Team

Microlab@Bristol includes a range of PDRAs, PhD students and MScR students. We also host a cohort of undergraduate Geography students for their dissertations each year.

Chris Williamson

Group leader and Lecturer in Polar Microbiology

Chris has a PhD in marine ecology from Cardiff University and The Natural History Museum, London, was lead Microbiology post-doc on the NERC ‘Black and Bloom’ project and has been a Lecturer in Polar Microbiology at the University of Bristol since 2019. Chris’ research interests cover a range of organisms that inhabit marine, freshwater and cryospheric environments, and their interactions with both natural and anthropogenic change.

Email me: c.williamson@bristol.ac.uk

Alex Bowles

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Alex has a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Essex where he investigated the major transitions in the plant tree of life through comparative genome analysis. Alex is currently working on the iDAPT project to understand the role of cryospheric environments for facilitating early land plant terrestrialisation through genome sequencing and analysis of streptophyte algae..

Email me: ab17040@essex.ac.uk

Miranda Nicholes

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Miranda has a PhD in supraglacial ecology and biogeochemistry from the University of Bristol and is currently working to model the impact of supraglacial algal blooms on global carbon cycling. Miranda also researches algal, bacterial and fungal interactions in supraglacial systems and their role in overall ecosystem function. In her spare time, Miranda plays lacrosse internationally and is currently Captain of the Welsh Women’s Lacrosse team.

Email me: miranda.nicholes@bristol.ac.uk

Carmen Espinosa Angona

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Carmen is a biotechnologist with an MSc in Water Science and Technology (University of Girona, Spain) and a PhD in Cyanobacterial metabolite production in Mediterranean rivers (BETA Technological Centre, Vic, Spain). Carmen is currently working in collaboration with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water to apply machine learning to predict Cyanobacterial metabolite production within freshwater reservoirs.

Email me: c.espinosaangona@bristol.ac.uk

Emily Broadwell

PhD Student

Emily has an MSc in supraglacial ecology from Cardiff University and is currently completing her PhD within the MicroLab research group examining how glacial microorganisms are adapted to the cryosphere and developing technologies that allow to assess their functioning in-situ within snow and ice environments. Emily is also a Post Graduate Teaching Assistant within the School of Geographical Sciences, where she teaches a range of skills to undergraduate students.

Email me: emily.broadwell@bristol.ac.uk

Dilara Stenglein

MScR Student

Dilara has a BSc in Geography from the University of Bristol and is currently working toward her Masters by Research hosted in collaboration with the Cabot Institute for the Environment. Dilara’s research is concerned with the magnitude and impact of the ‘viral shunt’ in supraglacial environments.

Email me: ds17006@bristol.ac.uk

Rachel Pickford

MScR Student

Rachel has a BSc in Geography from the University of Bristol and is currently working toward her Masters by Research hosted in collaboration with the Cabot Institute for the Environment. Rachel’s research is concerned with the flow of nutrients and carbon through supraglacial algal communities, and the consequences for ecological stoichiometry.

Email me: rp16941@bristol.ac.uk

David Furley

MSc Student

David is a MSc student on the Climate Change Science and Policy masters program within the School of Geographical Sciences. David’s research is concerned with the application of machine learning techniques for the monitoring of harmful algal blooms increasing globally with climate change. David is working both on MicroLab@Bristol’s JGI funded neural network project and doing his master’s thesis in the group.

Email me: d.furley.2020@bristol.ac.uk


Want to work with us?

MicroLab@Bristol is always looking to expand its network of collaborators and recruit new team members. Keep an eye on our opportunities page for new PDRA or PhD job postings. If you’re interested in undertaking a Masters by Research with the MicroLab, see the Cabot Institute website for details of the programme and feel free to get in touch to discuss potential projects.

Chris is always happy to receive emails at c.williamson@bristol.ac.uk


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