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I am an Environmental Molecular Microbiologist interested in the function and community composition of microbes in the environment. I have a diverse research portfolio focused on projects related to the anaerobic biodegradation of oil, methane oxidation, geothermal energy, and the effects of pesticide use on microbes in agricultural soils. I have also tested novel biotechnologies for their ability to deliver nutrients to oil spills to increase bioremediation rates. My research aims to mechanistically understand the role of microbes in geochemical processes and the impacts that environmental change or engineering interventions have had or will have. I enjoy working on collaborative ventures with both industry and academia with interdisciplinary teams, which has led to successful publications in e.g. Environmental Microbiology, Frontiers in Microbiology and Nature. My current research interests include the built environment microbiome, carbonate precipitation in microbial mats and engineered soils, aerobic methane oxidation in marine sediments, oil bioremediation and/or carbon sequestration using waste mineral amendments and oil field souring and corrosion. I am a Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow in Applied Sciences affiliated with the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment (HBBE) at Northumbria University.

Research interests

Environmental Microbiology:
Anaerobic hydrocarbon biodegradation
Aerobic hydrocarbon biodegradation
Petroleum microbiology
Oil spill bioremediation
Methane cycling (methanogenesis and methanotrophy)
Carbonate precipitation in hypersaline microbial mats
Response of soil microbial communities to pesticides
Use of wastes for soil hydrocarbon bioremediation and CO2 sequestration  
Built Environment microbiomes

Education/Academic qualification

Microbiology, PhD, Ph.D. in Molecular Microbial Ecology - Ecotoxicogenomics of Escherichia coli in response to para-nitrophenol, Newcastle University


Award Date: 1 Feb 2005

Microbiology, BSc (Hons), Applied Microbiology (1st Class Honours), University of Sunderland


Award Date: 1 Jun 2000


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