Dr Kevin Lee

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Senior Research Fellow

Email: kevin.lee@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0210-2628

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Academic appointments:

  • Senior Research Fellow, Auckland University of Technology (2017 - ongoing)

Qualifications:

  • PhD, University of Waikato
  • Msc, University of Waikato
  • BSc (Tech), University of Waikato

Research interests:

I'm drawn to answering fundamental biological questions of life on Earth through the unusual effectiveness and simplicity or microorganism thriving in challenging or extreme environments such as geothermal systems and the atmosphere.

Teaching summary:

Microbial ecology, microbiology, genetics, molecular genetics, bioinformatics

SCIE805 Quantitative Analysis - Paper Leader
GENE703 Computational Genetics - Paper Leader

Research outputs:

Journal articles

  • Mathieu, C., Hermans, S. M., Lear, G., Buckley, T. R., Lee, C. K., & Buckley, H. L. (2020). A systematic review of sources of variability and uncertainty in eDNA data for environmental monitoring. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 8, 1-14. doi:10.3389/fevo.2020.00135

  • Archer, S. D. J., Lee, K. C., Caruso, T., King-Miaow, K., Harvey, M., Huang, D., . . . Pointing, S. B. (2020). Air mass source determines airborne microbial diversity at the ocean-atmosphere interface of the Great Barrier Reef marine ecosystem. ISME Journal, 14(3), 871-876. doi:10.1038/s41396-019-0555-0

  • Warren-Rhodes, K. A., Lee, K. C., Archer, S. D. J., Cabrol, N., Ng-Boyle, L., Wettergreen, D., . . . NASA Life in the Atacama Project Team. (2019). Subsurface microbial habitats in an extreme desert Mars-analog environment. Frontiers in Microbiology, 10. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2019.00069

  • Archer, S. D. J., Lee, K. C., Caruso, T., Maki, T., Lee, C. K., Cary, S. C., . . . Pointing, S. B. (2019). Airborne microbial transport limitation to isolated Antarctic soil habitats. Nature Microbiology, 4(6), 925-932. doi:10.1038/s41564-019-0370-4

  • Kalisa, E., Nagato, E., Bizuru, E., Lee, K., Tang, N., Pointing, S., . . . Lacap-Bugler, D. (2019). Pollution characteristics and risk assessment of ambient PM₂.₅-bound PAHs and NPAHs in typical Japanese and New Zealand cities and rural sites. Atmospheric Pollution Research, 10(5), 1396-1403. doi:10.1016/j.apr.2019.03.009

  • Maki, T., Lee, K. C., Kawai, K., Onishi, K., Hong, C. S., Kurosaki, Y., . . . Pointing, S. B. (2019). Aeolian dispersal of bacteria associated with desert dust and anthropogenic particles over continental and oceanic surfaces. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 124(10), 5579-5588. doi:10.1029/2018JD029597

  • Sanchez-Garcia, L., Fernandez-Martinez, M. A., García-Villadangos, M., Blanco, Y., Cady, S. L., Hinman, N., . . . Carrizo, D. (2019). Microbial biomarker transition in high-altitude sinter mounds from El Tatio(Chile) through different stages of hydrothermal activity. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2018.03350

  • Kalisa, E., Archer, S., Nagato, E., Bizuru, E., Lee, K., Tang, N., . . . Lacap-Bugler, D. (2019). Chemical and biological components of urban aerosols in Africa: Current status and knowledge gaps. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(6). doi:10.3390/ijerph16060941

  • Kalisa, E., Nagato, E. G., Bizuru, E., Lee, K. C., Tang, N., Pointing, S. B., . . . Lacap-Bugler, D. C. (2018). Characterization and Risk Assessment of Atmospheric PM<inf>2.5</inf> and PM<inf>10</inf> Particulate-Bound PAHs and NPAHs in Rwanda, Central-East Africa. Environmental Science and Technology, 52(21). doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b03219

  • Lee, K. C., Caruso, T., Archer, S. D. J., Gillman, L. N., Lau, M. C. Y., Craig Cary, S., . . . Pointing, S. B. (2018). Stochastic and deterministic effects of a moisture gradient on soil microbial communities in the McMurdo dry valleys of Antarctica. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9, 1-12. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2018.02619

  • Maki, T., Furumoto, S., Asahi, Y., Lee, K. C., Watanabe, K., Aoki, K., . . . Iwasaka, Y. (2018). Long-range-transported bioaerosols captured in snow cover on Mount Tateyama, Japan: impacts of Asian-dust events on airborne bacterial dynamics relating to ice-nucleation activities. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18(11), 8155-8171. doi:10.5194/acp-18-8155-2018

  • Maki, T., Hara, K., Iwata, A., Lee, K. C., Kawai, K., Kai, K., . . . Iwasaka, Y. (2017). Variations in airborne bacterial communities at high altitudes over the Noto Peninsula (Japan) in response to Asian dust events. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 17(19), 11877-11897. doi:10.5194/acp-17-11877-2017

  • Maki, T., Kurosaki, Y., Onishi, K., Lee, K. C., Pointing, S. B., Jugder, D., . . . Shinoda, M. (2017). Variations in the structure of airborne bacterial communities in Tsogt-Ovoo of Gobi desert area during dust events. Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health, 10(3). doi:10.1007/s11869-016-0430-3

  • Maki, T., Hara, K., Iwata, A., Lee, K. C., Kawai, K., Kai, K., . . . Iwasaka, Y. (2017). Variations in airborne bacterial communities at high altitudes over the Noto Peninsula (Japan) in response to Asian dust events. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions, 17(19). doi:10.5194/acp-2016-1095

  • Lacap-Bugler, D. C., Lee, C. Y., Archer, S., Gillman, L. N., Lau, M. C. Y., Leuzinger, S., . . . Pointing, S. B. (2017). Global diversity of desert hypolithic cyanobacteria. Frontiers in Microbiology, 8. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2017.00867

  • Archer, S. D. J., de Los Ríos, A., Lee, K. C., Niederberger, T. S., Cary, S. C., Coyne, K. J., . . . Pointing, S. B. (2017). Endolithic microbial diversity in sandstone and granite from the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. Polar Biology, 40. doi:10.1007/s00300-016-2024-9

  • Maki, T., Ishikawa, A., Mastunaga, T., Pointing, S. B., Saito, Y., Kasai, T., . . . Iwasaka, Y. (2016). Atmospheric aerosol deposition influences marine microbial communities in oligotrophic surface waters of the western Pacific Ocean. Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 118. doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2016.10.002

  • Lee, K. C., Archer, S. D. J., Boyle, R. H., Lacap-Bugler, D. C., Belnap, J., & Pointing, S. B. (2016). Niche filtering of bacteria in soil and rock habitats of the Colorado Plateau Desert, Utah, USA. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2016.01489

  • Lee, K. C., Stott, M. B., Dunfield, P. F., Huttenhower, C., McDonald, I. R., & Morgan, X. C. (2016). The Chthonomonas calidirosea genome is highly conserved across geographic locations and distinct chemical and microbial environments in New Zealand's Taupō volcanic zone. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 82(12). doi:10.1128/AEM.00139-16

  • Lee, K. C. Y., Morgan, X. C., Power, J. F., Dunfield, P. F., Huttenhower, C., & Stott, M. B. (2015). Complete genome sequence of the thermophilic Acidobacteria, Pyrinomonas methylaliphatogenes type strain K22T. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 10. doi:10.1186/s40793-015-0099-5

  • Lee, K. C. -Y., Morgan, X. C., Dunfield, P. F., Tamas, I., McDonald, I. R., & Stott, M. B. (2014). Genomic analysis of Chthonomonas calidirosea, the first sequenced isolate of the phylum Armatimonadetes. The ISME Journal, 8. doi:10.1038/ismej.2013.251

  • Lee, K. C. Y., Herbold, C. W., Dunfield, P. F., Morgan, X. C., McDonald, I. R., & Stott, M. B. (2013). Phylogenetic delineation of the novel phylum Armatimonadetes (former candidate division OP10) and definition of two novel candidate divisions. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 79(7). doi:10.1128/AEM.03333-12

  • Dunfield, P. F., Tamas, I., Lee, K. C., Morgan, X. C., McDonald, I. R., & Stott, M. B. (2012). Electing a candidate: A speculative history of the bacterial phylum OP10. Environmental Microbiology, 14(12). doi:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2012.02742.x

  • Vyssotski, M., Lee, K. C. -Y., Lagutin, K., Ryan, J., Morgan, X. C., & Stott, M. B. (2011). Fatty Acids of Chthonomonas calidirosea, of a novel class Chthonomonadetes from a recently described phylum Armatimonadetes.. Lipids, 46(12), 1155-1161. doi:10.1007/s11745-011-3597-2

  • Lee, K. C. -Y., Dunfield, P. F., Morgan, X. C., Crowe, M. A., Houghton, K. M., Vyssotski, M., . . . Stott, M. B. (2011). 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(Pt 10), 2482-2490. doi:10.1099/ijs.0.027235-0

Book chapters

  • King-Miaow, K., Lee, K., Maki, T., Lacap-Bugler, D., & Archer, S. (2019). Airborne microorganisms in Antarctica: Transport, survival and establishment. In S. Castro-Sowinski (Ed.), The ecological role of micro-organisms in the Antarctic environment (pp. 163-196). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

  • Lee, C., Dunfield, P. F., & Stott, M. B. (2014). The Phylum armatimonadetes. In E. Rosenberg, E. F. DeLong, S. Lory, E. Stackebrandt, & F. Thompson (Eds.), The Prokaryotes (pp. 447-458). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-38954-2_388

Conference contributions

  • Sánchez-García, L., Fernández-Martínez, M. Á., García-Villadangos, M., Blanco, Y., Cady, S. L., Hinman, N., . . . Carrizo, D. (2019). Lipid biomarkers in high-altitude geysers with resemblance to Hesperian surfaces on Mars (El Tatio, Chile). In Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 21. Vienna. Retrieved from https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2019/EGU2019-9085.pdf

  • Lee, C. (2017). The shifting microbial communities at the geothermal Inferno Crater – a model bioaerosol system?. In Symposium for Bilateral Joint Research Projects & Programs for Advancing Strategic International Networks to Accelerate the Circulation of Talented Researchers. Kanazawa.

  • Archer, S., Lee, C. K., Agnoli, C., Lacap-Bugler, D., & Pointing, S. B. (2017). Source-tracking airborne microbial dispersal. In Symposium for Bilateral Joint Research Projects & Programs for Advancing Strategic International Networks to Accelerate the Circulation of Talented Researchers. Kanazawa. Retrieved from http://www.ki-net.kanazawa-u.ac.jp/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Program3.pdf

  • Archer, S., Lee, C. K., Agnoli, C., Lacap-Bugler, D., & Pointing, S. B. (2016). Towards resolving microbiology of the aerosphere. In International Symposium on Microbial Ecology (ISME) 16. Montreal. Retrieved from https://www.isme-microbes.org/isme16

  • Lee, C., Archer, S. D. J., Boyle, R. H., Lacap-Bugler., Belnap, J., & Pointing, S. B. (2016). Niche filtering of bacteria in soil and rock habitats of the Utah Desert. In NZ Microbial Ecology Consortium. Auckland.

  • Archer, S., Lee, C. K., de los Rios, A., Lee, C., Niederberger, T., & Cary, C. (2015). Endolithic microbial communities from the McMurdo Dry Valleys. In NZMEC. Auckland.

  • Lee, C. (2013). The genomic analysis of the extremophilic scavenger Chthonomonas calidirosea. In New Zealand Microbiological Society Conference. Hamilton.

  • Lee, C. (2012). Ecological implications of the genomic and phenotypic characteristics of an Armatimonadetes strain. In NZ Microbial Ecology Consortium. Auckland.

Theses

Oral presentations

  • Archer, S., Lee, C. K., Agnoli, C., Lacap-Bugler, D., & Pointing, S. B. (2017). Source tracking airborne microbial dispersal. Kanazawa, Japan.

  • Lee, C. (2013). The genomic and ecological characterisation of Chthonomonas calidirosea T49. Boston, MA, USA. Retrieved from https://huttenhower.sph.harvard.edu/people

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