Ian Dickie

ProfessorIan Dickie

Microbial Ecology
Internal Phone: 92268
>95% of ecology examines <5% of species; I research the role in ecosystem function of the remaining 95% of biodiversity (fungi, microbes, soil fauna).

Research Interests

I am an ecosystem ecologist focussing on the development and application of molecular tools to determine the role of fungal communities in community and ecosystem-level outcomes. My main research interests spans the breadth of fungi, including mycorrhizas, wood decay fungi, and pathogens. I have also applied similar approaches to soil invertebrates, plant communities, bacteria, and oomycetes.

One application is in the invasion of woody plants, including the invasion of wilding conifers. Using molecular identifications of fungi on tree roots, I’ve shown that trees are largely co-invading with non-native fungi, transforming ecosystem function belowground.

Recent Publications

  • Moyano J., Dickie IA., Rodriguez‐Cabal MA. and Nuñez MA. (2020) Patterns of plant naturalization show that facultative mycorrhizal plants are more likely to succeed outside their native Eurasian ranges. Ecography ecog.04877 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecog.04877.
  • Peralta G., Dickie IA., Yeates GW. and Peltzer DA. (2020) Community- And trophic-level responses of soil nematodes to removal of a non-native tree at different stages of invasion. PLoS ONE 15(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0227130.
  • Teste FP., Jones MD. and Dickie IA. (2020) Dual-mycorrhizal plants: their ecology and relevance. New Phytologist 225(5): 1835-1851. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nph.16190.
  • Dickie IA., Wakelin AM., Martínez-García LB., Richardson SJ., Makiola A. and Tylianakis JM. (2019) Oomycetes along a 120,000 year temperate rainforest ecosystem development chronosequence. Fungal Ecology 39: 192-200. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.funeco.2019.02.007.
  • Kuchár M., Glare TR., Hampton JG., Dickie IA. and Christey MC. (2019) Virulence of the plant-associated endophytic fungus Lecanicillium muscarium to diamondback moth larvae. New Zealand Plant Protection 72: 253-259. http://dx.doi.org/10.30843/nzpp.2019.72.257.