Academic Staff

Dr Corinne Whitby Senior Lecturer in Environmental Microbiology, Industrial Placement Officer, Athena Swan Convenor

Position in departmentJoint Research Group Convenor (Ecology & Environmental Microbiology)
Staff positionSenior Lecturer in Environmental Microbiology
Emailcwhitby@essex.ac.uk
Telephone01206 872062
Fax2592
Room5.13
Biography

Posts and Training:

1997-2002       PostDoctoral Research Fellow, University of Liverpool
2002-2003       PostDoctoral Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen
2003-2005       PostDoctoral Research Fellow, University of Exeter
2006-2012       Lecturer in Environmental Microbiology, University of Essex
2012-Present   Senior Lecturer in Environmental Microbiology, University of Essex

September 2011- March 2012 Royal Society Visiting Fellow University of Calgary, University of Alberta, Canada

Qualifications

2010 University of Essex Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education & Professional Practice

1998 University of Liverpool Ph.D. (NERC-CASE): Environmental Microbiology

1994 University of Hull B.Sc. (Hons) (2:i) Applied Biology, (Molecular Microbiology)

Current research

Group Members:

PostDoctoral Researchers: Dr Rob Ferguson https://www.essex.ac.uk/bs/staff/profile.aspx?ID=4521

Postgraduate PhD Students: Mr Garwai LeungMiss Aisha Coggan, Miss Nikoletta GrydakiMr Karl SkeelsMr Duncan Sweeney. MSD: Mr Athar Nasir, Amy Cohen

Current Funding:

2015-2018 BBSRC 'Using synthetic biology to forward engineer the catabolic pathways in Pseudomonads for use as biotechnological tools in the bioremediation of oil sands process waters'. (PI). 

2015-2018 NERC 'Disentangling the plant-microbe interactions in the soil rhizosphere' (PI).

2015-2018 NERC 'Rapid monitoring of bioaerosols in industrial, agricultural and urban environments'. (Co-I).

2013-2016 NERC-CASE ‘Spatio-temporal dynamics of microbial community structure and function across an afforestation chronosequence’ (PI). 

2013-2016 EC FP7-‘Human Exposure to Aeorosol Contaminants in Modern Micro-environments' (HEXACOMM) (Co-I).

Research interests

My research is focussed on the following areas:
1. Microbial nitrogen and carbon cycling.

2. Microbial biodegradation of hydrocarbons with a specific focus on naphthenic acid (NA) biodegradation in aquatic and terrestrial environments.

3. Impact of nanoparticles on microbial communities in the environment.

4. Characterization of microbial communities in bioaerosols.

I am currently PI on several research grants including a BBSRC-CASE project 'Using synthetic biology to forward engineer catabolic pathways in Psudomonads for use as biotechnological tools in the bioremediation of oil sands process waters, a NERC-CASE project to analyse plant-microbial interactions in the soil rhizosphere, a NERC-CASE project with Forest Research to analyse the ‘Spatio-temporal dynamics of microbial community structure and function across an afforestation chronosequence’ and a NERC-funded project with industry to develop a Process Scale-up for Rapid Naphthenic Acid Removal from Oil sands Process Waters (OSPW).

I am also Co-I on a NERC funded project to investigate ‘The role of lateral exchange in modulating the seaward flux of C, N, P’, and Co-I on an EU-funded project for FrameWork 7 (FP7) to measure ‘Human Exposure to Aeorosol Contaminants in Modern Microenvironments (HEXACOMM)’ and Co-I on a NERC-funded grant to develop 'Rapid monitoring of bioaerosols in industrial, agricultural and urban environments'.

Teaching responsibilities

Undergraduate Teaching:
BS104 Microbiology
BS141 Scientific and Transferable Skills
BS253 Microbial Diversity & Biotechnology
BP344 Pollution: Impact and Management
BS382/831: Research Skills
BS834 Industrial Training Module   

Postgraduate Teaching:
BS707 Tropical Marine Biology
BS782 Research Project Marine Biology

PublicationsLink to publications for Corinne Whitby
Conferences/presentations

I             Invitations to Give Paper:

  1. Johnson, R. Folwell, B., Smith, B., Rowland, S. & Whitby, C (2015). Bioremediation of Naphthenic Acids. University of Warwick.
  2. Johnson, R. Smith, B., Rowland, S. & Whitby, C. (2012). Oil sands to the rescue: Oil Sand Microbial Communities Can Degrade Recalcitrant Alkyl Phenyl Alkanoic Acids. University of Calgary.
  3. Johnson, R. Smith, B., Rowland, S. & Whitby, C. (Nov 2010). ‘Microbial biodegradation of alkyl phenyl alkanoic acids by oil sand microbial communities.’ Reservoir Microbiology Forum.
  4. Johnson, R. Smith, B., Rowland, S. & Whitby, C. (June, 2009). ‘Understanding Hydrocarbon Biodegradation’. Goldschmidt Conference, Switzerland.
  5. Johnson, R. Smith, B., Rowland, S. & Whitby, C. (June, 2009). ‘Naphthenic acid biodegradation.’ RMF, UK.
  6. Johnson, R. Smith, B., Rowland, S. & Whitby, C. (Sept, 2009). ‘Characterization of NA-degraders.’ University of Reading, UK.
  7. Johnson, R. Smith, B., Rowland, S. & Whitby, C. (2008). ‘MEOR-extracting more from our dirty oil’ RMF, UK.
  8. Johnson, R. Smith, B., Rowland, S. & Whitby, C. (2008). ‘The acid test- cleaning up our dirty oil’ SGM, Dublin.
  9. Whitby, C. (2006). WSP Remediation. ‘Molecular methods and bioremediation’.
  10. Johnson, R. Smith, B., Rowland, S. & Whitby, C. (2006). ‘Can we clean up our dirty oil?’ RMF, UK. 
  11.  Whitby, C. & H. Lappin-Scott. SIP: Linking Natural Community Diversity with Function. (2004). ASM, USA

Additional information

External Duties: Reviewer for: FEMS Microbiol. Letts, Microbiol. Microbiolog. Meths, Mycol. Res., Chemosphere, Arch. Microbiol., J. Soil Sci., Environ. Pollut., books for OUP, RCUK grants, Alberta Innovates, Genome Alberta, External PhD examiner.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP (1994-present): Member of Microbiology Society, ISMOS TSC.

ESTEEM FACTORS:
2009- Present Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
2007-present Vice Chair of ISMOS Technical and Scientific Committee, Founder & Co-Organiser of ISMOS.
2006-2008 Elected Environmental Microbiology Committee Member, SGM.

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