Rachael Lappan


Dr Rachael Lappan
Monash University
Associate Investigator

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I am a microbiologist and ARC DECRA Fellow studying microbial life in the atmosphere. I began my academic career in human microbiology, and have since broadened my research interests into environmental microbiology, astrobiology and geobiology. Through my DECRA research, I am to characterise the nature and activities of microbes in the atmosphere across a range of environments, including the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. Antarctica provides a unique environment to study microbes under a combination of challenging conditions for life, and to investigate the formation of new ecosystems in glacier foreland areas.

“We need to preserve the planet’s pristine ecosystems, or we will lose the opportunity to understand them and allow them to thrive.”

— Rachael Lappan