09 Jun Gavin Rees
Gavin trained as a microbiologist and has worked on diverse projects, from waster water treatment, using microbes to clean up hydrocarbon-contaminated soils and water, to the microbiology of high temperature oil fields. For the last 20 years, he has turned his work to understanding the many roles microbes play in rivers and wetlands. Part of this has been understanding carbon and nutrient dynamics in rivers and wetlands. The underlying thread in all his work is understanding how organisms respond to a variety of environmental conditions, whether natural or anthropogenic origin, and the consequences of those responses, which has led to his recent work on responses to fire.