Environmental microbiology, Microbial ecology, Soil microbiology, Marine microbiology, Microbial population and community ecology
My research utilizes molecular microbial ecology techniques and bioinformatics to tackle questions linked to environmental microbial communities. My interests centers on understanding what microbes are found where, why and the repercussions of their actions, specifically on biogeochemical cycles. I take advantage of time series to understand community assembly processes and their relevance on biogeochemical cycling.
Agricultural systems (mostly agricultural soils) and their links to microbial communities, specifically on their contributions to greenhouse gas emissions.
Marine ecosystems: I have co-developed the MOTS (Munida Microbial Observatory Time-Series; https://www.otago.ac.nz/mots/index.html) project. This long-term ecological research site focuses on time series analysis of microbial communities within marine communities in the NZ Subtropical Frontal Zone.