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Professor 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).

Further Information

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  • Announcing sustainable microbiology: How microbes make a sustainable world, Pearce, D. 24 Jan 2024, In: Sustainable Microbiology
  • Antarctic Blue Ice Areas are hydrologically active, nutrient rich and contain microbially diverse cryoconite holes, Nowak, A., Isaksson, E., Sunde, Ø., Elvevold, S., Sandven, H., Moholdt, G., Hudson, S., Urset, A., Edwards, A., Rassner, S., Pearce, D., Hamre, B., Hodson, A. 24 Jun 2024, In: Communications Earth and Environment
  • Environmental microbiome in the home and daycare settings during the COVID-19 pandemic, and potential risk of non-communicable disease in children, McKay, J., Crown, M., Bashton, M., Pearce, D., Entwistle, J., Sangal, V. Feb 2024, In: Environmental Microbiology Reports
  • Planetary Protection Knowledge Gap Closure Enabling Crewed Missions to Mars, Spry, J., Siegel, B., Bakermans, C., Beaty, D., Bell, M., Benardini, J., Bonaccorsi, R., Castro-Wallace, S., Coil, D., Coustenis, A., Doran, P., Fenton, L., Fidler, D., Glass, B., Hoffman, S., Karouia, F., Levine, J., Lupisella, M., Martin-Torres, J., Mogul, R., Olsson-Francis, K., Ortega-Ugalde, S., Patel, M., Pearce, D., Race, M., Regberg, A., Rettberg, P., Rummel, J., Sato, K., Schuerger, A., Sefton-Nash, E., Sharkey, M., Singh, N., Sinibaldi, S., Stabekis, P., Stoker, C., Venkateswaran, K., Zimmerman, R., Zorzano-Mier, M. 19 Mar 2024, In: Astrobiology
  • Terrestrial glacial geomorphology of surge-type and non-surge-type glaciers on Svalbard, McCerery, R., Davies, B., Lovell, H., Pearce, D., Calvo Ryan, R., Małecki, J., Woodward, J. 26 Jun 2024, In: Journal of Maps
  • 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

  • James Lawrence Antarctic Subglacial Lake Microbiology Start Date: 01/10/2023
  • David Franklin Mechanistic understanding of cold adapted enzymes from Psychrophilic microorganisms. 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 Targeting functional genes to study bacterial diversity, community structure and stability in the Polar atmosphere 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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