Kyungjin Min

Dissertation Defense 29 March, 2017
Primary office:
Higuchi Hall


Advisor: Sharon Billings
Research Interests: Biogeochemistry, soil, carbon
Hometown: Seoul, Korea


Education:

  • Current doctoral candidate in ecology and evolutionary biology
  • M.C.P. Environmental Studies from Seoul National University, 2010
  • B.S. Life Science from POSTECH, 2007


Publications:

  • Lehmeier, C.A., Ballantyne IV, F., Min, K., Billings, S.A. 2016. Temperature-mediated changes in microbial carbon use efficiency and 13C discrimination. Biogeosciences13, 3319-3329
  • Min, K., Freeman, C., Kang, H., Choi, S. 2015. The regulation by phenolic compounds of soil organic matter dynamics under a changing environment. BioMed Research International, Article ID 825098, doi:10.1155/2015/825098
  • Billings, S.A., Tiemann, L.K., Ballantyne IV, F., Lehmeier, C.A., Min, K. 2015. Investigating microbial transformations of soil organic matter: synthesizing knowledge from disparate fields to guide new experimentation. SOIL 1, 313-330
  • Min, K., Lehmeier, C.A., Tatarko, A., Ballantyne IV, F., Billings, S.A. 2014. Differential effects of pH on temperature sensitivity of organic carbon and nitrogen decay. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 76, 193-200
  • Lehmeier, C.A., Min, K., Niehues, N.D., Ballantyne IV, F., Billings, S.A. 2013. Temperature-mediated changes of exoenzyme-substrate reaction rates and their consequences for the carbon to nitrogen flow ratio of liberated resources. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 57, 374-382
  • Min, K., Kang, H., Lee, D. 2011. Effects of ammonium and nitrate additions on mineralization of organic carbon in wetland soils. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 43, 2461-2469


Presentations:

  • Lehmeier, C.A., Min, K., Good, H., Heroneme, C., Billings, S.A. 2015. How temperature affects microbial transformations of organic matter – comparing stories told by purified enzyme assays, chemostats, and soil incubations. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USALehmeier, C.A., Min, K., Billings, S.A. 2015. Is δ13C of soil CO2 dependent on microbial growth rate? Exploring carbon isotope discrimination in soil microbes. Summer Science Meeting, Calhoun Experimental Forests, Union Co., SC, USA
  • Min, K., Flournoy, R., Lehmeier, C.A., deB Richter, D., Heine, P., Billings, S.A. 2015. How deep and persistent are the influences of aboveground disturbance on soil microbial activities at the Calhoun CZO? Summer Science Meeting, Calhoun Experimental Forests, Union Co., SC, USA
  • Min, K., Buckeridge, K.M., Edwards, K., Ziegler, S.E., Billings, S.A. 2015. Microorganisms may enhance human-cuased warming. KU Graduate Student Research Competition, Lawrence, KS, USA
  • Buckeridge, K.M., Edwards, K.A., Min, K., Ziegler, S.E., Billings, S.A. 2014. Boreal forest soil nitrous oxide production more than consumption responds positively to temperature and a warmer climate. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Billings, S.A., Ballantyne IV, F., Lehmeier, C.A., Min, K. 2014. Guiding empirical and theoretical explorations of organic matter decay by synthesizing temperature responses of enzyme kinetics, microbes, and isotope fluxes. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA (oral)
  • Billings, S.A., Lehmeier, C.A., Min, K. Ballantyne IV, F. 2014. Temperature and substrate C:N drive microbial carbon use efficiency and 13C discrimination. Soil Sicence Society of America Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA, USA
  • Billings, S.A., Min, K., Lehmeier, C.A., Ballantyne IV, F. 2014. Microbial carbon use efficiency and 13C discrimination with varying temperature and substrate C:N. The Sixth International Workshop on Soil and Sedimentary Organic Matter Stabilization and Destabilization (SOM6), Kiawah Island, SC, USA
  • Min, K., Lehmeier, C.A., Chen, Y., Sellers, M., Ballantyne IV, F., Billings, S.A. 2014. Microbial carbon transformations and isotopic fluxes are modified by temperature and substrate stoichiometry. Goldschmidt 2014, Sacramento, CA, USA
  • Ballantyne IV, F., Billings, S.A., Lehmeier, C.A., Min, K. 2014. Using C stable isotopes to infer shifting metabolism in response to variable environmental conditions. EGU General Assembly 2014, Vienne, Austria
  • Billings, S.A., Ballantyne IV, F., Min, K., Lehmeier, C.A., Ziegler, S.E. 2014. Disentangling the drivers of soil organic matter decay as temperature changes by integrating reductionist systems with soil data. EGU General Assembly 2014, Vienne, Austria
  • Kohl, L., Lehmeier, C.A., Laganière, J., Edwards, K., Min, K., Ballantyne IV, F., Billings, S.A., van Biesen G., Morrill, P.L., Ziegler, S.E. 2014. Do variations in the d13C of soil phospholipid fatty acids (PLFA) indicate changes in substrate use with climate warming? EGU General Assembly 2014, Vienne, Austria
  • Min, K., Lehmeier, C.A., Chen, Y., Sellers, M., Ballantyne IV, F, Billings, S.A. 2013. Effects of temperature and substrate stoichiometry on microbial specific respiration rate, carbon use efficiency, and 13C fractionation. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Billings, S.A., Min, K., Chen, Y., Sellers, M., Ballantyne IV, F, Lehmeier, C.A. 2013. Interactive effects of temperature and exo-enzyme age on substrate decay vary between C- and N-acquring enzymes. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Min, K., Lehmeier, C.A., Tatarko, A., Ballantyne IV, F., Billings, S.A. 2012. Temperature sensitivity of organic substrate decay varies with pH. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Lehmeier, C.A., Min, K., Felton, R., Song, C., Shinogle, H., Ballantyne IV, F., Billings, S.A. 2012. Temperature effects on microbial carbon use efficiency and d13C of respired CO2-Assessment with continuous culture and CO2-exchange techniques. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Min, K., Lehmeier, C.A., Ballantyne IV, F., Billings, S.A. 2012. C and N flow from soil organic substates varies with temperature and pH. Graduate Student Organization Anuual Retreat , Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA
  • Kwon, M., Seo, J., Min, K., Park, S., Jang, I., Kang, H. 2010. Greenhouse gas (CO2, CH4, and N2O) fluxes from tidal marsh along with water level gradient. Spring Academic Conference of Korean Society of Environmental Engineers, Jeju, Korea
  • Seo, J., Kwon, M., Min, K., Park, S., Jang, I., Kang, H. 2010. Microbial enzyme activity trends in the Han river estuary. Spring Academic Conference of Korean Society of Environmental Engineers, Jeju, Korea

 

Awards:

  • May 2016 Summer Fellowship Award, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Kansas Biological Survey, University of Kansas, $3,500
  • Aug. 2015 Best Graduate Student Mentor Award for REU program, University of Kansas,  $100
  • May 2015 KU Field Station Small Grants, KU Field Station, $500
  • Apr. 2015 Summer Research Fellowship, University of Kansas, $5,000
  • Apr. 2015 Summer Fellowship Award, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Kansas Biological Survey, University of Kansas, $3,000
  • Mar. 2015 Doctoral Student Research Fund, University of Kansas, $2,000
  • Jan. 2015 Inaugural Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Summer School for Soil Science (at the University of Western Australia), Full Scholarship
  • July 2014 EEB Travel Awards, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, $250
  • May 2014 Graduate Summer Research Fund, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Kansas Biological Survey, University of Kansas, $2,000
  • Apr. 2014 AWG Osage Graduate Research Scholarship, AWG, $1,000
  • Oct. 2013 Graduate Scholarly Presentation Travel Award, University of Kansas, $500
  • Oct. 2012 EEB Travel Awards, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, $300
  • May 2012 Ida H. Hyde Scholarship, University of Kansas, $1,500
  • May 2012 Graduate Research Assistant Fellowship, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, $2,000
  • Apr. 2012 Summer Soil Institute Fellowship (at Colorado State University), MoBio Inc., $1,000
  • Sep. 2009 - Aug. 2010 Korea Student Aid Foundation (KOSAF) Scholarship, KOSAF
  • Aug. 2009 Alumni Association Scholarship, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Seoul National University
  • Sep. 2008 - Feb. 2009 Teaching Assistance Fellowship, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Seoul National University
  • Sep. 2006 Hyogok Scholarship, POSTECH
  • Mar. 2006 - Feb. 2007 Regular Scholarship (tuition), POSTECH
  • May 2005 Study Abroad Scholarship (at UC San Diego), POSTECH
  • Mar. 2003 - Feb. 2006 POSCO Scholarship, POSCO

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