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


CONTACT DETAILS:
A. Williamson Research Centre for Molecular Environmental Science, The University of Manchester, Williamson Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
E. chris.boothman@manchester.ac.uk
P. +44 (0)161 275 3800

BACKGROUND:
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”.

INTERESTS:
- 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.

PUBLICATIONS:

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.