University of Aberdeen
Current Position Royal Society University Research Fellow / Senior Lecturer
Previous Position NERC Independent Fellow
Telephone +44 (0)1224 273662
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity
Methods I Use Bio / Geo / Chemical Analytical, Omics and Informatics


Key Research Interests

  • My overarching aim is to understand the ecological and evolutionary adaptation of microbes.
  • Ammonia oxidisers (archaea and bacteria) are the microbial model of interest as they perform an important ecosystem function (oxidation of ammonia to nitrite).
  • Ammonia oxidisers are ubiquitous and abundant in many ecosystems (soil, deep-sea, marine, freshwater…).
  • Large time scale of interest, from present to the origin of ammonia oxidisers (~2.4 Gy).
  • I am interested in both fundamental and applied questions.

Recent Key Papers

  • Herbold, CW., Lehtovirta-Morley, LE., Jung, M-Y, Jehmlich, N., Hausmann, B., Han, P., Loy, A., Pester, M., Sayavedra-Soto, LA., Rhee, S-K, Prosser, JI., Nicol, GW., Wagner, M. & Gubry-Rangin, C. (2017). ‘Ammonia-oxidising archaea living at low pH: Insights from comparative genomics‘. Environmental Microbiology, vol. 19, no. 12, pp. 4939-4952. HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.1111/1462-2920.13971
  • Macqueen, DJ. & Gubry-Rangin, C. (2016). ‘Molecular adaptation of Ammonia Monooxygenase during independent pH specialization in Thaumarchaeota‘.Molecular Ecology, vol. 25, no. 9, pp. 1986-1999. HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.1111/MEC.13607
  • Gubry-Rangin, C., Kratsch, C., Williams, TA., McHardy, AC., Embley, TM., Prosser, JI. & MacQueen, DJ. (2015). ‘Coupling of diversification and pH adaptation during the evolution of terrestrial Thaumarchaeota‘. PNAS, vol. 112, no. 30, pp. 9370-9375. HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.1073/PNAS.1419329112

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • Experimental evolution of Thaumarchaeota.
  • Unravelling the metabolic versatility and diversity of abundant but unexplored terrestrial Thaumarchaeota.
  • Adaptation of Thaumarchaeota in terrestrial environments.