Jake M. Robinson

Jake M. Robinson
The University of Sheffield | Sheffield · Department of Landscape Architecture

Ph.D Microbial Ecology / Nature-based Interventions


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Jake is a microbial ecologist based in the UK. He loves to research microbiomes, geospatial science, and social equity issues and develop ways to conserve and restore nature. Invisible Friends is his first book. It's all about our extraordinary relationship with microbes and how they shape our lives and the world around us. For more information visit: www.jakemrobinson.com


Questions (6)
Can anyone point to any studies (other than the one below) that suggest a loss of microbial diversity in a given habitat exacerbates the spread of ARGs, or that increasing microbial diversity (e.g. via inoculation) reduces ARGs?
And/or if you have any general thoughts on this, please leave comments.
I am seeking the best current methods and datasets (highest possible resolution) for defining and assessing global land degradation - ideally with a time series. I know there are different ways of exploring this e.g. biomass, productivity, land use/cover etc., but I would appreciate any thoughts on current modelling, datasets/resources and novel approaches.
I am also interested in the best methods for quantitatively mapping/modelling land restoration (biophysical) on a global scale, and if possible, historic land reconstruction.
Can you describe your experience of using data from Strava in your research (e.g., in spatial or socioecological studies) - and provide any tips on data acquisition, management, usage etc?
Can you provide examples of coadaptation between microbes and hosts (where the interactions also benefit the host in a way that selects for mutually beneficial behavioural change in the host)?
For example, I know the classic example of T. gondii altering the behaviour of intermediate host (e.g. the rodent) in order to reduce/lose its innate aversion to predators such as those in the felidae family (the definitive host)...The parasite obviously benefits; the rodent obviously does not; and the cat may benefit (?) from greater efficiency of capturing prey, but is there also selection for alterations to the cat's behaviour?
Any microbe-host coadaptation/behavioural manipulation examples would be much appreciated.
Can anyone provide any information and/or good references on how rainfall affects soil pH in the short and long-term?
I'm conducting a microbiome experiment and noticed the soil pH increase slightly over three days of testing in an arid region of the world. There was a period of rainfall in the morning of the first day (prior to testing pH), and I was wondering if this could have influenced the pH in such a short time? Could the rapidity of the change be due to the rainfall in combination with climate and soil type (i.e. rain increases acidity, but speed of evaporation and uptake by plants immediately decreases the acidity)? Or could the rainfall directly cause the increase in alkalinity? Or do these daily fluctuations occur regardless of rainfall?
There appears to be some confusion throughout the literature. Sometimes the terms are used interchangeably, and sometimes thanatomicrobiome refers to the internal postmortem microbiome, and necrobiome the external. Sometimes necrobiome refers to both prokaryotes and eukaryotes (including larger animal decomposers).
Any thoughts appreciated!


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Projects (3)
Investigate and promote integrative strategies, applying mixed methods (e.g., microbiomics, GIS, social research) to enhance ecosystem health – for Homo sapiens and the rest of the natural world! Breakdown of research areas: Investigating the relationship between the microbiome and ecosystem health Contributing to innovation and promoting inclusivity in biodiversity conservation in ecological restoration Integrative nature-based health interventions (e.g., green prescribing; Microbiome-Inspired Green Infrastructure) Affiliated organisations: The Healthy Urban Microbiome Initiative (HUMI) www.humi.global inVIVO Planetary Health www.invivoplanet.com The Remote Sensing Co. www.theremotesensingcompany.com
Developing a new way of thinking about the characterisation and visualisation of the environmental microbiome, its ecological functions, and its relationship with people and nature.
Since 2007, the majority of the world's population lives in cities. Developed nations are the most urban while developing nations are the most rapidly urbanising. Humans are losing contact with biodiversity and the natural world. At the same time, immune-related health disorders such as allergies, auto-immune and chronic inflammatory diseases are multiplying. Medical researchers now believe these important trends are linked. Here at the Healthy Urban Microbiome Initiative we seek to understand and recreate the immune-boosting power of high quality, biodiverse green spaces in our cities to maximise population health benefits, bring significant savings to health budgets, while delivering gains for biodiversity. Our initiative is science led and community focused with a common goal to improve the health giving nature of urban green space. We are scientists, local government and public health professionals working together to improve the health of our populations. get in touch! https://www.HUMIglobal.org/