The Glasgow Geomicrobiology Group is a consortium of earth scientists from the University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde, and University of the West of Scotland, exploring how microorganisms impact our environment at the nexus of the geosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere. Our research addresses questions involving microbial evolution and ecology, biogeochemical cycling of major and trace elements, microbe-metal interactions, biomineralisation, and other related topics. We work to address global challenges in mitigating climate change and remediating environmental pollution, harnessing microbial activity for applied sciences for the benefit of society, and understanding important links across ecosystem, microbiome and human health.

We are always interested in hearing from highly-motivated prospective postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Environmental meta(l)genomics

Using metagenomics and biogeochemistry to study environmental microorganisms and how they interact with heavy metals and other contaminants, in both natural and “extreme” environments.

Cryosphere biogeoscience

Investigating the ability of microbial communities to cycle elements in extreme cold environments. Studying the important consequences of biogeochemical cycling under the forcing of global climate change.


Applying knowledge of microbial biofilm formation and biomineralisation to control water pollution in natural and engineered systems. Recognising biosignatures from early Earth or other planets.

Protists, parasites & pollution

Studying protist-prokaryote interactions, the impact of pollutants on antimicrobial resistance, the complexity of environmental microbial communities and the environmental transmission of pathogens in human health and aquaculture.

Contact the PIs:

john.moreau (at) glasgow.ac.uk

karen.cameron (at) glasgow.ac.uk

vernon.phoenix (at) strath.ac.uk

fiona.henriquez (at) uws.ac.uk

The Glasgow Geomicrobiology Group is part of the Geomicrobiology Network UK

Photo (top): Clyde Arc, Glasgow. Credit: Giuseppe Milo (www.pixael.com/en/blog). Licence: CC BY 2.0