Microbiologists working in this area
The study of microbes helps us to understand our world and our place within it. It gives us insights into the complexity of nature and society, which in turn provide many different health, environmental, social, cultural, industrial and economic benefits. Microbiology answers big questions by giving us knowledge of very small things. When the discipline of microbiology is strong and intellectually vibrant, we have a better chance of finding solutions to these problems, and building a healthier, more sustainable and more prosperous future.
To celebrate our 75th anniversary in 2020, we invited microbiologists to nominate the discovery or event that best showcases why microbiology matters and helps us demonstrate the impact of microbiologists past, present and future.
Why understanding the role of microbes in climate change and recycling matters to the microbiology community
Through a series of interviews, we have found out more about some of the individuals that make up our community of microbiologists and whose research focuses on the role of microbes in climate change and recycling. Read more about those working in the field and why they think understanding the role of microbes in climate change and recycling matters to microbiology below.
Professor Penny Hirsch is a member of the Microbiology Society and previously worked in the Sustainable Agriculture Sciences Department at Rothamsted Research. In this interview she tells us about her career in microbiology and her research into the complexity of soil microbial communities.
Kevin Purves is a PhD student at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory. He is a member of the Microbiology Society and in this interview he tells us more about his research on the role viruses and microbes play in the marine environment, and their impact on biogeochemical cycles.
Jack Gilbert is a Professor at the University of California San Diego and Co-Founder and President of BiomeSense. He is also a member of the Microbiology Society, and in this interview tells us more about his current research as well as his contributions to form collaborative relationships through various projects.
Dr Megan Barnett is a Geomicrobiologist at the British Geological Survey (GBS) and a member of the Microbiology Society. In this interview, she tells us more about her research in geology and microbiology, biotechnology applications in earth sciences, and why she thinks microbiology matters.
Dr Simon Gregory has taken a circuitous route through neuroscience, human population genetics and aquaculture to get to where he is now, leading the geomicrobiology research at the British Geological Survey. His current research interests include microbial aspects of radioactive waste disposal, carbon capture and storage, geothermal energy, biomining and methane cycling. Read more about his research in this interview.
Professor Jill Banfield is based at the University of California, Berkeley, USA. She was awarded the Prize Medal by the Society in 2018. In this interview she tells us more about her research geomicrobiology and what winning the Prize Medal meant to her.