Microbiology & Pathogens

Chris Clegg

Main Areas of Expertise Microbiology Secondary Areas of Expertise Environmental microbiology; Soil microbiology; Molecular detection of microbes; Interactions between plants and microbes; Interactions between invertebrates and microbes; Pathogens in soils and water; Microbes and nutrient cycling; Biological aspects of soil science. Biography Dr Christopher Clegg's PhD comprised studying interactions between genetically modified bacteria and soil invertebrates. He later worked as a postdoctoral research scientist at the Scottish Crop Research Institute, contributing to a larger collaborative project investigating the relationships between soil microorganisms and above-ground plant communities. As a senior research scientist at the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research, Chris' work diversified and he managed a range of projects studying the microbiology of soils. Areas of research focused on microbial interactions with both plants and soil invertebrates, impacts of agricultural management on microbes and nutrient cycling, and the survival of bacterial pathogens in soils and their hydrological movement through the soil to water-courses. These studies demanded a wide-range of traditional and standard microbiological approaches as well as more advanced molecular and isotopic methodologies. Qualifications PhD "The Effect of Soil Invertebrates on the Survival of Genetically Modified Microorganisms", Biological Sciences, University of Exeter MSc Microbial Ecology, University of Aberdeen BSc Microbiology, Manchester Polytechnic Reviewer Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Applied Soil Ecology, Ecosystems, FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Global Change Biology, Journal of Applied Bacteriology, Letters in Applied Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, Oikos, Plant and Soil, Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Trends in Biotechnology. Current Activity Scientific editor and self-employed author