Microbial ecology

Microbial ecology underpins much of our cross-disciplinary research including projects ranging from the response of polar fungal communities to climate change, through to understanding the microbial controls on bulk and trace elements in natural and engineered environments.

This latter work links to longstanding interests in the ecology and bioremediation of highly contaminated land and water. In all our studies we use traditional microbiological techniques combined with cutting edge genomic, post-genomic and imaging approaches.


Dr. Clare Robinson

Prof. Jon Lloyd

Major publications

  1. Gnanaprakasam E.T., Lloyd J.R., Boothman C., Ahmed K.M., Choudhury I., Bostick B.C., van Geen A., Mailloux B.J. (2017) The microbial community structure and arsenic biogeochemistry in two arsenic impacted aquifers in Bangladesh. mBio vol. 8 no. 6 e01326-17 DOI: 10.1128/mBio.01326-17
  2. Cox F. G., Newsham K. K., Bol R., Dungait J. A. J. and Robinson C. H. (2016). Not poles apart: Antarctic soil fungal communities show similarities to those of the distant Arctic. Ecology Letters 19, 528-536.
  3. Smith S.L.,  Rizoulis A.,  West J.M. and Lloyd, J.R. (2016) The microbial ecology of a hyper-alkaline spring, and impacts of an alkali-tolerant community during sandstone batch and column experiments representative of a geological disposal facility for intermediate level radioactive waste. Geomicro J DOI:10.1080/01490451.2015.1049677
  4. Davies H. S., Cox F. G., Robinson C. H. and Pittman J. K. (2015). Radioactivity and the environment: technical approaches to understand the role of arbuscular mycorrhizal plants in radionuclide bioaccumulation. Frontiers in Plant Science 6, 580. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00580
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