DMSO is the dominant dimethylated sulphur compound in the ocean and is important as both a source and a sink of the climatically active gas DMS. Despite several known production pathways of DMSO, concentrations of DMSO in seawater are not continually increasing.
The aim of my research is to improve our understanding of the key microorganisms involved in the production and removal of DMSO in the ocean but also to determine which environmental parameters influence the production and removal of DMSO. My research uses a multidisciplinary approach including a combination of molecular (DNA stable isotope probing) and trace gas analysis.
The main objectives of my work are to...
- >determine if DMSO reduction, using DMSO as an alternative electron acceptor to oxygen, is a viable or key process in the marine environment
- >investigate the environmental controls on DMSO reduction
- >determine which microorganisms are key in DMSO reduction
Dr David Green, SAMS
Professor Angela Hatton, National Oceanography Centre
Dr Arlene Ditchfield, SAMS
Natural Environment Research Council
University of the Highlands and Islands
UHI Postgraduate Conference, Inverness College 4-6th November 2013
Molecular Microbial Ecology Group Meeting, Norwich
Second EMBO Aquatic Microbial Ecology conference (SAME14), Uppsala, Sweden
6th International DMS(P) symposium, Barcelona, Spain
Census of Marine Life (MAR-ECO) workshop, Kristiansand, Norway
2012: Prize for best Masters Dissertation project. SAMS
2009: Dean’s List for academic excellence. University of St Andrews
2017: Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association - £200
2015: University of the Highland and Island Conference and Training Fund - £595
2014: University of the Highland and Island Conference and Training Fund - £393
2013: NERC support to attend SOLAS summer school - £1,670
2009: ECOMAR JC037 cruise RRS James Cook to Mid-Atlantic Ridge (PI: Monty Priede): 47 days at sea
2013: CMORE summer course cruise R/V Kilo Moana to Station ALOHA (PI: Matthew Church): 11 days at sea.
2016: Resolving DMS II. R/V Oceanus in the NE subarctic Pacific (PI: Ronald Kiene): 18 days at sea.
Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA)
Professional training courses
2013: CMORE summer course on Microbial Oceanography: from genomes to biomes. Honolulu, Hawaii
2013: 6th International SOLAS (Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study) Summer School. Xiamen, China
Reader and Scribe training
Second marker on Marine Science BSc year 3 module 'Marine Biogeochemical Cycling'
Current: Hyperbaric chaber team member. National Facility for Scientific Diving. SAMS
2008: Summer placement in immunohistochemistry. GlaxoSmithKline
2012 MRes (with distinction) Ecosystem-based Management of Marine Systems. University of St Andrews
2010 BSc (Hons) Marine Biology. University of St Andrews