Peer-reviewed publications.

  • S. O'Brien, M. Baumgartner & A. Hall. Species interactions drive the spread of ampicillin resistance in human-associated gut microbiota. 2021. Evolution, Medicine & Public Health 9: 256-266
  • E. Hesse, S. O’Brien, AM. Luján, F. Bayer, EM. Van Veen, DJ Hodgson & A. Buckling.
  • Stress causes interspecific facilitation within a compost community . 2021. Ecology Letters 24: 2169-2177
  • P. Stilwell, S. O’Brien, A. Gardner, C. Lowe & A. Buckling. Resource heterogeneity and the evolution of public-goods cooperation. 2020 . Evolution Letters 4: 155-163
  • S. O’Brien , R. Kümmerli, S. Paterson, C. Winstanley & MA Brockhurst. Temperate Phage Drive Divergent Social Strategies in P. aeruginosa. 2019. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 20191794
  • S. O’Brien*, E. Hesse*, A. Luján, D. Hodgson, A. Gardner & A. Buckling. No effect of intraspecific relatedness on the evolution of a public good in a complex community. 2018. Evolution 72: 1165-73 *Joint First Authors
  • E. Hesse*, S. O’Brien*, F. Bayer, E. van Veen, D. Hodgson & A. Buckling. Ecological selection of siderophore-producing microbial taxa in response to heavy metal contamination. 2018. Ecology letters 21:117-127 *Joint First Authors
  • S. O’Brien , A. Luján, M.A. Cant & A. Buckling. Adaptation to public goods cheats in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. 2017. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 20171089
  • S. O’Brien  & J.L. Fothergill. The role of multispecies social interactions in driving  Pseudomonas aeruginosa  pathogenicity in the cystic fibrosis lung. 2017. FEMS Microbiology Letters. 364:15.
  • S. O’Brien , D. Williams, J.L. Fothergill, S. Paterson, C. Winstanley & M.A. Brockhurst. High virulence sub-populations in Pseudomonas aeruginosa long-term cystic fibrosis airway infections. 2017. BMC Microbiology 17:30
  • E. Davies, C. James, D. Williams, S. O’Brien, J. Fothergill, S. Haldenby, S. Paterson, C. Winstanley & M.A. Brockhurst. Temperate phages both mediate and drive adaptive evolution in pathogen biofilms. 2016. PNAS 113: 8266-71.
  • C. Winstanley, S. O’Brien & M.A. Brockhurst. Pseudomonas aeruginosa Evolutionary Adaptation and Diversification in Cystic Fibrosis Chronic Lung Infections. 2016. Trends in microbiology 24: 327-337.
  • S. O'Brien & M. A. Brockhurst. Social Evolution: Slimy Cheats Pay a Price. 2015. Current Biology 25: R378–R381.
    S. O'Brien & A. Buckling. The Sociality of Bioremediation: Hijacking the social lives of microbial populations to clean up heavy metal contamination. 2015. EMBO Reports 16:1241–1245.
  • S. O'Brien , D.J. Hodgson & A. Buckling. Social evolution of toxic metal bioremediation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. 2014. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 20140858.
  • S. O’Brien, D.J. Hodgson & A. Buckling. The interplay between microevolution and community structure in microbial populations. 2013. Current opinion in biotechnology 24: 821-825.
  • S. O'Brien , A.M.M. Rodrigues, A. Buckling. The evolution of bacterial mutation rates under simultaneous selection by interspecific and social parasitism. 2013. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 20131913.

Non peer-reviewed publications

  • S. O’Brien . How to be an ally for first-generation students. April 24 th 2021. Times Higher Education UK.
  • T. B. Taylor, E. Harrison, K.C. King, S. O’ Brien, J. L. Fothergill, N. Hemmings, S. E. Johnston. So, you want more women in STEM? Times Higher Education UK. In press.

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