July 2018. R. Vandegrift, S.L. Ishaq, J. Kline, A. Fahimipour, J. Stenson, R. Crowley, H. Wilson, D. Northcutt, E. Hartmann, D. Johnson-Shelton, G.Z. Brown, J. Green, K. Van Den Wymelenberg. “Shut the front door: seasonal patterns in window operation drive fungal and bacterial community dissimilarity between indoor and outdoor air.” 11th International Mycological Congress. San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Contributed poster.

July 2018. Vandegrift, R., S.L. Ishaq, J. Kline, A. Fahimipour, J. Stenson, R. Crowley, H. Wilson, D. Northcutt, E. Hartmann, D. Johnson-Shelton, G.Z. Brown, J. Green, K. Van Den Wymelenberg.  “Shut the front door: seasonal patterns in window operation drive fungal and bacterial community dissimilarity between indoor and outdoor air.” 15th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ). Philadelphia, PA. Contributed talk.

July 2018. Ishaq, S.L., R. Vandegrift, J. Kline, A. Fahimipour, J. Stenson, R. Crowley, H. Wilson, D. Northcutt, E. Hartmann, D. Johnson-Shelton, G.Z. Brown, J. Green, K. Van Den Wymelenberg. “Microscopic roommates: The biological sources of indoor air bacteria of single-family homes in Portland, Oregon.”  15th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ). Philadelphia, PA. Contributed talk.

August 2018.  Ishaq, S.L., Vandegrift, R, Kline, J., Fahimipour, A., Stenson, J., Cil, G., Crowley, R., Wilson, H., Northcutt, D., Hartmann, E., Johnson-Shelton, D., Brown, G.Z., Green, J., Van Den Wymelenberg, K.  “The microbial ecotone of the built environment and the interplay of microbial sources of indoor air bacteria in single-family homes in Oregon.” 17th meeting of the International Society for Microbial Ecology. Leipzig, Germany. Contributed poster.


November 2017. Van Den Wymelenberg, K. “Panel: Will LED Lighting Systems Change Daylighting Design for Energy Efficient Buildings?” 2017 US Department of Energy (DOE) Solid-State Lighting (SSL) R&D Workshop. Portland, OR.

November 2017. Van Den Wymelenberg, K. “The Biology of the Built Environment, Designing Healthier Buildings and Spaces.” OSU Environmental Health Sciences Center (EHSC) Relaunch. Oregon State University. Portland, OR.

October 2017. Green, J.L. “Designing healthier spaces and buildings.” MoBE 2017 (Microbiology of the Built Environment) Research and Applications Symposium. in Washington, D.C.

September 2017. Van Den Wymelenberg, K. “BioBE and the microbiome of the built environment.” General Services Administration (GSA) Healthy Buildings Workshop.

August 2017. Fahimipour, A.K. “The dynamics of ecological network assembly: structure, stability, and indirect effects.” Ecological Society of America (ESA) Meeting. Portland, OR.

August 2017. Bateman, A., R. Hickey, A. K. Fahimipour, R. Vandegrift*, B. J. M. Bohannan, J. L. Green. “Moving Microbes: the dynamics of the skin microbiome in response to environmental exposures.” Ecological Society of America (ESA) Meeting. Portland, OR. *presenter

August 2017. Hartmann, E., R. Hickey, T. Hsu, J. Chen, C. M. Betancourt Román, A. J. Glawe, J. Kline, K. Van Den Wymelenberg, G. Z. Brown, R. U. Halden, C. Huttenhower, J. L. Green. “Antibiotic resistance and antimicrobial chemicals in the built environment.” Ecological Society of America (ESA) Meeting. Portland, OR.

August 2017. Mhuireach, G., C. Betancourt, J. L. Green, B. R. Johnson. “Fine-scale urban vegetation patterns shape airborne microbial community composition.” Poster. Ecological Society of America (ESA) Meeting. Portland, OR.

August 2017. Van Den Wymelenberg, K., Stenson, J., Manzo, A., Nezamdoost, A. “Introduction to ESBL & BioBE Research.” Illuminating Engineering Society Annual Conference– Emerging Leaders Forum. Portland, OR.

July 2017. Vandegrift, R., A. Fahimipour, J. Kline, A. Manzo, D. Northcutt, J. Stenson, H.E. Wilson, R. Crowley, E. Hartmann, D. Johnson-Shelton, G.Z. Brown, J. Green, K.G. Van Den Wymelenberg. “Impacts of Weatherization on Indoor Fungal Communities.” Mycological Society of America Meeting 2017. Athens, GA.

May 2017. Kline, J.  “Microbiology of the Built Environment: New Interfaces.” Harvard Healthcare Symposium 2017. Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

May 2017. Van Den Wymelenberg, K., Green, J.L., Fahimipour, A., Vandegrift, R. Launch of the Health and Energy Research Consortium. Portland, OR.

March 2017.  Vandegrift, R., and Van Den Wymelenberg, K.G. “ Biology & Buildings: Indoor Environments & Human Health.” American Institute of Architects Design & Health Research Consortium.  AIA National, Detroit, MI.

March 2017.  Green, J.L.  “Building Wellness:  Creating Healthier Homes, Hospitals and Offices with Microbiology.”  American Institute of Architects Design & Health Research Consortium. AIA Houston Gulf Coast Green 2017.

March 2017. Van Den Wymelenberg, K. and Kline, J. “Dust Bunnies.” Case study presented as part of the Natural Ventilation Workshop sponsored by the Energy Trust of Oregon. Eugene, OR.

March 2017. Van Den Wymelenberg, K., and Riggio, M. “Post-occupancy Performance Evaluation of Mass Timber Buildings.” International Mass Timber Conference. Portland, OR.

March 2017. Van Den Wymelenberg, K. “ESBL & BioBE Research Updates for NEEA.” Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Commercial and Industrial Efficiency Sector. Portland, OR.

March 2017. Van Den Wymelenberg, K., and Kline, J. “Natural Ventilation Workshop.” Energy Trust of Oregon. Portland, OR.

February 2017. Van Den Wymelenberg, K., and Loia, A. ” Recent R&D on Indoor Thermal Performance & Post-Occupancy Analysis.” Holzbau Pacific Northwest Conference. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

January 2017.  Green, J.L.  “The Hidden City:  Landscape, Urban Design, and the Microbial Universe.  Kenneth A. Spencer Memorial Lecture, Kansas University.

January 2017. Fahimipour, A.K. “Diffusion-driven instabilities in the built environment microbiome.” Early Career Ocean Summit and Data Driven Initiative. Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation. Big Island, HI.


December 2016. Kline, J. “The Impact of Weatherization on Microbial Ecology and Human Health.” Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Indoor Air & Climate Change Progress Review Meeting and Webinar. Washington, D.C.

November 2016. Green, J.L. “Potential Impacts on Building Design and Human Well Being.” Genomics In Action Meeting. University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.

September 2016. Fahimipour, A.K. “Theoretical ecology for the built environment microbiome.” Working Group: NETI: Network for Ecological Theory Integration, Organizers: Pablo Marquet and Jennifer Dunne. Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM.

September 2016. Hartmann, E.M. “How to prevent man-made chemicals from adversely affecting the microbial world.” Consortium for Research and Education on Emerging Contaminants Meeting. Denver, CO.

September 2016. Hickey, R.J. “Exploring the Great Indoors: The Built Environment and Human Health”, Live webinar (PowerPoint), LabRoots Microbiology and Immunology Virtual Event.

September 2016.  Green, J.L. & Van Den Wymelenberg, K. “How Biotech and Data Science can be used to Evaluate Cleantech in Buildings and Cities” (PowerPoint)Oregon BEST FEST. Portland, OR.

September 2016.  Kline, J.  “Personal Human Microbial Clouds.” Poster, Oregon BEST FEST, Portland, OR.

September 2016. Hickey, R.J. “Microbial interactions between humans the the built environment”, Invited seminar, 21st Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomics Meeting(#LAMG16), Lake Arrowhead, CA. (SlideShare)

August 2016. Hartmann, E.M. “Antimicrobial chemicals are prevalent and problematic in dust as well as in wastewater treatment”, the 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

August 2016. Hickey, R.J. “Clouds in a crowd: deciphering individual contributions to the human microbial cloud.” Poster, 16th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology (#ISME16), Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

August 2016. Fahimipour, A.K. “Microbial diffusion through the built environment”. Working Group: Predicting host-associated microbiome response to disturbance[2] , Organizers: Ashkaan Fahimipour & Jessica Green. Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM. press:

July 2016. Hartmann, E.M. “Antimicrobial chemicals and antibiotic resistance in the indoor dust microbiome.” Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.

July 2016. Hartmann, E.M. MBTA (Boston) City Sampling Day 2016, 2nd Annual MetaSUB Summit, Shanghai, China.

July 2016.  Green, J.L. & Van Den Wymelenberg, K. “Emerging Perspectives on Exposure Assessments. A retrospective and research agenda from a large center.” The 5th Conference Microbiology of the Built Environment. University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.

May 2016.  Green, J.L.  National Microbiome Initiative,  Washington D.C.

May 2016. Brown, G.Z., Duffy K., Van Den Wymelenberg, K., Yrazabel, J. “Research Empowers Design Transformation.” AIA Oregon Design Conference, Gleneden Beach, OR.

May 2016. Van Den Wymelenberg, K. “Research from UO ESBL and UO BioBE.” Oregon State University Wood Science Engineering Seminar Series, Corvallis, OR. 

May 2016.  Green, J.L.  Transforming Architecture: A Festschrift Event in honor of G.Z. Brown, Eugene, OR.

May 2016. Van Den Wymelenberg, K. “Research from UO ESBL and UO BioBE.” Hacker Architects. Portland, OR.

April 2016.  Green, J.L.  “Building Wellness: Creating Healthier Homes, Hospitals, and Offices with Microbiology.” Heinz Distinguished Lecture Series hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering.

April 2016.  Green, J.L.  Genomes Environments Traits (GET) Conference hosted at Harvard Medical School in Boston, contributing to Session II: Microbiomes, Health and the Built Environment. Boston, MA.

April 2016.  Kline, J., Davidson, S. “New Waters: The Impact of Weatherization on Microbial Ecology and Human Health.”  ACI National Home Performance. Austin, TX.

April 2016.  Kline, J., Johnson-Shelton, D. “A Collaborative Study: The Impacts of Weatherization on Microbial Ecology and Human Health.” Poster, AIA Design and Health Research Consortium Annual Meeting. Alexandria, VA.

February 2016. Hartmann, E.M. “Biology and the Built Environment.” Buildwell 2016. San Francisco, CA.

January 2016. Hartmann, E.M. “Antimicrobial Chemicals and Antibiotic Resistance in the Indoor Dust Microbiome.” University of Texas, Austin.


October 2015.  Green, J.L.  Innovative City Forum, Mori Corporation, Tokyo, Japan.

September 2015. Hartmann, E.M. How anthropogenic chemicals are altering the microbial world, LabRoots webinar on Microbiology,

September 2015. Hartmann, E.M. Potential indoor exposure to antimicrobials and antibiotic resistant organisms, Alfred P. Sloan Workshop on “Towards a better understanding of the emerging paradox with exposures to indoor microbes: good and bad,” Kuopio, Finland.

September 2015. Kline, J.  American Academy of Microbiology colloquium titled “The Microbiology of Built Environments”.
September 2015. Mhuireach, G.  “Putting the built environment under the microscope” at SRG Partnership in Portland, OR.

May 2015. Siemens, Andy. “The effect of different light wavelengths on the dust microbiome,” 5th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.

May 2015. Hartmann, E.M. Prevalence of Antimicrobials in Dust and their Impact on the Indoor Microbiome, at the American Society for Microbiology General Meeting.

April 2015. Brown, G.Z. and Kline, J. Health and Energy, Creating Healthy Buildings: Natural Light and Ventilation Design in Healthcare Applications workshop hosted by SRG Partnership, Mazzetti, and University of Oregon, Portland, OR.

April 2015. Green, J. The Indoor MicrobiomeButler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.

April 2015. Green, J. The invisible and vibrant world of microbes, Ecole Notre Dame High, Assumption Junior Senior High School, Cold Lake High School in Alberta Canada.

March 2015. Brown, G.Z. Attended kickoff meeting of the AIA Design & Health Research Consortium as an inaugural university member, Princeton, NJ.

March 2015. Betancourt, C. Microbes viability in indoor dust, the 11th Annual University of Michigan Early Career Scientists Symposium.


November 2014.  “The Indoor Microbiome” presentation by Jessica Green at the Ontario Hospital Association’s 90th annual Health Achieve conference.

October 2014.  The Microbial Ecology and Theory Animals (META) Center for Systems Biology at the University of Oregon.  James Meadow & Jessica Green, Invited Speakers. 

September 2014.  Capturing the Human Microbial Cloud” poster presented at Oregon BESTFEST, Portland, OR.

September 2014.  Clouds in a Box”, video presented at Oregon BESTFEST 2014, Portland, OR (  Judged best research video.

September 2014.  Keynote speaker, “Construction in the Built Environment and Healthcare Associated Infections”, Department of Veteran Affairs.  Jessica Green, Keynote speaker. 

July 2014.  Indoor Air Hong Kong.  James Meadow, Invited Speaker. 

June 2014.  ASM special session (Boston, MA) entitled  “We Are Note Alone: Microbial Revelations of the Built Environment” James Meadow, Invited speaker.

June 2014.  Urban Microbiome Pilot Study: Parks vs. Parking Lots” poster at the Sloan Symposium, Boulder, CO.

June 2014.  “Architectural Design, Light Exposure, and Microbial Viability in the Built Environment”, poster at the 3rd Annual Microbiology of the Built Environment Conference, Boulder, CO.

June 2014.  “BioBE in the Pickle Box” video presented at the 3rd Annual Microbiology of the Built Environment Conference Sloan Symposium, Boulder, CO.

June 2014.  Adapting to Adaptation: Built Environment Microbiomes and Climate Change” presented by Gwynne Mhuireach to the Society of Building Science Educators 2014 Retreat, Biosphere 2, Oracle, AZ, co-presented with Jonathan Eisen.

June 2014.  “Research Empowers Transformation”, presentation by G.Z. Brown at AIA National Convention 2014, Chicago, IL, co-presented with Kent Duffy, FAIA, LEED AP, and Jeff Yrazabal, AIA, LEED BD+C.

June 2014.  Cities Unseen: how we influence indoor microbial ecosystems”, Institute of Biology, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France.  Jessica Green, Speaker.

May 2014.  Architectural Speculations on Microbial Ecology“, lecture presented by Jeff Kline to University of Oregon Architecture class ARCH 496/596 “The Window”.

May 2014.  Sequence the City: Metagenomics in the Era of Big Data, IBM-Research, Almaden, San Jose, CA.  Jessica Green, Invited Speaker.

April 2014.  AAAS Meeting on Microbiomes of the Built Environment.  Jessica Green, Invited Speaker.

February 2014.  Laboratoire d’Ecologie, Systematique et Evolution, l’Universite Paris-Sud a Orsay.  “The Ecology and Evolution of Indoor Microbial Systems”.  Jessica Green.


December 2013.  Institute of Cardiometabolism and Nutrition (ICAN) Conference in Paris, France.  “Microbiome science: applications to human, social and urban systems”.  Jessica Green.

November 2013.  Centre INRA de Jouy-En-Josas, Paris, France.  “The microbiome: from people to places.  Jessica Green.

October 2013. American Association for Aerosol Research 32nd Annual Conference. Ann M. Womack, Invited Speaker.

September 2013. Oregon BEST FEST 2013, Cleantech Innovation Conference. G.Z. Brown, Terry Blomquist, Jeff Kline, Dale Northcutt, Gwynhwyfer Mhuireach, Jason Stenson, Maxwell Moriyama, Daniel Aughenbaugh, and Mark Fretz. Poster presentations describing work of BioBE, and tours of the “Climate Chamber”.

August 2013. AIA Research Summit, Detroit, Michigan. G.Z. Brown, invited speaker and working group participant.

August 2013. Ecological Society of America Meeting. James Meadow, Invited speaker.

August 2013. Ecological Society of America. Adam Altrichter, Ignite presentation.

July 2013. Gordon Research Conference, Applied and Environmental Microbiology. James Meadow, Invited Speaker.

June 2013. Society of Building Science Educators. “Measuring the Building Microbiome.” G.Z. Brown and Gwynne Mhuireach, workshop.

June 2013. AIA national conference, Denver, Colorado. “Leadership for Affordable, VERY High-Performance Buildings” G.Z. Brown, presentation.

May 2013. Sloan Symposium. “Inventing Building Microbiomes”. G.Z. Brown and Jessica Green, presentation.

May 2013.  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Jessica Green, Invited Speaker.

May 2013. American Society for Microbiology Meeting. James Meadow, Invited Speaker. 

April 2013. Climate Chamber presentation for Mazzetti (engineering consulting firm) and Mackenzie Group (architecture and engineering firm). G.Z. Brown.

February 2013. Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Portland, Oregon. “Occupant Behavior Forum”. G.Z. Brown, workshop.

February 2013.  TED Long Beach.  Jessica Green, Invited Speaker.


  • November 2012. Green Build Conference, San Francisco. “Get with the Program! Programming for Sustainability”. G.Z. Brown, presentation.
  • October 2012.  U.S. Army Skin Microbiota Workshop, Boulder, CO. Invited participation by Brendan Bohannan and Ashley Bateman.
  • October 2012.  QIIME/VAMPS workshop, Boulder, CO. Invited presentation by James Meadow representing the BioBE Center.
  • October 2012.  University of Oregon Board of Trustees faculty talks. Invited presentation by Jessica Green about the BioBE Center.
  • September 2012.  Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomics Meeting 2012:  Microbiology of the Built Environment Session.  Invited presentation by James Meadow “Architectural influences on the built environment microbiome
  • August 2012.  Symposium entitled “The Great Indoors” at the 96th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Portland, OR. Brendan Bohannan Organizer and Moderator.  Jessica Green invited presentation “Buildings as metacommunities”.  Adam Altrichter, Holly Arnold, and Ashley Bateman attended.
  • July 2012.  Healthy Buildings Conference in Brisbane, Australia.  Gwynhwyfer Mhuireach invited presentation “The relationship between ventilation energy use and indoor microbial communities”. 
  • July 2012.  BioFutures Conference, Washington, DC. James Meadow invited presentation “Architectural influences on the built environment microbiome“.
  • June 2012.  Symposium entitled “The Great Indoors” at the 112th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, San Francisco, CA.  Brendan Bohannan moderator.
  • May 2012.  National Academy of Sciences Symposium on Science, Innovation, and Partnerships for Sustainability Solutions, Washington, DC.   Brendan Bohannan invited participant.
  • May 2012.  “Microbes and the Modern World: From the Globe to the Gut” lecture series organized by Graduate Evolutionary Biology and Ecology Students, University of Oregon.  Jessica Green public lecture “The ecology of indoor environments”.
  • May 2012.  Inaugural conference on the Microbiology of the Built Environment, Boulder, CO.  BioBE Center invited presentation and participation.
  • April 2012.  “Microbes and the Modern World: From the Globe to the Gut” lecture series organized by Graduate Evolutionary Biology and Ecology Students, University of Oregon. Brendan Bohannan public lecture “A scientist in who-ville: new perspectives on the invisible world of microbes”. 
  • April 2012.  TEDMED Washington D.C. Jessica Green and Keith Herkert invited participants.
  • April 2012.  Department of Biology, University of Idaho.  Steve Kembel invited talk “Microbiology of the built environment“.
  • April 2012.  TEDxPortland. Jessica Green invited talk “Good germs make healthy buildings”.
  • March 2012.  TED Long Beach. Jessica Green invited participant.
  • February 2012.  University of Oregon Architecture Department Graduate Research Forum. Max Moriyama and Gwynne Mhuireach invited poster.
  • February 2012.  Department of Biology, McGill University. Steve Kembel invited talk “Architecture and the ecology of indoor microbes“.


  • September 2011.  “Can Buildings be Designed and Operated to Manage Microbiomes to Promote Human Health and Sustainability?” – Poster, Terry Blomquist. 2011 Oregon BEST Fest, Portland, Oregon.
  • August 2011.  “The impact of architectural design on the microbial diversity of the built environment” – Invited talk, Brendan Bohannan.  96th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America.  Austin, Texas.
  • August 2011.  “Metabolically active bacteria in the atmosphere revealed by RNA-based community composition” – Poster, Ann Womack.  Ecological Society of America 2011. Austin, Texas.
  • August 2011.  “The ecology of indoor environments: microbial biodiversity and sustainable well being” – Public Lecture, Jessica Green.  Santa Fe Institute.
  • July 2011.  “Are we filtering the wrong microbes?” – Invited talk, Jessica Green.  TED Global.  Ediburgh, Scotland.
  • June 2011.  “Architectural design shapes the built environment microbiome” – Invited talk, Brendan Bohannan.  12th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate.  Austin, Texas.
  • April 2011.  “Promoting human health and sustainability with microbial genomics” – Invited talk, Jessica Green.  First Annual Research Exchange on Advancing Patient, Worker and Environmental Safety and Sustainability in the Health Care Sector.  CleanMed.  Phoenix, Arizona.
  • April 2011.  “The built environment microbiome” – Invited talk, Steven Kembel. Department of Biology, University of Idaho.
  • February 2011.  “Understanding the Microbiomes of Sustainable Buildings” – Invited talk, G.Z. Brown. Department of Biology, University of Oregon.

Biology and the built environment center

(541) 346-5647 103 Pacific Hall 5219 University of Oregon Eugene,  OR 97403-5231


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