Microbial Ecology-Environmental Microbiology in Victoria

Microbial Ecology-Environmental Microbiology (MEEM) in Victoria


What: Microbial Ecology-Environmental Microbiology (MEEM) in Victoria (4 ECR speakers, 3 PhD speakers; afternoon tea, post meeting social event)

When: Thursday 27th September, 2018 from 14:00-17:15

Where: La Trobe city campus, 360 Collins Street , Melbourne (Room: 360C-2.10).

Why: Promote communication/collaboration for those interested in microbial ecology, environmental microbiology, evolutionary microbiology, and related disciplines

Sponsor: Australian Society for Microbiology

Organisers: Assoc Prof Ashley Franks (La Trobe); Dr Chris Greening (Monash); Prof Linda Blackall (Melbourne)
RSVP: Please email chris.greening@monash.edu by Friday 21st September if you are coming

Cost: nil



2:00 pm: Intro and Aims – Microbial Ecology-Environmental Microbiology in Victoria

2:10 pm: Dr Jennifer Wood (La Trobe University / Swinburne University of Technology) – Trait-based predictions of microbial community assembly and function

2:35 pm: Heyu Lin (School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne) – Investigating the potential for mercury methylation by marine microaerophilic bacteria (tentative title)

2:50 pm: Nagalakshmi Haleyur (Department of Biotechnology and Environmental Biology, RMIT University) – Bioremediation of oil-contaminated soils (tentative title)

3:05 pm: Dr Eleonora Chiri (School of Biological Sciences, Monash University) – Microbial methane oxidation across six orders of magnitude


3 30 pm: Afternoon tea – Sponsored by Australian Society for Microbiology VIC Branch


4:00 pm: Dr Matt Neave (CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory) – Diversity, global distribution and genetic potential of prevalent symbiotic marine bacteria in the genus Endozoicomonas

4:25 pm: Ashley Dungan (School of BioSciences, University of Melbourne) – The anemone Exaiptasia pallida as a model to explore probiotics for climate resilience in corals

4:40 pm: Dr Rebekah Henry (School of Civil Engineering, Monash University) – Who’s Poo? Application of microbial community data for understanding faecal contamination in recreational water

5:05 pm: Discussion on MEEM communication


5:15 pm: Drinks – Go to local bar afterwards