Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

Dr Clare Bird

Department / group: Biological & Environmental Sciences
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Research interests:

Using genomics to understand ecosystem functioning.
In particular I am currently interested in the calcifying protists, foraminifera, and their ecology and trophic interactions in the light of climate change.

Biomineralization and its genetic control in foraminifera

Career history:

Present: Anniversary Fellow, University of Stirling
2013-2016 Daphne Jackson Fellow, University of Edinburgh
2011-2013 Research assistant, Edinburgh University
2004-2011 Career break to raise two sons
2001-2004 Post doctoral research assistant, University of Stirling
1997-2001 PhD, University of Stirling, entitled Molecular cloning and characterisation of genes involved in nitrate/nitrite assimilation in the marine cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. Strain WH8103

Active research projects:

Understanding ecological dependencies in planktonic foraminifera: A role for the microbiome under climate change. Carnegie Research Incentive Grant

Collaboration on genotyping Arctic planktonic foraminifera. Ryder expedition 2019;

Recent publications:

Salonen, I.S., Chronopoulou, P-M., Bird, C., Reichart, G-J and Koho, K.A. (2019). Enrichment of intracellular sulphur cycle-associated bacteria in intertidal benthic foraminfiera revealed by 16S and aprA gene analysis. Scientific Reports. 9:11692.

Chronopoulou, P-M, Salonen, I.S., Bird, C., Reichart, G-J and Koho, K.A. (2019). Metabarcoding insights into the identity and trophic behaviour of intertidal benthic foraminifera. Frontiers in Microbiology. 10:1169. Doi:10.3389/fmicb.2019.01169

Bird, C., Schweizer, M., Roberts, A., Evans, K.M., Austin, W.E.N., Geslin, E. and Darling, K.F. (2019). The genetic diversity, morphology, biogeography and taxonomic designations of Ammonia (Foraminifera) in the Northeast Atlantic. Marine Micropaleontology.

Bird, C., Darling, K.F., Russell, A.D., Davis, C.V., Fehrenbacher, J., Free, A., and Ngwenya, B.T. (2018). 16S rRNA gene metabarcoding and TEM reveals different ecological strategies within the genus Neogloboquadrina (planktonic foraminifer). PLoS ONE. Vol. 13(1): e0191653

Groeneveld, J., Filipsson, H.L., Austin, W.E.N., Darling, K.F., McCarthy, D., Krupinski, N.Q., Bird, C., and Schweizer, M. (2018). Assessing proxy signatures of temperature, salinity and hypoxia in the Baltic Sea through foraminifer-based geochemistry and faunal assemblages. Marine Micropaleontology. Vol. 37 pp. 403-429.

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