My group aims to: 1) develop an understanding of the factors that determine the structure and function of microbial communities at multiple spatio-temporal scales, 2) develop strategies that facilitate manipulation of microbial communities for environmental and commercial purposes and 3) improve our ability to predict the consequences of environmental change on ecosystem structure, function and stability.
Our approach is strongly multidisciplinary and draws on a wide range of expertise in ecology, statistics, bioinformatics, soil science, advanced imaging and molecular biology.
I am a lecturer in environmental sciences and run the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences Microbial Ecology Lab at The University of Queensland. We focus on issues relating to the Antarctic, the Great Barrier Reef and the environmental impacts of tropical agriculture. We am also working on microbial communities associated with engineered, rhizosphere and clinical environments.