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Name Professor Alexandre Anesio
Job title Professor of Biogeochemistry
Department School of Geographical Sciences University of Bristol
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Qualifications BSc, MSc(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), PhD(Lund, Sweden)
Professional details
Membership of professional bodies Freshwater and Biological Association
Keywords low temperature biogeochemistry
polar microbiology
microbes in the cryosphere
carbon and nitrogen cycle in freshwaters
freshwater biology
Areas of expertise My research interests are broad, and I combine concepts from Geography, Biology and Chemistry to understand carbon cycle in lakes, streams and polar freshwaters. 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 also study a range of climate (e.g., UV radiation and acid rain) and human impacts (e.g., mining and sewage) on freshwaters.
Languages (other than English)
Portuguese spoken    written
Swedish spoken    written
Spanish spoken   
Media experience I have been involved in a number of outreach activities at the University of Bristol because research on polar regions is usually received with substantial excitement across different age groups. I have recently helped to produce a 45-min documentary (NERC funded from the grant NE/G00496X/1) together with BonneyFilms (, targeting A-level pupils about science in the Arctic (documentary entitled: Life on the Ice).