• United Kingdom

20002022

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Research expertise

Microbiology, environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, algal-bacterial interactions, molecular microbiology, marine biotechnology, sulphur and iron biogeochemistry.

I have 25+ years of microbiological research that has led to publications spanning public health microbiology, protein structure and function, environmental microbiology, biogeochemistry and phycology. My research philosophy has been to address fundamental questions with an awareness of how this knowledge can be used biotechnologically. 

My core research is focused in two areas. First, the investigation of algal-bacterial interactions, with a move to investigate the integral role the algal microbiome (bacterial community associated with microalgae) has as part of the algal holobiont. Second, is bioprospecting for novel bacterial polysaccharides that can be exploited industrially.

Additional research is: exploring the mesopelagic microbial community along the Extended Ellett Line; undertaking phylogenomic analysis of a novel marine acidobacterium; and isolation of novel polysaccharide degrading enzymes.

Research expertise

Research knowledge coming from  "Bioethanol production from macroalgae" (PhD thesis as part of the Interreg IVA BioMara project) has and continues to be transfered to SPP Ltd, a private company setting up a bioethanol production plant on the West coast of Scotland.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Otago

Award Date: 1 Jan 1997

Bachelor of Science, University of Otago

Award Date: 1 Jan 1989

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