Dr Ashish Malik

Dr Ashish Malik


Dr Ashish Malik
Dr Ashish Malik

Contact Details

work +44 (0)1224 273985
The University of Aberdeen Room 1.22, Cruickshank Building
School of Biological Sciences
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen, AB24 3UU
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Since 2019: Lecturer in Biogeochemistry at University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK.

2017-2019: US-Department of Energy Genomic Sciences Program Postdoctoral Scholar at University of California, Irvine, USA.

2015-2017: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford and University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.

2014-2015: Postdoctoral Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany.

2011-2014: Doctoral student at Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany and NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford, UK.


Research Interests

My research interest lies in understanding soil microbial processes and the underlying mechanisms. More specifically, my aim is to link microbial physiology and biodiversity to element cycling with a focus on soil carbon. A key question is also to determine how environmental change affects these linkages and thus ecosystem functioning.



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  • Malik, AA, Martiny, JBH, Brodie, EL, Martiny, AC, Treseder, KK & Allison, SD 2020, 'Defining trait-based microbial strategies with consequences for soil carbon cycling under climate change', The ISME Journal, vol. 14, pp. 1-9. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41396-019-0510-0
  • Malik, AA, Swenson, T, Weihe, C, Morrison, EW, Martiny, JBH, Brodie, EL, Northen, TR & Allison, SD 2020, 'Drought and plant litter chemistry alter microbial gene expression and metabolite production', The ISME Journal. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41396-020-0683-6
  • Malik, AA, Puissant, J, Goodall, T, Allison, SD & Griffiths, RI 2019, 'Soil microbial communities with greater investment in resource acquisition have lower growth yield', Soil Biology and Biochemistry, vol. 132, pp. 36-39. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2019.01.025
  • Malik, AA, Puissant, J, Buckeridge, KM, Goodall, T, Jehmlich, N, Chowdhury, S, Gweon, HS, Peyton, JM, Mason, KE, van Agtmaal, M, Blaud, A, Clark, IM, Whitaker, J, Pywell, RF, Ostle, N, Gleixner, G & Griffiths, RI 2018, 'Land use driven change in soil pH affects microbial carbon cycling processes', Nature Communications, vol. 9, 3591. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-05980-1
  • Malik, AA, Thomson, BC, Whiteley, AS, Bailey, M & Griffiths, RI 2017, 'Bacterial physiological adaptations to contrasting edaphic conditions identified using landscape scale metagenomics', mBio, vol. 8, no. 4, e00799-17, pp. 1-13. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1128/mBio.00799-17
  • Malik, AA, Roth, VN, Hébert, M, Tremblay, L, Dittmar, T & Gleixner, G 2016, 'Linking molecular size, composition and carbon turnover of extractable soil microbial compounds', Soil Biology and Biochemistry, vol. 100, pp. 66-73. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2016.05.019
  • Malik, AA, Chowdhury, S, Schlager, V, Oliver, A, Puissant, J, Vazquez, PGM, Jehmlich, N, von Bergen, M, Griffiths, RI & Gleixner, G 2016, 'Soil fungal: Bacterial ratios are linked to altered carbon cycling', Frontiers in Microbiology, vol. 7, no. AUG, 1247. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2016.01247
  • Lange, M, Eisenhauer, N, Sierra, CA, Bessler, H, Engels, C, Griffiths, RI, Mellado-Vázquez, PG, Malik, AA, Roy, J, Scheu, S, Steinbeiss, S, Thomson, BC, Trumbore, SE & Gleixner, G 2015, 'Plant diversity increases soil microbial activity and soil carbon storage', Nature Communications, vol. 6, 6707. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms7707
  • Malik, AA, Dannert, H, Griffiths, RI, Thomson, BC & Gleixner, G 2015, 'Rhizosphere bacterial carbon turnover is higher in nucleic acids than membrane lipids: Implications for understanding soil carbon cycling', Frontiers in Microbiology, vol. 6, 268. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2015.00268
  • Malik, A & Gleixner, G 2013, 'Importance of microbial soil organic matter processing in dissolved organic carbon production', FEMS Microbiology Ecology, vol. 86, no. 1, pp. 139-148. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1574-6941.12182
  • Malik, A, Blagodatskaya, E & Gleixner, G 2013, 'Soil microbial carbon turnover decreases with increasing molecular size', Soil Biology and Biochemistry, vol. 62, pp. 115-118. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2013.02.022
  • Malik, A, Scheibe, A, Lokabharathi, PA & Gleixner, G 2012, 'Online stable isotope analysis of dissolved organic carbon size classes using size exclusion chromatography coupled to an isotope ratio mass spectrometer', Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 46, no. 18, pp. 10123-10129. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/es302467y
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