Dr Charles K. Lee

Academic Co-Director

Qualifications: BSc (Life Science) Tsing-Hua Taiwan, PhD Waikato

Research Interests

  • Antarctic Systems
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecology
  • Environmental DNA (eDNA)
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Freshwater Systems
  • Marine Systems
  • Remote Sensing
  • Terrestrial Systems


Antarctica; Biochemistry; Biology; Biotechnology; Ecology; Environmental Biochemistry; Environmental Science and Technology; Microbiology; Molecular Biology

Recent Publications

  • Monteiro, M. R., Marshall, A. J., Hawes, I., Lee, C. K., McDonald, I. R., & Cary, S. C. (2022). Geochemically defined space-for-time transects successfully capture microbial dynamics along Lacustrine chronosequences in a Polar desert. Frontiers in Microbiology, 12. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2021.783767 Open Access version:

  • Vopel, K., Marshall, A., Brandt, S., Hartland, A., Lee, C. K., Cary, S. C., & Pilditch, C. A. (2021). Biogeochemical feedbacks to ocean acidification in a cohesive photosynthetic sediment. Scientific Reports, 11(1). doi:10.1038/s41598-021-02314-y Open Access version:

  • de Jesus, H. E., Carreira, R. S., Paiva, S. S. M., Massone, C., Enrich-Prast, A., Peixoto, R. S., . . . Rosado, A. S. (2021). Microbial succession under freeze–thaw events and its potential for hydrocarbon degradation in nutrient-amended antarctic soil. Microorganisms, 9(3), 1-16. doi:10.3390/microorganisms9030609

  • Noble, A. S., Noe, S., Clearwater, M. J., & Lee, C. K. (2020). A core phyllosphere microbiome exists across distant populations of a tree species indigenous to New Zealand. PLoS One, 15(8), 22 pages. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0237079 Open Access version:

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Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: TRU.G.17
Phone: +64 7 838 4241