FEMS Microbiology Ecology Webinar on Polar and Alpine Microbiology

Earth’s polar and alpine regions comprise a range of distinct habitats and ecosystems which share important common traits. Their biogeochemical and ecological processes are mostly driven by microorganisms, which are extremely vulnerable to ongoing climate change. Evolved from initial descriptive studies of various habitats and environments into a fully-fledged hypothesis-driven research field that uses state of the art field and laboratory approaches, polar and alpine microbiology is therefore an important and timely discipline.

We are hosting a webinar on the Polar and Alpine Microbiology featuring the authors of recent papers in FEMS Microbiology Ecology. Join us for a fascinating discussion of the most recent science on this topic:

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Date: Thursday 23rd July 2020
Time: 10-11 am EDT / 3-4pm BST / 4-5pm CEST

Moderator: Max Häggblom, Editor-in-Chief of FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, USA.




Speaker 1: Thulani Makhalanyane, Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics, University of Pretoria, South Africa – author of: Barnard S, Van Goethem MW, de Scally SZ, Cowan DA, van Rensburg PJ, Claassens S, Makhalanyane TP. Increased temperatures alter viable microbial biomass, ammonia oxidizing bacteria and extracellular enzymatic activities in Antarctic soils FEMS Microbiology Ecology 2020, 96:fiaa065,


Speaker 2: Lucie A. Malard, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne, Switzerland – author of: Malard LA,  Anwar MZ, Jacobsen CS, Pearce DA. Biogeographical patterns in soil bacterial communities across the Arctic region. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 2019, 95:fiz128,



Speaker 3: Neslihan Taş, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) – Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division Berkeley CA, United States
– author of: Xue Y, Jonassen I,  Øvreås L, Taş N. Metagenome-assembled genome distribution and key functionality highlight importance of aerobic metabolism in Svalbard permafrost. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 2020, 96:fiaa057,


This event is part of a series of webinars being developed by FEMS and in partnership with Oxford University Press.

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