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

  • 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:

  • 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., Joy, K., Hawes, I., Katurji, M., & Belnap, J. (2018). The Dry Valley Ecosystem Resilience programme: Overview and implementation. Poster session presented at the meeting of POLAR 2018 SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference. Conference held in Davos, Switzerland.

  • Joy, K., Belnap, J., Lee, C., & Cary, S. C. (2018). High resolution SfM models of foot traffic impacts in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. Poster session presented at the meeting of POLAR 2018 SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference. Conference held in Davos, Switzerland.

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Contact Details

Room: TRU.G.23
Phone: +64 7 838 4593