Dr Simon Gregory

Dr Simon Gregory


Location: BGS Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3038

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  • 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

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. "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 (2014).
  • 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

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