Prof Elliot Shubert

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  • Life Sciences department
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Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 5BD

Experience

Employment History

2007 - present      Editor-in-Chief, Systematics & Biodiversity
                                 (part-time), Department of Botany, NHM
                                 and Taylor & Francis

2007 - present      Associate Editor (Microalgal Systematics),
                                 European Journal of Phycology (part-time), 
                                 British Phycological Society and Taylor 
                                 & Francis 

1994 - present      Scientific Associate, Dept of Botany and
                                 Scientific Consultant, NHM.

2001 - 2007           Guest Lecturer, University of Reading, MSc in Plant Diversity

1997 - 2001           Lecturer (part-time), University of Westminster, School of Biosciences,
                                 London, UK

1973 -1994            Professor, University of North Dakota, Department of Biology,
                                 North Dakota, USA

Education

1973    Ph.D.         University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, USA (Phycology - Botany)

1966    B.Sc.          University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri, USA  (Biology - Microbiology)

Professional Roles

Academic honours

1991                       Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of career achievement in science, 
                                research, education and service, College of Arts and Sciences, University 
                                of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri USA.

1990                       UND Foundation/B.C. Gamble Award for Individual Excellence in Teaching, 
                                University of North Dakota USA.

1987 - 1990          National Lecturer for the Phycological Society of America.

1986                      Citation for Meritorious Service, North Dakota Academy of Science, Grand 
                                Forks, North Dakota USA.

1986                       "Faculty Lecturer," University of North Dakota, Faculty Lecture Series, Grand 
                                Forks, North Dakota USA.

1985                       Recognition for Outstanding Service, Sigma Xi Society, Grand Forks, North 
                                Dakota USA.

Professional and learned societies 

  • British Phycological Society
  • International Society for Diatom Research
  • International Phycological Society
  • International Society for Limnology
  • Phycological Society of America
  • Northeast Algal Society
  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  • Systematics Association
  • Federation of European Phycological Societies (FEPS): Secretary & Treasurer; Chair, Scientific Committee for the Fifth European Phycological Congress, Rhodes, Greece, September 2011.

Research

Interests

The focus of my career research has been the ecology and physiology of aquatic algae, terrestrial algae and the use of algae as indicators of environmental change.  Research topics I have investigated include: ecological studies of phytoplankton and periphyton (Devils Lake, Fox Lake, Kellys Slough, USA; Welsh coast, Pembroke, Wales, Kindrogan, Scotland); terrestrial studies: soil algae (prairie, desert and forest ecosystems, open cast mining and metal contaminated soils); and laboratory studies (heavy metal uptake, stress proteins, phenotypic plasticity, development)

My recent research has focussed on gene regulation in Desmodesmus, as a model to understand the origin of multicellularity, predator-prey relationships between Daphnia and Desmodesmus, taxonomy of Desmodesmus using a polyphasic approach.

SEM of Desmodesmus colony

SEM of Desmodesmus colony 25,000x © NHM

Publications

Publications
2003
  • Shubert, L. E. ( 2003 ) Non-motile coccoid and colonial green algae., In: In Wehr, J. D. and Sheath, R. G. (Eds) Freshwater Algae of North America: Classification and Ecology. . Academic Press : New York , 253 - 309 .
  • Shubert, L. E. & Wilk-Wozniak, E. ( 2003 ) SEM investigation of several non-motile coccoid green algae occurring in different types of water bodies. Biologia 58/4 : 459 - 466 .
2001
  • Johansen, J. R. and Shubert, L. E ( 2001 ) Algae in soils. Nova Hedwigia, In: Elster, J. and Lhotsky, O. (Eds) Algae and Extreme Environments. . J. Cramer : Stuttgart. , 123: 297-306 .
  • Shubert, L. E., Rusu, A-M., Bartok, K. and Moncrieff, C. B.   ( 2001 ) Distribution and abundance of edaphic algae adapted to highly acidic, metal rich soils. Nova Hedwigia., In: Elster, J. and Lhotsky, O. (Eds) Algae and Extreme Environments. . J. Cramer : Stuttgart , 123: 411 - 425 .
1999
  • Albertano, P., Congestri, R. and Shubert, L. E. ( 1999 ) Cyanobacterial bioflims in sewage treatment plants along the Thyrennian coast (Mediterranean Sea), Italy. Algological Studies 94 : 13 - 24 .
1998
  • Shubert, L. E. ( 1998 ) The effect of the Sea Empress Oil Spill on the distribution and density of intertidal microscopic algae on the Welsh coast., In: Edwards, R. and Sime, H (Eds) The Sea Empress Oil Spill Conference Proceedings. . Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management : UK , 411- 422 .
1996
  • Dodge, J. D. and Shubert, L. E.   ( 1996 ) Algae in soils and sediments,, In: Hall, G. (Ed) Manual of Methods for the Examination of Biotic Diversity in Soils and Sediments . CAB International : Wallingford, Oxfordshire , 307 .
1992
  • Pederson, C. L. and Shubert, L. E. ( 1992 ) Use of membrane filters for soil algal bioassays. Journal of Applied Phycology 4 : 49 - 56 .
1988
  • Shubert, L. E. ( 1988 ) The use of Spirulina and Chlorella as food sources for animals and humans, In: Round, F. E. and Chapman, D. J. (Eds), Progress in Phycological Research . Biopress, Ltd. : Bristol, U.K. , 237 - 254 .
1986
  • Johnson, P. E. and Shubert, L. E ( 1986 ) Availability of iron to rats from Spirulina, a blue-green alga. Nutrition Research 6 : 85 - 94 .
  • Shubert, L. E. and Pederson, C. L. ( 1986 ) Interactions of metals with ecophysiological processes of soil algae: A conceptual view., In: Megusar, F. and Gantar, M. (Eds), Perspectives in Microbial Ecology . Slovene Society for Microbiology : Ljubljana, Yugoslavia , 332 - 336 .
1985
  • Shubert, L. E. and Starks, T. L ( 1985 ) Diagnostic aspects of algal ecology in disturbed lands., In: Tate, R.L. and Klein, D.A. (Eds) Soil Reclamation Processes: Microbiological Analyses and Applications. . Marcel Dekker, Inc : New York , 83 - 106 .
1984
  • Pipe, A. E. and Shubert, L. E ( 1984 ) The use of algae as indicators of soil fertility., In: Shubert, L. E. (Ed.) Algae as Ecological Indicators . Academic Press : London , 213-233 .
  • Shubert, L. E. (Ed) ( 1984 ) Algae as Ecological Indicators . Academic Press : London , 434 .
1982
  • Shubert, L. E. ( 1982 ) Periphyton production in a saline prairie pothole.   Proceedings North Dakota Academy of Science 36 : 48 .
  • Starks, T. L. and Shubert, L. E ( 1982 ) Colonization and succession of algae and soil algal interactions associated with disturbed  areas Journal of Phycology 18 : 99 - 107 .
1981
  • Starks, T. L., Shubert, L. E. and Trainor, F. R. ( 1981 ) Soil Algae: A Review Phycologia 20 : 65 - 80 .
1980
  • Mercil, S. B., Conway, C. M. and Shubert, L. E. ( 1980 ) Phosphorus stability in a hypertrophic lake. Barica, J. and L.R. Mur (Eds)., In: Hypertrophic Ecosystems . Dr. W. Junk BV : The Hague , 179 - 190 .
  • Shubert, L.E. ( 1980 ) Algal growth potential of Devils Lake., In: DeGroot, E. (Ed) Statewide Lakes Conference on Water Quality and Agriculture . N.D. Assoc. of Reg. Councils : North Dakota , 21 - 36 .
  • Shubert, L.E. and Starks, T. L. ( 1980 ) Soil algal relationships from surface mined soils. British Phycological Journal 15 : 417 - 428 .
1979
  • Shubert, L. E. and Starks, T. L ( 1979 ) Algal succession on orphaned coal mine spoils. (Ed) Wali, M. K. , In: Ecology Coal Resource Development . Pergamon Press : New York , 1091: 661-669 .
1978
  • Shubert, L.E. ( 1978 ) The algal growth potential of an inland saline and eutrophic lake. Mitteilungen International Vereinigung fur Theoretische und Angewandte Limnologie 21 : 555 - 574 .
1976
  • Trainor, F. R., Cain, J. R. and Shubert, L.E ( 1976 ) Morphology and nutrition of the colonial green alga, Scenedesmus: 80 years later. Botanical Review 42 : 5 - 25 .
1975
  • Shubert, L.E. ( 1975 ) Scenedesmus trainorii sp. nov. (Chlorophyta: Chlorococcales): a polymorphic species Phycologia 14 : 177 - 182 .
1974
  • Shubert, L. E. and Trainor, F. R ( 1974 ) Scenedesmus morphogenesis: Control of the unicell stage with phosphorus British Phycological Journal 9 : 1 -7 .
  • Trainor, F. R. and Shubert, L.E. ( 1974 ) Scenedesmus morphogenesis: Colony control in dilute media. Journal of Phycology 10 : 28 - 30 .
1973
  • ( 1973 ) Wall ultrastructure of Scenedesmus culture N46. Archives for Microbiologie 96 : 145 - 153 .
  • Trainor, F. R. and Shubert, L. E. ( 1973 ) Growth of Dictyosphaerium, Selenastrum and Scenedesmus (Chlorophyceae) in a dilute algal medium.  Phycologia 12 : 35 -39 .