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Professor Ian McDonald

Professor (Biological Sciences)

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Uni of Ulster, PhD Liverpool

Research Interests

My interests include: Microbiology, Molecular biology and Biochemistry of atmospheric trace gas degrading bacteria. Microbial ecology of methane, methyl halide and carbon monoxide utilising bacteria.

Research Supervised

PhD

  • Houghton, Karen (in progress). Methane-munching microbes: Investigating a new biochemical pathway for methane oxidation in thermophilic bacteria.
  • Payyakkal Viswam, Jayadev (2016). The role of the gut microbiome of the huhu grub in lignocellulose breakdown.
  • Archer, Stephen (2015). Geochemical, spatial, and temporal drivers of microbial community heterogeneity in the Meltwater Ponds of Antarctica.
  • Lee, Chien-Yu (Kevin) (2015). The first insights into the phylogeny, genomics, and ecology of the novel bacterial Phylum Armatimonadetes.
  • Xavier, Ron (2014). Survival and recovery of Escherichia coli O157:H7 during starvation at sub-optimal temperatures.

MSc

  • Dean, Fiona (2016). Effects of copper sprays on microbial communities in kiwifruit orchard soils.
  • Jahan, Rowshan (2013). Diversity of Methylobacterium species associated with New Zealand native plants.
  • O'Callahan, Diahanna (2012). Isolation and characterisation of bacterial secondary metabolites as potential wood preservatives.
  • Vickers, Chelsea (2012). Investigating the physiological and metabolic requirements of the Tramway Ridge microbial community, Mt Erebus, Antarctica.
  • Archer, Stephen (2011). Characterization of the bacterioplankton communities in the melt-water ponds of Bratina Island, Victoria Land, Antarctica.
  • Ritcher, Ingrid (2011). Influences of soil properties on archaeal diversity and distribution in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica.
  • Lee, Chien-Yu (Kevin) (2010). The physiological and ecological characterisation of the first cultivated species of the candidate division OP10.
  • Addison, Sarah (2008). 15N Stable isotope probing of pulp and paper waste waters.

MPhil

  • Dixon, Lorraine (2006). Bacterial quality of traditional and contemporary Māori foods from stream environments.

Recent Publications

  • Wakerley, G., McDonald, I. R., Lee, C. K., & Cary, S. C. (2017). Detection and quantification of unseen human impact on the McMurdo Dry Valley soils: new forensic DNA methods. In XIIth SCAR Biology Symposium. Conference held in Leuven, Belgium.

  • Houghton, K. M., McDonald, I. R., & Stott, M. B. (2017). Methane-munching microbes - High temperature methanotrophy in geothermal systems. In NZMS Annual Conference 2017: Our well-being & our microbes. Conference held at AUT, Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Peach, H., McDonald, I. R., Power, J. F., Lee, K. C., Stott, M. B., & Carere, C. R. (2017). The ecology and persistence of thermophilic soil microorganisms through trace-gas oxidation in Tongariro National Park and White Island. Poster session presented at the meeting of NZMS Annual Conference 2017: Our well-being & our microbes. Conference held at AUT, Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Monteiro, M., Lee, C. K., McDonald, I., & Cary, S. C. (2017). Variations in soil microbial communities and functions along wetness gradients in the Wright Valley, Antarctica. Poster session presented at the meeting of New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference: Challenging Science in a Challenging Environment. Conference held at the Otago Museum, Dunedin.

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Contact Details

Email: irmcdon@waikato.ac.nz
Room: TRU.G.24
Phone: +64 7 858 5165