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Adam Solon Adam Solon


Adam is working with Dr. James Bradley on the NERC-NSF 'SUNSPEARS' project studying soil development in glacial forefields on Svalbard. He is interested in understanding how climate, nutrient availability, and dispersal influences the assembly of microbial communities in early successional environments.   

Prior to joining the School, Adam worked with Prof. Steve Schmidt of the Alpine Microbial Observatory at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he completed his PhD in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. His thesis, 'Microbial Primary Production in the Cryosphere: Patterns of Diversity and Limits to Growth', characterized the distribution of photosynthetic microbes and identified nutrient limitation in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica and the Puna de Atacama of Argentina and Chile. Adam has also investigated the effects of herbicide use on soil microbes in grassland restorations and studied microbial growth physiology of cryoconite from Antarctic glaciers.


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