Assoc Prof Ian McDonald, School of Science, University of Waikato
I received a BSc (Hons) from the University of Ulster, PhD Liverpool University. I was a postdoc and NERC Advanced Research Fellow at Warwick University. My research has focused on the microbial ecology of methane oxidation, Antarctica and geothermal environments in New Zealand. In Antarctica we are studying the drivers of microbial diversity in Dry Valley soils, geothermal environments (Mts Erebus, Melbourne and Rittmann), and terrestrial meltwater ponds. Currently ‘The 1000 Spring project’ is determining drivers of microbial diversity in NZ geothermal environments. I have organized several NZ and international conferences, am on the LOC for PAM 2019 in Hamilton. I am on the editorial board for ISMEJ.