Professor Craig Cary
Theme leader: Antarctic Ecosystems
Qualifications: BSc Florida Institute of Technology, MSc San Diego State, PhD University of California
Professor Craig Cary is a microbial ecologist with an interest in researching bacteria which live in extreme environments, such as deep sea thermal vents and the soils of Antarctica. He heads the International Centre for Terrestrial Antarctic Research (ICTAR) in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and has made eight research trips to Antarctica since 2001. His work on terrestrial Antarctic biocomplexity was awarded an International Polar Year award in 2007. Dr Cary's current research projects also include deep sea hydrothermal vent research, lake restoration work, and toxic sea slugs. He is based at the Thermophile Research Unit, University of Waikato and is Emeritus Professor of Marine Biosciences as the University of Delaware in the USA.
Comparative physiology, biochemistry and ecology of microbial communities, with a focus on free-living syntrophic bacterial associations in extreme environments including hydrothermal vents and Antarctic soils. The use of high through-put genomic and molecular approaches to resolve biochemical adaptations to life in these extreme geochemical environments. Interfacing new bioinformatic capabilities with genomic technologies in the metagenome analysis of complex microbial communities. Thermal stability of eurythermal proteins.
Jacobsen, C. S., Nielsen, T. K., Vester, J. K., Stougaard, P., Nielsen, J. L., Voriskova, J., . . . Baelum, J. (2018). Inter-laboratory testing of the effect of DNA blocking reagent G2 on DNA extraction from low-biomass clay samples. Scientific Reports, 8, 6 pages. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-24082-y Open Access version: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/11882
Oliverio, A. M., Power, J. F., Washburne, A., Cary, S. C., Stott, M. B., & Fierer, N. (2018). The ecology and diversity of microbial eukaryotes in geothermal springs. ISME Journal, 1-11. doi:10.1038/s41396-018-0104-2
Cary, S. C., Lee, C. K., & McDonald, I. (2017). Facilitating ex situ Antarctic conservation: the establishment of an international Antarctic Genetic Archive (AGAr). In XIIth SCAR Biology Symposium. Conference held in Leuven, Belgium.
Monteiro, M., Seneca, J., Torgo, L., Baptista, M., Lee, C. K., Cary, S. C., & Magalhaes, C. (2017). The response of nitrifying communities to disturbance in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. In XIIth SCAR Biology Symposium. Conference held in Leuven, Belgium.
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