Microbial ecologist. Senior Lecturer in Environmental Microbiology & European Research Council laureate at NUI Galway. Humboldt Experienced Research Fellow at UFZ Leipzig 2017-19. PI, Microbial Communities Lab (microbialcommunities.com). EPSRC investigator, The University of Glasgow & PI, Transforming Waste Project . Studying mostly anaerobic communities. Science communicator, British Science Association Media Fellow, science writer with The Irish Times. Fulbright professor, UC Berkeley, 2014-2016.