D-Index & Metrics Best Publications
Biology and Biochemistry
South Africa
2022

D-Index & Metrics

Discipline name D-index D-index (Discipline H-index) only includes papers and citation values for an examined discipline in contrast to General H-index which accounts for publications across all disciplines. Citations Publications World Ranking National Ranking
Biology and Biochemistry D-index 70 Citations 17,173 344 World Ranking 3122 National Ranking 2

Research.com Recognitions

Awards & Achievements

2022 - Research.com Biology and Biochemistry in South Africa Leader Award

Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa

Overview

What is he best known for?

The fields of study he is best known for:

  • Enzyme
  • Ecology
  • Bacteria

His primary scientific interests are in Ecology, Microbial ecology, Biochemistry, Thermophile and Botany. Don A. Cowan has included themes like Microbial population biology and Hypolith in his Ecology study. His Microbial ecology research incorporates themes from Edaphic, Desertification, Microbial biodiversity, Genetic diversity and Metagenomics.

His work on Enzyme, Membrane, Small molecule and RNA Stability as part of general Biochemistry study is frequently connected to Instability, therefore bridging the gap between diverse disciplines of science and establishing a new relationship between them. His Thermophile research is multidisciplinary, relying on both Proteases, Ribosomal RNA, Industrial enzymes, Physical stability and Gene deletion. His Botany study combines topics from a wide range of disciplines, such as Biodiversity, Species diversity, Soil microbiology and Actinobacteria.

His most cited work include:

  • Review and re-analysis of domain-specific 16S primers (1446 citations)
  • On the rocks: the microbiology of Antarctic Dry Valley soils. (359 citations)
  • The search for the ideal biocatalyst (235 citations)

What are the main themes of his work throughout his whole career to date?

Don A. Cowan mainly investigates Ecology, Biochemistry, Botany, Thermophile and Metagenomics. His studies in Ecology integrate themes in fields like Microbial ecology and Hypolith. His Botany research incorporates elements of 16S ribosomal RNA, Actinobacteria and Bacteria.

His work deals with themes such as Ribosomal RNA, Halophile, Microbiology and Phylogenetic tree, which intersect with 16S ribosomal RNA. His Thermophile study contributes to a more complete understanding of Genetics. His work deals with themes such as Arid and Microbial population biology, which intersect with Soil water.

He most often published in these fields:

  • Ecology (40.05%)
  • Biochemistry (18.48%)
  • Botany (13.27%)

What were the highlights of his more recent work (between 2016-2021)?

  • Ecology (40.05%)
  • Metagenomics (10.43%)
  • Ecosystem (8.53%)

In recent papers he was focusing on the following fields of study:

The scientist’s investigation covers issues in Ecology, Metagenomics, Ecosystem, Soil water and Botany. His Ecology research incorporates elements of Microbial ecology and Microbial population biology. In his study, Agriculture is strongly linked to Actinobacteria, which falls under the umbrella field of Microbial population biology.

His biological study spans a wide range of topics, including Microbiome, Evolutionary biology, Microorganism, Mobile genetic elements and Computational biology. His Ecosystem study combines topics from a wide range of disciplines, such as Phototroph, Range, Community structure and Habitat. His Soil water research is multidisciplinary, incorporating elements of Arid and Photosynthesis.

Between 2016 and 2021, his most popular works were:

  • A reservoir of ‘historical’ antibiotic resistance genes in remote pristine Antarctic soils (93 citations)
  • Xerotolerant bacteria: surviving through a dry spell (77 citations)
  • The Healthy Human Blood Microbiome: Fact or Fiction? (49 citations)

In his most recent research, the most cited papers focused on:

  • Enzyme
  • Ecology
  • Bacteria

Don A. Cowan spends much of his time researching Ecology, Ecosystem, Biodiversity, Microbial ecology and Soil water. His study in Ecology is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing from both Botany and Microbial population biology. His Ecosystem research integrates issues from Trophic level, Heterotroph, Desertification and Microorganism.

His Biodiversity research includes themes of Plateau, Phylogenetics, Terrestrial ecosystem and Rare biosphere. Don A. Cowan has included themes like Metagenomics, Ecology and Phylogenetic tree in his Microbial ecology study. He combines subjects such as Arid and Taxonomic rank with his study of Soil water.

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Best Publications

Review and re-analysis of domain-specific 16S primers

Gillian Baker;Jacques J. Smith;Donald A. Cowan.
Journal of Microbiological Methods (2003)

2073 Citations

On the rocks: the microbiology of Antarctic Dry Valley soils.

S. Craig Cary;S. Craig Cary;Ian R. McDonald;John E. Barrett;Don A. Cowan.
Nature Reviews Microbiology (2010)

462 Citations

The search for the ideal biocatalyst

Stephanie G. Burton;Donald A. Cowan;Donald A. Cowan;John M. Woodley.
Nature Biotechnology (2002)

375 Citations

Metagenomic gene discovery: past, present and future.

Don Cowan;Quinton Meyer;William Stafford;Samson Muyanga.
Trends in Biotechnology (2005)

337 Citations

Some like it cold: understanding the survival strategies of psychrophiles

Pieter De Maayer;Dominique Anderson;Craig Cary;Don A Cowan.
EMBO Reports (2014)

295 Citations

Enhancing the functional properties of thermophilic enzymes by chemical modification and immobilization.

Don A. Cowan;Roberto Fernandez-Lafuente.
Enzyme and Microbial Technology (2011)

288 Citations

Thermophilic ethanologenesis: future prospects for second-generation bioethanol production

Mark P. Taylor;Kirsten L. Eley;Steve Martin;Marla I. Tuffin.
Trends in Biotechnology (2009)

260 Citations

Bacterial Diversity in Three Different Antarctic Cold Desert Mineral Soils

Jacques J. Smith;Lemese Ah Tow;William Stafford;S. Craig Cary;S. Craig Cary.
Microbial Ecology (2006)

237 Citations

Biomolecular stability and life at high temperatures.

Roy M. Daniel;Don A. Cowan.
Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences (2000)

198 Citations

Molecular adaptations to psychrophily: the impact of 'omic' technologies.

Ana Casanueva;Marla I. Tuffin;S. Craig Cary;Don A. Cowan.
Trends in Microbiology (2010)

197 Citations

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