Dr Karen Cameron

Dr Karen Cameron

Ser Cymru II COFUND Research Fellow


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Karen Cameron is a glacial microbial ecologist. Her Sêr Cymru II COFUND fellowship, "MEGARISE (Oct 2016 - 2019), considers how microbiota on the surfaces of glaciers contribute towards surface ice darkening, which leads to enhanced glacial melt; an event which contributes towards sea level rise, and which threatens the resources, lifestyles and lives of humanity worldwide. This project will characterise the composition and function of microbiota sampled from ice surfaces with a view towards linking this to their effect on surface ice darkening. Community responses to changes in environmental conditions will be investigated, and relationships between community members will be considered.


Williamson, C, Cameron, K, Cook, J, Zarsky, J, Stibal, M & Edwards, A 2019, 'Glacier algae: a dark past and a darker future' Frontiers in Microbiology, vol. 10, 524. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2019.00524
Gokul, J, Cameron, K, Irvine-Fynn, T, Cook, J, Hubbard, A, Stibal, M, Hegarty, M, Mur, L & Edwards, A 2019, 'Illuminating the dynamic rare biosphere of the Greenland Ice Sheet's Dark Zone' FEMS Microbiology Ecology, vol. 95, no. 12, fiz177. https://doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiz177
Ryan, JC, Hubbard, A, Stibal, M, Irvine-Fynn, TD, Cook, J, Smith, LC, Cameron, K & Box, J 2018, 'Dark zone of the Greenland Ice Sheet controlled by distributed biologically-active impurities' Nature Communications, vol. 9, 1065. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-03353-2
Stibal, M, Box, J, Cameron, K, Langen, PL, Yallop, ML, Mottram, RH, Khan, AL, Molotch, NP, Chrismas, NAM, Quaglia, FC, Remias, D, Smeets, CJP, van den Broeke, MR, Ryan, J, Hubbard, A, Tranter, M, Van As, D & Ahlstrøm, AP 2017, 'Algae drive enhanced darkening of bare ice on the Greenland ice sheet' Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 44, no. 22, pp. 11463-11471. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017GL075958
Hauptmann, AL, Sicheritz-Pontén, T, Cameron, K, Bælum, J, Pilchta, DR, Dalgaard, M & Stibal, M 2017, 'Contamination of the Arctic reflected in microbial metagenomes from the Greenland ice sheet' Environmental Research Letters, vol. 12, no. 7. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aa7445
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