Dr Jeremiah Shuster

Jeremiah Shuster
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences

Jeremiah is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Biological Sciences at The University of Adelaide under the mentorship of Dr Frank Reith. After receiving his PhD in 2013 from Western University (Canada), he moved to Australia for his first postdoctoral appointment at The University of Queensland. Jeremiah’s research primarily focuses on the fundamental understanding of how bacteria contribute to the biogeochemical cycling of gold and how gold is mobile within natural environments. As a geomicrobiologist, Jeremiah uses high-resolution scanning and transmission electron microscopy integrated with various spectroscopy techniques to study the biogeochemical relationship between bacteria and minerals. In addition to gold biogeochemistry, his research interests include the interpretation of both modern and ancient Earth environments from the preservation of microfossils within the rock record. By analysing structure-function relationships of microbe-mineral interactions, he strives to reveal how the lithosphere is able to support life.

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Dr Jeremiah Shuster

Jeremiah is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Biological Sciences at The University of Adelaide under the mentorship of Dr Frank Reith. After receiving his PhD in 2013 from Western University (Canada), he moved to Australia for his first postdoctoral appointment at The University of Queensland. Jeremiah’s research primarily focuses on the fundamental understanding of how bacteria contribute to the biogeochemical cycling of gold and how gold is mobile within natural environments. As a geomicrobiologist, Jeremiah uses high-resolution scanning and transmission electron microscopy integrated with various spectroscopy techniques to study the biogeochemical relationship between bacteria and minerals. In addition to gold biogeochemistry, his research interests include the interpretation of both modern and ancient Earth environments from the preservation of microfossils within the rock record. By analysing structure-function relationships of microbe-mineral interactions, he strives to reveal how the lithosphere is able to support life.

RESEARCH INTERESTS: 

  • Biogeochemical cycling of gold under near-surface environmental conditions
  • Microbial influence on elemental cycling, i.e., metal dissolution and re-precipitation
  • Application of biogeochemical processes as innovative means to achieve environmental sustainability

 

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2016 Postdoctoral Research Fellow The University of Adelaide
2013 - 2016 Postdoctoral Research Fellow The University of Queensland

Language Competencies

Language Competency
English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2008 - 2013 Western University Canada PhD

Research Interests

Earth Sciences, Exploration Geochemistry, Geochemistry, Microscopy, Organic Geochemistry

Journals

Year Citation
2017 McCutcheon, J., Nothdurft, L., Webb, G., Shuster, J., Nothdurft, L., Paterson, D. & Southam, G. (2017). Building biogenic beachrock: visualizing microbially-mediated carbonate cement precipitation using XFM and a strontium tracer. Chemical Geology, 465, 21-34.
10.1016/j.chemgeo.2017.05.019
2017 Shuster, J., Reith, F., Cornelis, G., Parsons, J., Parsons, J. & Southam, G. (2017). Secondary gold structures: relics of past biogeochemical transformations and implications for colloidal gold dispersion in subtropical environments. Chemical Geology, 450, 154-164.
10.1016/j.chemgeo.2016.12.027
2016 Levett, A., Gagen, E., Shuster, J., Rintoul, L., Tobin, M., Vongsvivut, J. ... Southam, G. (2016). Evidence of biogeochemical processes in iron duricrust formation. Journal of South American Earth Sciences, 71, 131-142.
10.1016/j.jsames.2016.06.016
2016 Shuster, J., Lengke, M., Márquez-Zavalía, M. & Southam, G. (2016). Floating gold grains and nanophase particles produced from the biogeochemical weathering of a gold-bearing ore. Economic Geology, 111, 6, 1485-1494.
10.2113/econgeo.111.6.1485
2015 Shuster, J. & Southam, G. (2015). The in-vitro "growth" of gold grains. Geology, 43, 1, 79-82.
10.1130/G36241.1
2015 Shuster, J., Johnston, C., Magarvey, N., Gordon, R., Barron, K., Banerjee, N. & Southam, G. (2015). Structural and Chemical Characterization of Placer Gold Grains: Implications for Bacterial Contributions to Grain Formation. Geomicrobiology Journal, 32, 2, 158-169.
10.1080/01490451.2014.935534
2015 Zammit, C., Shuster, J., Gagen, E. & Southam, G. (2015). The geomicrobiology of supergene metal deposits. Elements, 11, 5, 337-342.
10.2113/gselements.11.5.337
2014 Stephen, A., Adebusuyi, A., Baldygin, A., Shuster, J., Southam, G., Budwill, K. ... Mitra, S. (2014). Bioconversion of coal: new insights from a core flooding study. RSC Advances, 4, 43, 22779-22791.
10.1039/c4ra01628a
2014 Shuster, J., Bolin, T., MacLean, L. & Southam, G. (2014). The effect of iron-oxidising bacteria on the stability of gold (I) thiosulphate complex. Chemical Geology, 376, 52-60.
10.1016/j.chemgeo.2014.03.017
2014 Nahar, Q., Fleißner, F., Shuster, J., Morawitz, M., Halfpap, C., Stefan, M. ... Mittler, S. (2014). Waveguide evanescent field scattering microscopy: Bacterial biofilms and their sterilization response via UV irradiation. Journal of Biophotonics, 7, 7, 542-551.
10.1002/jbio.201300135
2014 Shuster, J., Marsden, S., Maclean, L., Ball, J., Bolin, T. & Southam, G. (2014). The immobilization of gold from gold (III) chloride by a halophilic sulphate-reducing bacterial consortium. Geological Society Special Publication, 393, 1, 249-263.
10.1144/SP393.2
2013 Johnston, C., Wyatt, M., Li, X., Ibrahim, A., Shuster, J., Southam, G. & Magarvey, N. (2013). Gold biomineralization by a metallophore from a gold-associated microbe. Nature Chemical Biology, 9, 4, 241-243.
10.1038/nchembio.1179
2011 Preston, L., Shuster, J., Fernández-Remolar, D., Banerjee, N., Osinski, G. & Southam, G. (2011). The preservation and degradation of filamentous bacteria and biomolecules within iron oxide deposits at Rio Tinto, Spain. Geobiology, 9, 3, 233-249.
10.1111/j.1472-4669.2011.00275.x

CURRENT CO-SUPERVISORY:

PhD candidate (S. Sanyal) - School of Biological Sciences, The University of Adelaide

PhD candidate (M.A. Rea) - School of Biological Sciences, The University of Adelaide

Position
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Campus
Waite
Building
CSIRO Taylor Building
Org Unit
Molecular and Cellular Biology

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