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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.

Research Interests

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.

Recent Publications

  • Wakerley, G., Lee, C. K., McDonald, I., & Cary, S. C. (2018). New forensic methods to quantify unseen human impact on terrestrial Antarctica. In POLAR 2018 SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference. Conference held in Davos, Switzerland.

  • Lee, C. K., Joy, K., Calvert, D., Nylen, T., Cummings, V., & Cary, S. C. (2018). Antarctic Near-shore and Terrestrial Observation System: Technology overview. In POLAR 2018 SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference. Conference held in Davos, Switzerland.

  • Joy, K., Belnap, J., Lee, C. K., & Cary, S. C. (2018). A multi-discipline assessment of foot traffic impacts in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. In POLAR 2018 SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference. Conference held in Davos, Switzerland.

  • Cary, S. C., Herbold, C., Lee, C. K., Vickers, C., & McDonald, I. (2018). Some like it hot: Metagenomics of an isolated Antarctic geothermal refugium. In POLAR 2018 SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference. Conference held in Davos, Switzerland.

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Contact Details

Email: caryc@waikato.ac.nz
Room: TRU.G.23
Phone: +64 7 838 4593