Cheryl Ann Miller


I have a microbiology background; I studied Biomedical science at the University of Strathclyde;- switching to joint hons in microbiology and immunology, before continuing to complete (MSci) in microbiology at the University of Strathclyde.

Linking microbial genes to methane emissions from peatlands under water-table changes

PI and Institution:
Ashish Malik, University of Aberdeen

PhD aim:
The overall aim of my PhD research is to explore the taxonomic and functional diversity of methane producing microorganisms (methanogens) and methane consuming microorganisms (methanotrophs) across multiple UK peatland sites under water table changes and varying ecosystem health and quantitatively link this to methane flux.

PhD objectives:

  • Comparative metagenomic analysis of diversity of methane cycling organisms across degraded, restored and natural peatlands.
  • Use metagenomic-assembled genomes to characterize the role of methanogen and methanotroph communities in ecosystem-level controls on peatland methane cycling.
  • Measure methane flux from peat mesocosm samples and statistically link this with metagenomic analysis.
  • Investigate the active methane cycling archaea and bacteria as well as other interacting microbes in peatlands using stable isotope probing, to quantify the role and overall contribution of these microbes in ecosystem methane flux.

Contact details:
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @Ch3rylannM