See a curated list of publications below. Search for Cavanaugh CM in PubMed for a comprehensive list.


Cavanaugh, C.M., S.L. Gardiner, M.L. Jones, H.W. Jannasch and J.B. Waterbury. 1981. Prokaryotic cells in the hydrothermal vent tube worm Riftia pachyptila Jones: possible chemoautotrophic symbionts. Science 213: 340-342.

Cavanaugh, C.M. 1983. Symbiotic chemoautotrophic bacteria in marine invertebrates from sulphide-rich habitats. Nature 302: 58-61.

Cavanaugh, C.M., P.R. Levering, J.S. Maki, R. Mitchell and M.E. Lidstrom. 1987. Symbiosis of methylotrophic bacteria and deep-sea mussels. Nature 325: 346-348.

Cavanaugh, C.M. 1994. Microbial symbiosis: patterns of diversity in the marine environment. American Zoologist 34: 79-89.

Distel, D.L., H.K. Lee and C.M. Cavanaugh. 1995. Intracellular coexistence of methano- and thioautotrophic bacteria in a hydrothermal vent mussel. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 92: 9598-9602.

Polz, M.F. and C.M. Cavanaugh. 1995. Dominance of one bacterial phylotype at a Mid-Atlantic ridge hydrothermal vent site. 1995. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 92: 7232-7236.

Robinson, J.J., J.L. Stein and C.M. Cavanaugh. 1998. Cloning and sequencing of a form II ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase from the bacterial symbiont of the hydrothermal vent tubeworm Riftia pachyptila. Journal of Bacteriology 180: 1596-1599.

McKiness, Z.P. and C.M. Cavanaugh. 2005. The ubiquitous mussel: Bathymodiolous aff. brevior symbiosis at the Central Indian Ridge hydrothermal vents. Marine Ecology Progress Series 295: 183-190.

Auchtung, T.A., C.D. Takacs-Vesbach and C.M. Cavanaugh. 2006. 16S rRNA phylogenetic investigation of the candidate division "Korarchaeota". Applied and Environmental Microbiology 72: 5077-5082.

Newton, I.L.G., T. Woyke, T.A. Auchtung, G.F. Dilly, R.J. Dutton, M.C. Fisher, K.M. Fontanez, E. Lau, F.J. Stewart, P.M. Richardson, K.W. Barry, E. Saunders, J.C. Detter, D. Wu, J. A. Eisen, C. M. Cavanaugh. 2007. The Calyptogena magnifica chemoautotrophic symbiont genome. Science 315: 998-1000.

Stewart, F.J. and C.M. Cavanaugh. 2007. Intragenomic variation and evolution of the rRNA operon in bacteria. Journal of Molecular Evolution 65: 44-67.

Harmer, T.L., R.D. Rotjan, A.D. Nussbaumer, M. Bright, A.W. Ng, E.G. DeChaine, and C.M. Cavanaugh. 2008. Free-living tube worm endosymbionts found at deep-sea vents. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 74:3895-3898.

Stewart, F.J., C.R. Young and C.M. Cavanaugh. 2008. Lateral symbiont acquisition in a maternally transmitted chemosynthetic clam endosymbiont. Molecular Biology and Evolution 25: 673-687.

Newton IL, Girguis PR, Cavanaugh CM. 2008. Comparative genomics of vesicomyid clam (Bivalvia: Mollusca) chemosynthetic symbionts. BMC Genomics 4;9:585.

Frank J. Stewart, Curtis R. Young, and Colleen M. Cavanaugh. 2009. Evidence for homologous recombination in intracellular chemosynthetic clam symbionts
Mol. Biol. Evol., Advance Access published on March 16, 2009; doi: doi:10.1093/molbev/msp049

Lachmayr KL, Kerkhof LJ, Dirienzo AG, Cavanaugh CM, Ford TE. 2009. Quantifying nonspecific TEM beta-lactamase (blaTEM) genes in a wastewater stream. Appl Environ Microbiol. 75(1):203-211






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