British Antarctic Survey, UK
Melody Clark is a Genomic Scientist and Project Leader at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge. She has a degree in Genetics and a PhD from London University. After working in a range of fields from cytogenetics (human and plant) to the high-profile pufferfish genome project, she joined the British Antarctic Survey in August 2003 to develop their genomics expertise, as at the time very little was known about the DNA of Antarctic organisms. Her research interests involve the development of cross-disciplinary studies into the Environmental Genomics of Antarctic organisms, hence her group encompasses a wide range of disciplines: genomics, ecology, physiology and computational biology. The group performs molecular analyses of marine organisms’ capacity to cope in stressful environments, in particular the limited heat-shock response of marine invertebrates. The research is not just confined to the Antarctic; with bi-polar studies into how polar terrestrial organisms survive extreme cold (the springtails: Cryptopygus antarcticus and Onychiurus arcticus) and latitudinal gradient studies in tropical and temperate regions.