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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

  • Bottos, E., Lee, C., Stegen, J., McDonald, I., & Cary, S. C. (2019). Ecological controls on bacterial community structure in Antarctic Dry Valley soils. In 8th International Conference on Polar & Alpine Microbiology. Conference held at University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Cary, S. C., Herbold, C., Stott, M., Lee, C., & McDonald, I. (2019). Some like it hot: genomes from an isolated Antarctic geothermal refugium. In New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference 2019: Our Future In Focus. Conference held in Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch, New Zealand.

  • Monteiro, M., Lee, C., Hawes, I., McDonald, I., & Cary, S. C. (2019). Functional resilience of Antarctic microbiomes to climate-induced changes. In New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference 2019: Our Future In Focus. Conference held in Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch, New Zealand.

  • Collins, G. E., Hogg, I. D., Convey, P., Barnes, A. D., & McDonald, I. R. (2019). Spatial and temporal scales matter when assessing the species and genetic diversity of springtails (Collembola) in Antarctica. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 7, 18 pages. doi:10.3389/fevo.2019.00076 Open Access version: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/12612

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Contact Details

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