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Professor Craig Cary

Professor (Biological Sciences); ERI Theme Leader; Director (DNA Sequencing)

Qualifications: MSc San Diego State, PhD University of California San Diego

Research Interests

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.

About Craig

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.

Students Supervised

PhD

  • 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.

MSc

  • 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.

Expertise

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.

Recent Publications

  • Kuhajek, J., Lemoine, M., Kilroy, C., Cary, S., Gerbeaux, P., Wood, S. (2014) Laboratory study of the survival and attachment of Didymosphenia geminata (Bacillariophyceae) in water sourced from rivers throughout New Zealand
    Refereed Journal Articles - Phycologia
  • Puddick, J., Prinsep, M., Wood, S., Cary, S., Hamilton, D., Wilkins, A. (2013) Isolation and structure determination of two new hydrophobic microcystins from Microcystis sp. (CAWBG11)
    Refereed Journal Articles - Phytochemistry Letters
  • Campbell, B., Polson, S., Zeigler Allen, L., Williamson, S., Lee, C., Wommack, K., Cary, S. (2013) Diffuse flow environments within basalt- and sediment-based hydrothermal vent ecosystems harbor specialized microbial communities
    Refereed Journal Articles - Frontiers in Extreme Microbiology
  • Coyne, K., Countway, P., Pilditch, C., Lee, C., Caron, D., Cary, S. (2013) Diversity and distributional patterns of ciliates in Guaymas Basin hydrothermal vent sediments
    Refereed Journal Articles - Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology

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Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Cary, Prof Craig 4593 caryc TRU.G.23 Biological Sciences

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