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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. M., Laughlin, D. C., Herbold, C. W., Lee, C. K., McDonald, I. R., & Cary, S. C. (2020). Abiotic factors influence patterns of bacterial diversity and community composition in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica. FEMS microbiology ecology, 96(5). doi:10.1093/femsec/fiaa042

  • 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.

  • Houghton, K. M., Carere, C. R., Stott, M. B., & McDonald, I. R. (2019). Thermophilic methanotrophs: In hot pursuit. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 95(9), 14 pages. doi:10.1093/femsec/fiz125

  • Lee, C. K., Laughlin, D. C., Bottos, E. M., Caruso, T., Joy, K., Barrett, J. E., . . . Cary, S. C. (2019). Biotic interactions are an unexpected yet critical control on the complexity of an abiotically driven polar ecosystem.. Communications Biology, 2, 62. doi:10.1038/s42003-018-0274-5 Open Access version: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/12558

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Contact Details

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