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Professor Alexandre Anesio

Professor Alexandre Anesio

Professor Alexandre Anesio
BSc, MSc(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), PhD(Lund, Sweden)

Professor of Biogeochemistry

Area of research

Biogeochemistry of the cryosphere

Office T2, 12 Berkeley Square
University Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1SS
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+44 (0) 117 331 4429


My research interests are broad, and I combine concepts from Geography, Biology and Chemistry to understand carbon cycle in the cryosphere. My research has concentrated in two broad areas. Firstly, I study microbes in the cryosphere. Against all expectations glaciers harbour a highly active microbial community. Bacteria, viruses and microscopic plants thrive in conditions that might be analogous to other planets and to early Earth. Second, I am also interested in a range of climate (e.g., UV radiation and acid rain) and human impacts (e.g., mining, sewage, pesticides) on freshwaters.


  • microbial life in extreme environments biogeochemistry aquatic microbial ecology



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