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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

  • 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

  • Ward, L., Taylor, M. W., Power, J. F., Scott, B. J., McDonald, I. R., & Stott, M. B. (2017). Microbial community dynamics in Inferno Crater Lake, a thermally fluctuating geothermal spring. The ISME Journal, 11(5), 1158-1167. doi:10.1038/ismej.2016.193

  • Monteiro, M., Lee, C. K., McDonald, I. R., & Cary, S. C. (2017). Functional resilience of Antarctic microbiome to climate-induced changes. Poster session presented at the meeting of XIIth SCAR Biology Symposium. Conference held in Leuven, Belgium.

  • 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.

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Contact Details

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