Statistics, data visualisation, GIS/mapping, data wrangling

Molecular ecology

PCR, Illumina MiSeq, qPCR, DNA extraction


Quality control, big data, taxonomy assignment, OTU clustering


October 2017 – Present
Essex, UK

Senior research officer - PRINCe - A new dynamic for Phosphorus in RIverbed Nitrogen Cycling

University of Essex

Porous riverbed sediments provide an important ecosystem service by cycling nitrogen from a soluble bio-available form, to an inert gas. New evidence suggests that phosphorus may determine the reaction pathways and fate of nitrogen in riverbed systems. My role as senior research officer on this project is to undertake molecular analyses of the relevant N-cycling microbial communities to determine how phosphorus, sediment structure, and microbial communities interact to process nitrogen.
October 2013 – September 2017
Essex, UK

PhD - The Macroecology of Microbes; From Pattern, to Process

University of Essex

My thesis tests hypotheses on patterns of microbial diversity and distributions under the unifying theme of macroecology, using a variety of data sources and study systems. I show that the relation- ship between temperature and microbial diversity is not consistent, and more isolated sites show markedly different patterns. I also collected the most high-resolution dataset to date on halophilic Archaea, which I used to show that these extremophilic microbes do not conform to classic biogeographic regionalisation.

Recent Publications

More Publications

Impacts of Long‐Term Elevated Atmospheric CO₂ Concentrations on Communities of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi

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Are drivers of root-associated fungal community structure context specific?

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Streams of data from drops of water: 21st century molecular microbial ecology

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Biogeography at the limits of life: Do extremophilic microbial communities show biogeographical regionalization?

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  • Lab. 3.03, School of Biological Sciences, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ, UK