Chairperson - Dr Deirdre Gleeson

Deirdre is a Senior Lecturer and Environmental Microbiologist in the School of Agriculture and Environment at UWA. Her research interests include both natural and managed ecosystems across terrestrial and aquatic environments where she studies the microbiomes of agricultural systems, contaminated landscapes, microbioliates (microbial mats and thrombolites) and seagrass and mangrove rhizospheres. She co-leads the Avon River Critical Zone Observatory (AR-CZO) where we focus on ancient soils in a semiarid landscape. Her research focuses on how the diversity and function of microorganisms are impacted by their surrounding habitat at both micro scale and at landscape scale (e.g. management practices and climate) with particular emphasis on the use of next generation sequencing tools.