Professor Ian McDonald

Ian McDonald

Team Leader - Biomedical, Molecular & Cellular Biology

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Uni of Ulster, PhD Liverpool

About Ian

Research Supervised


  • Collins, Gemma (2019). The diversity and population genetic structure of Collembola (springtails) in Namib and Antarctic desert environments.
  • Houghton, Karen (2018). Thermophilic Methanotrophy in the Taupo Volcanic Zone.
  • 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.


  • Colville, Elizabeth (in progress).
  • Sanders, Shaun (2019). Microbial community structure and dynamics in wasterwater treatment over a year.


  • 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.


  • Dixon, Lorraine (2006). Bacterial quality of traditional and contemporary Māori foods from stream environments.

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.

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:

  • Bennion, M., Ross, P. M., Lane, H. S., & McDonald, I. R. (2022). Bacterial composition in the toheroa (Paphies ventricosa), a threatened surf clam from Aotearoa (New Zealand). Marine Biology, 169(3). doi:10.1007/s00227-022-04025-y

  • Bennion, M., Lane, H., McDonald, I. R., & Ross, P. (2022). Histopathology of a threatened surf clam, toheroa (Paphies ventricosa) from Aotearoa New Zealand. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 188. doi:10.1016/j.jip.2022.107716

  • Bennion, M., Ross, P., Howells, J., McDonald, I. R., & Lane, H. (2021). Characterisation and distribution of the bacterial genus Endozoicomonas in a threatened surf clam. Diseases of aquatic organisms, 146, 91-105. doi:10.3354/dao03626

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Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: TRU.G.24
Phone: +64 7 858 5165