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

  • Allen WJ., Wainer R., Tylianakis JM., Barratt BIP., Shadbolt MR., Waller LP. and Dickie IA. (2020) Community-level direct and indirect impacts of an invasive plant favour exotic over native species. Journal of Ecology http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.13433.
  • Dickie IA., Wakelin A. and Richardson SJ. (2020) Rare species of wood-inhabiting fungi are not local. Ecological Applications http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/eap.2156.
  • Dopheide A., Makiola A., Orwin KH., Holdaway RJ., Wood JR. and Dickie IA. (2020) Rarity is a more reliable indicator of land-use impacts on soil invertebrate communities than other diversity metrics. eLife 9: 1-41. http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.52787.
  • 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 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.