BSc, MSc(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), PhD(Lund, Sweden)
Membership of professional bodies
Freshwater and Biological Association
low temperature biogeochemistry
microbes in the cryosphere
carbon and nitrogen cycle in freshwaters
Areas of expertise
My research interests are broad, and I combine concepts from Geography, Biology and Chemistry to understand carbon cycle in lakes, streams and polar freshwaters. My research has concentrated in two broad areas. Firstly, I study microbes in the cryosphere. Against all expectations glaciers harbour a highly active microbial community. Bacteria, viruses and microscopic plants thrive in conditions that might be analogous to other planets and to early Earth. Second, I also study a range of climate (e.g., UV radiation and acid rain) and human impacts (e.g., mining and sewage) on freshwaters.
Languages (other than English)
I have been involved in a number of outreach activities at the University of Bristol because research on polar regions is usually received with substantial excitement across different age groups. I have recently helped to produce a 45-min documentary (NERC funded from the grant NE/G00496X/1) together with BonneyFilms (http://www.bonneyfilms.com/), targeting A-level pupils about science in the Arctic (documentary entitled: Life on the Ice).