Deirdre Gleeson

Associate Professor, BSc PhD Dub.City

  • The University of Western Australia (M087), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Dr Deirdre Gleeson completed her PhD in Biotechnology in 2001 and is currently based in the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment. Deirdre’s research focusses on the diversity and function of microorganisms in the environment, and how they are impacted by their surrounding habitat at both micro scale and at landscape scale.

Roles and responsibilities

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Authority

Chair, Education Committee, UWA School of Agriculture and Environment (SAgE)

Member, School Executive, UWA SAgE

Member, Education Committee, Faculty of Science

PhD Supervisor

Teaching overview

ENVT1104 – Environmental Science and Technology

ENVT3361 – Environmental Quality

ENVT4461 – Assessing Environmental Quality

ENVT5503 – Contaminated Soils and Groundwater


Terrestrial Microbiology

Rock and mineral weathering interactions in the environment.

The soil microbiome and nutrient cycling biogeochemistry (carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus).

Understanding rhizosphere interactions across a variety of crop plants.

Organic and inorganic contaminants in the environment.

Exploring fine root endophytes in agricultural systems.

Aquatic Microbiology

The importance of microbialite forming microbial mats.

eDNA applications in urban environments.

The Seagrass microbiome – an underexplored habitat.

Riparian zone microbial interactions.

Education/Academic qualification

Biotechnology, PhD, Dublin City University (DCU)

Award Date: 3 Nov 2001

Biotechnology , BSc (Hons), Dublin City University (DCU)

Award Date: 2 Nov 1996

Research expertise keywords

  • aquatic
  • Microbial activity and nutrient cycling in agricultural soils
  • Microbial diversity
  • Microbial ecology
  • Molecular techniques
  • Soil biology
  • terrestrial


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