Select Publications

Students studying at the Ferrari Lab have many opportunities to publish in peer-reviewed journals while still studying. Student contributors below are listed in italics.

Scholarly Book Chapters:

van Dorst J, Benaud N. and Ferrari BC. New Insights into the microbial diversity of polar desert soils: A biotechnological perspective. In Microbial ecology of extreme environments. Ed Federico Lauro. Springer Verlag. In-press, accepted 26/03/16.

Aislabie J, Novis PM and Ferrari BC. (2014) Microbiology of eutrophic (ornithogenic and hydrocarbon-contaminated soil. Ed Don Cowan. In: Physical and biological properties of Antarctic terrestrial soils. Springer Verlag. V1. ISBN 978-3- 642-45212- 3

Ferrari BC, Winsley T, Bergquist PL and van Dorst J. (2012). Flow Cytometry in Environmental Microbiology: A rapid approach for the isolation of single cells for advanced molecular biology analysis. Ed Ali Navid. In: Microbial Systems Biology: Methods and Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology. V881. Springer Science + Business Media, LLC.DOI 10.1007/978-1- 61779-827- 6_1.

van Dorst J, Benaud N. and Ferrari BC. New insights into the microbial diversity of polar desert soils: A biotechnological perspective. Microbial Ecology of Extreme Environments, Springer, Cham 169-183. 

Refereed Journal Articles:


Wong SY., Charlesworth JC., Benaud N., Burns BP., Ferrari BC. Novel quorum sensing activity in east Antarctic soil bacteria. Biorxiv. 559-666. doi:

Pudasaini S., Wilkins D., Adler L., Hince G., Spedding T., King C., Ferrari BC. Characterization of polar metabolites and evaluation of their potential toxicity in hydrocarbon contaminated Antarctic soil elutriates. Science of The Total Environment. 689(1): 390-397.

Benaud N., Zhang E., van Dorst J., Brown MV., Kalaitzis JA., Neilan BA., Ferrari BC. Harnessing long-read amplicon sequencing to uncover NRPS and Type 1 PKS gene sequence diversity in polar desert soils. FEMS microbiology ecology. 4(95): fiz031.

Zhang C., Sirijovski N., Adler L., Ferrari BC. Exophiala macquariensis sp. nov., a cold adapted black yeast species recovered from a hydrocarbon contaminated sub-Antarctic soil. Fungal biology. 2(123): 151-158.

Zhang E., Thibauta LM., Teraudsb A., Wong S., van Dorst J., Tanaka MM., Ferrari BC. Extreme niche partitioning promotes a remarkably high diversity 2 of soil microbiomes across eastern Antarctica. Biorxiv. 559-666. doi:


Crane SL., van Dorst J., Hose GC., King CK., Ferrari BC. Microfluidic qPCR enables high throughput quantification of microbial functional genes but requires strict curation of primers. Frontiers in Environmental Science. 6(145): 1-14.

Bay S., Ferrari BC. and Greening C. Life withouth water: how do bacteria genarate biomass in desert ecosystems?. Microbiology Australia. 28-32.


Ji M, Greening C, Vanwonterghem I, Carere CR, Bay SK, JA Steen, Montgomery K, Lines T, Beardall J, van Dorst J, Snape I, Stott MB, Hugenholtz P. and Ferrari BC. Atmospheric trace gases support primary production in Antarctic desert surface soil. Nature 552 (7685): 400. 


Ji M, Tang S. and Ferrari BC. Izhakiella australiens sp. nov. isolated from an Australian desert soil. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology  67(11): 4317-4322. 


Dowdell SN, Ferrari BC, Tedla N, Brownlee C, Murray A. and Kumar AK. Enhancing student learning in science using virtual laboratories. Proceedings of The Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics 164, August 2017. 


Delgado-Baquerizo M, Powell JR, Hamonts K, Reith F, Mele P, Brown MV, Dennis PG, Ferrari BC, Fitzgerald A, Young A, Singh BK. and Bisset A. New Phytologist 215(3): 1186-1196.


Bisset A, Fitzgerald A, Meintjes T, Mele PM, Reith F, Dennis PG, Breed MF, Brown B, Brown MV, Brugger, J, Byrne M, Caddy-Retalic S, Carmondy B, Coates DJ, Correa C, Ferrari BC, Gupta VVSR, Hamonts K, Haslem A, Hugenholtz P, Karan M, Koval J, Lowe AJ, Macdonald S, McGrath L, Martin D, Morgan M, North KI, Paungfoo-Lonhienne C, Pendall E, Phillips L, Pirzi R, Powell JR, Ragan MA, Schmidt S, Seymour N, Snape I, Stephen JR, Stevens M, Tinning M, Williams K, Yeoh YK, Zammit CM. and Young A. Erratum to: Introducing BASE: the Biomes of Australian Soil Environments soil microbial diversity database. Gigascience 5(1): 21. 


Van Dorst VM, Hince G, Snape I. and Ferrari BC. Novel culturing selects for heterotrophs and hydrocarbon degraders in a Subantarctic soil. Scientific Reports. Submitted April 2016

Wunderlin T, Ferrari BC. and Power M. Global and local-scale variation in bacterial community structure of snow from the Swiss and Australian Alps. FEMS Microbial Ecology. Accepted 8 June 2016.

Bissett A, Fitzgerald A, Meintjes T, Mele PM, Reith F, Dennis PG, Brown B, Brown MV, Brugger J, Byrne M, Caddy-Retalic S, Carmody B, Coates DJ, Correa DJ, Ferrari BC. et al. Introducing BASE - The Biomes of Australian Soil Environments soil microbial diversity database. GigaScience. 2016: 5; 21. Doi: 10.1186/s13742-016- 0126-5

Banjeree EM, Helgason B, Wang L, Winsley T, Ferrari BC and Siciliano SD. Antecedent moisture controls N 2 O emissions in semi-arid agricultural soils via links to transcriptional activity of key denitrifier and nitrifier enzymes. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 2016; 95: 40-50.


Alexova R, Dang TC, Fuji M, Raftery MJ, Waite TD, Ferrari BC and Neilan BA. Specific global responses to N and Fe nutrition in toxic and non-toxic Microcystis aeruginosa. Environmental Microbiology. 2015. Doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.12958.

Ferrari BC, Bissett A, Snape I, van Dorst JM, Palmer AS, Ji M, Siciliano SD, Stark JS, Winsley T and Brown MV. Geological connectivity drives microbial community structure and connectivity in polar, terrestrial ecosystems. Environmental Microbiology. 2015. Doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.13034.

Ji M, van Dorst, J, Bissett A, Brown MV, Palmer AS, Snape I, Siciliano SD and Ferrari BC. Microbial diversity at Mitchell Peninsula, Eastern Antarctica: A potential biodiversity "hotspot". Polar Biology. 2015: 1-13.



Siciliano SD, Palmer AS, Winsley T, Lamb E, Bissett A, Brown M, Van Dorst JM, Ji M, Ferrari BC, Grogan P, Chu H and Snape I. Soil fertility is associated with fungal and bacterial richness whereas pH is associated with community composition in polar soil microbial communities. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 2014; 78:10-20.