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Dr Ann Power

Dr Ann Power

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


 01392 723105

 Biocatalysis Centre BC2.1


Biocatalysis Centre, University of Exeter, The Henry Wellcome Building for Biocatalysis, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD , UK


I am a multi-disciplinary Postdoctoral Researcher, based in The Bioeconomy Centre. 

I work as part of the Exeter Microbial Biofuels Group (EMBG) and my research interests include the application of Imaging Flow Cytometry to microbiology, and for the novel detection of environmental proxies such as pollution particles, microplastics and pollen in sediments, ice and even fatbergs. 

My research has mainly been focused on exploring human-environment relationships. This has involved reconstructing air pollution histories that span the Industrial Revolution to present day using urban pond sediments in the UK and China, to understand how air pollution has changed over time, and mapping pollution deposition using contemporary dusts.


Power, A.L., Barber, D.G., Groenhof. S.R., Wagley,S., Lui, P., Parker, D.A. and Love, J. (2021) The application of Imaging Flow Cytometry for characterisation and quantification of bacterial phenotypes. Front. Cell. Infect. Microbiol.

Scott, A., Ballesteros, L.S., Bradshaw, M., Tsuji, C., Power, A., Lorriman., Love,J., Paul, D., Herman, A., Emanueli, C. and Richardson, R.J. (2021) In Vivo Characterization of Endogenous Cardiovascular Extracellular Vesicles in Larval and Adult Zebrafish. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.

Wagley, S., Morcrette, H., Kovacs-Simon, A., Yang, Z.R., Power, A., Tennant, R.K., Love, J., Murray, N., Titball, R.W., Butler, C.S. (2021) Bacterial dormancy: A subpopulation of viable but non-culturable cells demonstrates better fitness for revival PLOS Pathogens

Langley, B., Halloran, P., Power, A., Rickaby, R.E., Chana, P., Diver, P., Thornalley, D., Hacker, C and Love, J. (2020) A new method for isolating and analysing coccospheres within sediments. Scientific Reports 10: 20727

C.J. Fogwill, C.S.M. Turney, L. Menviel, A. Baker, M. E. Weber, B. Ellis, Z.A. Thomas, N. R. Golledge, D. Etheridge, M. Rubino, D.P. Thornton, T.D. van Ommen, A.D. Moy, M.A.J. Curran, S. Davies, M.I. Bird, N.C. Munksgaard, C.M. Rootes, H. Millman, J. Vohra, A. Rivera, A. Mackintosh21, J. Pike, I.R. Hall, E.A. Bagshaw, E. Rainsley, C. Bronk-Ramsey, M, Montinari, A. Cage, M.R.P. Harris, R. Jones, A. Power, J. Love, J. Young, L.S. Weyrich, A. Cooper  (2020)Southern Ocean carbon sink enhanced by sea-ice feedbacks at the Antarctic Cold Reversal. Nature Geosciences 13: 489–497

Power, A.L. & Worsley, A.T. (2019) Historical Urban Pollution IN Urban Pollution Charlesworth. S. & Booth, C.A.(Eds) Urban PollutionWiley Publishing Limited.

Dickinson, A.W.,  Power, A., Hansen, M.G., Brandt, K.K., Piliposian, G., Appleby, P., O'Neill, P.A., Jones, R.T., Sierocinski, P.,  Koskella, B. & Vos. M (2019) Heavy metal pollution and co-selection for antibiotic resistance: A microbial palaeontology approach. Environment International132: 105117.

Power, A.L.,Tennant, R.K., Jones, R.T., Yang, Ya., Du, Jei., Worsley, A.T., Love, J. (2018) Monitoring Impacts of Urbanisation and Industrialisation on Air Quality in the Anthropocene Using Urban Pond Sediments Front. Earth Sci. 6:131.

Tennant, R.K., Ayine, M,L., Power, A.L.,Gilman,J.A., Hewlett, M., James, P.B.C., Singleton, C., Parker, D.A., Love, J. (2019) Hybrid Sequencing Approach Completes the Genome Sequence of Thermoanaerobacter ethanolicus JW 200. Microbiol Resour Announc. DOI: 10.1128/MRA.01530-18. 

Power, A.L., Love, J., Jones, R. & Worsley, A.T. (2014) Investigating historical releases of industrial combustion particles using urban ponds. ProScience.(Conference Proceedings 1stInternational Conference on Atmospheric Dust- DUST 2014) 1 pp. 201-206.

Power, A.L., Worsley, A.T. & Booth, C.A. (2009) Magneto-biomonitoring of intra-urban spatial variations of particulate matter using tree leaves. Environmental Geochemistry and Health. 31 pp. 315-325. 

Power, A.L.& Worsley, A.T. (2009) Using man-made ponds to reconstruct a 150-year history of air pollution in northwest England. Environmental Geochemistry and Health.  32 pp. 327-338.

Booth, C.A., Winspear, C.M., Fullen, M.A., Worsley, A.T., Power, A.L. & Holden, V.J. (2007) ‘A pilot investigation into the potential of mineral magnetic measurements as a proxy for urban roadside particulate pollution’. IN Brebbia, C.A. (ed). Air Pollution XV. Southampton: Wessex Institute Press. pp. 391-400.

Power, A.L.,Worsley, A.T., Booth, C.A. & Farr, K.M. (2006) Preliminary insights of magneto-biomonitoring (Tilia europaea and Acer pseudoplatanus) as an alternative roadside particulate air pollution technology. IN Longhurst, J.W.S. & Brebbia, C.A. (eds)Air Pollution XIV. Southampton: Wessex Institute Press. pp. 525-534.


PhD (2011) - Edge Hill University

BSc Environmental Science (2004) - University of Wolverhampton




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