I am currently studying the microbial lipids preserved in silica sinters from various geothermal springs in the Taupo Volcanic Zone (TVZ), New Zealand. Our aim is to apply biomarker distributions to reconstruct past and present microbiology and environmental conditions. We approach this by comparing lipid biomarkers between different settings, and assessing the preservation of microbial lipids in active and inactive sinters.
This work is in collaboration with Bruce Mountain, GNS, NZ, and Helen Talbot and Rob Gibson, Newcastle University, UK.
I graduated from the University of Bristol in 2004 with an MSci. (Hons) in Chemistry. During the summer before my final year, I spent eight weeks working as a medicinal research chemist at GlaxoSmithKline in Harlow .
In my final year I joined the OGU, and, under the supervision of Rich Pancost and Sam Kelly, looked into the anaerobic oxidation of methane occurring in ocean margin sediments, as part of project METROL .
I started my PhD in October 2004, supervised by Rich Pancost and funded by EPSRC .
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