I research the carbon dynamics of peatlands. Specifically this addresses the impact of climate change on the functioning of the ecosystem, greenhouse gas emissions and vegetation.
I am a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Environmental Biotechnology (CEB) University of Tennessee (UT). My interests lay in uncovering microbial biodiversity of various extreme environments including deep subsurface permafrost, tundra soils, soils and sediments from polluted sites, hot springs, and animal/human microbiome. In my research I apply a variety of classical microbiological and high-throughput techniques, such as quantitative real time PCR, microarrays, hybridization, next generation sequencing, single cell genomics, metagenomics, metaproteomics, metatranscriptomics.
PhD in water and nutrient cycling of pine plantation forests in Fiji. Specialised in the science of climate and land use change in relation to their impacts on surface and ground water hydrology and biogeochemical cycles. Expert in tropical natural and plantation forest ecohydrology, micro-meteorology, catchment hydrology, hydrochemistry and agricultural hydrology. Involved in a teaching a wide range of environmental water-related courses at BSc, MSc and PhD levels.