Dr ALEXANDRE DE MENEZES

B.Sc.,PhD

Contact Details

Lecturer In Soil Microbiology
Microbiology
ES106
Arts and Science Building
School of Natural Sciences
Ryan Institute

T: Ext. 3832
W: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alexandre_Menezes6
 
researcher

Biography

Dr. Alexandre Barretto de Menezes (ABM) joined NUI Galway as a lecturer in soil microbiology in January 2017. Dr. de Menezes is specialised in molecular microbial ecology, metagenomics and has expertise in multivariate statistical analyses and correlation network analysis. After obtaining a Ph.D. at the University of Liverpool, ABM worked as a postdoc at University of College Dublin, where he used next-generation sequencing to characterise the gut microbiome of dairy cows undergoing methane mitigation experiments and the metatranscriptome of soils exposed to pollutants. Subsequently, ABM worked as a postdoc at CSIRO in Canberra, Australia, where he used molecular, biogeochemical and environmental sensor data to study variability in soil microbial ecosystem function. At CSIRO, ABM worked on a range of topics in microbial ecology, including molecular analysis of cellulose degradation genes, fungal-bacterial associations in soil, the effects of invasive earthworms on soil microbial communities and the impacts of wildfire on soil microbes. Prior to his current position, ABM worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Salford, UK, where he developed research in the relationships between gut microbiome and parasite loads of wild mice and metagenomic sequencing of viral communities in rivers. 

Research Interests

My research interest is in determining the drivers of microbial ecosystem function, particularly in the soil environment but also in the mammalian rumen.  I have experience in next generation sequencing, bacterial 16S rRNA sequence analysis, metagenomics and metatranscriptomics. I work with a range of topics, including climate change, bioremediation, land use change and sustainable agriculture. I also have a long-standing interest in working with microbial glycoside hydrolase genes, their diversity and role in the environment as well as potential applications. 

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2017) 'Wildfire impact: Natural experiment reveals differential short-term changes in soil microbial communities'
Prendergast-Miller, MT;de Menezes, AB;Macdonald, LM;Toscas, P;Bissett, A;Baker, G;Farrell, M;Richardson, AE;Wark, T;Thrall, PH (2017) 'Wildfire impact: Natural experiment reveals differential short-term changes in soil microbial communities'. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 109 :1-13 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Linking fungal–bacterial co-occurrences to soil ecosystem function'
Alexandre B. de Menezes, Alan E. Richardson, Peter H. Thrall (2017) 'Linking fungal–bacterial co-occurrences to soil ecosystem function'. [Details]
(2016) 'The soil microbiome at the Gi-FACE experiment responds to a moisture gradient but not to CO2 enrichment'
de Menezes, AB;Muller, C;Clipson, N;Doyle, E (2016) 'The soil microbiome at the Gi-FACE experiment responds to a moisture gradient but not to CO2 enrichment'. Microbiology, 162 :1572-1582 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Microbial community structure mediates response of soil C decomposition to litter addition and warming'
Creamer, CA;de Menezes, AB;Krull, ES;Sanderman, J;Newton-Walters, R;Farrell, M (2015) 'Microbial community structure mediates response of soil C decomposition to litter addition and warming'. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 80 :175-188 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Rumen microbial community composition varies with diet and host, but a core microbiome is found across a wide geographical range'
Henderson, G;Cox, F;Ganesh, S;Jonker, A;Young, W;Janssen, PH (2015) 'Rumen microbial community composition varies with diet and host, but a core microbiome is found across a wide geographical range'. Scientific Reports, 5 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Soil nitrogen pools and turnover in native woodland and managed pasture soils'
Prendergast-Miller, MT;de Menezes, AB;Farrell, M;Macdonald, LM;Richardson, AE;Bissett, A;Toscas, P;Baker, G;Wark, T;Thrall, PH (2015) 'Soil nitrogen pools and turnover in native woodland and managed pasture soils'. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 85 :63-71 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'C/N Ratio Drives Soil Actinobacterial Cellobiohydrolase Gene Diversity'
de Menezes, AB;Prendergast-Miller, MT;Poonpatana, P;Farrell, M;Bissett, A;Macdonald, LM;Toscas, P;Richardson, AE;Thrall, PH (2015) 'C/N Ratio Drives Soil Actinobacterial Cellobiohydrolase Gene Diversity'. Applied And Environmental Microbiology, 81 :3016-3028 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Network analysis reveals that bacteria and fungi form modules that correlate independently with soil parameters'
de Menezes, AB;Prendergast-Miller, MT;Richardson, AE;Toscas, P;Farrell, M;Macdonald, LM;Baker, G;Wark, T;Thrall, PH (2015) 'Network analysis reveals that bacteria and fungi form modules that correlate independently with soil parameters'. Environmental Microbiology, 17 :2677-2689 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Importance of Micromonospora spp. as Colonizers of Cellulose in Freshwater Lakes as Demonstrated by Quantitative Reverse Transcriptase PCR of 16S rRNA'
de Menezes, AB;McDonald, JE;Allison, HE;McCarthy, AJ (2012) 'Importance of Micromonospora spp. as Colonizers of Cellulose in Freshwater Lakes as Demonstrated by Quantitative Reverse Transcriptase PCR of 16S rRNA'. Applied And Environmental Microbiology, 78 :3495-3499 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Comparative metatranscriptomics reveals widespread community responses during phenanthrene degradation in soil'
de Menezes, A;Clipson, N;Doyle, E (2012) 'Comparative metatranscriptomics reveals widespread community responses during phenanthrene degradation in soil'. Environmental Microbiology, 14 :2577-2588 [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'Microbiome analysis of dairy cows fed pasture or total mixed ration diets'
de Menezes, AB;Lewis, E;O'Donovan, M;O'Neill, BF;Clipson, N;Doyle, EM (2011) 'Microbiome analysis of dairy cows fed pasture or total mixed ration diets'. Fems Microbiology Ecology, 78 :256-265 [DOI] [Details]
(2009) 'Molecular Biological Detection and Quantification of Novel Fibrobacter Populations in Freshwater Lakes'
McDonald, JE;de Menezes, AB;Allison, HE;McCarthy, AJ (2009) 'Molecular Biological Detection and Quantification of Novel Fibrobacter Populations in Freshwater Lakes'. Applied And Environmental Microbiology, 75 :5148-5152 [DOI] [Details]
(2008) 'Cellulose Degradation by Micromonosporas Recovered from Freshwater Lakes and Classification of These Actinomycetes by DNA Gyrase B Gene Sequencing'
de Menezes, AB;Lockhart, RJ;Cox, MJ;Allison, HE;McCarthy, AJ (2008) 'Cellulose Degradation by Micromonosporas Recovered from Freshwater Lakes and Classification of These Actinomycetes by DNA Gyrase B Gene Sequencing'. Applied And Environmental Microbiology, 74 :7080-7084 [DOI] [Details]
(2008) 'Microbial dynamics during the decline of a spring diatom bloom in the Northeast Atlantic'
Llewellyn, CA;Tarran, GA;Galliene, CP;Cummings, DG;De Menezes, A;Rees, AP;Dixon, JL;Widdicombe, CE;Fileman, ES;Wilson, WH (2008) 'Microbial dynamics during the decline of a spring diatom bloom in the Northeast Atlantic'. Journal Of Plankton Research, 30 :261-273 [DOI] [Details]