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Dr Daniel Padfield

Postdoctoral Research Fellow NERC (Buckling)

 Environment and Sustainability Institute 

 

Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

Overview

I am an ecologist with broad interests that span climate change, evolution, and community ecology. The common thread throughout my research so far has been the impacts of climate change on the biosphere, primarily on phytoplankton and bacteria. I now work primarily on bacteria with Angus Buckling and his talented and lovely lab group. I am investigating how host-parasite interactions will change under warming, using the bacteria, Pseudomonas fluorescens and its lytic phage. Other work I have been doing includes the importance of rapid evolution of diversity in impacting community structure and community coalescence, an emerging area of research examining the dynamics of whole microbial communities mixing.

During my PhD with Gabriel Yvon-Durocher, I explored how warming will alter rates of photosynthesis and respiration in phytoplankton. To do this, I combined ideas from metabolic theory and experimental approaches from studying Icelandic streams to experimental evolution.

I an avid R programmer, and have experience in bioinformatics from 16S sequencing to de novo genome assembly. If you have any questions about my code from publications or my R packages please get in touch! 

In life, I live in Cornwall, UK, and have a chronically ill partner, Sophia, who lives with her parents in Cheltenham Spa. I maintain a twitter thread documenting her struggle and our life. We love watching the garden birds together (although she is only well enough to watch from the windown once a day at the moment). We also have a very cute sausage dog called Copper.

Research

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Journal articles

Padfield D, Buckling A, Yvon-Durocher G, Lowe C, Warfield R (In Press). Linking phytoplankton community metabolism to the individual size distribution. Ecology Letters Full text.
Yvon-Durocher G, Padfield D, Buckling A, Lowe C, Ffrench-Constant R, Schaum E (In Press). Metabolic compensation constrains the temperature dependence of gross primary production. Ecology Letters Full text.
Padfield D, Castledine M, Buckling A (In Press). Temperature-dependent changes to host-parasite interactions alter the thermal performance of a bacterial host.  Abstract.
Castledine M, Buckling A, Padfield D (2019). A shared coevolutionary history does not alter the outcome of coalescence in experimental populations of Pseudomonas fluorescens. J Evol Biol, 32(1), 58-65. Abstract.  Author URL.
Hesse E, Padfield D, Bayer F, van Veen EM, Bryan CG, Buckling A (2019). Anthropogenic remediation of heavy metals selects against natural microbial remediation. Proc Biol Sci, 286(1905). Abstract.  Author URL.
Padfield D, Castledine M, Buckling A (2019). Temperature-dependent changes to host-parasite interactions alter the thermal performance of a bacterial host. ISME J Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
García-Carreras B, Sal S, Padfield D, Kontopoulos D-G, Bestion E, Schaum C-E, Yvon-Durocher G, Pawar S (2018). Role of carbon allocation efficiency in the temperature dependence of autotroph growth rates. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 115(31), E7361-E7368. Abstract.  Author URL.
Schaum CE, Student Research Team, Ffrench-Constant R, Lowe C, Ólafsson JS, Padfield D, Yvon-Durocher G (2018). Temperature-driven selection on metabolic traits increases the strength of an algal-grazer interaction in naturally warmed streams. Glob Chang Biol, 24(4), 1793-1803. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Padfield D, Yvon-Durocher G, Buckling A, Jennings S, Yvon-Durocher G (2016). Rapid evolution of metabolic traits explains thermal adaptation in phytoplankton. Ecology Letters, 19(2), 133-142. Abstract.  Full text.
Padfield D, Yvon-Durocher G, Buckling A, Jennings S, Yvon-Durocher G (2016). Rapid evolution of metabolic traits explains thermal adaptation in phytoplankton. Ecol Lett, 19(2), 133-142. Abstract.  Author URL.

Publications by year


In Press

Padfield D, Buckling A, Yvon-Durocher G, Lowe C, Warfield R (In Press). Linking phytoplankton community metabolism to the individual size distribution. Ecology Letters Full text.
Yvon-Durocher G, Padfield D, Buckling A, Lowe C, Ffrench-Constant R, Schaum E (In Press). Metabolic compensation constrains the temperature dependence of gross primary production. Ecology Letters Full text.
Padfield D, Castledine M, Buckling A (In Press). Temperature-dependent changes to host-parasite interactions alter the thermal performance of a bacterial host.  Abstract.

2019

Castledine M, Buckling A, Padfield D (2019). A shared coevolutionary history does not alter the outcome of coalescence in experimental populations of Pseudomonas fluorescens. J Evol Biol, 32(1), 58-65. Abstract.  Author URL.
Hesse E, Padfield D, Bayer F, van Veen EM, Bryan CG, Buckling A (2019). Anthropogenic remediation of heavy metals selects against natural microbial remediation. Proc Biol Sci, 286(1905). Abstract.  Author URL.
Padfield D, Castledine M, Buckling A (2019). Temperature-dependent changes to host-parasite interactions alter the thermal performance of a bacterial host. ISME J Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2018

García-Carreras B, Sal S, Padfield D, Kontopoulos D-G, Bestion E, Schaum C-E, Yvon-Durocher G, Pawar S (2018). Role of carbon allocation efficiency in the temperature dependence of autotroph growth rates. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 115(31), E7361-E7368. Abstract.  Author URL.
Schaum CE, Student Research Team, Ffrench-Constant R, Lowe C, Ólafsson JS, Padfield D, Yvon-Durocher G (2018). Temperature-driven selection on metabolic traits increases the strength of an algal-grazer interaction in naturally warmed streams. Glob Chang Biol, 24(4), 1793-1803. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2016

Padfield D, Yvon-Durocher G, Buckling A, Jennings S, Yvon-Durocher G (2016). Rapid evolution of metabolic traits explains thermal adaptation in phytoplankton. Ecology Letters, 19(2), 133-142. Abstract.  Full text.
Padfield D, Yvon-Durocher G, Buckling A, Jennings S, Yvon-Durocher G (2016). Rapid evolution of metabolic traits explains thermal adaptation in phytoplankton. Ecol Lett, 19(2), 133-142. Abstract.  Author URL.

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