C. Ryan Penton

C. Ryan Penton

Faculty Associate, Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics
Assistant Professor, Science and Mathematics, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Honor's Faculty, Barrett, The Honors College

Bio

Dr. C. Ryan Penton received his B.S. in Microbiology and M.S. in Biogeochemistry from the University of Florida, received his Ph.D. in Microbial Ecology and completed post-doctoral training in the Center for Microbial Ecology at Michigan State University. Dr. Penton is an Assistant Professor in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at the ASU Polytechnic campus, an affiliated Senior Sustainability Scientist with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and affiliated Honors Faculty with Barrett, The Honors College. Dr. Penton’s studies focus on the relationship between microbial community composition and function and ecosystem level processes in relation to global climate change and other environmental disturbances in soil, aquifer and permafrost systems. He also focuses on the natural suppression of various crop diseases by soil fungal and bacterial communities and the impact of agricultural management practices on soil microbial-mediated nutrient cycling and crop production. To implement these studies, Dr. Penton utilizes next-generation sequencing and quantitative platforms coupled with biogeochemistry to analyze microbial responses not only at the compositional and functional scale, but through random-matrix theory based analytics. This allows for novel insights into the sensitivity and resilience of microbial communities to external stressors and predictions into ecosystem stability.