My research field is the systematics and phylogenetics of fungi and bacteria. I work on a diverse range of organisms, such as bacteria, fungi and chromists for different clients or projects, however many of the techniques, applications, and skills are common across taxa.
I am particularly interested in symbiosis and pathogenicity between microorganisms and their hosts, my PhD was on a group symbiotic nitrogen-fixing plant bacteria “rhizobia”, and my postdoc was on a group of plant pathogenic fungi “Colletotrichum”. Systematics (taxonomy and nomenclature) have played a large role in my research projects, and I have a good knowledge of the respective nomenclatural codes of Bacteria and Fungi.
I am curator of one of New Zealand’s “nationally significant” collections, the ICMP collection of 20,000 living cryopreserved fungi and bacteria. This resource is used extensively for biosecurity, taxonomic, and plant pathogenic research by the NZ and international research community.
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