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Microbial Pathogen Ecology Group

Group members


Group coordinators

Dr Shelagh Malham

Shelagh's research work takes a holistic approach and encompasses such wide ranging themes as catchment to coast processes, ecosystem health, estuarine functioning, pathogens and human health, macronutrient processing, pollution, climate change (temperature, acidification, sea level rise), shellfish mortality/disease, larval connectivity and shellfish sustainability. The work tends to be very applied with the direct impact required for commercial enterprises in catchment, coastal and oceanographic areas. The investigations and experiments into these areas has however led to new areas and understandings of science.

Dr James McDonald

James's research interests include environmental microbiology, molecular microbial ecology and the application of molecular biological, metagenomic and next generation sequencing methods (such as 454 pyrosequencing) to characterise microbial communities in natural environments.

Prof Davey Jones

Davey Jones holds a Professorial Chair in Soil and Environmental Science at Bangor University. A major focus of his research is on understanding below-ground processes with specific focus onnutrients and human pathogen behavior in soil-plant-microbial systems. Current applications of his work include the use of wastes for land restoration, implementation of strategies for controlling E. coli O157 in agricultural systems, enhancing food safety, carbon sequestration in grasslands and ways to improve nutrient use efficiency in cropping systems. He has published more than 225 scientific journal articles and has advised government on both their waste and climate change policies.

Davey's research interests include plant-soil-microbe interactions, Environmental Pollution, Human Pathogens, Dissolved Organic Nitrogen, Soil Quality and Freshwater pollution.



Group members

Caroline Duce

Research Officer - SEACAMS

Dr Emma Ransom-Jones

Research Officer


Francis Hassard

James Doonan

PhD - Woodland Heritage

Dr Jasmine Sharp

Research Officer - EFF Microbial Pathogens

Dr Karen Perrow

Research Officer - NERC Macronutrients Consortium

Karen Tuson

Research Administrative Assistant - EFF Microbial Pathogens

Provides support for the EFF ShellPath project.

Dr Katie Clements

Research Officer

I am a temperate benthic ecologist currently working on microbial contamination affecting commercial shellfish beds.

Tracy Perkins

PhD - KESS Studentship

Currently writing up my thesis