>95% of ecology examines <5% of species; I research the role in ecosystem function of the remaining 95% of biodiversity (fungi, microbes, soil fauna).
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.
- 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.
- Makiola A., Dickie IA., Holdaway RJ., Wood JR., Orwin KH., Lee CK. and Glare TR. (2019) Biases in the metabarcoding of plant pathogens using rust fungi as a model system. MicrobiologyOpen 8(7) http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/mbo3.780.
- Peralta G., Schon NL., Dickie IA., St. John MG., Orwin KH., Yeates GW. and Peltzer DA. (2019) Contrasting responses of soil nematode communities to native and non-native woody plant expansion. Oecologia http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00442-019-04456-3.
- Watts C., Dopheide A., Holdaway R., Davis C., Wood J., Thornburrow D. and Dickie IA. (2019) DNA metabarcoding as a tool for invertebrate community monitoring: a case study comparison with conventional techniques. Austral Entomology http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aen.12384.
- Zinger L., Bonin A., Alsos IG., Bálint M., Bik H., Boyer F., Chariton AA., Creer S., Coissac E. and Deagle BE. (2019) DNA metabarcoding—Need for robust experimental designs to draw sound ecological conclusions. Molecular Ecology 28(8): 1857-1862. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.15060.