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Dr Kevin Purdy





Life Sciences
University of Warwick
Tel: 76574187
WebLink: Microbial Ecology

Research Interests

Microbial ecology, the interaction of microorganisms with their environment, is an essential component in understanding the functioning of the global ecosystem. Tom Fenchel, a leading Danish microbial ecologist, defined the aim of microbial ecology as " find principles that explain the structure and function of microbial communities." Only when these principles are understood will the full impact of microbial activity on the global ecosystem be apparent.
Dr Purdy's research focuses on seeking principles that explain microbial ecology in two main areas:
  • Understanding fundamental ideas in microbial ecology, particularly to do with the relationship between microbial community structure and function
  • Studying communities involved in global biogeochemical cycling


PhD University of Essex, 1996
BA(Hons) Biochemistry, Oxford University, 1990

Member, Society for General Microbiology
Associate Editor, Microbiology
Associate Editor, FEMS Microbiology Ecology
Member,Evaluator Panels for Marie Curie Fellowships 2010 & 2011
On the organising committee for the Swiss International Conference on Industrial Microbiology:MicrosCon, 2012

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