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Research interests

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

 

Clear water macrophyte dominated lake

 

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Cabot Institute Water Research
  • Cabot Institute Environmental Change Research

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Research Output

  • 46 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 3 Commissioned report
  • 3 Chapter in a book
  • 1 Conference Paper

Algal photophysiology drives darkening and melt of the Greenland Ice Sheet

Williamson, C. J., Cook, J., Tedstone, A., Yallop, M., McCutcheon, J., Poniecka, E., Campbell, D., Irvine-Fynn, T., McQuaid, J., Tranter, M., Perkins, R. & Anesio, A., 17 Mar 2020, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 117, 11, p. 5694-5705 12 p.

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    Glacier algae accelerate melt rates on the western Greenland Ice Sheet

    Cook, J., Tedstone, A. J., Williamson, C. J., McCutcheon, J., Hodson, A., Dayal, A., Skiles, M., Hofer, S., Bryant, R., McAree, O., McGonigle, A., Ryan, J., Anesio, A. M. B., Irvine-Fynn, T., Hubbard, A., Hanna, E., Flanner, M., Mayanna, S., Benning, L. G., van As, D. & 4 others, Yallop, M. L., McQuaid, JB., Gribbin, T. & Tranter, M., 29 Jan 2020, In : Cryosphere. 14, 1, p. 309-330 22 p.

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  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
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    Bacterial dynamics in supra glacial habitats of the Greenland Ice Sheet

    Nicholes, M., Williamson, C., Tranter, M., Holland, A., Poniecka, E., Yallop, M., Anesio, A. & The Black and Bloom Group, 3 Jul 2019, In : Frontiers in Microbiology. 10, 9 p., 1366.

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
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    Supervised Work

    Feeding the Ocean? A biological mediation of estuarine silicon

    Author: Welsby, H. J., 1 Oct 2019

    Supervisor: Yallop, M. (Supervisor) & Hendry, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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    Growth and physiology of the green microalga, Coccomyxa subellipsoidea: a comparison of an Antarctic and temperate strain and the influence of temperature and irradiance

    Author: Thorpe, A. C., 24 Mar 2020

    Supervisor: Yallop, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science (MSc)

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    Investigating The Effects Of Titanium Nanoparticles On Freshwater Benthic Algae

    Author: Ockenden, A. R. O., 1 Oct 2019

    Supervisor: Yallop, M. (Supervisor) & Barker, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science (MSc)

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