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Prof David Pearce


Department: Applied Sciences

The underlying theme of my research is to use microbiology (and in particular novel molecular techniques applied to microbial ecology, microbial biodiversity and activity, environmental genomics, biogeochemical cycling and model extremophiles) to understand Polar ecosystem function and the potential for shifts in biogeochemical activity that may result from environmental change. I have taken the lead in the development of new frontiers of research in metagenomics, chemosynthetic communities, sediment sequestration of carbon and subglacial lake environments and have initiated new interdisciplinary approaches on the aerial environment (with chemists), ice nucleation activity (with physicists) and in the biogeochemistry of ice (with glaciologists).

Further Information


  • Microbiology PhD June 03 2013
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Bacteria in the lakes of the Tibetan Plateau and polar regions, Liu, K., Yao, T., Pearce, D., Jiao, N., Zeng, Y., Guo, B., Liu, Y. 7 Sep 2020, In: Science of the Total Environment
  • Biogeographical patterns in soil bacterial communities across the Arctic region, Malard, L., Anwar, M., Jacobsen, C., Pearce, D. 1 Sep 2019, In: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
  • Biological Contamination Prevention for Outer Solar System Moons of Astrobiological Interest, Rettberg, P., Antunes, A., Brucato, J., Cabezas, P., Collins, G., Haddaji, A., Kminek, G., Leuko, S., Mckenna-lawlor, S., Moissl-eichinger, C., Fellous, J., Olsson-francis, K., Pearce, D., Rabbow, E., Royle, S., Saunders, M., Sephton, M., Spry, A., Walter, N., Wimmer Schweingruber, R., Treuet, J. 1 Aug 2019, In: Astrobiology
  • Isolation, Characterisation, and Lipase Production of a Cold-Adapted Bacterial Strain Pseudomonas sp. LSK25 Isolated from Signy Island, Antarctica, Salwoom, L., Raja Abd Rahman, R., Salleh, A., Mohd. Shariff, F., Convey, P., Pearce, D., Mohamad Ali, M. 16 Feb 2019, In: Molecules
  • Linkages between geochemistry and microbiology in a proglacial terrain in the High Arctic, Wojcik, R., Donhauser, J., Holm, S., Malard, L., Holland, A., Frey, B., Wagner, D., Pearce, D., Anesio, A., Benning, L. 4 Mar 2019, In: Annals of Glaciology
  • Microbial activity monitoring by the Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (MamSIOS), Malard, L., Ávila-Jiménez, M., Convey, P., Larose, C., Hodson, A., Øvreås, L., Schmale, J., Pearce, D. 21 Jan 2019, SESS report 2018, Longyearbyen, Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS)
  • Microbial community drivers of PK/NRP gene diversity in selected global soils, Borsetto, C., Amos, G., Da Rocha, U., Mitchell, A., Finn, R., Laidi, R., Vallin, C., Pearce, D., Newsham, K., Wellington, E. 22 May 2019, In: Microbiome
  • Spatial Variability of Antarctic Surface Snow Bacterial Communities, Malard, L., Šabacká, M., Magiopoulos, I., Mowlem, M., Hodson, A., Tranter, M., Siegert, M., Pearce, D. 26 Mar 2019, In: Frontiers in Microbiology
  • Characterization of a novel N-acylhomoserine lactonase, AidP, from Antarctic Planococcus sp, See-Too, W., Convey, P., Pearce, D., Chan, K. 17 Nov 2018, In: Microbial Cell Factories
  • Draft genome sequence of a novel actinobacterium from the family Intrasporangiaceae isolated from Signy Island, Antarctica, Thomas, S., Convey, P., Gan, H., Pearce, D., Tan, G. 10 Nov 2018, In: Current Science

PGR Supervision

  • Luke Cockerton Start: 01/03/2020
  • Rosalia Calvo Ryan Start: 01/03/2020
  • Carmel Abbott Start: 01/03/2019
  • Lucie Malard Microbial biogeography and colonization in Arctic terrestrial ecosystems Start: 01/10/2016
  • Lewis Cuthbertson Molecular microbial ecology of Polar aerial environments Start: 01/10/2015
  • Ravind Bhangal Start: 01/10/2018
  • IAIN DICKINSON Molecular microbial ecology of Polar environments – Mining the marine microbial metagenome Start: 01/10/2013


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