Mary Ann Bruns
The Pennsylvania State University
Mary Ann Bruns is Professor of Soil Microbiology in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at The Pennsylvania State University. Bruns teaches and conducts research in environmental microbiology and is on the Executive Committee of Penn State’s Microbiome Center. She received a BA in Microbiology and MS in Food Science & Technology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and PhD in Crop and Soil Sciences from Michigan State University with graduate training in the Center for Microbial Ecology. Her research investigates how land use and management affect soil and root microbiomes and soil functionality for ecosystem service delivery. Bruns served twice as President of the Allegheny Branch of ASM. As an ASM International Fellow in 2009 she conducted a molecular microbiology teaching workshop at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria, and received an ASM Outstanding Service Award from the International Board. Bruns has interest in innovative microbiology training for undergraduates across disciplines to promote broader technical employment opportunities.