Dr Charles Lee is an Associate Professor studying the microbial ecology and genomics of a wide range of unusual ecosystems, including terrestrial geothermal habitats, deep-sea hydrothermal vents and the Antarctic Dry Valleys, using molecular genetic and bioinformatic tools. He is interested in the development and validation of novel molecular techniques and bioinformatic analyses, and uses them in conjunction with geochemistry to examine the interactions between microbial communities and their environments.
In the Antarctic Science Platform, Charles will examine the microbial biogeography and community assembly in terrestrial Antarctic ecosystems. He is co-leader of ASP Project 3.
Charlie is co-director of the International Centre of Terrestrial Antarctic Research at the University of Waikato.