Mr. Chris Boothman

BIGRAD  ROLE:  Experimental Officer - Microbial Ecology

AFFILIATION: University of Manchester, Williamson Research Centre for Molecular Environmental Science and School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Science

A. Williamson Research Centre for Molecular Environmental Science, The University of Manchester, Williamson Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
P. +44 (0)161 275 3800

Obtained BSc Genetics(Hons) from Aberystwyth University (1999).

Spent 18 months in industry performing and developing molecular biology assays for the biotechnology department of a drug development services company.

Spent the last 9 years as technician for the Geomicrobiology group at University of Manchester. Chiefly responsible for establishment and maintenance of geomicrobiology facilities, training and supervision of postgraduate students in a range of molecular ecology techniques, and method development for a range of PCR based assays for detection of subsurface microbial functional groups.

Recently completed an MPhil in Geomicrobiology and Geochemistry, thesis title: “Molecular Analysis of Metal and Radionuclide-Reducing Microbial Communities”.

- Understanding the role microorganisms play in mediating the redox transformations of metals and radionuclides within the environment.

- Combining  biogeochemical and geomicrobiological techniques in order to perform microbial characterisation of contaminated environments.


Gault, A. G.; Ibrahim, A.; Langley, S.; Renaud, R.; Takahashi, Y.; Boothman, C.; Lloyd, J. R.; Clark, I. D.; Grant Ferris, F.; Fortin, D (2010). Microbial and geochemical features
suggest iron redox cycling within bacteriogenic iron oxide-rich sediments. Chem Geol. In Press.

Law, G. T. W.;  Lloyd, J. R.; Geissler, A.; Livens, F.R.; Boothman, C.; Burke, I. T.; Charnock, J. M.; Denecke, M.; Rothe, J.; Dardenne, K.; Begg, J.; Morris, K (2010).
Geomicrobiological redox cycling of the transuranic element neptunium. Environmental Science & Technology. In review.

Gault, A. G.; Langley, S.; Ibrahim, A.; Renaud, R.; Takahashi, Y.; Boothman, C.; Lloyd, J. R.; Clark, I. D.; Grant Ferris, F.; Fortin, D (2010). Seasonal changes in mineralogy, geochemistry and microbial community of bacteriogenic iron oxides (BIOS) deposited in a circumneutral wetland. Geomicrobiology Journal. In Press.

Geissler, A.; Law, G. T. W.; Boothman, C.; Morris, K.; Burke, I. T.; Livens, F. R.; Lloyd, J. R. (2010) Microbially mediated Fe(II) oxidation in reduced technetium-containing sediments. Geomicrobiology Journal, Special Issue. In Press.

Handley, K. M.; Boothman, C.; Mills, R. A.; Pancost, R. D.; Lloyd, J. R (2010). Functional diversity of bacteria in a ferruginous hydrothermal sediment. ISME Journal, 4,
(9), 1193-1205.

Lear, G.; McBeth, J. M.; Boothman, C.; Ellis, B. L.; Lawson, R. S.; Bryan, N. D.; Morris, K.; Burke, I. T.; Livens, F. R.; Lloyd, J. R (2010). Probing the biogeochemical behaviour of technetium using a novel nuclear imaging approach. Environmental Science & Technology, 44 (1), 156–162.

Law, G. T. W.; Geissler, A.; Boothman, C.; Burke, I.T.; Livens, F.R.; Lloyd, J. R.; Morris, K (2010). Role of nitrate in conditioning aquifer sediments for technetium bioreduction. Environmental Science & Technology, 44, (1), 150-155.

Handley-Sidhu, S.; Worsfold, P. J.; Livens, F. R.; Vaughan, D. J.; Lloyd, J. R.; Boothman, C.; Sajih, M.; Alvarez, R.; Keith-Roach, M. J (2009). Biogeochemical controls on the corrosion of depleted uranium alloy in subsurface soils. Environmental Science & Technology, 43, (16), 6177-6182.

Handley-Sidhu, S.; Worsfold, P. J.; Boothman, C.; Lloyd, J. R.; Alvarez, R.; Livens, F. R.; Vaughan, D. J.; Keith-Roach, M. J (2009) Corrosion and fate of depleted uranium penetrators under progressively anaerobic conditions in estuarine sediment. Environmental Science & Technology, 43, (2), 350-355.

Morris, K.; Livens, F. R.; Charnock, J. M.; Burke, I. T.; McBeth, J. M.; Begg, J. D. C.; Boothman, C.; Lloyd, J. R (2008). An X-ray absorption study of the fate of technetium in reduced and reoxidised sediments and mineral phases. Applied Geochemistry, 23, (4), 603-617.