People

Dr. John W Moreau

Principle investigator, group supervisor

Ph.D Earth and Planetary Science (2006), University of Glasgow

M.S. Geology (2001), Arizona State University

B.A. English/B.A. Political Science, Hons. (1994), Arizona State University

John supervises the Geomicrobiology Group, and combines his expertise in mineralogy, geochemistry and microbiology to explore how microbes have influenced the form and fate of nutrients and trace metals over geologic time. His M.S. research used analytical transmission electron microscopy to characterise mineral-organic interfaces in Precambrian microbial microfossils. As a PhD student and postdoc, he used geochemical, microanalytical and molecular methods to investigate the impacts of wetland sulphur cycling on mine legacy heavy metals. As a group leader, John uses molecular, analytical and bioinformatic approaches to determine how environmental microbes influence redox and speciation transformations of metals and metalloids, with a focus on contaminant remediation. More recently, he is interested in using multi-omic and phylogenetic tools to try to decipher the co-evolution of microbial genes encoding for cellular interactions with metal(loid)s that have had important implications for Earth’s biogeochemical cycles.

Email: john.moreau@glasgow.ac.uk

Robert (Angus) Keillar

Ph.D Candidate at Melbourne University; supervisor: J. Moreau, co-supervisor: J. Black

M.Sci (2014), University of Melbourne

B.Sci (2012), University of Melbourne

Angus uses experimental (cultivation-based), metagenomic and modelling (PHREEQC, COBRA) approaches to investigating microbial responses to supercritical CO2 injection in the deep subsurface. His work supports efforts to understand the potential consequences of “geo-sequestering” CO2 in efforts to mitigate climate warming.

Email: rkeillar@student.unimelb.edu.au

Heyu Lin

Ph.D Candidate at Melbourne University; supervisor: J. Moreau, co-supervisor K. Holt (Monash)

M.Sci, Ocean University of China (2017)

B.Sci, Dalian Ocean University (2014)

Heyu applies metagenomics and bioinformatics to understanding the diversity and activity of mercury (Hg)-methylating bacteria in the world’s oceans. His work expands our understanding of an important microbially-mediated Hg transformation in the global biogeochemical mercury cycle.

Email: heyu.lin@student.unimelb.edu.au


Alumni

Dr. Marcos Voutsinos (Ph.D, 2015-2022), The University of Melbourne

Dr. Farhad Shafiei (Ph.D, 2018-2022), The University of Melbourne; currently seeking postdoctoral position

Dr. Mathew Watts, Research Fellow (2014-2018); Currently Scientist at the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (Melbourne)

Dr. Hong Phuc Vu, McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow (2011-2014); Currently Consultant at Golder Associates (Melbourne)

Dr. Susan Cumberland, CSIRO Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2012-2015); Currently Research Fellow at Strathclyde University (Glasgow)

Dr. Toni Cox (Ph.D, 2017), The University of Melbourne; Currently Editor at Oxford University Press (Australia)

Dr. Caitlin Gionfriddo (Ph.D, 2016), The University of Melbourne; Currently Research Associate at Latrobe University (AUS)

Dr. Yu-Chen Ling (Ph.D, 2016), The University of Melbourne; Currently Research Fellow at GEOMAR-Kiel

Dr. Katrin Hug (Ph.D, 2015), The University of Melbourne; Currently Research Fellow at the Humboldt Institute (Munich)

Dr. Andre Mu (Ph.D, 2015), The University of Melbourne; Currently Research Fellow at Sanger Institute (UK)

Ms. Angelina Bosnjak (M.Phil, 2015), The University of Melbourne; Currently Environmental Scientist at ERM Australia, Melbourne

Mr. Dilip Prankumar (M.Sci, 2017), The University of Melbourne; Currently a Hydrogeologist with Rio Tinto Corp.

Dr. Emily Hepburn (M.Sci, 2011), The University of Melbourne; Currently Hydrogeologist at AECOM (Melbourne)

Ms. Rebecca White (M.Sci, 2017)

Mr. Andrew Minard (M.Sci, 2011), The University of Melbourne; Recently Hydrogeologist at Golder Assoc. (Melbourne)

Ms. Gretchen Sites (M.Sci, 2010), The University of Melbourne; Currently Hydrogeologist at Cardno-Lane-Piper (Melbourne)

Ms. Jemelyn Baldisimo (M.Env., 2010), The University of Melbourne

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