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Te Tari Moromoroiti me te Ārai Mate

Dr Sergio Morales

Research interests:

Environmental microbiology, microbial biotechnology and microbial ecology, bacterial and viral genetics

Current research:

Our goal is to understand how microbes survive in the environment, and how their presence affects ecosystem processes like primary productivity and nutrient turnover.  By understanding how microorganisms adapt and respond to environmental cues we can harness some of their power, and predict how ecosystems will react to environmental changes.

Major Research Areas 

  1. Microbial community structuring: Who's there and why?

  2. Nitrogen cycling and greenhouse gas emissions in soils

  3. Primary productivity and alternative metabolisms in the ocean

  4. The role of microbes in mediating ecosystem services

Past and present funding

  • Mainland Minerals
  • Ministry for Primary Industries-New Zealand Fund for Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research
  • The University of Otago
  • Otago Energy Research Centre