James Prosser

Talk Title : Scientific vs. technical challenges in microbial ecology: a question of approach

Time : 24th August 2021 – 16:00 (KL, GMT+8) / 18:00 (Sydney, GMT+10)

Jim Prosser is Emeritus Professor in Environmental Microbiology in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Aberdeen. He was awarded a BSc in Microbiology by Queen Elizabeth College, University of London in 1972 and a PhD by the University of Liverpool in 1975. He then carried out postdoctoral research in Liverpool before moving to a lectureship at the University of Aberdeen, where he held a Personal Chair prior to retirement in 2020. His research focuses on the ecophysiology, diversity and ecosystem function of soil microorganisms, with particular emphasis on ammonia oxidisers, which play a central in the global nitrogen cycle. This research has uncovered novel microbial groups involved in biogeochemical cycling processes and situations in which niche specialisation impacts on process rates. He has demonstrated the role of pH and ammonia supply on ammonia oxidiser communities, the influence of community composition on ecosystem function, including nitrous oxide emissions, and the implications for nitrogen fertiliser strategies. This research has involved the development of molecular techniques to characterise natural communities of soil microorganisms, and their activities, and the use of model systems to address ecological questions.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Society of Biology and the American Academy of Microbiology and was awarded an OBE for services to Environmental Science in 2013. He has an Honorary Degree from the University of Ljubljana, is a CAS Distinguished International Professor and is Special Reviews & Commentaries Editor for ISME Journal and on the Editorial Boards of several other microbial ecology journals. He is also a Director of NCIMB Ltd., a microbiological services spin-out company from the University of Aberdeen

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