International collaborations

Petroleum and Environmental Geochemistry Group (PEGG) international collaborations

We are involved in a number of collaborative studies with world-renowned international groups including:

France

We have collaborated over recent years with Professor M. Rohmer at Louis Pasteur Université de Strasbourg, who is a world expert in isoprenoid biosynthesis.

Example recent publication:

Massé, G., Belt, S.T., Rowland, S.J. and Rohmer, M. (2004) Isoprenoid biosynthesis in the diatoms Rhizosolenia setigera (Brightwell) and Haslea ostrearia (Simonsen). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 101, 4413-4418.

We have collaborated for many years with Professor J.-M. Robert and colleagues at ISOmer, Université de Nantes, who are experts in culturing diatoms, particularly Haslea ostrearia.

Example recent publication:

Belt, S.T., Massé, G., Allard, W.G., Robert, J.-M. and Rowland, S.J. (2003) Novel monocyclic sester- and triterpenoids from the marine diatom, Rhizosolenia setigera. Tetrahedron Letters 44, 9103-9106.

Visit website

Netherlands

Recently we have collaborated with Professor J. Sinninghe-Damsté and colleagues at NIOZ, Netherlands, who are experts in organic geochemistry and biochemistry.

Example recent publication:

Sinninghe Damsté, J.S., Muyzer, G., Abbas, B., Rampen, S.W., Massé, G., Allard , W.G., Belt, S.T., Robert, J.-M., Rowland, S.J., Moldowan, J.M., Barbanti, S.M., Fago, F.J., Denisevich, P., Dahl, J., Trinidade, L.A.F., and Schouten, S. (2004) The rise of rhizosolenid diatoms. Science 304, 584-587.

Canada

Recently we have collaborated with Dr M. Poulin at Canadian Museum of Nature, Canada, who is an expert in the taxonomy of Arctic diatoms.

Example recent publication:

Poulin, M., Massé, G., Belt, S.T., Delavault, P., Rousseau, F., Robert, J.-M. and Rowland, S.J. (2004) Morphological, biochemical and molecular evidence for the transfer of Gyrosigma nipkowii Meister to the genus Haslea (Bacillariophyta). European Journal of Phycology 39, 181-195.

Visit website

Australia

Since 1998 we have collaborated with Drs J.K. Volkman and A.T. Revill at CSIRO Marine Laboratory, Australia, who are expert organic geochemists with access to a unique collection of diatoms.

Example recent publication:

Rowland, S.J., Allard, W.G., Belt, S.T., Massé, G., Robert, J.-M., Blackburn , S., Frampton, D., Revill, A.T. and Volkman, J.K. (2001) Factors influencing the distributions of polyunsaturated terpenoids in the diatom, Rhizosolenia setigera. Phytochemistry. 58, 717-728.

Visit website

Germany

Since 2000 we have collaborated with Professor W. König at the University of Hamburg, Germany, who is expert in the chromatography of chiral compounds.

Example recent publication:

Belt, S.T., Allard, W.G., Johns, L., König, W.A., Massé, G., Robert, J.-M. and Rowland, S. (2001) Variable stereochemistry in highly branched isoprenoids from diatoms. Chirality 13, 415-419.

USA

Recently we collaborated with Dr S.G. Wakeham of the Skidaway Institute for Oceanography, USA, who is a world class chemical oceanographer.

Example recent publication:

Massé, G., Belt, S.T., Allard, W.G., Lewis, C.A., Wakeham, S.G. and Rowland, S.J. (2004) Occurrence of novel monocyclic alkenes from diatoms in marine sedimenting particles and sediments. Organic Geochemistry 35, 813-822.

We have also conducted a collaborative study with scientists such as organic geochemist Professor J.M. Moldowan and colleagues at Stanford University, USA.

Example recent publication:

Sinninghe Damsté, J.S., Muyzer, G., Abbas, B., Rampen, S.W., Massé, G., Allard, W.G., Belt, S.T., Robert, J.-M., Rowland, S.J., Moldowan, J.M., Barbanti, S.M., Fago, F.J., Denisevich, P., Dahl, J. Trinidade, L.A.F. and Schouten, S. (2004) The rise of rhizosolenid diatoms. Science 304, 584-587.

Ireland

Our work on the ecological effects of the ‘hump' of resistant hydrocarbons has been greatly advanced by an active collaboration with Dr Tas Crowe of University College, Dublin.

Example recent publication:

Crowe, T., Smith, E.L., Donkin, P., Barnaby, D. and Rowland, S.J. (2004) Linking measurements of sub-lethal effects on individual organisms with community-level impacts and chemical measures of pollution. Journal of Applied Ecology 4, 114-123

Russia

Our most recent collaboration is with Professor P. Nesterenko of the Moscow State University. Professor Nesternko is a world expert in the development and use of novel chromatographic materials.

Example grant:

2004 Leverhulme Trust Travel Grant £11,200 Unravelling extremely complex toxic mixtures.

Portugal

We have recently collaborated with Dr Carlos Rocha at the University of the Algarve, who is an expert on benthic nitrogen fluxes and mesocosm studies.

Example recent publication:

M.F., Fitzsimons, M., Dawit, D.M., Revitt and C.S., Rocha. Effects of early tidal inundation on the cycling of methylamines in inter-tidal sediments. Marine Ecology Progress Series 294, 51-61.