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Prof David Pearce


Department: Applied Sciences

The underlying theme of my research is to use microbiology (and in particular novel molecular techniques applied to microbial ecology, microbial biodiversity and activity, environmental genomics, biogeochemical cycling and model extremophiles) to understand Polar ecosystem function and the potential for shifts in biogeochemical activity that may result from environmental change. I have taken the lead in the development of new frontiers of research in metagenomics, chemosynthetic communities, sediment sequestration of carbon and subglacial lake environments and have initiated new interdisciplinary approaches on the aerial environment (with chemists), ice nucleation activity (with physicists) and in the biogeochemistry of ice (with glaciologists).

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  • Analysis of bacterial communities around the Adventdalen Landfill site in Svalbard, Amores-Arrocha, H., Asamoah-Asare, A., Opio, J., Martin, A., Cuthbertson, L., Bradford, H., Avila-Jimenez, M., Pearce, D. 21 Apr 2023, In: Microorganisms
  • Snow microorganisms colonise Arctic soils following snow melt, Malard, L., Bergk-Pinto, B., Layton, R., Vogel, T., Larose, C., Pearce, D. 1 Oct 2023, In: Microbial Ecology
  • Aerobiology over the Southern Ocean – implications for bacterial colonization of Antarctica, Malard, L., Avila-Jimenez, M., Schmale, J., Cuthbertson, L., Cockerton, L., Pearce, D. 1 Nov 2022, In: Environmental International
  • Bacterial colonisation: from airborne dispersal to integration within the soil community., Malard, L., Pearce, D. 9 May 2022, In: Frontiers in Microbiology
  • Polar soils exhibit distinct patterns in microbial diversity and dominant phylotypes, Ji, M., Kong, W., Jia, H., Delgado-Baquerizo, M., Zhou, T., Liu, X., Ferrari, B., Malard, L., Liang, C., Xue, K., Makhalanyane, T., Zhu, Y., Wang, Y., Pearce, D., Cowan, D. 1 Mar 2022, In: Soil Biology and Biochemistry
  • The crewed journey to Mars and its implications for the human microbiome, Kuehnast, T., Abbott, C., Pausan, M., Pearce, D., Moissl-eichinger, C., Mahnert, A. 1 Dec 2022, In: Microbiome
  • Antarctic ecosystems in transition – life between stresses and opportunities, Gutt, J., Isla, E., Xavier, J., Adams, B., Ahn, I., Cheng, C., Colesie, C., Cummings, V., di Prisco, G., Griffiths, H., Hawes, I., Hogg, I., McIntyre, T., Meiners, K., Pearce, D., Peck, L., Piepenburg, D., Reisinger, R., Saba, G., Schloss, I., Signori, C., Smith, C., Vacchi, M., Verde, C., Wall, D. 1 Jun 2021, In: Biological Reviews
  • Bacteria in the lakes of the Tibetan Plateau and polar regions, Liu, K., Yao, T., Pearce, D., Jiao, N., Zeng, Y., Guo, B., Liu, Y. 1 Feb 2021, In: Science of the Total Environment
  • Bacterial diversity in house dust: characterization of a core indoor microbiome, Entwistle, J., Thompson, J., Argyraki, A., Bashton, M., Bramwell, L., Crown, M., Hursthouse, A., Jabeen, K., Marinho-Reis, A., Namdeo, A., Nelson, A., Pearce, D., Potgieter-Vermaak, S., Rasmussen, P., Wragg, J. 23 Nov 2021, In: Frontiers in Environmental Science
  • Influence of Spatial Scale on Structure of Soil Bacterial Communities across an Arctic Landscape, Malard, L., Anwar, M., Jacobsen, C., Pearce, D. 1 Mar 2021, In: Applied and Environmental Microbiology

  • James Lawrence Start Date: 01/10/2023
  • David Franklin Start Date: 01/10/2023
  • Isis Cohen Nicholson Restored or reinvented? Assessing the success of peatland restoration pilot projects in the Northumberland National Parks using environmental DNA (eDNA) Start Date: 01/10/2023
  • Carmel Abbott Colonisation strategies of bacteria in extreme environments and health implications in the human exploration of space. Start Date: 01/03/2019
  • Lucie Malard Microbial biogeography and colonization in Arctic terrestrial ecosystems Start Date: 01/10/2016 End Date: 02/12/2019
  • Lewis Cuthbertson Molecular microbial ecology of Polar aerial environments Start Date: 01/10/2015 End Date: 21/09/2020
  • Luke Cockerton The role of microorganisms in cloud formation (through biogenic ice nucleation) and its influence on albedo and climate in the Arctic Start Date: 01/03/2020
  • Rosalia Calvo Ryan The search for life on icy moons Start Date: 01/03/2020
  • Carmel Abbott Colonisation strategies of bacteria in extreme environments and health implications in the human exploration of space. Start Date: 01/03/2019 End Date: 21/10/2021
  • Ravind Bhangal Start Date: 01/10/2018 End Date: 10/12/2019
  • IAIN DICKINSON Molecular microbial ecology of Polar environments – Mining the marine microbial metagenome Start Date: 01/10/2013

  • Microbiology PhD June 03 2013
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015

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