Professor Mikhail Zubkov

        Head and shoulder photo of Prof Mike Zubkov

Microbial Ecologist

Being an ecologist I investigate how interactions of key bacteria and protists control biological CO2 fixation in the ocean.

My over 120 peer-reviewed papers include the ones that challenged and changed ecological thinking, e.g. planetary significance of the smallest plants that feed on bacteria.

Contact details:
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My research interests are in linking microbial (prokaryotes and protists) identity and diversity with the biogeochemical cycles.

Using flow cytometry for sorting targeted populations of microbial cells after isotopic pulse labelling I developed a suite of novel experimental approaches to determine:

  1. ambient bacterivory rates of different protists,
  2. intrinsic growth rates of prokaryotic and eukaryotic CO2 fixers,
  3. unperturbed uptake rates of phosphate by phylogenetically characterised microbial populations.

Current research projects

How do eukaryotic CO2 fixers co-exist with faster growing prokaryotic CO2 fixers in the oligotrophic ocean covering 40% of Earth? Nutrientpulses or CO2 fixers. A joint project with the National History Museum. I am the Principal Investigator. Funded by NERC (NE/M014363/1). Oct 2015 - Dec 2019.

FAPESP Marine ferromanganese deposits — a major resource of Etech elements (MarineE-tech). Funded by NERC (NE/M011186/1). I am a Co-Investigator on this project looking at the role of microbes in metal deposition and the impact of deep ocean mining on biological processes in the surface ocean.


Important past projects

Mixotrophy: Do mixotrophic protists make oligotrophic oceanic gyres sustainable ecosystems? Funded by NERC (NE/E016138/1). 2007-12

Photoheterotrophy: How important is prokaryotic photoheterotrophy in ecosystems of the Atlantic Ocean from 40oS to 40oN? Funded by NERC (NE/H005196/1). 2010-15

Peer-reviewed publications

Kamennaya, N.A., G. Kennaway, B.M. Fuchs, and M.V. Zubkov. 2018. “Pomacytosis”—Semi-extracellular phagocytosis of cyanobacteria by the smallest marine algae. PLOS Biology. 16:e2003502.

Smyth, T., G. Quartly, T. Jackson, G. Tarran, M. Woodward, C. Harris, C. Gallienne, R. Thomas, R. Airs, D. Cummings, R. Brewin, V. Kitidis, J. Stephens, M. Zubkov, and A. Rees. 2017. Determining Atlantic Ocean province contrasts and variations. Prog. Oceanogr. 158:19-40.

Hartmann, M., Hill, P.G., Tynan, E., Achterberg, E.P., Leakey, R.J.G. & Zubkov, M.V. (2016) Resilience of SAR11 bacteria to rapid acidification in the high-latitude open ocean. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 92, DOI:

Le Moigne, F.A.C., Henson, S.A., Cavan, E., Georges, C., Pabortsava, K., Achterberg, E.P., Ceballos-Romero, E., Zubkov, M.V. & Sanders, R.J. (2016) What causes the inverse relationship between primary production and export efficiency in the Southern Ocean? Geophysical Research Letters, 43, 4457-4466.

Tarling, G.A., Peck, V., Ward, P., Ensor, N.S., Achterberg, E., Tynan, E., Poulton, A.J., Mitchell, E. & Zubkov, M.V. (2016) Effects of acute ocean acidification on spatially-diverse polar pelagic foodwebs: Insights from on-deck microcosms. Deep-Sea Research II, 127, 75-92.

Evans, C., Gómez-Pereira, P.R., Martin, A.P., Scanlan, D.J. & Zubkov, M.V. (2015) Photoheterotrophy of bacterioplankton is ubiquitous in the surface oligotrophic ocean. Progress in Oceanography, 135, 139-145.

Grob, C., Jardillier, L., Hartmann, M., Ostrowski, M., Zubkov, M.V. & Scanlan, D.J. (2015) Cell-specific CO2 fixation rates of two distinct groups of plastidic protists in the Atlantic Ocean remain unchanged after nutrient addition. Environmental Microbiology Reports, 7, 211-218.

Zubkov, M.V., Martin, A.P., Hartmann, M., Grob, C. & Scanlan, D.J. (2015) Dominant oceanic bacteria secure phosphate using a large extracellular buffer. Nature Communications, 6, 7878. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms8878

Giering, S.L.C., Sanders, R., Lampitt, R.S., Anderson, T.R., Tamburini, C., Boutrif, M., Zubkov, M.V., Marsay, C.M., Henson, S.A., Saw, K., Cook, K. & Mayor, D.J. (2014) Reconciliation of the carbon budget in the ocean's twilight zone. Nature, 507, 480-483.

Aldridge, D., Purdie, D.A. & Zubkov, M.V. (2014) Growth and survival of Neoceratium hexacanthum and Neoceratium candelabrum under simulated nutrient-depleted conditions. Journal of Plankton Research, 36, 439-449.

Hartmann, M., Gomez-Pereira, P., Grob, C., Ostrowski, M., Scanlan, D.J. & Zubkov, M.V. (2014) Efficient CO2 fixation by surface Prochlorococcus in the Atlantic Ocean. ISME Journal, 8, 2280-2289.

Mazard, S., Ostrowski, M., Holland, R., Zubkov, M.V. & Scanlan, D.J. (2014) Targeted Genomics of Flow Cytometrically Sorted Cultured and Uncultured Microbial Groups. Environmental Microbiology: Methods and Protocols, 2nd Edition (ed. by I.T. Paulsen and A.J. Holmes), pp. 203-212.

Mitra, A., Flynn, K.J., Burkholder, J.M., Berge, T., Calbet, A., Raven, J.A., Graneli, E., Glibert, P.M., Hansen, P.J., Stoecker, D.K., Thingstad, F., Tillmann, U., Vage, S., Wilken, S. & Zubkov, M.V. (2014) The role of mixotrophic protists in the biological carbon pump. Biogeosciences, 11, 995-1005.

Richier, S., Achterberg, E.P., Dumousseaud, C., Poulton, A.J., Suggett, D.J., Tyrrell, T., Zubkov, M.V. & Moore, C.M. (2014) Phytoplankton responses and associated carbon cycling during shipboard carbonate chemistry manipulation experiments conducted around Northwest European shelf seas. Biogeosciences, 11, 4733-4752.

Zubkov, M.V. (2014) Faster growth of the major prokaryotic versus eukaryotic CO2 fixers in the oligotrophic ocean. Nature Communications, 5, 3776. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms4776

del Carmen Munoz-Marin, M., Luque, I., Zubkov, M.V., Hill, P.G., Diez, J. & Manuel Garcia-Fernandez, J. (2013) Prochlorococcus can use the Pro1404 transporter to take up glucose at nanomolar concentrations in the Atlantic Ocean. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110, 8597-8602.

Gomez-Pereira, P.R., Kennaway, G., Fuchs, B.M., Tarran, G.A. & Zubkov, M.V. (2013a) Flow cytometric identification of Mamiellales clade II in the Southern Atlantic Ocean. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 83, 664-671.

Gomez-Pereira, P.R., Hartmann, M., Grob, C., Tarran, G.A., Martin, A.P., Fuchs, B.M., Scanlan, D.J. & Zubkov, M.V. (2013b) Comparable light stimulation of organic nutrient uptake by SAR11 and Prochlorococcus in the North Atlantic subtropical gyre. ISME Journal, 7, 603-614.

Grob, C., Ostrowski, M., Holland, R.J., Heldal, M., Norland, S., Erichsen, E.S., Blindauer, C., Martin, A.P., Zubkov, M.V. & Scanlan, D.J. (2013) Elemental composition of natural populations of key microbial groups in Atlantic waters. Environmental Microbiology, 15, 3054-3064.

Hartmann, M., Zubkov, M.V., Scanlan, D.J. & Lepere, C. (2013) In situ interactions between photosynthetic picoeukaryotes and bacterioplankton in the Atlantic Ocean: evidence for mixotrophy. Environmental Microbiology Reports, 5, 835-840.

Hill, P.G., Warwick, P.E. & Zubkov, M.V. (2013) Low microbial respiration of leucine at ambient oceanic concentration in the mixed layer of the central Atlantic Ocean. Limnology & Oceanography, 58, 1597-1604.

Jardillier, L., Zubkov, M.V., Pearman, J. & Scanlan, D.J. (2013) Significant CO2 fixation by small prymnesiophytes in the subtropical and tropical northeast Atlantic Ocean (vol 4, pg 1180, 2010). ISME Journal, 7, 2424-2424.

Hartmann, M., Grob, C., Tarran, G.A., Martin, A.P., Burkill, P.H., Scanlan, D.J. & Zubkov, M.V. (2012) Mixotrophic basis of Atlantic oligotrophic ecosystems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109, 5756-5760. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1118179109

Movellan, A., Schiebel, R., Zubkov, M.V., Smyth, A. & Howa, H. (2012) Protein biomass quantification of unbroken individual foraminifers using nano-spectrophotometry. Biogeosciences, 9, 3613-3623.

Hill, P.G., Heywood, J.L., Holland, R.J., Purdie, D.A., Fuchs, B.M. & Zubkov, M.V. (2012) Internal and external influences on near-surface microbial community structure in the vicinity of the Cape Verde Islands. Microbial Ecology, 63, 139-48.

Christaki, U., Courties, C., Massana, R., Catala, P., Lebaron, P., Gasol, G.M. & Zubkov, M.V. (2011) Optimized routine flow cytometric enumeration of heterotrophic flagellates using SYBR Green I. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 9, 329-339.

Grob, C., Hartmann, M., Zubkov, M.V. & Scanlan, D.J. (2011) Invariable biomass-specific primary production of taxonomically discrete picoeukaryote groups across the Atlantic Ocean. Environmental Microbiology, 13, 3266-3274.

Hartmann, M., Grob, C., Scanlan, D.J., Martin, A.P., Burkill, P.H. & Zubkov, M.V. (2011) Comparison of phosphate uptake rates by the smallest plastidic and aplastidic protists in the North Atlantic subtropical gyre. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 78, 327-335.

Hill, P.G., Mary, I., Purdie, D.A. & Zubkov, M.V. (2011) Similarity in microbial amino acid uptake in surface waters of the North and South Atlantic (sub-)tropical gyres. Progress in Oceanography, 91, 437-446.

Kirkham, A.R., Jardillier, L.E., Holland, R., Zubkov, M.V. & Scanlan, D.J. (2011a) Analysis of photosynthetic picoeukaryote community structure along an extended Ellett Line transect in the northern North Atlantic reveals a dominance of novel prymnesiophyte and prasinophyte phylotypes. Deep-Sea Research I, 58, 733-744.

Kirkham, A.R., Jardillier, L.E., Tiganescu, A., Pearman, J., Zubkov, M.V. & Scanlan, D.J. (2011b) Basin-scale distribution patterns of photosynthetic picoeukaryotes along an Atlantic Meridional Transect. Environmental Microbiology, 13, 975-990.

Mawji, E., Gledhill, M., Milton, J.A., Zubkov, M.V., Thompson, A., Wolff, G.A. & Achterberg, E.P. (2011) Production of siderophore type chelates in Atlantic Ocean waters enriched with different carbon and nitrogen sources. Marine Chemistry, 124, 90-99.

Mojtahid, M., Zubkov, M.V., Hartmann, M. & Gooday, A.J. (2011) Grazing of intertidal benthic foraminifera on bacteria: Assessment using pulse-chase radiotracing. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 399, 25-34.

Schattenhofer, M., Wulf, J., Kostadinov, I., Gloeckner, F.O., Zubkov, M.V. & Fuchs, B.M. (2011) Phylogenetic characterisation of picoplanktonic populations with high and low nucleic acid content in the North Atlantic Ocean. Systematic and Applied Microbiology, 34, 470-475.

Stephenson, P.G., Moore, C.M., Terry, M.J., Zubkov, M.V. & Bibby, T.S. (2011) Improving photosynthesis for algal biofuels: toward a green revolution. Trends in Biotechnology, 29, 615-623.

Hill, P.G., Zubkov, M.V. & Purdie, D.A. (2010) Differential responses of Prochlorococcus and SAR11-dominated bacterioplankton groups to atmospheric dust inputs in the tropical Northeast Atlantic Ocean. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 306, 82-89.

Jardillier, L., Zubkov, M.V., Pearman, J. & Scanlan, D.J. (2010) Significant CO2 fixation by small prymnesiophytes in the subtropical and tropical northeast Atlantic Ocean. ISME Journal, 4, 1180-1192

Martin, A.P., Zubkov, M.V., Holland, R.J., Tarran, G. & Burkill, P. (2010) Variability in ultraplankton at the Porcupine Abyssal Plain study site. Deep-Sea Research Part II, 57, 1336-1345.

Mary, I., Oliver, A., Skipp, P., Holland, R., Topping, J., Tarran, G., Scanlan, D.J., O'Connor, C.D., Whiteley, A.S., Burkill, P.H. & Zubkov, M.V. (2010) Metaproteomic and metagenomic analyses of defined oceanic microbial populations using microwave cell fixation and flow cytometric sorting. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 74, 10-18.

Achterberg, E.P., Patey, M., Rijkenberg, M., Steigenberger, S., Moore, C.M., Hill, P., Powell, C., Mahaffey, C., Statham, P.J., Purdie, D. & Zubkov, M.V. (2009) Dust inputs to the (sub-)tropical North Atlantic Ocean; Influence on ocean biogeochemistry. Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, 73, A7-A7.

Pollard, R.T., Salter, I., Sanders, R.J., Lucas, M.I., Moore, C.M., Mills, R.A., Statham, P.J., Allen, J.T., Baker, A.R., Bakker, D.C.E., Charette, M.A., Fielding, S., Fones, G.R., French, M., Hickman, A.E., Holland, R.J., Hughes, J.A., Jickells, T.D., Lampitt, R.S., Morris, P.J., Nedelec, F.H., Nielsdottir, M., Planquette, H., Popova, E.E., Poulton, A.J., Read, J.F., Seeyave, S., Smith, T., Stinchcombe, M., Taylor, S., Thomalla, S., Venables, H.J., Williamson, R. & Zubkov, M.V. (2009) Southern Ocean deep-water carbon export enhanced by natural iron fertilization. Nature, 457, 577-U81.

Hartmann, M., Zubkov, M.V., Martin, A.P., Scanlan, D.J. & Burkill, P.H. (2009) Assessing amino acid uptake by phototrophic nanoflagellates in nonaxenic cultures using flow cytometric sorting. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 298, 166-173.

Schattenhofer, M., Fuchs, B.M., Amann, R., Zubkov, M.V., Tarran, G.A. & Pernthaler, J. (2009) Latitudinal distribution of prokaryotic picoplankton populations in the Atlantic Ocean. Environmental Microbiology, 11, 2078-2093.

Zubkov, M.V. (2009) Photoheterotrophy in marine prokaryotes. Journal of Plankton Research, 31, 933-938.

Zubkov, M.V. & Leakey, R.J.G. (2009) Evaluation of the efficiency of metabolism of dinoflagellate phosphorus and carbon by a planktonic ciliate. European Journal of Protistology, 45, 166-173.

Zwirglmaier, K., Spence, E., Zubkov, M.V., Scanlan, D.J. & Mann, N.H. (2009) Differential grazing of two heterotrophic nanoflagellates on marine Synechococcus strains. Environmental Microbiology, 11, 1767-1776.

Jost, G., Zubkov, M.V., Yakushev, E., Labrenz, M. & Jurgens, K. (2008) High abundance and dark CO2 fixation of chemolithoautotrophic prokaryotes in anoxic waters of the Baltic Sea. Limnology and Oceanography, 53, 14-22.

Larsen, A., Tanaka, T., Zubkov, M.V. & Thingstad, T.F. (2008) P-affinity measurements of specific osmotroph populations using cell-sorting flow cytometry. Limnology and Oceanography-Methods, 6, 355-363.

Martin, A.P., Zubkov, M.V., Fasham, M.J., Burkill, P.H. & Holland, R.J. (2008) Microbial spatial variability: An example from the Celtic Sea. Progress in Oceanography, 76, 443-465.

Mary, I., Tarran, G.A., Warwick, P.E., Terry, M.J., Scanlan, D.J., Burkill, P.H. & Zubkov, M.V. (2008a) Light enhanced amino acid uptake by dominant bacterioplankton groups in surface waters of the Atlantic Ocean. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 63, 36-45.

Mary, I., Garczarek, L., Tarran, G.A., Kolowrat, C., Terry, M.J., Scanlan, D.J., Burkill, P.H. & Zubkov, M.V. (2008b) Diel rhythmicity in amino acid uptake by Prochlorococcus. Environmental Microbiology, 10, 2124-2131.

Thyssen, M., Tarran, G.A., Zubkov, M.V., Holland, R.J., Gregori, G., Burkill, P.H. & Denis, M. (2008) The emergence of automated high-frequency flow cytometry: revealing temporal and spatial phytoplankton variability. Journal of Plankton Research, 30, 333-343.

Zubkov, M.V. & Tarran, G.A. (2008) High bacterivory by the smallest phytoplankton in the North Atlantic Ocean. Nature, 455, 224-226.

Zubkov, M.V., Tarran, G.A., Mary, I. & Fuchs, B.M. (2008) Differential microbial uptake of dissolved amino acids and amino sugars in surface waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Journal of Plankton Research, 30, 211-220.

Maranon, E., Cermeno, P., Rodriguez, J., Zubkov, M.V. & Harris, R.P. (2007a) Scaling of phytoplankton photosynthesis and cell size in the ocean. Limnology and Oceanography, 52, 2190-2198.

Maranon, E., Perez, V., Fernandez, E., Anadon, R., Bode, A., Gonzalez, N., Huskin, I., Isla, A., Moran, X.A.G., Mourino, B., Quevedo, M., Robinson, C., Serret, P., Teira, E., Varela, M.M., Woodward, E.M.S. & Zubkov, M.V. (2007b) Planktonic carbon budget in the eastern subtropical North Atlantic. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 48, 261-275.

Wootton, E.C., Zubkov, M.V., Jones, D.H., Jones, R.H., Martel, C.M., Thornton, C.A. & Roberts, E.C. (2007) Biochemical prey recognition by planktonic protozoa. Environmental Microbiology, 9, 216-222.

Zubkov, M.V., Burkill, P.H. & Topping, J.N. (2007a) Flow cytometric enumeration of DNA-stained oceanic planktonic protists. Journal of Plankton Research, 29, 79-86.

Zubkov, M.V., Holland, R.J., Burkill, P.H., Croudace, I.W. & Warwick, P.E. (2007b) Microbial abundance, activity and iron uptake in vicinity of the Crozet Isles in November 2004–January 2005. Deep-Sea Research II, 54, 2126-2137.

Zubkov, M.V., Mary, I., Woodward, E.M.S., Warwick, P.E., Fuchs, B.M., Scanlan, D.J. & Burkill, P.H. (2007c) Microbial control of phosphate in the nutrient-depleted North Atlantic subtropical gyre. Environmental Microbiology, 9, 2079-2089.

Zwirglmaier, K., Heywood, J.L., Chamberlain, K., Woodward, E.M.S., Zubkov, M.V. & Scanlan, D.J. (2007) Basin-scale distribution patterns lineages in the Atlantic Ocean. Environmental Microbiology, 9, 1278-1290.

Heywood, J.L., Zubkov, M.V., Tarran, G.A. & Holligan, P.M. (2006) Inter-annual stability of prokaryoplankton standing stocks in oligotrophic gyre and equatorial provinces of the Atlantic Ocean. Deep-Sea Research II, 53, 1530-1547.

Martin, E.S., Irigoien, X., Harris, R.P., Lopez-Urrutia, A., Zubkov, M.V. & Heywood, J.L. (2006) Variation in the transfer of energy in marine plankton along a productivity gradient in the Atlantic Ocean. Limnology and Oceanography, 51, 2084-2091.

Mary, I., Cummings, D.G., Biegala, I.C., Burkill, P.H., Archer, S.D. & Zubkov, M.V. (2006a) Seasonal dynamics of bacterioplankton community structure at a coastal station in the western English Channel. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 42, 119-126.

Mary, I., Heywood, J.L., Fuchs, B.M., Amann, R., Tarran, G.A., Burkill, P.H. & Zubkov, M.V. (2006b) SAR11 dominance among metabolically active low nucleic acid bacterioplankton in surface waters along an Atlantic Meridional Transect. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 45, 107-113.

Perez, V., Fernandez, E., Maranon, E., Moran, X.A.G. & Zubkov, M.V. (2006) Vertical distribution of phytoplankton biomass, production and growth in the Atlantic subtropical gyres. Deep-Sea Research II, 53, 1616-1634.

Roberts, E.C., Zubkov, M.V., Martin-Cereceda, M., Novarino, G. & Wootton, E.C. (2006) Cell surface lectin-binding glycoconjugates on marine planktonic protists. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 265, 202-207.

Robinson, C., Poulton, A.J., Holligan, P.M., Baker, A.R., Forster, G., Gist, N., Jickells, T.D., Malin, G., Upstill-Goddard, R., Williams, R.G., Woodward, E.M.S. & Zubkov, M.V. (2006) The Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) Programme: A contextual view 1995-2005. Deep-Sea Research II, 53, 1485-1515.

Tarran, G.A., Heywood, J.L. & Zubkov, M.V. (2006) Latitudinal changes in the standing stocks of nano- and picoeukaryotic phytoplankton in the Atlantic Ocean. Deep-Sea Research II, 53, 1516-1529.

Topping, J.N., Heywood, J.L., Ward, P. & Zubkov, M.V. (2006) Bacterioplankton composition in the Scotia Sea, Antarctica, during the austral summer of 2003. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 45, 229-235.

Zubkov, M.V. & Burkill, P.H. (2006) Syringe pumped high speed flow cytometry of oceanic phytoplankton. Cytometry Part A, 69A, 1010-1019.

Zubkov, M.V., Tarran, G.A. & Burkill, P.H. (2006) Bacterioplankton of low and high DNA content in the suboxic waters of the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman: abundance and amino acid uptake. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 43, 23-32.

Biegala, I.C., Cuttle, M., Mary, I. & Zubkov, M. (2005) Hybridisation of picoeukaryotes by eubacterial probes is widespread in the marine environment. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 41, 293-297.

Fuchs, B.M., Woebken, D., Zubkov, M.V., Tarran, G.A., Burkill, P.H. & Amann, R. (2005) Molecular identification of picoplankton populations in contrasting waters of the Arabian Sea. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 39, 145-157.

Martin, A.P., Zubkov, M.V., Burkill, P.H. & Holland, R.J. (2005) Extreme spatial variability in marine picoplankton and its consequences for interpreting Eulerian time-series. Biology Letters, 1, 366-369.

Zubkov, M.V. & Sleigh, M.A. (2005) Assimilation efficiency of Vibrio bacterial protein biomass by the flagellate Pteridomonas: Assessment using flow cytometric sorting. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 54, 281-286.

Zubkov, M.V. & Tarran, G.A. (2005) Amino acid uptake of Prochlorococcus spp. in surface waters across the South Atlantic Subtropical Front. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 40, 241-249.

Zubkov, M.V., Allen, J.I. & Fuchs, B.M. (2004b) Coexistence of dominant groups in marine bacterioplankton community - a combination of experimental and modelling approaches. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 84, 519-529.

Zubkov, M.V., Tarran, G.A. & Fuchs, B.M. (2004a) Depth related amino acid uptake by Prochlorococcus cyanobacteria in the Southern Atlantic tropical gyre. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 50, 153-161.

Zubkov, M.V., Linn, L.J., Amann, R. & Kiene, R.P. (2004c) Temporal patterns of biological dimethylsulfide (DMS) consumption during laboratory-induced phytoplankton bloom cycles. Marine Ecology-Progress Series, 271, 77-86.

Maranon, E., Behrenfeld, M.J., Gonzalez, N., Mourino, B. & Zubkov, M.V. (2003) High variability of primary production in oligotrophic waters of the Atlantic Ocean: uncoupling from phytoplankton biomass and size structure. Marine Ecology-Progress Series, 257, 1-11.

Zubkov, M.V., Fuchs, B.M., Tarran, G.A., Burkill, P.H. & Amann, R. (2003) High rate of uptake of organic nitrogen compounds by Prochlorococcus cyanobacteria as a key to their dominance in oligotrophic oceanic waters. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 69, 1299-1304.

Zubkov, M.V. & Lopez-Urrutia, A. (2003) Effect of appendicularians and copepods on bacterioplankton composition and growth in the English Channel. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 32, 39-46.

Zubkov, M.V. & Quartly, G.D. (2003) Ultraplankton distribution in surface waters of the Mozambique Channel - flow cytometry and satellite imagery. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 33, 155-161.

Archer, S.D., Gilbert, F.J., Nightingale, P.D., Zubkov, M.V., Taylor, A.H., Smith, G.C. & Burkill, P.H. (2002) Transformation of dimethylsulphoniopropionate to dimethyl sulphide during summer in the North Sea with an examination of key processes via a modelling approach. Deep-Sea Research II, 49, 3067-3101.

Burkill, P.H., Archer, S.D., Robinson, C., Nightingale, P.D., Groom, S.B., Tarran, G.A. & Zubkov, M.V. (2002) Dimethyl sulphide biogeochemistry within a coccolithophore bloom (DISCO): an overview. Deep-Sea Research II, 49, 2863-2885.

Robinson, C., Widdicombe, C.E., Zubkov, M.V., Tarran, G.A., Miller, A.E.J. & Rees, A.P. (2002a) Plankton community respiration during a coccolithophore bloom. Deep-Sea Research II, 49, 2929-2950.

Robinson, C., Serret, P., Tilstone, G., Teira, E., Zubkov, M.V., Rees, A.P. & Woodward, E.M.S. (2002b) Plankton respiration in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean. Deep-Sea Research II, 49, 787-813.

Wilson, W.H., Tarran, G. & Zubkov, M.V. (2002) Virus dynamics in a coccolithophore-dominated bloom in the North Sea. Deep-Sea Research II, 49, 2951-2963.

Zubkov, M.V., Fuchs, B.M., Tarran, G.A., Burkill, P.H. & Amann, R. (2002a) Mesoscale distribution of dominant bacterioplankton groups in the northern North Sea in early summer. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 29, 135-144.

Zubkov, M.V., Fuchs, B.M., Archer, S.D., Kiene, R.P., Amann, R. & Burkill, P.H. (2002b) Rapid turnover of dissolved DMS and DMSP by defined bacterioplankton communities in the stratified euphotic zone of the North Sea. Deep-Sea Research II, 49, 3017-3038.

Tarran, G.A., Zubkov, M.V., Sleigh, M.A., Burkill, P.H. & Yallop, M. (2001) Microbial community structure and standing stocks in the NE Atlantic in June and July of 1996. Deep-Sea Research II, 48, 963-985.

Zubkov, M.V., Zollner, E. & Jurgens, K. (2001a) Digestion of bacterial macromolecules by a mixotrophic flagellate, Ochromonas sp., compared with that by two heterotrophic flagellates, Spumella pudica and Bodo saltans. European Journal of Protistology, 37, 155-166.

Zubkov, M.V., Sleigh, M.A. & Burkill, P.H. (2001b) Heterotrophic bacterial turnover along the 20 degrees W meridian between 59 degrees N and 37 degrees N in July 1996. Deep-Sea Research II, 48, 987-1001.

Zubkov, M.V., Fuchs, B.M., Burkill, P.H. & Amann, R. (2001c) Comparison of cellular and biomass specific activities of dominant bacterioplankton groups in stratified waters of the Celtic Sea. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 67, 5210-5218.

Zubkov, M.V., Fuchs, B.M., Archer, S.D., Kiene, R.P., Amann, R. & Burkill, P.H. (2001d) Linking the composition of bacterioplankton to rapid turnover of dissolved dimethylsulphoniopropionate in an algal bloom in the North Sea. Environmental Microbiology, 3, 304-311.

Fuchs, B.M., Zubkov, M.V., Sahm, K., Burkill, P.H. & Amann, R. (2000) Changes in community composition during dilution cultures of marine bacterioplankton as assessed by flow cytometric and molecular biological techniques. Environmental Microbiology, 2, 191-202.

Zubkov, M.V. & Sleigh, M.A. (2000) Comparison of growth efficiencies of protozoa growing on bacteria deposited on surfaces and in suspension. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, 47, 62-69.

Zubkov, M.V., Sleigh, M.A. & Burkill, P.H. (2000a) Assaying picoplankton distribution by flow cytometry of underway samples collected along a meridional transect across the Atlantic Ocean. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 21, 13-20.

Zubkov, M.V., Sleigh, M.A., Burkill, P.H. & Leakey, R.J.G. (2000b) Bacterial growth and grazing loss in contrasting areas of North and South Atlantic. Journal of Plankton Research, 22, 685-711.

Zubkov, M.V., Sleigh, M.A., Burkill, P.H. & Leakey, R.J.G. (2000c) Picoplankton community structure on the Atlantic Meridional Transect: a comparison between seasons. Progress in Oceanography, 45, 369-386.

Zubkov, M.V., Fuchs, B.M., Eilers, H., Burkill, P.H. & Amann, R. (1999) Determination of total protein content of bacterial cells by SYPRO staining and flow cytometry. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 65, 3251-3257.

Zubkov, M.V. & Sleigh, M.A. (1999a) Protozoan feeding on natural and cultured bacteria deposited on inert polymeric and mineral membrane filters. Biofouling, 14, 25-35.

Zubkov, M.V. & Sleigh, M.A. (1999b) Growth of amoebae and flagellates on bacteria deposited on filters. Microbial Ecology, 37, 107-115.

Sleigh, M.A. & Zubkov, M.V. (1998) Methods of estimating bacterivory by protozoa. European Journal of Protistology, 34, 273-280.

Zubkov, M.V. & Sleigh, M.A. (1998) Heterotrophic nanoplankton biomass measured by a glucosaminidase assay. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 25, 97-106.

Zubkov, M.V., Sleigh, M.A. & Burkill, P.H. (1998a) Measurement of bacterivory by protists in open ocean waters. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 27, 85-102.

Zubkov, M.V., Sleigh, M.A., Tarran, G.A., Burkill, P.H. & Leakey, R.J.G. (1998b) Picoplanktonic community structure on an Atlantic transect from 50 degrees N to 50 degrees S. Deep-Sea Research I, 45, 1339-1355.

Rice, J., Sleigh, M.A., Burkill, P.H., Tarran, G.A., O'Connor, C.D. & Zubkov, M.V. (1997a) Flow cytometric analysis of characteristics of hybridization of species-specific fluorescent oligonucleotide probes to rRNA of marine nanoflagellates. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 63, 938-944.

Rice, J., Oconnor, C.D., Sleigh, M.A., Burkill, P.H., Giles, I.G. & Zubkov, M.V. (1997b) Fluorescent oligonucleotide rDNA probes that specifically bind to a common nanoflagellate, Paraphysomonas vestita. Microbiology-Uk, 143, 1717-1727.

Zubkov, M.V. & Sleigh, M.A. (1997) Bacterivory in seawater samples estimated by a dual radioactive-labelling technique. Journal of Plankton Research, 19, 209-219.

Zubkov, M.V. & Sleigh, M.A. (1996) Bacterivory by the ciliate Euplotes in different states of hunger. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 20, 137-147.

Zubkov, M.V. & Sleigh, M.A. (1995a) Ingestion and assimilation by marine protists fed on bacteria labeled with radioactive thymidine and leucine estimated without separating predator and prey. Microbial Ecology, 30, 157-170.

Zubkov, M.V. & Sleigh, M.A. (1995b) Bacterivory by starved marine heterotrophic nanoflagellates of two species which feed differently, estimated by uptake of dual radioactive-labeled bacteria. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 17, 57-65.

Zubkov, M.V., Sazhin, A.F. & Flint, M.V. (1992) The microplankton organisms at the oxic-anoxic Interface in the pelagial of the Black Sea. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 101, 245-250.

Burkovskii, I.V., Zubkov, M.V. & Koltsova, T.I. (1989) Response of marine psammon to reduction of light. Soviet Journal of Ecology, 20, 29-35.

Zubkov, M.V. (1989) Ciliates of lower layers of oxygen zone and of zone of coexistence of oxygen and hydrogen-sulfide in the Black Sea. Zoologichesky Zhurnal, 68, 15-18.

Zubkov, M.V. (1988) Methodical approach to the estimation of microplankton protein synthesis. Okeanologiya, 28, 840-842.

Zubkov, M.V. & Mamaeva, T.I. (1988) The spring distribution of bacterioplankton near the ocean coast of the Baja California. Okeanologiya, 28, 300-303.


Employment history

Since 2018: Microbial Ecologist at SAMS

2009-17: Individual Merit Scientist Band 3. National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

2006-09: Open-ended appointment as Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) staff, Band 5 to Band 4. National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

2002-06: NERC Advanced Research Fellowship. National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

1998-2002: NERC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and NERC Advanced Research Fellowship. Plymouth Marine Laboratory

1995-98: Postdoctoral researcher on research grants funded by NERC. University of Southampton

1993-94: Royal Society Postdoctoral Exchange Fellowship. University of Southampton

1992-93: Research scientist. Institute of Nature Protection and Conservation, Ministry of Ecology, Moscow

1989-92: Research scientist. Institute of Microbiology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow


Education qualifications

2009 Honorary Professor of Ocean Biogeochemistry. University of Southampton

2015 Associate Faculty Member of the International Max Planck Research School of Marine Microbiology (marmic). Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen

1989 PhD (equivalent) in Hydrobiology. Institute of Oceanology, USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow

1985 MSc (equivalent) in Biology. Moscow State University