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Dr Laura Newsome


Current PhD/MRes students

  • Jody Grassby (2019-2023) Understanding how time-dependent changes in biogeochemistry, microbiology and mineralogy of mine waste can contribute to, or limit the impact of, environmental metal pollution
  • Eliana Molina Ramirez (2020-2022) Low-cost methodology for determining and applying suitable remediation techniques for mercury pollution in contaminated environments by gold mining activities
  • Becca Kirk (2021-2025) Natural biogeochemistry of lithium: resource formation, biorecovery and environmental impacts
  • Peirou Li (2021-2025) The study on effect and reaction mechanism of biogenic Mn oxides on remediation of heavy metals

PhD theses

  • Agustín Solano Arguedas (2019) The geomicrobiology of iron, cobalt, nickel and manganese in lateritic tropical soils from the Santa Elena Peninsula, Costa Rica, University of Manchester (co-supervisor with Prof. Jon Lloyd)
  • Adrian Cleary (2018) Assessment of natural attenuation and targeted in-situ remediation of radioactively contaminated land, University of Manchester (co-supervisor with Prof. Kath Morris)

MSc theses

  • Aleanor Bakes (2020) An investigation into the prokaryotic diversity of a variety of mining environments and their role in secondary mineral formation, University of Exeter
  • Verity Fitch (2019) A critical review of the contaminated land site, Wheal Maid and an investigation into the lack of oxidation occurring within pyrite rich tailings, University of Exeter
  • Yunyao Luo (2018) Identification and characterisation of cave manganese(II) oxidising microorganisms in the presence of lead, University of Manchester
  • Ruoyan Xu (2017) Cobalt extraction through bioprocessing of Co-bearing minerals, University of Manchester
  • Jinxin Xie (2017) The investigation of the effect of organic matter and microbial communities on microbially reducing conditions at the Sellafield site, University of Manchester
  • Haydn Haynes (2014) Geochemical cycling of uranium in clays, University of Manchester

BSc research projects

  • Ben Clitherow (2021) Is it possible to predict the formation of biofilms in geothermal systems?, University of Exeter
  • Jakob Holland (2021) Can ore bioleaching with phosphate solubilising microbes be optimised?, University of Exeter