Marek Stibal

Dr Marek Stibal

(MSc, BSc University of South Bohemia; PhD University of Bristol)


I am interested in the microbial ecology and biogeochemistry of cryospheric ecosystems (glaciers and ice sheets in particular), with an emphasis on carbon and nutrient cycling, diversity, distribution and dispersal of microorganisms, and large scale effects of microbial communities on glacial systems.

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Recent Publications

Williamson CJ, Cameron KA, Cook JM, Zarsky JD, Stibal M, Edwards A (2019) Glacier algae: a dark past and a darker future. Frontiers in Microbiology 10:524 doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.00524

Lamarche-Gagnon G, Wadham JL, Sherwood Lollar B, Arndt S, Fietzek P, Beaton AD, Tedstone AJ, Telling J, Bagshaw EA, Hawkings JR, Kohler TJ, Zarsky JD, Mowlem MC, Anesio AM, Stibal M (2019) Greenland melt drives continuous export of methane from the ice-sheet bed. Nature 565:73–77 doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0800-0

Žárský JD, Kohler TJ, Yde JC, Falteisek L, Lamarche-Gagnon G, Hawkings JR, Hatton JE, Stibal M (2018) Prokaryotic assemblages in suspended and subglacial sediments within a glacierized catchment on Qeqertarsuaq (Disko Island), west Greenland. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 94:fiy100 doi: 10.1093/femsec/fiy100

Ryan JC, Hubbard A, Stibal M, Irvine-Fynn TD, Cook J, Smith LC, Cameron K, Box J (2018) Dark zone of the Greenland Ice Sheet controlled by distributed biologically-active impurities. Nature Communications 9:1065 doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-03353-2

Stibal M, Box JE, Cameron KA, Langen PL, Yallop ML, Mottram RH, Khan AL, Molotch NP, Chrismas NAM, Calì Quaglia F, Remias D, Smeets CJPP, van den Broeke MR, Ryan JC, Hubbard A, Tranter M, van As D, Ahlstrøm AP (2017) Algae drive enhanced darkening of bare ice on the Greenland ice sheet. Geophysical Research Letters 44:11463–11471 doi: 10.1002/2017GL075958


Full list of publications here.