Research student, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
- 1.71, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT
- Extremophile microbiology and micro-ecology
- Cryoconite geomicrobiology
- How life survived the neoproterozoic “Snowball Earth”
- Pre-cambrian life
Research interests: I am interested in how life could have survived the Cryogenian “Snowball Earth” global glaciations of ~650 million years ago. Cryoconite holes, meltwater pockets in glaciers containing dust and microbes, present an exciting opportunity to understand life in ice. I will be creating analogues for Snowball Earth cryoconite ecosystems in the lab, using modern day cold-climate microorganisms that resemble early life and culturing them under Cryogenian conditions. From this I hope to gain insight into organisms and microbial processes that may have been important during this time.
Demonstrating work has included:
- Biological environments
- Data analysis
Were glacial surface ecosystems refuges for life on Snowball Earth?
NERC DTP GW4+