Dr Adam Wyness

Postdoctoral Fellow: Marine Biology

BSc Biology; Bangor University, Wales (2012)

PhD Biology; University of St Andrews, Scotland (2017)


Email: a.wyness@ru.ac.za

Project title

Microbial endolithic communities of the rocky shore

Supervisor: Prof Christopher McQuaid

Adam received his BSc in Biology from Bangor University in 2012. In 2017 he finished a joint PhD studentship between the Human and Animal Pathogens in the Environment group at The James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, and the Sediment Ecology Research Group (SERG) at the University of St Andrews. Adam’s PhD work focused on the role of indigenous microbial communities and environmental factors that affected the abundance persistence of Escherichia coli in estuarine sediments. He then continued working with microbes and soft sediment ecology at SERG as a postdoctoral research fellow looking at the impact of infaunal ecosystem engineering on microbial communities as part of the John Templeton Foundation funded Extended Evolutionary Synthesis research program.

Adam is continuing his work in macro-microbe interactions at the Coastal Research Group at Rhodes University, currently focusing on the molecular characterization of endolithic communities that degrade calcium carbonate substrata on the rocky shore, and the implications of this in our changing climate.



Recent Publications
  • Stutter, M., Wyness, A., Watson, H. and Dodd, N., 2020. Coupled macronutrient cycling in stream biofilms: Effects of stoichiometry, light and temperature. Science of the Total Environment, 703, p.134880.

  • Wyness, A.J., Paterson, D.M., Mendo, T., Defew, E.C., Stutter, M.I. and Avery, L.M., 2019. Factors affecting the spatial and temporal distribution of E. coli in intertidal estuarine sediments. Science of the Total Environment, 661, pp.155-167.

  • Wyness, A.J., Paterson, D.M., Rimmer, J.E., Defew, E.C., Stutter, M.I. and Avery, L.M., 2019. Assessing Risk of E. coli Resuspension from Intertidal Estuarine Sediments: Implications for Water Quality. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(18), p.3255.

  • Wyness, A.J., Paterson, D.M., Defew, E.C., Stutter, M.I. and Avery, L.M., 2018. The role of zeta potential in the adhesion of E. coli to suspended intertidal sediments. Water Research, 142, pp.159-166.


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