Frank Reith obtained a PhD from the Australian National University (Australia) in 2006 for his pioneering work on the geomicrobiology of gold. From 2007 to 2015 he was an ARC Research Fellow at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide (UoA). In March 2015 he was appointed as senior lecturer, and currently holds an ARC Future Fellowship in The School of Biological Sciences, UoA. He heads the Microbes and Heavy Metal Research Group at the Waite Research Institute, where his laboratory is co-located in CSIRO Land and Water since 2004.
Dr Reith’s research aims to understanding the interactions of microorganisms and trace metals in surface environments. He is leading a multidisciplinary research projects aimed at uncovering the fundamental mechanisms of biochemical, geobiological, and geochemical cycling of gold and other heavy/noble metals from individual cells to entire landscapes. From this fundamental understanding he aims to develop novel prospecting and processing technologies for the gold industry.