Psychrobacter sp. DAB_AL43B, isolated from ornithogenic soil collected on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen, is a newly sequenced psychrophilic strain susceptible to conjugation and electrotransformation. Its genome consists of a circular chromosome (3.3 Mb) and four plasmids (4.4-6.4kb). In silico genome mining and microarray-based phenotypic analysis were performed to describe the metabolic potential of this strain and identify possible biotechnological applications. Metabolic reconstruction indicated that DAB_AL43B prefers low-molecular-weight carboxylates and amino acids as carbon and energy sources. Genetic determinants of heavy-metal resistance, anthracene degradation and possible aerobic denitrification were also identified. Comparative analyses revealed a relatively close relationship between DAB_AL43B and other sequenced Psychrobacter species. In addition, the plasmids of this strain were used as the basis for the construction of Escherichia coli-Psychrobacter spp. shuttle vectors. Taken together, the results of this work suggest that DAB_AL43B is a promising candidate as a new model strain for studies on Psychrobacter spp.