Projects per year
In my research group we work on various aspects of the structure and functioning of freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems with a particular focus on microbial ecology. Algae and cyanobacteria occupy a pivotal position at the base of many food chains. However, dominance by particular species can also be detrimental. Of particular interest are those species living in extreme conditions, often termed extremophiles such as those living in highly polluted waterbodies, or those existing at extremes of temperature and pH. We seek to understand the factors that lead to dominance and bloom formation of certain species, whilst also gaining insight into methods for controlling their growth where required.
Topics currently being pursued include:
Microbial community succession and metabolic pathways from ice to vegetated soils in response to glacial retreat
- The role of ice algae in ice sheet melt in Greenland.
Impacts of ocean acidifcation on coralline algae
Taste and ddours in drinking water reservoirs
Ecotoxicology: impacts of anthropogenic stressors including heavy metals, pesticides and nanoparticles on the structure and functioning of biota in aquatic ecosystems.
Using benthic diatoms to develop a predictive tool to measure ecological status in rivers and lakes
Control of cyanobacteria in drinking water reservoirs
For more information see Ecosystem Change.
Structured keywords and research groupings
- Cabot Institute Water Research
- Cabot Institute Environmental Change Research
Varliero, G., Holland, A., Barker, G. L. A., Yallop, M. L., Fountain, A. G. & Anesio, A., 22 Mar 2021, In: Journal of Glaciology.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen Access
Macro-nutrient stoichiometry of glacier algae from the southwestern margin of the Greenland Ice SheetWilliamson, C. J., Turpin-Jelfs, T., Nicholes, M. J., Yallop, M. L., Anesio, A. M. & Tranter, M., 23 Apr 2021, (Accepted/In press) In: Frontiers in Plant Science.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-review
Williamson, C., Tedstone, A. J., Yallop, M. L., Benning, L. G. & al., E., 25 Jan 2021, In: Nature Communications. 12, 1, 11 p., 570.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)2 Downloads (Pure)