Dr. Adam Williamson

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After my MChem from the University of Manchester in 2010, I moved to the school of earth atmospheric and environmental sciences to work towards my PhD in environmental geochemistry and geomicrobiology. The primary focus of my PhD was alkaline biogeochemistry of radionuclides with relevance to nuclear waste geodisposal. After graduating in 2014, I moved to UC Berkeley for my first post doc, where I focussed on oil reservoir biogeochemistry and perchlorate bioremediation. My primary research interests lie within biogeochemistry, microbial ecology and biotechnology, specifically metal redox cycling, biomineralisation and contaminant mobility and particularly finding industrial applications for microbial processes perturbing to bioremediation and biomining.

Selected key publications: 
Williamson, A.J., Morris, K., Shaw, S., Bynre, J.M., Boothman, C. and Lloyd, J.R. (2013) Microbial Reduction of Fe(III) under alkaline conditions relevant to geological disposal. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 79 (11), 3320-3326
Williamson, A.J., Morris, K., Charnock, J.M., Law, G.T.W., Rizouliz. A. and Lloyd, J.R. (2014) Microbial Reduction of U(VI) under alkaline conditions; Implications for radioactive waste geodispsoal. Environmental Science and Technology, 48 (22), 13549-13556
Lloyd, J.R., Coates, J.D., Williamson, A.J. and Watts, M.R. (2015) Chapter 19: Geomicrobial interactions with other transition metals (Chromium, Molybdenum, Vanadium, Technetium), Metalloids (Pollonium), Actinides (Uranium, Neptunium and Plutonium), and the Rare Earth Elements. Ehrlic Geomicrobiology, 6th revised edition
Williamson, A.J., Morris, K., Boothman, C., Dardenne, K., Law, G.T.W., and Lloyd, J.R. (2015) Microbially mediated reduction of Np(V) by a consortium of alkaline tolerant Fe(III)-reducing bacteria. Mineralogical Magazine, 79 (6), 1287-1295
Williamson, A.J., and Coates. J. D. Enrichment and isolation of metal respiring hydrocarbon oxidisers (2016). Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology Protocols