Dr Paul Dennis is Lecturer in Soil and Environmental Sciences in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at The University of Queensland and runs the School's Molecular Microbial Ecology Group. He is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania.
His group aims to: 1) develop an understanding of the factors that determine the structure and function of biological communities at multiple spatio-temporal scales, 2) develop strategies that facilitate manipulation of microbial communities for environmental and commercial purposes and 3) improve our ability to predict the consequences of environmental change on ecosystem structure, function and stability.
The approaches used are strongly multidisciplinary and draw on a wide range of expertise in ecology, statistics, bioinformatics, soil science, advanced imaging and molecular biology.
We apply our skills to a wide-range of topics and systems including tropical agriculture, plant-microbe interactions, Antarctic marine and terrestrial ecology, biogeography and pollution.