Dr Kevin C Lee

Senior Research Officer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 8659

Email: Kevin.Lee@aut.ac.nz

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Biological Sciences 2015 – University of Waikato

Master of Science (MSc), First Class Honours, Biological Sciences 2009 – University of Waikato

Bachelor of Science (Technology) 2008 – University of Waikato

Memberships and Affiliations:

New Zealand Microbiological Society (NZMS)

New Zealand Microbial Ecology Consortium (NZMEC)

American Society for Microbiology (ASM)

International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME)


Kevin is a Senior Research Officer with primary research interest in microbial ecology, with particular focus in distinct microbial communities from extreme environments, and how the microorganisms adapt to the challenging. As a PhD student at the University of Waikato, he characterised the first cultivated          species within the new described bacterial phylum Armatimonadetes and made several fundamental discoveries in this area. Members of the phylum has since been detected in a wide range of environments. Since joining Auckland University of Technology in 2015, Kevin has worked extensively with fellow researchers and students in studying microbial communities and genetics through bioinformatics and biostatistics. Kevin is experienced in molecular biology, environmental microbiome studies, and the collection and analysis of high-throughput sequencing datasets.

Teaching Areas:

  • ENVS622 Biogeography – Lecturer
  • MICR501 Microbiology – Lecturer
  • MICR601 Environmental Microbiology – Lecturer

Research Areas:

  • Microbial ecology
  • Microbiomes
  • Microbial genomics, metagenomics, and transcriptomics
  • Biostatistics and bioinformatics
  • Extremophiles and their survival mechanisms

Current Research Projects:

  • Bioaerosol
  • Terrestrial microbiology of Antarctica
  • Atacama Desert as a model system for astrobiological research
  • Metagenomics of geothermal microbial communities
  • Other projects in collaboration with researchers at AUT


  • Lacap-Bugler, D. C. et al. Global Diversity of Desert Hypolithic Cyanobacteria. Front. Microbiol. 8, 867 (2017).
  • Maki, T. et al. Variations in the structure of airborne bacterial communities in Tsogt-Ovoo of Gobi desert area during dust events. Air Qual. Atmos. Heal. 10, 249–260 (2017).
  • Maki, T. et al. Variations in airborne bacterial communities at high altitudes over the Noto Peninsula (Japan) in response to Asian dust events. Atmos. Chem. Phys 175194, 11877–11897 (2017).
  • Lee, K. C. et al. Niche Filtering of Bacteria in Soil and Rock Habitats of the Colorado Plateau Desert, Utah, USA. Front. Microbiol. 7, 1489 (2016).
  • Maki, T. et al. Atmospheric aerosol deposition influences marine microbial communities in oligotrophic surface waters of the western Pacific Ocean. Deep Sea Res. Part I Oceanogr. Res. Pap. 118, 37–45 (2016).
  • Maki, T. et al. Variations in the structure of airborne bacterial communities in Tsogt-Ovoo of Gobi desert area during dust events. Air Qual. Atmos. Heal. 1–12 (2016). doi:10.1007/s11869-016-0430-3
  • Archer, S. D. J. et al. Endolithic microbial diversity in sandstone and granite from the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. Polar Biol. (2016). doi:10.1007/s00300-016-2024-9
  • Lee, K. C. et al. The Chthonomonas calidirosea Genome Is Highly Conserved across Geographic Locations and Distinct Chemical and Microbial Environments in New Zealand’s Taupō Volcanic Zone. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 82, 3572–3581 (2016).
  • Stott, M. B., Lee, K. C.-Y., Morgan, X. C. & Carere, C. in Bergey’s Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria (eds. Whitman, W. B. et al.) (John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2015). doi:10.1002/9781118960608
  • Lee, K. C. Y. et al. Complete genome sequence of the thermophilic Acidobacteria, Pyrinomonas methylaliphatogenes type strain K22T. Stand. Genomic Sci. (2015). doi:10.1186/s40793-015-0099-5
  • Lee, K. C. Y., Dunfield, P. F. & Stott, M. B. The phylum armatimonadetes. The Prokaryotes: Other Major Lineages of Bacteria and The Archaea 9783642389, (2014).
  • Lee, K. C. et al. Genomic analysis of Chthonomonas calidirosea, the first sequenced isolate of the phylum Armatimonadetes. ISME J. 8, 1522–1533 (2014).
  • Lee, K. C. Y. et al. Phylogenetic delineation of the novel phylum Armatimonadetes (former candidate division OP10) and definition of two novel candidate divisions. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 79, 2484–7 (2013).
  • Lee, K. C.-Y., Stott, M. B. & Dunfield, P. F. in The Prokaryotes (eds. Rosenberg, E., DeLong, E. F., Thompson, F., Lory, S. & Stackebrandt, E.) (Springer, 2013).
  • Dunfield, P. F. et al. Electing a candidate: a speculative history of the bacterial phylum OP10. Environ. Microbiol. 14, 3069–80 (2012).
  • Lee, K. C.-Y. et al. Chthonomonas calidirosea gen. nov., sp. nov., an aerobic, pigmented, thermophilic micro-organism of a novel bacterial class, Chthonomonadetes classis nov., of the newly described phylum Armatimonadetes originally designated candidate division OP10. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 61, 2482–90 (2011).
  • Vyssotski, M. et al. Fatty Acids of Chthonomonas calidirosea, of a novel class Chthonomonadetes from a recently described phylum Armatimonadetes. Lipids 46, 1155–61 (2011).
  • Lee, C.-Y. K. The Physiological and Ecological Characterisation of the First Cultivated Species of the Candidate Division OP10. (University of Waikato, 2010).