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The University of Auckland
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Associate Professor Gillian Lewis

Associate Professor Gillian Lewis is an Environmental microbiology specialist who has a long history in studying the occurrence, survival and behaviour of contaminating microorganisms (particularly human virus and the bacterial contamination indicator groups E.coli and enterococci) in marine and freshwater. More recently Associate Professor Lewis has had the opportunity to focus on the microbial aspects of restoration of degraded waters and now leads the stream biofilm project evaluating the role of normal biofilm based microbial flora in stream health and function.

 

Dr Susan Turner

Originally a postdoctoral fellow on an early predecessor of this project she is now a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland, and is immediate past president of the New Zealand Microbiology Society. Susan leads her own research team on a separate project (Bacterial Eco-Genomics), but is also is also lead researcher for objective one of this project. Susan is particularly skilled in microbial biodiversity and has developed much of the methodology used in this project.

 

 

Dr Gavin Lear

Gavin graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2000 with a BSc in Environmental Biology. He then commenced his PhD studies at the University of Oxford examining the effect of an electrokinetic remediation process on soil health, completing in 2004. Gavins first Post-Doctoral role, under the supervision of Prof. Jon Lloyd (University of Manchester, UK) used the stable-isotope-probing of nucleic acids to study the role of inputs of organic matter on arsenic mobilisation within contaminated sediments, elucidating the specific organisms driving this process. Gavin joined the the Stream Biofilm Project in 2006 as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. Gavin is now based at Lincoln University.

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Andrew Dopheide

Andrew has recently completed his Masters thesis within the stream biofilm project. His project involved the development of molecular biological methods for characterising diversity of protozoa in stream biofilms. He also hold a BSc in Biology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Science from the University of Auckland. Previously he has studied visual communications design, photography and filmmaking, and he combines these skills with science amazingly. He works presently as a research technician in the project.

 

 

Jo Smith

Jo obtained her BSc in Biomedical Science at the university of Auckland in the year 2004, she was then briefly employed in England working in a drug testing instrument production factory specializing on methodologies such as ELIZA for five months. Jo then decided to continue on her studies and started an MSc course in Auckland studying the nature & implication of ` anelli ' biofilms in Henderson Creek. As part of the stream biofilm group Jo focused on Henderson creek, which is heavily contaminated with industrial waste and farm runoff. Having brillantly written her thesis, she was then proposed to follow her work by a PhD in which she is now dealing with.

 

 

Kelly Roberts

Kelly Roberts has a strong scientific background obtaining her BSc with 1st class honours in microbiology at the University of Massey, Palmerston North, followed by a postgraduate diploma in marine environmental science. After working for a range of companies, including in the UK and Australia , Kelly completed her MSc in Microbiology under the supervision of Dr. Gillian Lewis, focusing on human enteric virus occurrence and transmission in an estuarine environment. Kelly then commenced her PhD at the University of Auckland which aims to describe the physical structure and bacterial components of stream biofilms from streams with different levels of catchment development. Kelly has been involved in the stream biofilm project since its conception and is presently within the final stages of her PhD study.

 

 

Pierre Ancion

Pierre graduated as Bio-engineer from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) in 2005. Then he worked at the CEH of Edinburgh and at the University of Brussel before coming to New-Zealand to join the stream biofilm research group. He is currently doing a PhD focusing on the effects of stormwater metal contaminants on stream biofilms.

 

 

Vidya Washington

Vidya is a classically trained microbiologist who is now enrolled in Doctoral studies in environmental microbiology. Her project uses classical and molecular microbiology tools to investigate the attributes of, and interactions between a group of five different biofilm forming bacteria isolated from New Zealand streams

 

 

Dr Ian Boothroyd

Ian is a well known macrobenthic invertebrate ecologist with a specialist interest in choronimid species. Ian is both an academic and a practicing environmental consultant with Golder Kingett Mitchell (NZ). Ian leads the macro microorganism interaction componet of the Stream Biofilm Project

 

 

Dr Rebecca Stott

Rebecca is an environmental microbiologist with NIWA in Hamilton, working on health-related water issues and contributes her extensive knowledge of the identification and ecology of protozoa to the biofilm project. Rebecca is developing insight into the grazing habits of biofilm protozoans and the influence of stream contamination on protozoan diversity.

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