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Deirdre Gleeson

Dr Deirdre Gleeson

Senior Research Fellow
Agriculture and Environment, School of

Contact details
School of Agriculture and Environment
The University of Western Australia (M087)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 3593
+61 8 6488 1050
BSc PhD Dub.City
I have over 10 years experience working in Australian ecosystems and my key research contributions to date focus on how the diversity and function of soil 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 novel molecular biology technologies. My funding comes from diverse sources including The Department of Agriculture, the GRDC, CRC Programs & the ARC. My research has impacted both regionally, nationally & internationally & particularly noteworthy is work I am doing assessing biodiversity in Australian agricultural soils in relation to water dynamics with particular reference to climate change. My research is published in high impact journals such as Applied & Environmental Microbiology and Soil Biology & Biochemistry and Current Biology. I have shown commitment to Australian agriculture by raising the profile through presentations (invited) at both international and national conferences and by the transfer of knowledge to producers, growers & managers through reporting, newsletters and media releases. I am an Associate Editor for Fungal Biology and Frontiers in Terrestrial Microbiology.
Key research
Carbon – How can we address constraints to soil carbon storage?
Influence of soil matrix on microbial diversity and function with the following focus:
Water – How does it influence soil microbial diversity?
Habitat – Does mineral chemistry influence soil microbial populations?
Identity - In Australian ecosystems, are ammonia oxidising bacteria or archaea most dominant?
Understanding the mechanistic basis of rhizosphere strategies for enhancing phosphorus mobilisation in order to optimise phosphorus use
Application of next gen sequencing (Ion Torrent) and microarray technology to assess keystone soil microbial populations.
Integration of molecular technologies and multivariate statistical analysis.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Molecular Biology - including DNA/RNA extraction; community profiling (TRFLP/ARISA); DNA sequencing (Sanger and Next Gen using Ion Torrent) and quantitative PCR.

Statistics - in particular multivariate analysis of complex community profiling data using Primer.

Analytical – microscopy (SEM,CSLM, TEM); gas chromatography and techniques for the analysis of chemical, enzymatic and nutrient status of soils.
Unit Coordinator:
ENVT1104 - Environmental Science and Technology
EART3339 - Land Rehabilitation

Teach into:
EART3360 - Soil/Plant Interactions
ENVT5510 - Soil Dynamics
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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