Dr Simon Gregory

Dr Simon Gregory

BGS Keyworth

Simon Gregory’s biography

  • 2012 – ongoing: Geomicrobiologist
  • 2011 – 2012: Research Assistant,Institute of Life Science, Swansea University
  • 2009 – 2010: Technician, Centre for Sustanable Aquatic Research, Swansea University
  • 2008 – 2008: Research Assistant, School of Biological Sciences, Swansea University
  • 2004 – 2008: PhD Microbial ecology of constructed wetlands. Swansea University
  • 2002 – 2004: Technician, Department of Medical and Community Genetics, Imperial College London
  • 1998 – 1999: MSc Neuroscience, King’s College London
  • 1994 – 1997: BSc(hons) Natural Sciences, Durham University

Research interests

  • Subsurface microbiology in relation to carbon capture and storage and radioactive waste disposal
  • Application of molecular tools to geomicrobiology
  • Microbial nutrient and element cycling, microbe-mineral interactions, microbial gas generation and consumption

Current projects and collaboration

  • 2017 – 2020: ERA-Net Cofund ACT project ELEGANCY – Enabling a low-carbon economy via hydrogen and CCS. Elegancy website
  • 2017 – 2021: Supervising PhD studentship in the BBSRC/NERC STARS (Soil Training and research Studentships) CDT: Turning down the gas: what is the potential for microbial mitigation of methane leakage from soils? STARS CDT web site
  • 2015 – 2019: Horizon 2020 MIND (Microbes In Nuclear Disposal) (EU project 661880). Investigating the role of microbes in corrosion and alteration of repository materials MIND website
  • 2015 – 2019: NERC Security of Mineral Resources grant: SoS RARE (Security of supply of rare earth elements). Understanding the role of microbes in mobilisation of rare earth elements and application to bioprocessing. SoS RARE website
  • 2014 – 2018: Supervising EngD studentship in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Carbon Capture and Storage and Cleaner Fossil Energy: Mitigating the impact of microbes on the storage of carbon dioxide EPSRC EngD project website

Key papers

Barnett, M J,Palumbo-Roe, B, and Gregory, S P. 2018. Comparison of Heterotrophic Bioleaching and Ammonium Sulfate Ion Exchange Leaching of Rare Earth Elements from a Madagascan Ion-Adsorption Clay Minerals 8(6), 236

West, J M, Jones, D G, Annunziatellis, A , Barlow, T S, Beaubien, S E, Bond, A, Breward, N, Coombs, P, de Angelis, D, Gardner, A, Gemeni, V, Graziani, S, Green, K A, Gregory, S P, Gwosdz, S, Hannis, S, Kirk, K, Koukouzas, N, Krüger, M, Libertini, S, Lister, T R, Lombardi, S, Metcalfe, R, Pearce, J M, Smith, K L, Steven, M D, Thatcher, K, and Ziogou, F. 2015. Comparison of the impacts of elevated CO2 soil gas concentrations on selected European terrestrial environments. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 40, 357–371

Watanabe, Y, Tait, K, Gregory, S, Hayashi, M, Shimamoto, A, Taylor, P, Stahl, H, Green, K, Yoshinaga, I, Suwa,Y, and Kita, J. 2014. “Response of the ammonia oxidation activity of microorganisms in surface sediment to a controlled sub-seabed release of CO2.” International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control.

Gregory, S P, Maurice, L D, West, J M, and Gooddy, D C. 2014. Microbial communities in UK aquifers: current understanding and future research needs. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 2013–059.

Gregory, S P, Dyson P J, Fletcher D, Gatland P, and Shields R J. 2012. Nitrogen removal and changes to microbial communities in model flood/drain and submerged biofilters treating aquaculture wastewater. Aquacultural Engineering 50, 37–45

Gregory, S P, Shields, R J, Fletcher, D, Gatland, P, and Dyson, P J. 2010. Bacterial community responses to increasing ammonia concentrations in a recirculating vertical flow saline biofilters. Ecological Engineering 36, 1485–1491

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