Biography

I developed an early interest in algae and ecophysiology whilst studying for my BSc in Botany at the University of Liverpool and subsequently stayed on there to do a PhD on a non-heterocystous cyanobacterium that fixes nitrogen aerobically.  I then moved to Bristol University for a 2-year UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship focussing on chemotaxis in cyanobacteria, before moving to the University of East Anglia (UEA) for 8 months to work on biogenic production of dimethylsulphide (DMS).  After this I worked at Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, USA on high-affinity arabinose uptake in E. coli; a project that I undertook to learn more biochemical and molecular techniques.

I returned to UEA and DMS-related research in March 1987 and over the following 10 years I developed a portfolio of research projects on production of DMS, halocarbons and hydrocarbons, and air-sea gas exchange.  Most of these involved phytoplankton and seaweed physiology and marine microbial ecology.  In 1998 I won a 5-year NERC Advanced Fellowship to work on the biogenic production of trace gases of atmospheric significance in marine waters.  In 2004 I was awarded a rare second 5-year NERC Advanced Research Fellowship to develop physiological and molecular approaches to biogenic trace gas production.  During these Fellowships I established a research group and the Marine Trace Gas Biology Laboratory in the School of Environmental Sciences (ENV).  Since my appointment to a Readership in Biological Oceanography in 2009, I have continued research in these areas alongside my teaching and administration.

From 2002-2009 I was Chair of the ENV Researchers' Affairs Forum and represented Research Staff on the ENV Executive Group, the UEA Research Staff Working Group and UEA Research Staff Training Steering Committee.  After joining the ENV faculty I was the ENV Health and Safety Co-Ordinator and Chair of the ENV Health and Safety Committee for 4 years (2009-2013).  I am currently involved in action on gender equality and fairness through Chairing ResNet (www.uea.ac.uk/resnet) a contact, support and information network for people working in research, teaching and support roles at the University of East Anglia and the Norwich Biosciences Institutes.  I am also a member of the UEA Athena Swan Central Steering Group and the ENV Equality and Diversity Committee.  Beyond UEA I am President Elect for the British Phycological Society and a member of the Phycological Society of America Grants and Awards Committee.  My interests in the sustainable production and exploitation of seaweeds and microalgae are reflected in chairing the British Phycological Society Algal Applications Committee and being an active participant in the NERC and Technology Strategy Board Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group.

Website: http://researchpages.net/people/gill-malin/

Career History

  • 2009 - present: Reader in Biological Oceanography, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia.
  • 1998 - 2009: Two consecutive 5-year UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Advanced Research Fellowships, University of East Anglia.
  • 1987 - 1998: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of East Anglia.
  • 1986 - 1987: Research Fellow, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, USA.
  • 1985 - 1986: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of East Anglia.
  • 1983 - 1985: NERC Research Fellow, University of Bristol.
  • 1979 - 1983: PhD University of Liverpool.
  • 1976 - 1979: BSc (Hons) Botany, University of Liverpool.

PhD Positions

Click here for current PhD opportunities in the School of Environmental Sciences. However, feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

All Publications

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Lim, Y., Phang, S., Sturges, W. T., Malin, G., Rahman, N. B. A.

(2017)

Emission of short-lived halocarbons by three common tropical marine microalgae during batch culture,

in Journal of Applied Phycology

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(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Gao, Y., Liu, Q., Wang, M., Zhao, G., Jiang, Y., Malin, G., Gong, Z., Meng, X., Liu, Z., Lin, T., Li, Y., Shao, H.

(2017)

Characterization and Genome Sequence of Marine Alteromonas gracilis Phage PB15 Isolated from the Yellow Sea, China,

in Current Microbiology

74

(7)

pp. 821–826

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(Article)

(Published)


Wagstaff, B. A., Vladu, I. C., Barclay, J. E., Schroeder, D. C., Malin, G., Field, R. A.

(2017)

Isolation and Characterization of a Double Stranded DNA Megavirus Infecting the Toxin-Producing Haptophyte, Prymnesium parvum,

in Viruses

9

(3)

article no. 40

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(Article)

(Published)


Song, X., Xu, Z., Liu, Q., Li, Y., Ma, Y., Wang, J., Sun, M., Shao, H., Sun, H., Malin, G., Jiang, Y., Wang, M.

(2017)

Comparative study of the composition and genetic diversity of the picoeukaryote community in a Chinese aquaculture area and an open sea area,

in Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

97

(1)

pp. 151-159

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(Published)


Mithoo-Singh, P. K., Keng, F. S., Phang, S., Leedham Elvidge, E. C., Sturges, W. T., Malin, G., Abd Rahman, N.

(2017)

Halocarbon emissions by selected tropical seaweeds: species-specific and compound-specific responses under changing pH,

in PeerJ

5

article no. e2918

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(Published)


Webb, A. L., Leedham-Elvidge, E., Hughes, C., Hopkins, F. E., Malin, G., Bach, L. T., Schulz, K., Crawfurd, K., Brussaard, C. P. D., Stuhr, A., Riebesell, U., Liss, P. S.

(2016)

Effect of ocean acidification and elevated fCO2 on trace gas production by a Baltic Sea summer phytoplankton community,

in Biogeosciences

13

pp. 4595-4613

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(Article)

(Published)


Parker, B., Benson, D., Malin, G.

(2016)

Algal biofuels: impacts, significance and implications,

in Biofuels : Production and Future Perspectives.

CRC Press

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Webb, A. L., Malin, G., Hopkins, F. E., Ho, K. L., Riebesell, U., Schulz, K. G., Larsen, A., Liss, P. S.

(2015)

Ocean acidification has different effects on the production of dimethylsulfide and dimethylsulfoniopropionate measured in cultures of Emiliania huxleyi and a mesocosm study: a comparison of laboratory monocultures and community interactions,

in Environmental Chemistry

13

(2)

pp. 314-329

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(Article)

(Published)


Leedham Elvidge, E. C., Phang, S., Sturges, W. T., Malin, G.

(2015)

The effect of desiccation on the emission of volatile bromocarbons from two common temperate macroalgae,

in Biogeosciences

12

(2)

pp. 387-398

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(Article)

(Published)


Benson, D., Kerry, K., Malin, G.

(2014)

Algal biofuels Impact significance and implications for EU multi-level governance,

in Journal of Cleaner Production

72

pp. 4-13

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(Article)

(Published)


Kettles, N., Kopriva, S., Malin, G.

(2014)

Insights into the regulation of DMSP synthesis in the diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana through APR activity, proteomics and gene expression analyses on cells acclimating to changes in salinity, light and nitrogen,

in PLoS ONE

9

(4)

article no. e94795

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(Published)


Caruana, A., Malin, G.

(2014)

The variability in DMSP content and DMSP lyase activity in marine dinoflagellates,

in Progress in Oceanography

120

pp. 410-424

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Bochenek, M., Etherington, G., Koprivova, A., Mugford, S., Bell, T., Malin, G., Kopriva, S.

(2013)

Transcriptome analysis of the sulfate deficiency response in the marine microalga Emiliania huxleyi,

in New Phytologist

199

(3)

pp. 650-662

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(Published)


Küpper, F., Carpenter, L., Leblanc, C., Toyama, C., Uchida, Y., Maskrey, B., Robinson, J., Verhaeghe, E., Malin, G., Luther, G., Kroneck, P., Kloareg, B., Meyer-Klaucke, W., Muramatsu, Y., Megson, I., Potin, P., Feiters, M.

(2013)

In vivo speciation studies and antioxidant properties of bromine in Laminaria digitata reinforce the significance of iodine accumulation for kelps,

in Journal of Experimental Botany

64

(10)

pp. 2653-2664

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Leedham, E., Hughes, C., Keng, F., Phang, S., Malin, G., Sturges, W.

(2013)

Emission of atmospherically significant halocarbons by naturally occurring and farmed tropical macroalgae,

in Biogeosciences

10

(6)

pp. 3615-3633

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(Published)


Hughes, C., Johnson, M., Utting, R., Turner, S., Malin, G., Clarke, A., Liss, P.

(2013)

Microbial control of bromocarbon concentrations in coastal waters of the western Antarctic Peninsula,

in Marine Chemistry

151

pp. 35-46

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(Published)


Bell, T., Malin, G., Lee, G., Stefels, J., Archer, S., Steinke, M., Matrai, P.

(2012)

Global oceanic DMS data inter-comparability,

in Biogeochemistry

110

(1-3)

pp. 147-161

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(Published)


Caruana, A., Steinke, M., Turner, S., Malin, G.

(2012)

Concentrations of dimethylsulphoniopropionate and activities of dimethylsulphide-producing enzymes in batch cultures of nine dinoflagellate species,

in Biogeochemistry

110

(1-3)

pp. 87-107

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(Published)


Franklin, D., Airs, R., Fernandes, M., Bell, T., Bongaerts, R., Berges, J., Malin, G.

(2012)

Identification of senescence and death in Emiliania huxleyi and Thalassiosira pseudonana: Cell staining, chlorophyll alterations, and dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) metabolism,

in Limnology and Oceanography

57

(1)

pp. 305-317

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hockin, N., Mock, T., Mulholland, F., Kopriva, S., Malin, G.

(2012)

The Response of Diatom Central Carbon Metabolism to Nitrogen Starvation Is Different from That of Green Algae and Higher Plants,

in Plant Physiology

158

(1)

pp. 299-312

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(Article)

(Published)


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Key Research Interests

My research centres on biological oceanography, especially the pivotal roles that marine microbes play in the biogeochemical cycles that are essential for the functioning of the whole Earth system.  I am interested in how marine organisms, especially plankton and seaweeds, interact, adapt to and influence their environment, as well as how this could alter with climate change.

The biogenic production of the sulphur trace gas dimethyl sulphide (DMS), volatile halocarbons and non-methane hydrocarbons are of particular interest.  In addition my group works on the DMS precursor dimethylsulphoniopropionate (DMSP), and we have also investigated related compounds including dimethylsulphoxide (DMSO), acrylic acid and inorganic iodine species.  The research involves laboratory experiments on samples collected in the natural environment and cultures of marine microorganisms (phytoplankton, microzooplankton, seaweeds, bacteria and viruses), and fieldwork onboard research ships, on rocky shores, at land-based coastal fieldwork sites and mesocosm facilities.  Overall our research has made a significant contribution to improving understanding of the physiology, biochemistry and ecology of the production of trace gases and related compounds.

These interests have also led me to research on other aspects of biological oceanography, biogeochemistry and the exploitation of algal biomass.  Recent projects have included: oxidative stress in Emiliania huxleyi; phytoplankton cell death processes; ocean acidification; using flow cytometry to assess the size structure of North Sea phytoplankton populations; the variability in DMSP production between and within phytoplankton functional types (coccolithophores, dinoflagellates and diatoms); nutrient and sulphur deficiency and DMSP production in Emiliania huxleyi and Thalassiosira pseudonana; the production of trace gases by temperate and tropical seaweeds; diatom, coccolithophore and nanophytoplankton growth rates and carbon cycle modelling; the sustainable exploitation of algae for biofuels and other high-value products.

MSc, PhD & Postdoctoral Research Opportunities to date I have supervised 23 PhD students and 1 MSc student (11 as primary supervisor).  I welcome enquiries from potential students and postdocs at any time.

Publications: EPrints Digital Repository

Teaching Interests

Modules Taught
ENV-4001A Global Environmental Challenges
BIO-2B21 Field Ecology (Rocky and Sandy Shores Habitats)
ENV-3A20 Global Environmental Change (Convenor)

Professional Activities

  • President Elect of the British Phycological Society since July 2013 http://www.brphycsoc.org/
  • Chair of British Phycological Society Algal Applications Committee since July 2013
  • Member British Phycological Society Algal Applications Group 2012-2013
  • Member British Phycological Society Awards and Training Committee 2007-2012
  • Elected to Council of the British Phycological Society 2006-2008, 2010-2013
  • Phycological Society of America Grants and Awards Committee since 2011 http://www.psaalgae.org/
  • UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Earth Observation Data Acquisition and Analysis Service (NEODAAS) steering committee 2004-2010 http://www.neodaas.ac.uk/
  • International Scientific Committee for Advancing the Science of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) European meeting, Nice, France 2009 2005-2009

Key Responsibilities

  • Chair of ResNet (www.uea.ac.uk/resnet) a contact, support and information network with a fairness and gender equality focus for people working in research, teaching and support roles at the University of East Anglia and the Norwich Biosciences Institutes.
  • Earth and Life Sciences Alliance (ELSA) Theme Leader for Elemental Cycles (www.norwichresearchpark.com/ourresearch/researchgroups/elsa/elsa-home.aspx)
  • University of East Anglia Athena Swan Central Steering Group.
  • School of Environmental Sciences 1st Year Co-Ordinator
  • School of Environmental Sciences Equality and Diversity Committee.