Emeritus Professor Hugh Morgan

Emeritus Professor (Biological Sciences)

Qualifications: MSc Strath PhD Geulph

Research Interests

Ecology and physiology of extremely thermophilic bacteria, and fermentations by glycolytic anaerobes. polymer hydrolysis in thermophilic environments. Phylogeny of thermophilic bacteria and their enzymes.

Research Supervised


  • Payyakkal Viswam, Jayadev (in progress). The role of the gut microbiome of the huhu grub in lignocellulose breakdown
  • Xavier, Ron (in progress). Viable but non-culturable states in bacteria
  • Khalid, Ariff (in progress). Detection, isolation and characterization of novel hyperthermophilic nanoarchaea belonging to the putative archael phylum, "nanoarchaeota" from New Zealand hot springs.
  • Hetzer, Adrian (2007). Metal sequestration by thermophilic bacteria.
  • Rueckert, Andreas (2006). Discrimination and detection of thermophilic Bacilli.
  • Niederberger, Thomas (2006). Application of molecular methods to the microbial ecology to thermal habitats.
  • Wakeling, Robin (2003). Fungal attack on treated timber.


  • Nayan, Neeraj (2002). Characterisation of thermophilic Bacilli from natural environments.


  • Tan, Lin (in progress). A microbial community description of a heavy metal contaminated soil site
  • Williams, Tom (2011). The microbial composition of the huhu grub intestinal tract.
  • Mills, John (2007). Processing interactions of bacteria on meat - sources and remediation of Enterobacteriaceae on chilled vacuum-packed lamb.
  • McCutcheon, Tracey (2004). Pulp and paper wastewater microbiology.
  • Rawlinson, Lee-Anne (2003). Cloning and expression of a themostable B-glucosidase.
  • Zhang, Y (2001). Identification of thermophilic Bacilli in compost.
  • Foote, Sonia (2001). Microbial community analysis of polyhydroxyalkanoate genes in pulp and paper wastewater treatment systems.
  • Niederberger, Thomas (2001). Evaluation of culture-independent techniques for the detection of thermophilic Bacillus sp. in milk powder.

Recent Publications

  • Viswam, J. P., Lee, C. K., Morgan, H. W., & McDonald, I. R. (2018). Laboratory rearing of huhu, Prionoplus reticularis (Cerambycidae): insights into the gut microbiome. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 12 pages. doi:10.1080/03014223.2018.1461117

  • Houghton, K. M., Morgan, X. C., Lagutin, K., MacKenzie, A. D., Vyssotskii, M., Mitchell, K. A., . . . Stott, M. B. (2015). Thermorudis pharmacophila sp nov., a novel member of the class Thermomicrobia isolated from geothermal soil, and emended descriptions of Thermomicrobium roseum, Thermomicrobium carboxidum, Thermorudis peleae and Sphaerobacter thermophilus. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 65, 4479-4487. doi:10.1099/ijsem.0.000598 Open Access version:

  • Bergquist, P. L., Bergquist, P. L., & Morgan, H. W. (2014). The phylum dictyoglomi. In The Prokaryotes: Other Major Lineages of Bacteria and The Archaea (pp. 627-636). doi:10.1007/978-3-642-38954-2_123

  • Xavier, R. N., Morgan, H. W., McDonald, I. R., & Withers, H. (2014). Effect of long-term starvation on the survival, recovery, and carbon utilization profiles of a bovine Escherichia coli O157:H7 isolate from New Zealand. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 80(14), 4383-4390. doi:10.1128/AEM.00045-14 Open Access version:

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