Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Jackie Aislabie

Jackie Aislabie
Position: Science Team Leader
Team: Land Use & Ecosystems
Location: Hamilton
Private Bag 3127
Hamilton 3240

Research Interests

Research Interests

Role at Landcare Research

Soil Microbiologist


BSc (Hons) (First Class) (Microbiology) Otago University, New Zealand

PhD (Microbiology) Otago University, New Zealand

Diploma in Business Management, Waikato University, New Zealand

Research interests

  • Hydrocarbon degradation in Antarctic soils
  • Antarctic soil microbiology
  • Bioremediation of Antarctic soils
  • Microbial movement through soils
  • Microbes contributing to nitrogen cycling in soils
  • Biodegradation of hydrocarbons, nitrogen heterocycles and pesticides.

Professional affiliations

  • New Zealand Society for Microbiology
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • International Society for Microbial Ecology

Recent publications

Ayton J, Aislabie J, Barker G, Saul D, Turner S. 2010. Crenarchaeota affiliated with Group 1.1b are prevalent in coastal mineral soils of the Ross Sea region of Antarctica. Environmental Microbiology. 12; 689-703.

Aislabie J, Jordan S, Ayton J, Klassen JL, Barker GM, Turner S. 2009. Bacterial diversity associated with ornithogenic soil of the Ross Sea region, Antarctica. Canadian Journal of Microbiology. 55: 21-36.

McLeod M, Aislabie J, Ryburn J, McGill A.2008. Potential for microbial bypass flow through New Zealand soils–a national map. Journal of Environmental Quality 37:1959-1967.

Aislabie J, Ryburn J, Sarmah A. 2008. Hexadecane mineralization activity in ornithogenic soil from Seabee Hook, Cape Hallett, Antarctica. Polar Biology. 31: 421-428.

Aislabie JM, Jordan S, Barker GM. 2008. Relation between soil classification and bacterial diversity in soils of the Ross Sea region, Antarctica. Geoderma.144: 9-20.

Aislabie J, Broady P, Saul D 2006. Culturable heterotropic bacteria from high altitude, high latitude soil of La Gorce Mountains (86o30'S, 147oW), Antarctica. Antarctic Science 18: 313–321.

Aislabie J, Saul DJ, Foght JM 2006. Bioremediation of hydrocarbon-contaminated polar soils. Extremophiles 10: 171–179.

Aislabie J, Bej AK, Ryburn J, Lloyd N, Wilkins A. 2005. Characterization of Arthrobacter nicotinovorans HIM, an atrazine-degrading bacterium, from agricultural soil New Zealand. FEMs Microbiology, Ecology. 52: 279-286.

Saul DJ, Aislabie J, Brown CE, Harris L, Foght JM. 2005. Hydrocarbon contamination changes the bacterial diversity of soil from around Scott Base, Antarctica. FEMs Microbiology, Ecology 53: 141–155.

Aislabie J, Hunter D, Ryburn J, Fraser R and Di HJ. 2004. Atrazine mineralization rates in soils as affected by time since atrazine application. Australian Journal of Soil Research. 42:783-792.

Foght J, Aislabie J, Turner S, Brown CE, Ryburn J, Saul DJ, Lawson W. 2004. Microbiota of subglacial sediments and ice from two Southern Hemisphere glaciers. Microbial Ecology 47: 329–340.

Aislabie J, Balks MR, Foght JM, Waterhouse E. 2004. Hydrocarbon spills on soils of the Ross Sea region, Antarctica: effects and management. Environmental Science & Technology 38: 1265–1274.

Young K, Seale RB, Olsson K, Aislabie J, Cook GM. 2003. Amino acid transport by an Antarctic isolate Sphingomonas sp. Strain Ant 17. Polar Biology. 26 :560-566.

Baraniecki CA, Aislabie J, Foght JM. 2002. Characterisation of Sphingomonas sp. Ant 17, an aromatic hydrocarbon-degrading bacterium isolated from Antarctic soil. Microbial Ecology 43:44-54.

Eckford R, Cook FD, Saul D, Aislabie J, and Foght J. 2002. Free-living nitrogen-fixing bacteria from Antarctic soils. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 68: 5181-5185.

Aislabie, J.; Smith J.; Fraser, R.; McLeod, M. 2001. Movement of bacterial indicator species through four New Zealand soils. Australian Journal of Soil Research. 39: 1397-1406.

Foght, J., April, T., Biggar, K., Aislabie, J. 2001. Bioremediation of DDT‑contaminated soils: A review. Bioremediation Journal. 5: 225-246.

Book chapters

Aislabie J, Bowman J. 2010. Archaeal diversity in Antarctic ecosystems. In: Bej AK, Aislabie J, and Atlas R (eds) Polar microbiology: the ecology, biodiversity and bioremediation potential of microorganisms in extremely cold environments. Pp. 31-59. Boca Raton, CRC Press.

Aislabie J, Foght J. 2010. Response of polar soil bacterial communities to fuel spills. In: Bej AK, Aislabie J, and Atlas R (eds) Polar microbiology: the ecology, biodiversity and bioremediation potential of microorganisms in extremely cold environments. Pp. 215-230. Boca Raton, CRC Press.

Foght J, Aislabie J. Enumeration of Soil Microorganisms. In: Margesin R, Schinner F (eds) Methods for monitoring and assessing soil bioremediation. Soil Biology, Volume 5. Manual for Soil Analysis. Springer-Verlag. Pp. 261-280.



  • Waikato
  • Otago
    PhD Microbiology
  • Otago
    BSc (Hons) Microbiology



  • Aislabie J, Bockheim J, McLeod M, Hunter D, Stevenson B, Barker GM 2012. Microbial biomass and community structure changes along a soil development chronosequence near Lake Wellman, southern Victoria Land. Antarctic Science 24(2): 154-164. (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Aislabie J 2012. Soil microbes - drivers of nutrient cycling. New Zealand soil news 60(3): 97-102. (Journal Article, 2012)
  • Young JM, Aislabie J, Broda DM, De Lisle GW, Maas EW, Morgan H, O'Callaghan M, Swift S, Turner SJ 2012. Kingdom Bacteria. 1 1 In: Gordon DP ed. New Zealand inventory of biodiversity: Volume 3: Kingdoms Bacteria, Protozoa, Chomista, Plantae, Fungi. Christchurch, NZ, Canterbury University Press. Pp. 25-49. (Book Section, 2012)
  • Aislabie JM, Ryburn J, Gutierrez-Zamora M-L, Rhodes P, Hunter D, Sarmah AK, Barker GM, Farrell RL 2012. Hexadecane mineralization activity in hydrocarbon-contaminated soils of Ross Sea region Antarctica may require nutrients and inoculation. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 45: 49-60. (Journal Article, 2012)
  • D’Souza, M. 2011. Annual Report PhD Project. 22 June 2011. (Other, 2011)
  • D’Souza, M. 2011. PhD thesis proposal: Physiological adaptation of bacteria that dominate Antarctic soils. 22 June, 2011. (Other, 2011)
  • McLeod M 2011. Mapping Antarctic soils. Soil horizons 20: 15. (Journal Article, 2011)



  • Bacteriology
  • Microbial and Soil Ecology
  • Microbiology
  • Soil Microbiology