Dr Ernest Chi Fru
Senior Lecturer in Earth Sciences
- Marine biogeochemistry
- Earth’s Chemical Evolution
- The Evolution of Life
- Senior Lecturer in Geomicrobiology – School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University (2016-).
- Senior Researcher in Geomicrobiology/Biogeochemistry – Department of Geological Sciences, Stockholm University (2013-2016).
- Marie Curie Research Fellow-Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm (2011-2013).
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Grea Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, University of Windsor, Canada. (2011).
- Postdoc fellow – School of Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University (2008-2011).
- Senior Research Associate – Department of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia 2007-2008).
- PhD Geomicrobiology-Gothenburg University (2006).
- MSc Biology-Gothenburg University 2002).
- BSc-Microbiology, University of Buea, Cameroon (1997).
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- Marie Curie Fellowship (2011-2013)
- European Research Council Starting grant award (2013-2018)
- European Association of Geochemistry
My research centres around finding linkages between biogeochemical cycles and the environment, with specific aims being to elucidate how changing Earth chemistry promoted the evolution of life and how that life in turn influences atmospheric and oceanic chemistry. This research is subdivided into: 1) Microbe-metal interactions related to the cycling of Cu, Fe, As and Si through geological time, with specifics aims to develop them as biomarkers for the reconstruction of Earth history. 2) Nutrient cycles of C, S, Fe linked to Earth’s oxygenation history. 3) Arsenic and phosphorus cycling in modern and ancient systems, with a goal to unravel the impact of arsenc on biological phosphate availability.