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.
Edwards, C. R., Onstott, T. C., Miller, J. M., Wiggins, J. B., Wang, W., Lee, C. K., . . . Lau, M. C. Y. (2017). Draft genome sequence of uncultured upland soil cluster gammaproteobacteria gives molecular insights into high-affinity methanotrophy. Genome Announcements, 5(17), e00047-17. doi:10.1128/genomeA.00047-17 Open Access version: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/11165
Cary, S. C., Lee, C., Hawes, I., Katurji, M., Zawa-Reza, P., Brabyn, L. K., . . . Joy, K. (2017). The dry valley ecosystem resilience (DryVER) programme: Overview and implementation. In New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference: Challenging Science in a Challenging Environment. Conference held at Dunedin, New Zealand.
Monteiro, M., Lee, C. K., McDonald, I., & Cary, S. C. (2017). Variations in soil microbial communities and functions along wetness gradients in the Wright Valley, Antarctica. Poster session presented at the meeting of New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference: Challenging Science in a Challenging Environment. Conference held at the Otago Museum, Dunedin.
Joy, K., Lee, C. K., Belnap, J., & Cary, S. C. (2017). Take only photos, leave only footprints. Using structure from motion photogrammetry in the DRYVER project to assess human foot traffic in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. Poster session presented at the meeting of New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference: Challenging Science in a Challenging Environment. Conference held at the Otago Museum, Dunedin.
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