Dr Archana Dayal PhD, M.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons)

Postdoctoral Research Assistant - NERC Cryo365

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  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant - NERC Cryo365IBERS - Ymchwil
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant - NERC Cryo365IBERS - Ymchwil




Dayal, A., Hodson, A. J., Šabacká, M., and Smalley A.L. ‘Seasonal snowpack microbial ecology and biogeochemistry on a High Arctic ice cap reveals negligible autotrophic activity during spring and summer melt’. Preprint (2022). Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences

Hodson, A. J., Šabacká, M., Dayal, A., Edwards, A., Cook, J., Convey, P., Redeker K. and Pearce D.A. (2021). ‘Marked seasonal changes in the microbial production, community composition, and biogeochemistry of glacial snowpack ecosystems in the maritime Antarctic.’ Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. 126, e2020JG005706.

Cook J. M., Tedstone A. J., Williamson C., McCutcheon J., Hodson A. J., Dayal A., Skiles M., Hofer S., Bryant R., McAree O., McGonigle A., Ryan J., Anesio A. M., Irvine-Fynn T. D. L., Hubbard A., Hanna E., Flanner M., Mayanna S., Benning L. G., van As D., Yallop M., McQuaid J.B., Gribbin T., Tranter M., ‘Glacier algae accelerate melt rates on the south-western Greenland Ice Sheet’. Cryosphere. 14, 309–330 (2020).

Outreach publications:

Dayal, A., ‘Polar attraction: On the need for collaboration and partnerships to create solutions’. Common Knowledge. pp. 12-13. Issue #6, (2018)

Cook, J.M., Dayal, A., Young T.J. ‘Arctic science for the past, present and future’. Open Access Government (2018)

Baker, C., Belcher, A., Buzzard, S., Mayers, K., Dayal, A. ‘Polar science communication: From North to South’. Open Access Government (2018).


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My research background and interest are in polar (freshwater) biogeochemistry and microbial ecology. Currently, a postdoctoral researcher working on perennial microbial activity within cryoconite (microbial habitats) in Svalbard (High Arctic).

PhD in Geography (University of Sheffield, UK), specialising in biogeochemistry and microbial ecology of snow and ice (Svalbard, High Arctic).

Also highly experienced in conducting research-based field work (Antarctica, Svalbard) and laboratory techniques in geochemistry and microbiology.











Contributor to BR24720 Practical and Professional Skills in Microbiology