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.
- Cantonati M., Poikane S., Pringle CM., Stevens LE., Turak E., Heino J., Richardson JS., Bolpagni R., Borrini A. and Cid N. (2020) Characteristics, main impacts, and stewardship of natural and artificial freshwater environments: Consequences for biodiversity conservation. Water (Switzerland) 12(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/w12010260.
- Dillon ML., Hawes I., Jungblut AD., Mackey TJ., Eisen JA., Doran PT. and Sumner DY. (2020) Energetic and Environmental Constraints on the Community Structure of Benthic Microbial Mats in Lake Fryxell, Antarctica. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 96(2) http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiz207.
- McAllister TG., Wood SA., Mackenzie EM. and Hawes I. (2020) Reach-and mat-scale differences in microcoleus autumnalis (Cyanobacterium) accrual along velocity and nitrate gradients in three New Zealand rivers. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 77(2): 401-412. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjfas-2019-0133.
- Biessy L., Boundy MJ., Smith KF., Harwood DT., Hawes I. and Wood SA. (2019) Tetrodotoxin in marine bivalves and edible gastropods: A mini-review. Chemosphere 236 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.124404.
- Biessy L., Smith KF., Harwood DT., Boundy MJ., Hawes I. and Wood SA. (2019) Spatial variability and depuration of tetrodotoxin in the bivalve Paphies australis from New Zealand. Toxicon: X 2 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.toxcx.2019.100008.