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Geomicrobiology and Biogeochemistry

We are a home to a diverse set of scientists who use a range of complimentary approaches across a range of spatial and temporal scales to investigate research questions in two focal areas.

Geomicrobiology

Our Geomicrobiology research involves analyses of microbial communities and how they cope with their environment including biosphere-geosphere interactions.

Biogeochemistry

Our Biogeochemistry research investigates the processes (biological, geological, chemical, and physical) driving the cycling of elements in the environment (including the hydrosphere, cryosphere, atmosphere and biosphere).

Funding

Bagshaw, E. Cryoegg: a novel wireless instrument for exploring deep ice. EPSRC. October 2018, £232,387

Sosdian, S. Reef refugia out of the shadows: dynamics of marginal coral reef ecosystems over the past 30 million years in the Coral Triangle. NERC. 2018, £496,000 (Cardiff £128,000)

Sosdian, S. COACTION - Characterisation of Ocean Acidification over Decadal Timescales in Fiji. NERC. October 2018, £11,200

Andersen, M., Chi Fru, E., Millet, M. Isotope geochemistry of IOCG systems. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. July 2018-February 2019, £28,250

Sosdian, S. Coral reefs, ecosystem connectivity and plastic pollution: Past, present and future impacts on coral reef health. Sêr Cymru NRN Bangor. June 2018-July 2018, £9,375

Bagshaw, E. Dynamics of meltwater beneath the Greenland ice sheet. Sêr Cymru Bangor. June 2018-December 2018, £9,340

Bagshaw, E. Polar snow in a warming world. The Percy Sladen Memorial Fund. April 2017-March 2018, £700

Bagshaw, E. Microbial community structure changes during temporal development of cryoconie holes. Antarctic Science Ltd.  June 2016-May 2019, £4,590

Bagshaw, E. WISECAM: Development and testing of a smartphone app for water quality monitoring. Sêr Cymru NRN Bangor. December 2015-February 2016, £500

Sosdian, S. Assess the impacts from oil palm expansion in Borneo on coral reef water quality and ecology suing environmental archives in coral reef skeletons. Sêr Cymru NRN Bangor. April 2016-June 2018, £20,000

Selected publications

Academic staff

Dr Henrik Sass

Dr Henrik Sass

Senior Lecturer

Email:
sassh@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6001
Dr Morten Andersen

Dr Morten Andersen

Lecturer

Email:
andersenm1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4943
Professor Stephen Barker

Professor Stephen Barker

Professor in Earth Science

Email:
barkers3@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4328
Dr Ernest Chi Fru

Dr Ernest Chi Fru

Senior Lecturer in Earth Sciences

Email:
chifrue@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)29 2087 0058
Dr Rupert Perkins

Dr Rupert Perkins

Senior Lecturer in Marine Biosciences

Email:
perkinsr@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5026
Dr Sindia Sosdian

Dr Sindia Sosdian

Lecturer

Email:
sosdians@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4330
Dr Liz Bagshaw

Dr Liz Bagshaw

Lecturer

Email:
bagshawe@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4488

Associated staff

Dr Flavia Boscolo Galazzo

Dr Flavia Boscolo Galazzo

Research Associate

Email:
boscologalazzof@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 20874573
Xiaohong Tang

Xiaohong Tang

Geomicrobiology-Geochemistry Technician

Email:
tangx2@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4928

Dedicated geomicrobiology laboratory

The laboratory includes facilities for work with strict anaerobes and molecular biological equipment for DNA-based characterization of microorganisms and microbial communities (including PCR, qPCR).

For biogeochemical studies the lab also includes a radioisotope facility and analytical equipment (cation and anion chromatography gas chromatography).

Incubation vessels

We have a high pressure incubation vessels and pressure-retaining sediment processing equipment.