Dr Lynsay Blake
Postdoctoral Research Associate
PhD, MSc, BSc
|Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Biosciences|
|Daphne Jackson Research Fellow in the Department of Engineering||E247 (Higginson)|
- Aurora programme, Developing Leaders for Higher Education, AdvanceHE, 2019
- Introduction to R and Statistics for biologists, PR Statistics, 2018
- Introduction to coding for bioinformatics, Newcastle University, 2016
- Communicating Science, Newcastle University, 2016
- Certificate in Management and Leadership, Chartered Management Institute, 2012
- Project management, PRINCE 2 (Projects in controlled environments), Practitioner, APM-Group, 2012
Research and teaching experience
My fundamental research focuses on providing greater understanding of the response of microbial communities (important to the carbon cycle) to perturbation in high latitude and temperate environments. This relates to understanding microbial response to future climate change scenarios, but also explores the limits of microbial life, and microbial distribution. It has also provided evidence of unique low temperature adapted methanogens in Arctic sediments which has been used in the development of sustainable low temperature waste water treatment processes. My cross-disciplinary research focuses on addressing the challenge of sustainable production and consumption. In this, I draw upon my biogeochemical background, industrial experience and experience of working across socio-technical boundaries, to assess the implications of current solid waste disposal practices on our ecosystem, and explore how we can best integrate agricultural and municipal solid wastes into the circular economy in the UK, and Southern Africa. I currently hold a Daphne Jackson Research fellowship at Durham University entitled ‘Integrating solid waste into the circular economy’, where I am investigating the effect of intensive circular processes on contaminants and the microbiome.
I have experience of teaching at bachelor and masters levels. In 2016 I was the principal lecturer for a second year undergraduate Environmental Science module Research Methods in Environmental Pollution, where I developed course content, led field work, and lectures. Between 2012 and 2019 have developed and delivered lectures for courses such as Geographies of Sustainability, Environmental Consultancy and Geochemistry, in areas of ‘Interdisciplinary approaches to research’, and ‘Methane production in natural and engineered environments’. I have also co-developing an interdisciplinary peer-to-peer seminar series for doctoral researchers entitled ‘Being a Specialist in a Complex world’ (2013-2014). In 2016 I received an award from the United Nations University for my contribution to ‘Education in Sustainable Development’ for my leadership of Cinema Politica Newcastle. Each year since 2010 I have supervised successful student research projects (MSc, MReS and ERASMUS).
- Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore (2020)
- British Council, Newton Fund (2018 - present)
- International Science Council, LIRA2020 (2016 - 2020)
- Circular economy, Waste treatment and reuse, Health and Environment, Microbial Ecology, Extremes of microbial life
- Sustainable Infrastructure
- A sustainable future: The role of microbiology in achieving the UN SDGs - Invited advisor (Circular Economy), Microbiology Society:
- United Nations University award for contribution to Education in Sustainable Development:
Chapter in book
- Blake, L. & Powells, G. (2016). Urban Science Networks and Local Economy: The Case of Newcastle Upon Tyne. In The Experimental City. Evans, J., Karvonen, A. & Raven, R. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 137-149.
- Stone, Wendy, Lukashe, Noxolo S., Blake, Lynsay I., Gwandu, Tariro, Hardie, Ailsa G., Quinton, John, Johnson, Karen & Clarke, Catherine Elaine (2021). The microbiology of rebuilding soils with water treatment residual co‐amendments: Risks and benefits. Journal of Environmental Quality
- Gwandu, T., Blake, L. I., Nezomba, H., Rurinda, J., Chivasa, S., Mtambanengwe, F. & Johnson, K. L. (2021). Waste to resource: use of water treatment residual for increased maize productivity and micronutrient content. Environmental Geochemistry and Health
- Blake, Lynsay I., Sherry, Angela, Mejeha, Obioma K., Leary, Peter, Coombs, Henry, Stone, Wendy, Head, Ian M. & Gray, Neil D. (2020). An Unexpectedly Broad Thermal and Salinity-Tolerant Estuarine Methanogen Community. Microorganisms 8(10): 1467.
- Leitch, Alistair C., Abdelghany, Tarek M., Probert, Philip M., Dunn, Michael P., Meyer, Stephanie K., Palmer, Jeremy M., Cooke, Martin P., Blake, Lynsay I., Morse, Katie, Rosenmai, Anna K., Oskarsson, Agneta, Bates, Lucy, Figueiredo, Rodrigo S., Ibrahim, Ibrahim, Wilson, Colin, Abdelkader, Noha F., Jones, David E., Blain, Peter G. & Wright, Matthew C. (2020). The toxicity of the methylimidazolium ionic liquids, with a focus on M8OI and hepatic effects. Food and Chemical Toxicology 136: 111069.
- Clarke, Catherine E., Stone, Wendy, Hardie, Ailsa G., Quinton, John N., Blake, Lynsay I. & Johnson, Karen L. (2019). Better Together: Water Treatment Residual and Poor-Quality Compost Improves Sandy Soil Fertility. Journal of Environment Quality 48(6): 1781.
- Johnson, Karen L Banwart, Steven A, Peacock, Caroline L & Blake, Lynsay I (2018). Heat and soil vie for waste to cut emissions. Nature 563(626 ).
- Bell, Emma, Blake, Lynsay I., Sherry, Angela, Head, Ian M. & Hubert, Casey R.J. (2018). Distribution of thermophilic endospores in a temperate estuary indicate that dispersal history structures sediment microbial communities. Environmental Microbiology 20(3): 1134-1147.
- Probert, Philip M., Leitch, Alistair C., Dunn, Michael P., Meyer, Stephanie K., Palmer, Jeremy M., Abdelghany, Tarek M., Lakey, Anne F., Cooke, Martin P., Talbot, Helen, Wills, Corinne, McFarlane, William, Blake, Lynsay I., Rosenmai, Anna K., Oskarsson, Agneta, Figueiredo, Rodrigo, Wilson, Colin, Kass, George E., Jones, David E., Blain, Peter G. & Wright, Matthew C. (2018). Identification of a xenobiotic as a potential environmental trigger in primary biliary cholangitis. Journal of Hepatology 69(5): 1123-1135.
- Statham JME,, Blake L,, Gray N, & Dix JCH (2017). Technical feasibility and experimental development of sand recycling options for dairy cattle bedding. Cattle Practice 25.
- Blake, L.I., Halim, F.A., Gray, C., Mair, R., Manning, D.A.C., Sallis, P., Hutchinson, H. & Gray, N.D. (2017). Evaluating an anaerobic digestion (AD) feedstock derived from a novel non-source segregated municipal solid waste (MSW) product. Waste Management 59: 149-159.
- Meyer, Stephanie K., Probert, Philip M. E., Lakey, Anne K., Leitch, Alastair C., Blake, Lynsay I., Jowsey, Paul A., Cooke, Martin P., Blain, Peter G. & Wright, Matthew C. (2017). Environmental xenoestrogens super-activate a variant murine ER beta in cholangiocytes. Toxicological Sciences 156(1): 54-71.
- Blake, Lynsay I., Tveit, Alexander, Øvreås, Lise, Head, Ian M. & Gray, Neil D. (2015). Response of Methanogens in Arctic Sediments to Temperature and Methanogenic Substrate Availability. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0129733.