Superworms can break down plastic waste 

Superworms can survive on a diet of solely polystyrene, and can act like mini recycling plants, shredding the polystyrene with their mouths and then feeding it to the bacteria in their gut.

Microbial degradation of marine plastic debris 

Using culture independent techniques, we aim to identify microbes and enzymes involved in polypropylene, polystyrene and polyethylene biodegradation in marine habitats.

Straddie Island Hidden microbes & viruses in North Stradbroke Island aquifers

North Stradbroke Island is a small sand island with many groundwater bodies. The microbes and viruses hidden in these aquifers have remained mostly unexplored. You will use metagenomics and viromics to explore this hidden treasure.

Australian Hot Spring ecosystem

Natural thermal springs are produced by geothermally heated groundwater and provide opportunities for studying microbes that may represent analogues of life on ancient Earth or even other planets. In this project, we will characterise the microbial communities in a recently explored Australian hot spring ecosystem.

Brisbane Australia The Brisbane River microbiome

The health of the highly urbanised Brisbane River is important for the City of Brisbane and the entire Moreton Bay region. Investigating the river microbiome and its changes over time will help us understand the role of these microbes in river health.

microfluidics archaea Microfluidic single-cell genomics

Dissecting microbial dark matter with single-cell genomics, the recovery of genomes from individual cells, allows us to understand microbial communities on the level that represents the basic units of life – the cell.

 Asgardarchaeota and Eukaryogenesis

Asgardarchaeota have been proposed to comprise the closest living prokaryotic relatives to Eukaryotes.