UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Dr Ian Hawes

Gateway Antarctica; Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management



Phone: +64 3 364 2987 ext. 7924

Office: Biological Sciences Level 7

Fields of Research

  • Antarctic Limnology
  • Aquatic Photosynthesis

Researcher Summary

Researcher interests include factors controlling ecosystem processes in Antarctic lakes and ponds, with a particular focus on primary production. This includes measurements of photosynthesis using a range of techniques as well as analysis of irradiance, nutrient dynamics and other factors that affect this process. Field, analytical and experimental approaches are used and research is embedded in international, multidisciplinary teams. Specific interests of these teams include the use of Antarctic ecosystems as analogues for life on early earth, the role of climate in definition of ecosystem properties in Antarctica and responses to change.

Subject Area: Disciplines

Research Groups

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

(Displaying research/scholarly/creative work for last six years)
Journal articles
  • Lund-Hansen, LC., Hawes, I., Nielsen, MH. and Sorrell, BK. (2017) Is colonization of sea ice by diatoms facilitated by increased surface roughness in growing ice crystals? Polar Biology 40(3): 593-602. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00300-016-1981-3.
  • Wood, SA., Atalah, J., Wagenhoff, A., Brown, L., Doehring, K., Young, RG. and Hawes, I. (2017) Effect of river flow, temperature, and water chemistry on proliferations of the benthic anatoxin-producing cyanobacterium Phormidium. Freshwater Science 36(1): 63-76. http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/690114.
  • Wood, SA., Borges, H., Puddick, J., Biessy, L., Atalah, J., Hawes, I., Dietrich, DR. and Hamilton, DP. (2017) Contrasting cyanobacterial communities and microcystin concentrations in summers with extreme weather events: insights into potential effects of climate change. Hydrobiologia 785(1): 71-89. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10750-016-2904-6.
  • Borges, H., Wood, SA., Puddick, J., Blaney, E., Hawes, I., Dietrich, DR. and Hamilton, DP. (2016) Intracellular, environmental and biotic interactions influence recruitment of benthic Microcystis (Cyanophyceae) in a shallow eutrophic lake. Journal of Plankton Research 38(5): 1289-1301. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/plankt/fbw046.
  • Castendyk, DN., Obryk, MK., Leidman, SZ., Gooseff, M. and Hawes, I. (2016) Lake Vanda: A sentinel for climate change in the McMurdo Sound Region of Antarctica. Global and Planetary Change 144: 213-227. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloplacha.2016.06.007.
  • Hawes, I., Jungblut, AD., Obryk, MK. and Doran, PT. (2016) Growth dynamics of a laminated microbial mat in response to variable irradiance in an Antarctic lake. Freshwater Biology 61(4): 396-410. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/fwb.12715.
  • Jungblut, AD., Hawes, I., Mackey, TJ., Krusor, M., Doran, PT., Sumner, DY., Eisen, JA., Hillman, C. and Goroncy, AK. (2016) Microbial mat communities along an oxygen gradient in a perennially ice-covered Antarctic lake. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 82(2): 620-630. http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/AEM.02699-15.
  • Jungblut, AD., Hawes, I., Mackey, TJ., Krusor, M., Doran, PT., Sumner, DY., Eisen, JA., Hillman, C. and Goroncy, AK. (2016) Microbial mat communities along an oxygen gradient in a perennially ice-covered Antarctic lake. Applied Environmental Microbiology 82(620-630)
  • Lucieer, Vanessa., Nau, Amy W., Forrest, Alexander L. and Hawes, Ian. (2016) Fine-Scale Sea Ice Structure Characterized Using Underwater Acoustic Methods. REMOTE SENSING 8(10) http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/rs8100821.
  • McAllister, TG., Wood, SA. and Hawes, I. (2016) The rise of toxic benthic Phormidium proliferations: A review of their taxonomy, distribution, toxin content and factors regulating prevalence and increased severity. Harmful Algae 55: 282-294. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hal.2016.04.002.
  • Puddick, J., Wood, SA., Hawes, I. and Hamilton, DP. (2016) Fine-scale cryogenic sampling of planktonic microbial communities: Application to toxic cyanobacterial blooms. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods 14(9): 600-609. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/lom3.10115.
  • Sumner, DY., Jungblut, AD., Hawes, I., Andersen, DT., Mackey, TJ. and Wall, K. (2016) Growth of elaborate microbial pinnacles in Lake Vanda, Antarctica. Geobiology 14(6): 556-574. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gbi.12188.
  • Davila, AF., Hawes, I., Araya, JG., Gelsinger, DR., DiRuggiero, J., Ascaso, C., Osano, A. and Wierzchos, J. (2015) In situ metabolism in halite endolithic microbial communities of the hyperarid Atacama Desert. Frontiers in Microbiology 6(OCT) http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2015.01035.
  • Mackey, TJ., Sumner, DY., Hawes, I., Jungblut, AD. and Andersen, DT. (2015) Growth of modern branched columnar stromatolites in Lake Joyce, Antarctica. Geobiology 13(4): 373-390. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gbi.12138.
  • Sumner, DY., Hawes, I., Mackey, TJ., Jungblut, AD. and Doran, PT. (2015) Antarctic microbial mats: A modern analog for Archean lacustrine oxygen oases. Geology 43(10): 887-890. http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/G36966.1.
  • Webster-Brown, JG., Hawes, I., Jungblut, AD., Wood, SA. and Christenson, HK. (2015) The effects of entombment on water chemistry and bacterial assemblages in closed cryoconite holes on Antarctic glaciers. FEMS microbiology ecology 91(12) http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiv144.
  • Wood, SA., Depree, C., Brown, L., McAllister, T. and Hawes, I. (2015) Entrapped sediments as a source of phosphorus in epilithic cyanobacterial proliferations in low nutrient rivers. PLoS ONE 10(10) http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0141063.
  • Zhang, L., Jungblut, AD., Hawes, I., Andersen, DT., Sumner, DY. and Mackey, TJ. (2015) Cyanobacterial diversity in benthic mats of the McMurdo Dry Valley lakes, Antarctica. Polar Biology 38(8): 1097-1110. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00300-015-1669-0.
  • Hawes, I., Giles, H. and Doran, PT. (2014) Estimating photosynthetic activity in microbial mats in an ice-covered Antarctic lake using automated oxygen microelectrode profiling and variable chlorophyll fluorescence. Limnology and Oceanography 59(3): 674-688. http://dx.doi.org/10.4319/lo.2014.59.3.0674.
  • Hawes, I., Howard-Williams, C. and Sorrell, B. (2014) Decadal timescale variability in ecosystem properties in the ponds of the McMurdo Ice Shelf, southern Victoria Land, Antarctica. Antarctic Science 26(3): 219-230. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0954102013000576.
  • Karanovic, T., Gibson, JAE., Hawes, I., Andersen, DT. and Stevens, MI. (2014) Diacyclops (copepoda: Cyclopoida) in Continental Antarctica, including three new species. Antarctic Science 26(3): 250-260. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0954102013000643.
  • Lund-Hansen, LC., Hawes, I., Sorrell, BK. and Nielsen, MH. (2014) Removal of snow cover inhibits spring growth of Arctic ice algae through physiological and behavioral effects. Polar Biology 37(4): 471-481. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00300-013-1444-z.
  • Davila, AF., Hawes, I., Ascaso, C. and Wierzchos, J. (2013) Salt deliquescence drives photosynthesis in the hyperarid Atacama Desert. Environmental Microbiology Reports 5(4): 583-587. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1758-2229.12050.
  • Hawes, I., Sumner, DY., Andersen, DT., Jungblut, AD. and Mackey, TJ. (2013) Timescales of growth response of microbial mats to environmental change in an ice-covered Antarctic lake. Biology 2(1): 151-176. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/biology2010151.
  • Martineau, E., Wood, SA., Miller, MR., Jungblut, AD., Hawes, I., Webster-Brown, J. and Packer, MA. (2013) Characterisation of Antarctic cyanobacteria and comparison with New Zealand strains. Hydrobiologia 711(1): 139-154. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10750-013-1473-1.
  • Sorrell, BK., Hawes, I. and Safi, K. (2013) Nitrogen and carbon limitation of planktonic primary production and phytoplankton-bacterioplankton coupling in ponds on the McMurdo Ice Shelf, Antarctica. Environmental Research Letters 8(3) http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/8/3/035043.
  • Hawes, I., Lund-Hansen, LC., Sorrell, BK., Nielsen, MH., Borzák, R. and Buss, I. (2012) Photobiology of sea ice algae during initial spring growth in Kangerlussuaq, West Greenland: Insights from imaging variable chlorophyll fluorescence of ice cores. Photosynthesis Research 112(2): 103-115. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11120-012-9736-7.
  • Jungblut, AD., Wood, SA., Hawes, I., Webster-Brown, J. and Harris, C. (2012) The Pyramid Trough Wetland: Environmental and biological diversity in a newly created Antarctic protected area. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 82(2): 356-366. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1574-6941.2012.01380.x.
  • Safi, K., Hawes, I. and Sorrell, B. (2012) Microbial population responses in three stratified Antarctic meltwater ponds during the autumn freeze. Antarctic Science 24(6): 571-588. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0954102012000636.
  • Webster-Brown, J., Hawes, I., Safi, K., Sorrell, B. and Wilson, N. (2012) Summer-winter transitions in Antarctic ponds: III. Chemical changes. Antarctic Science 24(2): 121-130. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0954102011000721.
  • Hawes, I., Lasiak, T., Smith, ML. and Oengpepa, C. (2011) The status of silverlip pearl oyster Pinctada maxima (Jameson) (Mollusca, Pteridae) in the Solomon Islands after A 15-year export ban. Journal of Shellfish Research 30(2): 255-260. http://dx.doi.org/10.2983/035.030.0209.
  • Hawes, I., Safi, K., Sorrell, B., Webster-Brown, J. and Arscott, D. (2011) Summer-winter transitions in Antarctic ponds I: The physical environment. Antarctic Science 23(3): 235-242. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0954102011000046.
  • Hawes, I., Safi, K., Webster-Brown, J., Sorrell, B. and Arscott, D. (2011) Summer-winter transitions in Antarctic ponds II: Biological responses. Antarctic Science 23(3): 243-254. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0954102011000058.
  • Hawes, I., Sumner, DY., Andersen, DT. and Mackey, TJ. (2011) Legacies of recent environmental change in the benthic communities of Lake Joyce, a perennially ice-covered Antarctic lake. Geobiology 9(5): 394-410. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1472-4669.2011.00289.x.
  • Lim, DSS., Brady, AL., Abercromby, AF., Andersen, DT., Andersen, M., Arnold, RR., Bird, JS., Bohm, HR., Booth, L., Cady, SL., Cardman, Z., Chan, AM., Chan, O., Chenard, C., Cowie, BR., Davila, A., Deans, MC., Dearing, W., Delaney, M., Downs, M., Fong, T., Forrest, A., Gernhardt, ML., Gutsche, JR., Hadfield, C., Hamilton, A., Hansen, J., Hawes, I., Heaton, J., Imam, Y., Laval, BL., Lees, D., Leoni, L., Looper, C., Love, S., Marinova, MM., McCombs, D., McKay, CP., Mireau, B., Mullins, G., Nebel, SH., Nuytten, P., Pendery, R., Pike, W., Pointing, SB., Pollack, J., Raineault, N., Reay, M., Reid, D., Sallstedt, T., Schulze-Makuch, D., Seibert, M., Shepard, R., Slater, GF., Stonehouse, J., Sumner, DY., Suttle, CA., Trembanis, A., Turse, C., Wilhelm, M., Wilkinson, N., Williams, D., Winget, DM. and Winter, C. (2011) A historical overview of the Pavilion Lake Research Project-Analog science and exploration in an underwater environment. Special Paper of the Geological Society of America 483: 85-115. http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/2011.2483.
Conference - Published
  • Beecroft, R., Cossu, R., Forrest, A., Hawes, I. and Lemckert, C. (2016) Observations and characteristics of the ice-ocean boundary layer in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Ann Arbor, MI, USA: IAHR International Symposium on Ice, 31 May 2016 - 3 Jun 2016.
Conference - Other
  • Allen, B., Mackey, TJ., Lawrence, J., Leidman, S., Hawes, I., Kursor, M. and Mowchan, L. (2015) Analysis of webbed pinnacle microbial mat variation along a decreasing sediment gradient in Lake Joyce, Antarctica. 2015 Astrobiology Science Conference, 15 Jun 2015 - 19 Jun 2015.
  • Forrest, AL., Bowden-Floyd, I., Hawes, I., Lucieer, V., Cossu, R., Sorrell, B. and Lund-Hansen, L. (2015) Mesoscale spatial variability in sea ice thickness, optical properties and algal biomass. 2015 Antarctic Science Conference, 29 Jun 2015 - 2 Jul 2015.
  • Jungblut, AD., Hawes, I., Mackey, TJ., Krusor, M., Doran, PT. and Sumner, DY. (2015) Microbial mat communities along environmental gradients in perennially ice-covered Lake Fryxell, Antarctica. 6th International Conference on Polar and Alpine Microbiology, 6 Sep 2015 - 10 Sep 2015.
Conference - Published
  • Jungblut, Anne D., Krusor, Megan., Mackey, Tyler., Sumner, Dawn. and Hawes, Ian. (2015) CYANOBACTERIA AND MICROBIAL MATS IN ANTARCTIC TERRESTRIAL AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS: DIVERSITY, DISTRIBUTION AND RESPONSE TO ENVIRONMENTAL VARIABLES. In EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PHYCOLOGY 50: 77-78.
Conference - Other
  • Mackey, TJ., Sumner, DY., Hawes, I., Jungblut, AD. and Andersen, DT. (2015) Calcification of modern stromatolites from Lake Joyce, McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica: preserved carbon pool odification in a changing microbial ecosystem. 2015 Astrobiology Science Conference, 15 Jun 2015 - 19 Jun 2015.
  • Matys, ED., Schubotz, F., Sumner, DY., Eisen, J., Mackey, T., Krusor, M., Wall, K., Hawes, I., Jungblut, A. and Summons, RE. (2015) Biological Diversity of Microbial Structures in Antarctic Ice Covered Lakes. 2015 Astrobiology Science Conference, 15 Jun 2015 - 19 Jun 2015.
  • Wall, KM., Jungblut, AD., Krusor, M., Mackey, TJ., Hawes, I. and Sumner, DY. (2015) Lake Vanda microbial mats harbor a diverse assemblage of microorganisms. 2015 Astrobiology Science Conference, 15 Jun 2015 - 19 Jun 2015.
  • Castendyk, D., Hawes, I., Sumner, DY., Mackey, TJ. and Jungblut, A. (2014) Climate change and Lake Vanda, Antarctica: Past, present and future scenarios. 2014 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting (GSA), 19 Oct 2014 - 22 Oct 2014.
  • Christenson, H., Webster-Brown, J. and Hawes, I. (2014) Sources of phosphorus to ponds of the McMurdo Ice Shelf, Antarctica. Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Open Science Conference 2014 (SCAR), 25 Aug 2014 - 28 Aug 2014.
  • Hawes, I., Castendyk, D., Sumner, D., Mackey, T. and Jungblut, A. (2014) Climate change and Lake Vanda: Past, present and future scenarios. Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Open Science Conference 2014 (SCAR), 25 Aug 2014 - 28 Aug 2014.
  • Hawes, I., Jungblut, A., Mackey, T., Doran, P. and Hillman, C. (2014) Shifts in benthic microbial assemblages along steep environmental gradients in Lake Fryxell, McMurdo Dry Valleys. Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Open Science Conference 2014 (SCAR), 25 Aug 2014 - 28 Aug 2014.
  • Jungblut, A., Wall, K., Mackey, T., Sumner, D., Anderson, D. and Hawes, I. (2014) Antarctica cyanobacteria: from Scott's discovery expedition to microbialites in Dry Valley Lakes. Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Open Science Conference 2014 (SCAR), 25 Aug 2014 - 28 Aug 2014.
  • Krusor, M., Mackey, T., Hawes, I., Jungblut, A., Wall, K. and Sumner, D. (2014) Microbial Commnity Structure and Lake Chemistry in Lake Fryxell, Antarctica. Goldschmidt Geochemistry Conference, 8 Jun 2014 - 13 Jun 2014.
  • McAllister, T., Depree, C., Wood, S., Brown, L., Kelly, D. and Hawes, I. (2014) Environmental parameters promoting Phormidium blooms in New Zealand rivers. 16th International Conference on Harmful Algae, 27 Oct 2014 - 31 Oct 2014.
  • Sumner, DY., Hawes, I., Jungblut, A., Andersen, DT., Mackey, TJ., Krusor, M. and Wall, K. (2014) Microbialites and microbial mats in Antarctic lakes as models for precambrian ecosystem. 2014 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting (GSA), 19 Oct 2014 - 22 Oct 2014.
  • Webster-Brown, J., Hawes, I., Jungblut, A. and Wood, S. (2014) Cryoconite Geochemistry and Evolution as Refugia for Biota. Goldschmidt Geochemistry Conference, 8 Jun 2014 - 13 Jun 2014.
  • Webster-Brown, J., Hawes, I., Jungblut, A. and Wood, S. (2014) Cryoconites: Refugia for biota during glacial maxima? Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research International Open Science Conference (SCAR), 24 Aug 2014 - 27 Aug 2014.
  • Jungblut, AD., Hawes, I., Sumner, D., Webster-Brown, J., Mackey, T., Wall, K. and Andersen, DT. (2013) Diversity and distribution of cyanobacteria and microbialites in the McMurdo Dry Valley lakes, Antarctica. British Phycological Society, 7 Jul 2013 - 10 Jul 2013.
  • Mackey, T., Sumner, D., Hawes, I., Jungblut, A., Doran, P. and Forrest, A. (2013) Biogeography of microbial mats in perennially ice-covered Lake Fryxell, McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. Southern California Geobiology Symposium, 6 Apr 2013 - 6 Apr 2013.
  • Mackey, TJ., Hawes, I., Forrest, AL., Sumner, DY., Jungblut, AD. and Doran, PT. (2013) Environmental influences on microbial mat biogeography in perennially ice-covered Lake Fryxell, Antarctica. Strategic Science in Antarctica, 24 Jun 2013 - 26 Jun 2013.
  • Webster-Brown, J., Christensen, H., Wood, S., Jungblut, A. and Hawes, I. (2013) Glacial cryoconites: environmental oddities or important refugia for biota? Strageic Research in Antarctica, 24 Jun 2013 - 26 Jun 2013.
  • Webster-Brown, J., Jungblut, A., Wood, S., Christensen, H. and Hawes, I. (2013) Glacier cryoconite geochemistry and its effect on interred biota. New Zealand Geosciences Annual Conference, 25 Nov 2013 - 28 Nov 2013.
  • Christenson, H., Webster-Brown, JG., Hawes, I. and Jungblut, A. (2012) Phosphorous geochemistry in coastal meltwater ponds in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. New Zealand GeoSciences Annual Conference (GSNZ), 25 Nov 2012 - 28 Nov 2012.
  • Webster-Brown, JG. and Hawes, I. (2012) Elevated arsenic, molybdenum and uranium in Antarctic meltwaters. New Zealand GeoSciences Annual Conference (GSNZ), 25 Nov 2012 - 28 Nov 2012.
Additional Publications
  • Lim, DSS., Brady, AL., Abercromby, AF., Andersen, DT., Andersen, M., Arnold, RR., Bird, JS., Bohm, HR., Booth, L., Cady, SL., Cardman, Z., Chan, AM., Chan, O., Chénard, C., Cowie, BR., Davila, A., Deans, MC., Dearing, W., Delaney, M., Downs, M., Fong, T., Forrest, A., Gernhardt, ML., Gutsche, JR., Hadfield, C., Hamilton, A., Hansen, J., Hawes, I., Heaton, J., Imam, Y., Laval, BL., Lees, D., Leoni, L., Looper, C., Love, S., Marinova, MM., McCombs, D., McKay, CP., Mireau, B., Mullins, G., Nebel, SH., Nuytten, P., Pendery, R., Pike, W., Pointing, SB., Pollack, J., Raineault, N., Reay, M., Reid, D., Sallstedt, T., Schulze-Makuch, D., Seibert, M., Shepard, R., Slater, GF., Stonehouse, J., Sumner, DY., Suttle, CA., Trembanis, A., Turse, C., Wilhelm, M., Wilkinson, N., Williams, D., Winget, DM. and Winter, C. (2011) A historical overview of the Pavilion Lake Research Project-Analog science and exploration in an underwater environment. 85-115. http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/2011.2483(07).