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Michael Gillings is in the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University, where he is Professor of Molecular Evolution. In general, his interests focus on genetic diversity and its role in evolution. This allows an eclectic research program, with papers on viruses, bacteria, fungi, diatoms, green algae, invertebrates, plants, sharks, and mammals in the last five years. Two of his main research programs include the origins and environmental consequences of antibiotic resistance, and the new geological era of the Anthropocene, precipitated by human effects on planetary systems. He teaches a large first year class, with 1100 students, and contributes regularly to radio, television and on-line forums.

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Projects 2006 2018

Research Output 1987 2018

Human dissemination of genes and microorganisms in Earth's Critical Zone

Zhu, Y. G., Gillings, M., Simonet, P., Stekel, D., Banwart, S. & Penuelas, J. Apr 2018 In : Global Change Biology. 24, 4, p. 1488-1499 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Earth (planet)

Impact of wastewater treatment on the prevalence of integrons and the genetic diversity of integron gene cassettes

An, X. L., Chen, Q-L., Zhu, D., Zhu, Y. G., Gillings, M. R. & Su, J. Q. May 2018 In : Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 84, 9, p. 1-15 15 p., e02766-17

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Waste Water
wastewater treatment
genetic variation
Nucleic Acid Repetitive Sequences
Microbial Drug Resistance

Tracking antibiotic resistome during wastewater treatment using high throughput quantitative PCR

An, X. L., Su, J. Q., Li, B., Ouyang, W. Y., Zhao, Y., Chen, Q-L., Cui, L., Chen, H., Gillings, M. R., Zhang, T. & Zhu, Y. G. Aug 2018 In : Environment International. 117, p. 146-153 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

antibiotic resistance
wastewater treatment

Application of struvite alters the antibiotic resistome in soil, rhizosphere, and phyllosphere

Chen, Q. L., An, X. L., Zhu, Y. G., Su, J. Q., Gillings, M. R., Ye, Z. L. & Cui, L. 18 Jul 2017 In : Environmental Science and Technology. 51, 14, p. 8149-8157 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

antibiotic resistance