Dr Sophie Nixon

NERC Research Fellow

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My research interests centre on the diversity, function and adaptation of microbial life in the deep terrestrial habitats, spanning pristine and engineered subsurface environments on Earth, and the potential for life on other planetary bodies. I combine high-pressure subsurface simulation with genomic tools and geochemistry to understand the role of microbiology in these extreme environments. My NERC Industrial Innovation Research Fellowship focuses on microbial life in hydraulically fractured shale environments, and in particular the potential for (and mitigation of) biofouling. 

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Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains


  • Microbiology, Deep terrestrial subsurface, Organic carbon cycling, Microbial ecology, Biofouling

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2014 - Doctor of Philosophy, Microbial iron reduction on Earth and Mars, University of Edinburgh

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