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Dr Corinne Whitby

Senior Lecturer
School of Biological Sciences
Dr Corinne Whitby

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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 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. Group Members: PostDoctoral Researchers: Dr Rob Ferguson https://www.essex.ac.uk/bs/staff/profile.aspx?ID=4521; Dr Kelly Scarlett Postgraduate PhD Students:Mr Garwai Leung,Miss Aisha Coggan,Miss Nikoletta Grydaki,Mr Karl Skeels,Mr Duncan Sweeney. MSD:Mr Athar Nasir

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)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Microbial nitrogen and carbon cycling.

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

Impact of nanoparticles on microbial communities in the environment.

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.

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 (RAMBIE) to develop 'Rapid monitoring of bioaerosols in industrial, agricultural and urban environments'.

Current research

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).

Conferences and presentations

Johnson, R. Folwell, B., Smith, B., Rowland, S. &Whitby, C (2015). Bioremediation of Naphthenic Acids. University of Warwick.

2015

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.

2012

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.

2010

Johnson, R. Smith, B., Rowland, S. & Whitby, C. (June, 2009). Understanding Hydrocarbon Biodegradation. Goldschmidt Conference, Switzerland.

2009

Johnson, R. Smith, B., Rowland, S. & Whitby, C. (June, 2009). Naphthenic acid biodegradation. RMF, UK.

2009

Johnson, R. Smith, B., Rowland, S. & Whitby, C. (Sept, 2009). Characterization of NA-degraders. University of Reading, UK.

2009

Johnson, R. Smith, B., Rowland, S. & Whitby, C. (2008). MEOR-extracting more from our dirty oil RMF, UK.

2008

Johnson, R. Smith, B., Rowland, S. & Whitby, C. (2008). The acid test- cleaning up our dirty oil SGM, Dublin.

2008

Whitby, C. (2006). WSP Remediation. Molecular methods and bioremediation.

2006

Johnson, R. Smith, B., Rowland, S. & Whitby, C. (2006). Can we clean up our dirty oil? RMF, UK.

2006

Whitby, C. & H. Lappin-Scott. SIP: Linking Natural Community Diversity with Function. (2004). ASM, USA

2004

Publications

Journal articles (34)

Garcia-Alcega, S., Nasir, ZA., Ferguson, R., Noël, C., Cravo-Laureau, C., Whitby, C., Dumbrell, AJ., Colbeck, I., Tyrrel, S. and Coulon, F., (2018). Can chemical and molecular biomarkers help discriminate between industrial, rural and urban environments?. Science of the Total Environment. 631–632, 1059-1069

Garcia-Alcega, S., Nasir, ZA., Ferguson, R., Whitby, C., Dumbrell, AJ., Colbeck, I., Gomes, D., Tyrrel, S. and Coulon, F., (2017). Fingerprinting outdoor air environment using microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOCs) – A review. TrAC - Trends in Analytical Chemistry. 86, 75-83

Beddow, J., Stolpe, B., Cole, PA., Lead, JR., Sapp, M., Lyons, BP., Colbeck, I. and Whitby, C., (2017). Nanosilver inhibits nitrification and reduces ammonia-oxidising bacterial but not archaealamoAgene abundance in estuarine sediments. Environmental Microbiology. 19 (2), 500-510

Beddow, J., Johnson, RJ., Lawson, T., Breckels, MN., Webster, RJ., Smith, BE., Rowland, SJ. and Whitby, C., (2016). The effect of oil sands process-affected water and model naphthenic acids on photosynthesis and growth in Emiliania huxleyi and Chlorella vulgaris. Chemosphere. 145, 416-423

Folwell, BD., McGenity, TJ. and Whitby, C., (2016). Biofilm and Planktonic Bacterial and Fungal Communities Transforming High-Molecular-Weight Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 82 (8), 2288-2299

Folwell, BD., McGenity, TJ., Price, A., Johnson, RJ. and Whitby, C., (2016). Exploring the capacity for anaerobic biodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and naphthenic acids by microbes from oil-sands-process-affected waters. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation. 108, 214-221

Lansdown, K., McKew, BA., Whitby, C., Heppell, CM., Dumbrell, AJ., Binley, A., Olde, L. and Trimmer, M., (2016). Importance and controls of anaerobic ammonium oxidation influenced by riverbed geology. Nature Geoscience. 9 (5), 357-360

Folwell, BD., McGenity, TJ. and Whitby, C., (2016). Characterisation of biofilm and planktonic bacterial and fungal communities transforming high molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 82 (8), 2288-2299

Tatti, E., McKew, BA., Whitby, C. and Smith, CJ., (2016). Simultaneous DNA-RNA Extraction from Coastal Sediments and Quantification of 16S rRNA Genes and Transcripts by Real-time PCR. Journal of Visualized Experiments. 2016 (112)

Li, J., Nedwell, DB., Beddow, J., Dumbrell, AJ., McKew, BA., Thorpe, EL. and Whitby, C., (2015). amoAGene Abundances and Nitrification Potential Rates Suggest that Benthic Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria and Not Archaea Dominate N Cycling in the Colne Estuary, United Kingdom. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 81 (1), 159-165

Beddow, J., Stolpe, B., Cole, P., Lead, JR., Sapp, M., Lyons, BP., Colbeck, I. and Whitby, C., (2014). Effects of engineered silver nanoparticles on the growth and activity of ecologically important microbes. Environmental Microbiology Reports. 6 (5), 448-458

Beddow, J., Stölpe, B., Cole, PA., Lead, JR., Sapp, M., Lyons, BP., McKew, B., Steinke, M., Benyahia, F., Colbeck, I. and Whitby, C., (2014). Estuarine sediment hydrocarbon-degrading microbial communities demonstrate resilience to nanosilver. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation. 96, 206-215

Papaspyrou, S., Smith, CJ., Dong, LF., Whitby, C., Dumbrell, AJ. and Nedwell, DB., (2014). Nitrate Reduction Functional Genes and Nitrate Reduction Potentials Persist in Deeper Estuarine Sediments. Why?. PLoS ONE. 9 (4), e94111-e94111

Papaspyrou, S., Smith, CJ., Dong, LF., Whitby, C., Dumbrell, AJ. and Nedwell, DB., (2014). Nitrate Reduction Functional Genes and Nitrate Reduction Potentials Persist in Deeper Estuarine Sediments. Why?. PLoS ONE. 9 (4), creators-Nedwell=3ADavid_B=3A=3A

Whitby, C., Skovhus, TL. and Passman, FJ., (2013). ISMOS-3: Third International Symposium on Applied Microbiology and Molecular Biology in Oil Systems – Preface to special issue. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation. 81, 1-2

Johnson, RJ., Smith, BE., Rowland, SJ. and Whitby, C., (2013). Biodegradation of alkyl branched aromatic alkanoic naphthenic acids by Pseudomonas putida KT2440. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation. 81, 3-8

McKew, BA., Dumbrell, AJ., Daud, SD., Hepburn, L., Thorpe, E., Mogensen, L. and Whitby, C., (2012). Characterization of Geographically Distinct Bacterial Communities Associated with Coral Mucus Produced by Acropora spp. and Porites spp.. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 78 (15), 5229-5237

Pankhurst, LJ., Whitby, C., Pawlett, M., Larcombe, LD., McKew, B., Deacon, LJ., Morgan, SL., Villa, R., Drew, GH., Tyrrel, S., Pollard, SJT. and Coulon, F., (2012). Temporal and spatial changes in the microbial bioaerosol communities in green-waste composting. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 79 (1), 229-239

Johnson, RJ., West, CE., Swaih, AM., Folwell, BD., Smith, BE., Rowland, SJ. and Whitby, C., (2012). Aerobic biotransformation of alkyl branched aromatic alkanoic naphthenic acids via two different pathways by a new isolate of Mycobacterium. Environmental Microbiology. 14 (4), 872-882

Johnson, RJ., Smith, BE., Sutton, PA., McGenity, TJ., Rowland, SJ. and Whitby, C., (2011). Microbial biodegradation of aromatic alkanoic naphthenic acids is affected by the degree of alkyl side chain branching. The ISME Journal. 5 (3), 486-496

Rowland, SJ., Jones, D., Scarlett, AG., West, CE., Hin, LP., Boberek, M., Tonkin, A., Smith, BE. and Whitby, C., (2011). Synthesis and toxicity of some metabolites of the microbial degradation of synthetic naphthenic acids. Science of The Total Environment. 409 (15), 2936-2941

Farage, P., Ball, AS., McGenity, TJ., Whitby, C. and Pretty, J., (2010). Reply to Comment on: 'Burning management and carbon sequestration of upland heather moorland in the UK'. Soil Research. 48 (1), 104-104

Whitby, C., (2010). Microbial Naphthenic Acid Degradation. Advances in applied microbiology. 70, 93-125

Farage, P., Ball, AS., McGenity, TJ., Whitby, C. and Pretty, JN., (2010). Reply to Comment on: `Burning management and carbon sequestration of upland heather moorland in the UK'. Australian Journal Of Soil Research. 48 (1), creators-McGenity=3ATerry_J=3A=3A

Farage, P., Ball, A., McGenity, TJ., Whitby, C. and Pretty, J., (2009). Burning management and carbon sequestration of upland heather moorland in the UK. Soil Research. 47 (4), 351-351

Whitby, C., Johnson, RJ., Smith, B., Robinson, K. and Rowland, S., (2009). Biodegradation of naphthenic acids. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 73 (13), creators-Whitby=3ACorinne=3A=3A

Smith, BE., Lewis, CA., Belt, ST., Whitby, C. and Rowland, SJ., (2008). Effects of Alkyl Chain Branching on the Biotransformation of Naphthenic Acids. Environmental Science & Technology. 42 (24), 9323-9328

Zakaria, D., Lappin-Scott, H., Burton, S. and Whitby, C., (2007). Bacterial diversity in soil enrichment cultures amended with 2 (2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxy) propionic acid (mecoprop). Environmental Microbiology. 9 (10), 2575-2587

Whitby, C., Bailey, M., Whiteley, A., Murrell, C., Kilham, K., Prosser, J. and Lappin-Scott, H., (2005). Stable isotope probing links taxonomy with function in microbial communities. ASM News. 71 (4), 169-173

Whitby, C., Bailey, M., Whiteley, A., Murrell, C., Kilham, K., Prosser, J. and Lappin-Scott, H., (2005). Stable isotope probing links taxonomy with function in microbial communities - Microbial ecologists have a culture-independent means for analyzing sources of metabolic activities among complex mixtures of microbes. ASM NEWS. 71 (4), 169-173

Whitby, C., Earl, J., Lanyon, C., Gray, S., Robinson, J., Meadows, J. and Edwards, C., (2004). The molecular diversity of the methanogenic community in a hypereutrophic freshwater lake determined by PCR-RFLP. Journal of Applied Microbiology. 97 (5), 973-984

Whitby, CB., Hall, G., Pickup, R., Saunders, JR., Ineson, P., Parekh, NR. and McCarthy, A., (2001). 13C incorporation into DNA as a means of identifying the active components of ammonia-oxidizer populations. Letters in Applied Microbiology. 32 (6), 398-401

Whitby, CB., Saunders, JR., Pickup, RW. and McCarthy, AJ., (2001). A comparison of ammonia-oxidiser populations in eutrophic and oligotrophic basins of a large freshwater lake. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. 79 (2), 179-188

Whitby, CB., Saunders, JR., Rodriguez, J., Pickup, RW. and McCarthy, A., (1999). Phylogenetic differentiation of two closely related Nitrosomonas spp. that inhabit different sediment environments in an oligotrophic freshwater lake. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 65 (11), 4855-4862

Books (1)

Whitby, C. and Skovhus, TL., (2011). Applied Microbiology and Molecular Biology in Oilfield Systems. Springer. 978-90-481-9251-9

Book chapters (6)

Skeels, K. and Whitby, C., (2019). 1. Skeels K and Whitby C (2018). Microbial ecology of naphthenic acid degradation. In: McGenity, Terry J and Nogales, Balbina, (eds.) Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology Protocols. Springer pg 1-22.. In: Microbial Communities Utilizing Hydrocarbons and Lipids: Members, Metagenomics and Ecophysiology. Springer International Publishing. 1- 22. 9783319600635

Nedwell, DB., Underwood, GJC., McGenity, TJ., Whitby, C. and Dumbrell, AJ., (2016). The Colne Estuary. In: Advances in Ecological Research. Elsevier. 227- 281. 9780081009352

Smith, CJ., Mckew, BA., Coggan, A. and Whitby, C., (2016). Primers: Functional Genes for Nitrogen-Cycling Microbes in Oil Reservoirs. In: Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology Protocols. Editors: McGenity, TJ., Timmis, KN. and Nogales, B., . Springer. 207- 241. 978-3-662-50427-7

McGenity, TJ., Whitby, C. and Fahy, A., (2010). Alkaliphilic hydrocarbon degraders. In: Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology. Editors: Timmis, KN., McGenity, TJ., van der Meer, JR. and de Lorenzo, V., . Springer. 1931- 1937. 9783540775881

Price, A., �lvarez, LA., Whitby, C. and Larsen, J., (2010). How Many Microorganisms Are Present? Quantitative Reverse Transcription PCR (qRT-PCR). In: Applied Microbiology and Molecular Biology in Oilfield Systems. Editors: Whitby, C. and Skovhus, TL., . Springer. 77- 84. 978-90-481-9251-9

Whitby, C., Meade, R., Hall, G., Saunders, JR., Pickup, RW. and McCarthy, AJ., (2001). Molecular genetic analysis of the ammonia-oxidizing bacterial community in a defined hypereutrophic freshwater lake. In: Genes in the Environment 15th Special Symposium of the British Ecological Society. Editors: Hails, RS., Beringer, JE. and Godfray, HCJ., . Cambridge University Press/British Ecological Society. 167- 186. 9780521549349

Conferences (3)

Frenzel, M., Passman, F., Skovhus, TL. and Whitby, C., (2018). 5 th International Symposium on Applied Microbiology and Molecular Biology in Oil Systems

Price, A., Álvarez, LA., Whitby, C. and Larsen, J., (2010). Detection of SRP activity by quantification of mRNA for the dissimilatory (bi) sulfite reductase gene (dsrA) by reverse transcription quantitative PCR

Price, A., Álvarez, LA., Whitby, C. and Larsen, J., (2010). Detection of SRP activity by quantification of mRNA for the dissimilatory (bi) sulfite reductase gene (dsrA) by reverse transcription quantitative PCR

Reports and Papers (2)

Holt, D. and Whitby, C., (2017). Exploring the use of a low-tech tool for conservation agriculture - a field experiment in Kenya

Johnson, R. and Whitby, C., (2010). Fuel for the Future: Unlocking New Fuel Resources

Grants and funding

2018

Microbiological Assessment of soil surrounding Trees with AOD and COD.

Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs

2017

A new dynamic for Phosphorus in Riverbed Nitrogen Cycling - PRINCe

Natural Environment Research Council

Quantifying a marine ecosystem's response to a catastrophic oil spill

Natural Environment Research Council

2016

Disentangling plant-soil microbe-plant feedback loop interactions under soil drought stress conditions

ADC BioScientific Limited

Using low impact technologies for sustainable agriculture - workshops with informal economy manufacturers and women farmers.

University of Essex

2015

Rapid monitoring of bioaerosols in Urban, Agricultural and Industrial Environments

Natural Environment Research Council

2014

Commercialisation of Bioreactor Process Technology

Natural Environment Research Council

The Role of Lateral Exchange in Modulating the Seaward Flux of C.N.P

Natural Environment Research Council

Using Proteomics to increase naphthenic acid degradation rates in Pseudomonas fluorescens Pf-5

Society For General Microbiology

2012

The Role of Lateral Echange in Modulating the Seaward Flux of CNP

Natural Environment Research Council

Process Scale-Up for Rapid Naphthenic Acid Removal from Oil Sands Process Waters (OSPW)

Natural Environment Research Council

Human EXposure to Aerosol Contaminants in Modern Microenvironments

European Commission (FP7)

2011

International Travel Grant - University of Calgary

The Royal Society

2010

Development of an optimized naphthenic acid bioremedition

Natural Environment Research Council

Contact

cwhitby@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872062

Location:

3SW.5.13, Colchester Campus