Plant Pathology. 118:115-125.

Ayres A, Wall DH, Adams BJ, Barrett JE, Virginia RA. 2007. Unique similarity of faunal communities across aquatic-terrestrial interfaces in a polar desert ecosystem. Ecosystems. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-007-9035-x.

Adams BJ, Wall DH, Gozel U, Dillman A, Chaston JM, Hogg ID. 2007. The southernmost worm, Scottnema lindsayae (Nematoda): diversity, dispersal and ecological stability. Polar Biology. 30:809-815.

Adams BJ, Wall DH, Gozel U, Dillman A, Chaston JM, Hogg ID. 2007. The southernmost worm, Scottnema lindsayae (Nematoda): diversity, dispersal and ecological stability. Polar Biology. 30:809-815.


Adams BJ, Crawley J. 2017. Enhancement Exercises for Biology. 344 p.

Adams BJ, Crowley J. 2013. Biology Textbook: Van de Graaff's photographic atlas for the biology laboratory. 7th ed. Englewood, CO: Morton Publishing Company. 310 p.

Adams BJ, Crawley J. 2013. Zoology Textbook: Van de Graaff's photographic atlas for the zoology laboratory. 7th ed. Englewood, CO: Morton Publishing Company. 244 p.

Book Chapter

Inserra RN, Hafez SL, Vovlas N, Adams BJ, Nischwitz C. 2018. Plant Parasitic Nematodes and Their Economic Relevance in Utah and Nevada. , editor. Plant Parasitic Nematodes in Sustainable Agriculture of North America. 2nd ed. vol. 15 p. 87-112

Adhikari BN, Adams BJ. 2011. Molecular analyses of desiccation survival an Antarctic nematode. Roland Perry and David Wharton, editors. Molecular analyses of desiccation survival in Antarctic nematodes. Wallingford, Oxfordshire: CABI Publishing. p. 205-232

Adams BJ, Dillman AR, Finlinson C. 2009. Molecular taxonomy and phylogeny. Perry, R. N., Moens, M., Starr, J., editors. Root-knot Nematodes. Wallingford, Oxfordshire: CABI Publishing. p. 480

Adams BJ, Arthern A, Atkinson A, Barbante C, Bargagli R, Bergstrom D, Bertler N, Bindschadler R, Bockheim J, Boutron C, et al. 2009. The Instrumental Period. J. Turner, R. Bindshadler, P. Convey, G. di Prisco, E. Fahrbach, J. Gutt, D. Hodgson, P. Mayewski, C, editors. Antarctic Climate Change And The Environment. Cambridge, UK: Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. p. 526

Peat SM, Hyman BC, Adams BJ. 2009. Phylogenetics and population genetics of entomopathogenic and insect-parasitic nematodes. P.S. Stock, Boemare N., I. Glazer and J. Vandenberg, editors. Molecular approaches and techniques for the study of insect pathogens. Wallingford, Oxfordshire: CABI Publishing. p. 432

Adams BJ, Peat S, Dillman A. 2007. Phylogeny and evolution. K. Nguyen and D. J. Hunt, editors. Entomopathogenic Nematodes: Systematics, Phylogeny and Bacterial Symbionts. vol. 5 p. 816

Conference Proceedings

Levy J, Lyons WB, Adams BJ. 2013. Understanding terrestrial ecosystem response to Antarctic climate change. 3rd ed.


Prathapan KD, Pethiyagoda R, Bawa KS, Raven PH, Rajan PD, Adams BJ. 2018. When the cure kills—CBD limits biodiversity research. 6396th ed.

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