The University of Canterbury
School of Biological Science, Christchurch
CONTACT PI: Matthew Stott [email]
University of Canterbury - Matthew Stott
Laboratory - Stott Laboratory


The Stott laboratory focuses on geobiological and ecological interactions of microorganisms and their ecosystems. This work aims to underpin conservation efforts, provide for industrial applications, and to understand the ecosystem services provided by these microbial communities. Much of the research in the Stott Laboratory has utilised the extreme geothermal ecosystems in the central north island of New Zealand (Taupo Volcanic Zone), but also includes subsurface, polluted and mining environments, marine ecosystems and industrial settings. The current focus includes the methanotroph ecology, trace gas bioconversion, the biogeography and ecology of microbial communities in geothermal environments (, ’omics’ studies of geothermal ecosystems, and the sequencing and annotation of novel thermophilic bacterial genomes.


  • geomicrobiology
  • extremophiles
  • microbial ecology
  • microbial cultivation
  • microbial genomics

Staff and Post-docs: 
Postgraduate students: Hanna Peach, Karen Houghton, Jean Power


Carere CR, Hards K, Houghton KM, Power JF, McDonald B, Collet C, Gapes DJ, Sparling R, Boyd ES, Cook GM, Greening C, Stott MB. 2017. Mixotrophy drives niche expansion of verrucomicrobial methanotrophs. ISME J, 11, 2599-2610, doi:

Ji M, Greening C, Vanwonterghem I, Carere CR, Bay SK, Steen JA, Montgomery K, Lines T, Beardall J, van Dorst J, Snape I, Stott MB, Hugenholtz P, Ferrari BC. 2017. Atmospheric trace gases support primary production in Antarctic desert surface soil. Nature, 552, 400-403, doi:

Ward L, Taylor MW, Power JF, Scott BJ, McDonald IR, Stott MB. 2017. Microbial community dynamics in Inferno Crater Lake, a thermally fluctuating geothermal spring. ISME J, 11, 1158-1167, doi:

Stott MB, Taylor MW. 2016. Microbial ecology research in New Zealand. NZ J Ecol, 40, 12-28, doi:

Greening C, Carere CR, Rushton-Green R, Harold LK, Hards K, Taylor MC, Morales SE, Stott MB, Cook GM. 2015. Persistence of the dominant soil phylum Acidobacteria by trace gas scavenging. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 112, 10497-10502, doi:

Lee KC, Morgan XC, Dunfield PF, Tamas I, McDonald IR, Stott MB. 2014. Genomic analysis of Chthonomonas calidirosea, the first sequenced isolate of the phylum Armatimonadetes. ISME J, 8, 1522-1533, doi: