Dr Michael Taylor

Position/s:Teaching materials development
School of the Environment
School of the Environment
Phone: +61 8 72218579
Location: Health Sciences Building (5.20)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia


I completed my PhD in the School of the Environment in 2011; the focus of this work was the detection and disinfection of microbial biofilms containing the human pathogen Legionella pneumophila. I continued my work with organisms of public health concern and carried out a 12 month survey of the indoor air quality of buildings in Adelaide and identified the range and concentration of fungal spores most commonly present in workplaces. I have recently begun to focus more intently on mycology and have an active interest in the culture and use of fungi in agricultural and industrial applications. Currently I'm working with Dr Kirstin Ross to develop online teaching tools to assist training environmental health officers and emergency service personnel.


PhD in Environmental Biotechnology, School of the Environment, Flinders University, South Australia.
Thesis title: Microscopic and molecular study of multispecies biofilms containing Legionella.

Honours Degree of Bachelor of Biotechnology, Flinders University, South Australia, Australia.
Thesis title: Green fluorescent protein (GFP) tagging of Legionella longbeachae isolated from commercial potting mixes.

Degree of Bachelor of Biotechnology. Flinders University South Australia.

Honours, awards and grants

Three Minute Thesis competition, University finalist (2011)

Australian Society for Microbiology, Becton Dickinson prize for best student presentation of novel microbiology research (2009)


Teaching interests

Environmental microbiology

Topic Lecturer:

  • ENVH8711  Environmental Health Concepts
  • ENVS4720  Research Project Design and Conduct

Research and supervision

Research expertise

  • Microbiology
  • Mycology

Research interests

Bioaerosols and indoor air quality
Mycology, mushrooms and mycotoxins
Biofilms and microbial consortia


Refereed journal articles
  • Taylor, M., Gaskin, S., Bentham, R.H. and Pisaniello, D. (2013). Airborne fungal profiles in office buildings in metropolitan Adelaide, South Australia: Background levels, diversity and seasonal variation. INDOOR AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT, [10.1177/1420326X13499172]
  • Taylor, M., Ross, K.E. and Bentham, R.H. (2013). Spatial arrangement of Legionella colonies in intact biofilms from a model cooling water system. Microbiology Insights, 6 pp. 49-57. [10.4137/MBI.S12196]
  • Whiley, H., Taylor, M. and Bentham, R.H. (2011). Detection of Legionella species in potting mixes using Fluorescent In Situ Hiybridisation (FISH) Journal of Microbiological Methods, 86(3) pp. 304-309. [10.1016/j.mimet.2011.05.023]
  • Taylor, M., Ross, K. and Bentham, R.H. (2009). Legionella, protozoa and biofilms: Interactions within complex microbial systems. Microbial Ecology, 58(3) pp. 538-547. [doi:10.1007/s00248-009-9514-z]

Professional and community engagement

Member of Field Naturalists Society of South Australia
Member of Adelaide Fungal Studies Group

Expertise for media contact

  • Fungi, Spores, Mould, Mushrooms
  • Legionella


  • Microbiology

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