Jacqueline Goordial

Bigelow laboratory for Ocean Sciences
60 Bigelow Dr., P.O. Box 380
East Boothbay, Maine
USA, 04544
Phone: +1 (207)-315-2567, ext. 418


2015 Ph.D., Environmental Microbiology, McGill University
2010 MSc., Molecular Ecology, University of Toronto
2008 H. B.Sc., Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Toronto


2016 – present Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Advisor Dr. Beth Orcutt
Deep Biosphere Laboratory, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, ME, USA.

2015 – 2016 Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Advisor Dr. Lyle Whyte
Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University, QC, Canada.

2016 Scientist for ‘CanMARS’ Mars analogue mission
Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration, Western University, ON, Canada / Canadian Space Agency, St. Hubert, QC, Canada 

2013 Visiting Scientist, Honeybee Robotics, San Francisco, CA, USA

2011 Visiting Scientist, Instituto Nacional de T├ęcnica Aeroespacial, CAB, Madrid, Spain


Refereed Journal Articles


Chan-Yam, K., Goordial, J., Greer, C., Davila, A., McKay, C.P., Whyte, L. Habitability of Antarctic water tracks in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. Astrobiology. In Press.

Jones, R.M., Goordial, J., Orcutt, B.N. Low Energy subsurface environments as extraterrestrial analogs. Frontiers in Microbiology. Doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.01605 

Raymond-Bouchard, I., Goordial, J., Zolotorov, Y., Ronholm, J., Stromvik., M., Bakermans, C., Whyte, L., Conserved genomic and amino acid cold adaptation traits in sub-zero growing Arctic permafrost bacteria. FEMS microbial ecology. 2018. 94 (4)   doi: 10.1093/femsec/fiy023

Brady, A.L., Goordial, J., Sun, H., Whyte, L., Slater, G.F. Variability in carbon uptake and (re) cycling in Antarctic cryptoendolithic microbial ecosystems demonstrated through radiocarbon analysis of organic biomarkers. Geobiology. 2018;16, 62-79 doi: 10.1111/gbi.12263

Osinski, G.R., CanMars team (Goordial, J.). The CanMars Mars Sample Return Analogue Mission. Planetary and Space Science.

Ronholm, J., Goordial, J., Izawa, M.M.R., Applin, D., Sapers, H., Pontefract, A., Omelon, C.R., Lamarche-Gagnon, G., Osinski, G., Cloutis, E.A., Whyte, L.G.  Comparison of Prokaryotic and Microbial Eukaryotic Lithic Community Composition Between Serpentine and Felsic Intrusives in Jeffrey (Asbestos) Mine.  Astrobiology. doi: 10.1089/ast.2017.1685


Goordial, J. Altschuler, I., Hindson, K., Yan-Cham, K., Marcolefas, E., Leveille, R., Whyte, L. In situ field sequencing and life detection in remote (79°26′N) Canadian High Arctic permafrost ice wedge microbial communities.  Frontiers in Microbiology.  doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.02594. 

Goordial, J., Davila, A., Greer, C., Canam, R., DiRuggiero, J., McKay, C., Whyte, L.  Comparative activity and functional ecology of permafrost and cryptoendolithic microbial communities in a hyper-arid upper Dry Valley, Antarctica.  Environmental Microbiology. 2017. 19 (2) 443-458.


Goordial, J., Davila, A., Lacelle, D.,Pollard, W., Marinova, M., Greer, C., DiRuggiero, J., McKay, C., Whyte, L. Nearing the cold-arid limits of microbial life in permafrost of an upper Dry Valley, Antarctica. International Society of Microbial Ecology (ISME) journal, 2016. 10 (7), 1613-1624.

Goordial, J., Raymond-Bouchard, I., Zolotorov, Y., de Bethencourt, L., Ronholm, J., Shapiro, N., Woyke, T., Stromvik., M., Greer, C., Bakermans, C., Whyte, L. Cold adaptive traits revealed by comparative genomic analysis of the eurypsychrophile Rhodococcus sp. JG3 isolated from high elevation McMurdo Dry Valley permafrost, Antarctica. FEMS microbial ecology.  2016. 92(2).

Ricker, N., Shen, S., Goordial, J., Jin, S., Fulthorpe, R. PacBio SMRT assembly of a complex multi-replicon genome reveals chlorocatechol degradative operon in a region of genome plasticity. Gene. 2016. 586 (2) 239-247.


Goordial, J, Raymond-Bouchard, I., Ronholm, J., Shapiro, N., Woyke, T., Whyte, L., Bakermans, C. Improved-high-quality draft genome sequence of Rhodococcus sp. JG-3, a eurypsychrophilic Actinobacteria from Antarctic Dry Valley permafrost. Standards in Genomic Sciences. 2015;10:1

Perron, G., Whyte, L., Turnbaugh,P., Goordial, J., Hanage, W., Dantas, G., Desai, M. Functional characterization of bacteria isolated from ancient Arctic soil exposes diverse resistance mechanisms to modern antibiotics. PLoS ONE. 2015.  10(3): e0069533.

Book chapters

2017 Altshuler, I., Goordial, J., Whyte., L.G. 2017. Microbial Life in Permafrost. Psychrophiles: From Biodiversity to Biotechnology, 2nd edition. Springer Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg.

2014 Goordial, J., and Whyte, L. 2014. Microbial Life in Antarctic Permafrost Environments. Antarctic Terrestrial Microbiology (pp 217-232): Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

2013 Goordial, J., Lamarche-Gagnon, G., Lay, C-Y., and Whyte, L.G. 2013. Left out in the cold: Life in cryoenvironments.  Polyextremophiles: Microorganisms and macroorganisms living under multiple forms of stress (27: 335-363): Springer

Other publications

Goordial, J. and Ronholm, J. Metagenomics meets read clouds. Nature Biotechnology. 36:11, 1049.

Contributed text/photography on fungi within polar cryptoendolithic systems for: McCoy, Peter. Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing & Working with Fungi. Chthaeus Press.

Goordial, J., Raymond-Bouchard, I., Riley, R., Ronholm, J., Shapiro, N., Woyke,T., Grigoriev, I., LaButti, K., Greer, C., Whyte, L., Bakermans, C. Draft Genome of eurypsychrophile yeast Rhodotorula sp. JG1b isolated from permafrost in the hyper-arid Upper Elevation McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. ASM genome announcements. 4:2, e00069-16

Lacelle, D., Pollard, W., Whyte, L., Davila, A., Andersen, D., DeWitt, R., Goordial, J., Heldmann, J., Marinova, M., Zacny, K., McKay, C. 2012. Origin, Stability and Habitability of Ice-Bearing Permafrost in University Valley, McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica: Analogue for Ground Ice on Mars. Newsletter for the Canadian Antarctic Research Network 31:17-22


2016-2018 Center for dark energy biosphere investigations (C-DEBI) Postdoctoral Fellowship.
“Investigations into the diversity and function of active microbial subpopulations in Atlantis Massif oceanic crust” PI. USD $232,126

2017 Oxford Nanopore Technologies bursary to attend AbSciCon, April 2017. USD $1000

2015-2016 McGill Space Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship. “Development of a MICRO life detection platform” PI. CAD $30,000 (Second year declined).

2016 ECOGEO bursary to attend the ECOGEO Workshop. CAD $2,397.65

2011- 2014 Canadian Astrobiology Training Program (CATP) NSERC CREATE Graduate fellowship, McGill University. CAD $64,000

2014 Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) award, McGill University, CAD $700

2013 Early Career Scientist Travel Award invitation to give a talk at the 5th annual Conference on Polar and Alpine Microbiology (PAM) held in Big Sky, Montana. USD $1,200

2012 Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) bursary CAD $1,250

2012 Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) award, McGill University, CAD $500

2010 Reino S. Freeman Fellowship, University of Toronto, CAD $500

2009 UTSC Student Academic Conference and Travel fund, CAD $1,920

2009 Frederick P. Ide Award in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto. CAD $500

2008 NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA), University of Toronto. CAD $5700

2008 University of Toronto Excellence Award (UTEA), University of Toronto, 2008, CAD $4,500


2018 Principle Investigator. Census of Deep Life funding for proposal “Investigation of single amplified genomes (SAGs) of Bacteria and Archaea sorted from subsurface samples at Atlantis Massif”. Metagenomic sequencing of 3 samples

2018 Principle Investigator. Census of Deep Life funding for proposal “Diversity and Activity of microorganisms in 6-year mineral colonization experiments in the crustal subsurface at North Pond, mid-Atlantic ridge” Amplicon sequencing of 24 samples

2017-2019 Collaborator. NASA Concepts for Ocean worlds Life Detection Technology Program (COLD tech) grant “Development of Nanopore Sequencing for Automated Ocean World Life Detection”.  USD $700,000 total. PI: Chris P. McKay

2017-2019 Co-Investigator.  Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Flights and Fieldwork for the advancement of science and technology (FAST) grant “MICRO Life Detection Instrument Platform Developing and Testing”. CAD $500,000 total. PI: Lyle G. Whyte

2016-2018 Co-Investigator. CSA space exploration science definition studies grant “MICRO Life Detection for planetary protection and biosignatures”. CAD $70,000 total. PI: Lyle G. Whyte

2017 Principle Investigator. Census of Deep Life funding for proposal “Active microbes in serpentinizing subsurface of Atlantis Massif revealed by coupled flow cytometry and metagenomics analysis” Metagenomic sequencing of 3 samples

2017 Principle Investigator. Census of Deep Life funding for proposal “Investigation of diversity and distribution of subsurface Bacteria and Archaea sorted from different lithologies of serpentinizing crust at Atlantis Massif” PI. Amplicon sequencing of 24 samples