Dr Matthew Stott

Matthew Stott is a lecturer at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury, in Christchurch New Zealand. His primary research interests focus on the geobiological and ecological interactions of microorganisms and their ecosystems. This work aims to underpin conservation efforts, provide for industrial applications, and to understand the ecosystem services provided by these microbial communities. Much of his research has utilised the extreme geothermal ecosystems in the central north island of New Zealand (Taupō Volcanic Zone), but also includes the subsurface, polluted and mining environments, marine ecosystems and industrial settings. Matthew investigates the taxonomic, genomic and functional diversity of extremophile communities using cross-disciplinary approaches. These include the cultivation and characterisation of novel microbial strains (His research group described the first representatives of a new class, and an order, as well several genera and species), molecular community and geochemical surveys (e.g. the 1000 Springs Project: 1000Springs.org.nz), and the genomic and physiological analyses of isolates and consortium (particularly methanotrophs and atmospheric trace gas scavengers) to understand growth and survival mechanisms within these challenging environments.