Professor Craig Cary
Professor (Biological Sciences); ERI Theme Leader; Director (DNA Sequencing)
Qualifications: MSc San Diego State, PhD University of California San Diego
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.
From the depths of the world’s most uninhabitable oceans, to the soils of Antarctica and New Zealand’s lakes, rivers and beaches, Professor Craig Cary is a researcher with a wide range of credits to his name. Despite the varied locations of his research, the focus has remained the same since his passion for science began as a tertiary student in Southern California.
Dr Cary considers himself a Microbial Ecologist and his interest lies in researching bacteria which live in extreme environments. Such environments include deep sea thermal vents and the soils of Antarctica. He is interested in learning how bacteria in these environments establish themselves, maintain life, and evolve as communities. He is also concerned with how the bacteria are different or similar to bacteria living in other extreme environments. Read Prof Craig Cary's full profile here.
- Archer, Stephen (in progress). Natural & simulated changes to biodiversity & metabolics between & within the microbial populations of Antarctic ponds.
- Bottos, Eric (in progress). Environmental factors influencing microbial community structure and function in Antarctic Dry Valley soils.
- Salvitti, Lauren (in progress). Origin & ecology of tetrodotoxin in Pleurobranchaea Macu
- Smith, Kirsty F. (submitted). Population genetics of marine invasive species.
- Jones, Tracey (in progress). Origins and partner choices of Antarctic lichens.
- Khor, Serena (in progress).
- Scarrow, Joshua (in progress). Microbial communities in the world's southernmost soils; the Beardmore Glacier region of the Central Transantarctic Mountains.
- Richter, Ingrid (2011). Influences of soil properties on archaeal diversity and distribution in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica
- Archer, Stephen (2011). Planktonic communities in Bratina Island melt-water ponds.
- O'Rorke, Richard (2009). Correlations between a cynabacteria bloom's decline and environmental dynamics.
- Barbier, Beatrice (2009). Microbial biodiversity in the Dry Valleys, Antarctica: Inter-Valley comparison study
- Soo, Rochelle (2007). Microbial biodiversity of thermophilic communities in hot mineral soils of Tramway Ridge, Mt Erebus, Antarctica.
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.
- Wood, S., Smith, K., Banks, J., Tremblay, L., Rhodes, L., Mountfort, D., Cary, S., Pochon, X. (2013) Molecular genetic tools for environmental monitoring of New Zealand’s aquatic habitats, past, present and the future
Refereed Journal Articles - New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research
- Wood, S., Casas, M., Taylor, D., McNabb, P., Salvitti, L., Ogilvie, S., Cary, S. (2012) Depuration of tetrodotoxin and changes in bacterial communities in Pleurobranchea maculata adults and egg masses maintained in captivity
Refereed Journal Articles - Journal of Chemical Ecology
- Magalhaes, C., Stevens, M., Cary, S., Ball, B., Storey, B., Wall, D., Turk, R., Ruprecht, U. (2012) At limits of life: Multidisciplinary insights reveal environmental constraints on biotic diversity in continental Antarctica
Refereed Journal Articles - PLoS ONE
- Lee, C., Herbold, C., Polson, S., Wommack, K., Williamson, S., McDonald, I., Cary, S. (2012) Groundtruthing next-gen sequencing for microbial ecology–biases and errors in community structure estimates from PCR amplicon pyrosequencing
Refereed Journal Articles - PLos ONE
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