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Linda Louise Blackall
|The University of Queensland
|University of Melbourne
Linda Louise Blackall is a professor of Environmental microbiology at the University of Melbourne. She has studied microbial communities in different environments and she has pioneered procedures that reveal microbes and their functions in natural and engineered systems.
Blackall completed her PhD at the University of Queensland in 1987. She has held professor positions at the University of Queensland, at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, and at the University of Melbourne.
Blackall conducts research on conplex microbial communities in a diverse range of contexts, such as associated to hosts and free living in different environments. She has studied mammalian microbiomes of marsupials, humans, ruminants and horses and the microbiota of non-mammals including corals and sponges. Her work has helped explain animal conditions, including equine and ruminant gut upsets. She also investigated microbes associated with corals and involved in bleeching. She hasiscovered microbial contributions to practical aspects of water, wastewater and solid-waste treatment, leading to improvements in treatment and energy savings. As of 2020, she has published near two hundred articles in peer reviewed journals and she collaborates with the publishing company Small Friends Books on science divulgation books for children.
- 2020 Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.
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