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Pillarisetti, N., Broderick, D., Ainsworth, A., Mulholland, A., Wagner Mackenzie, B., Middleton, D., Byrnes, C.A., and Taylor, M.W. (2019) The airway microbiota in children newly diagnosed with bronchiectasis largely retains its diversity. European Respiratory Journal, DOI: 10.1183/13993003.00704-2019

West, A.G., Waite, D.W., Deines, P., Bourne, D.G., Digby, A. McKenzie, V.J., and Taylor, M.W. (2019) The microbiome in threatened species conservation. Biological Conservation 229: 85-98.

Biswas, K., Cavubati, R., Gunaratna, S., Hoggard, M., Waldvogel-Thurlow, S., Chang, K., Wagner Mackenzie, B., Taylor, M.W., and Douglas, R.G. (2019) Comparison of subtyping approaches and the underlying drivers of microbial signatures for chronic rhinosinusitis. mSphere, in press.

Hoggard, M., Zoing, M., Biswas, K., Taylor, M.W., and Douglas, R.G. (2019) The sinonasal mycobiota in chronic rhinosinusitis and control patients. Rhinology, in press.


Wagner Mackenzie, B., Waite, D.W., Biswas, K., Douglas, R.G., and Taylor, M.W. (2018) Assessment of microbial DNA enrichment techniques from sino-nasal swab samples for metagenomics. Rhinology Online 1: 160-193.

Hoggard, M., Waldvogel-Thurlow, S., Zoing, M., Chang, K., Radcliff, F.J., Wagner Mackenzie, B., Biswas, K., Douglas, R.G., and Taylor, M.W. (2018) Inflammatory endotypes and microbial associations in chronic rhinosinusitis. Frontiers in Immunology 9: 2065.

Hoggard, M., Vesty, A., Wong, G., Montgomery, J.M., Fourie, C., Douglas, R.G., Biswas, K., and Taylor, M.W. (2018) Characterizing the human mycobiota: a comparison of small subunit RNA, ITS1, ITS2, and large subunit RNA genomic targets. Frontiers in Microbiology 9: 2208.

Vesty, A., Gear, K., Biswas, K., Radcliff, F.J., Taylor, M.W., and Douglas, R.G. (2018) Microbial and inflammatory-based salivary biomarkers of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Clinical and Experimental Dental Research, DOI:

Bell, J.J., Rovellini, A., Davy, S.K., Taylor, M.W., Fulton, E.A., Dunn, M.R., Bennett, H.M., Kandler, N.M., Luter, H.M., and Webster, N.S. (2018) Climate change alterations to ecosystem dominance: how might sponge-dominated reefs function? Ecology 99: 1920-1931.

Waite, D.W., Dsouza, M., Sekiguchi, Y., Hugenholtz, P., and Taylor, M.W. (2018) Network-guided genomic and metagenomic analysis of the faecal microbiota of the critically endangered kakapo. Scientific Reports 8: 8128.

Jain, R., Hoggard, M., Zoing, M., Jiang, Y., Biswas, K., Taylor, M.W., and Douglas, R.G. (2018) The effect of medical treatments on the bacterial microbiome in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis: a pilot study. International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology, DOI: 10.1002/alr.22110

Hoggard, M., Nocera, A., Biswas, K., Taylor, M.W., Douglas, R.G., and Bleier, B.S. (2017) The sinonasal microbiota, neural signaling, and depression in chronic rhinosinusitis. International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology 8: 394-405.

Astudillo‐García, C., Slaby, B.M., Waite, D.W., Bayer, K., Hentschel, U., and Taylor, M.W. (2018) Phylogeny and genomics of SAUL, an enigmatic bacterial lineage frequently associated with marine sponges. Environmental Microbiology 20: 561-576.



Biswas, K., Wagner Mackenzie, B., Waldvogel-Thurlow, S., Middleditch, M., Jullig, M., Zoing, M., Taylor, M.W., and Douglas, R.G. (2017) Differentially regulated host proteins associated with chronic rhinosinusitis are correlated with the sinonasal microbiome. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology 7: 504.

Perry, E.K., Digby, A., and Taylor, M.W. (2017) The low-diversity gut microbiota of the critically endangered kākāpō is robust to anthropogenic dietary and geographic influences. Frontiers in Microbiology 8: 2033.

Wagner Mackenzie, B., Waite, D.W., Hoggard, M., Taylor, M.W., Biswas, K., and Douglas, R.G. (2017) Moving beyond descriptions of diversity: clinical and research implications of bacterial imbalance in chronic rhinosinusitis. Rhinology 55: 291-297.

Tout, J., Astudillo‐García, C., Taylor, M.W., Tyson, G.W., Stocker, R., Ralph, P.J., Seymour, J.R., and Webster, N.S. (2017) Redefining the sponge-symbiont acquisition paradigm: sponge microbes exhibit chemotaxis towards host-derived compounds. Environmental Microbiology Reports 9: 750-755.

Waite, D., Morgan-Waite, S., and Taylor, M.W. (2017) What thrives inside: the world within the gut. Frontiers for Young Minds 5: 50.

Moitinho-Silva, L., Nielsen, S., Amir, A., Gonzalez, A., Ackermann, G.L., Cerrano, C., Astudillo-Garcia, C., Easson, C., Sipkema, D., Liu, F., Steinert, G., Kotoulas, G., McCormack, G.P., Feng, G., Bell, J.J., Vicente, J., Björk, J.R., Montoya, J.M., Olson, J.B., Reveillaud, J., Steindler, L., Pineda, M.C., Marra, M.V., Ilan, M., Taylor, M.W., Polymenakou, P., Erwin, P.M., Schupp, P.J., Simister, R.L., Knight, R., Thacker, R.W., Costa, R., Hill, R.T., Lopez-Legentil, S., Dailianis, T., Ravasi, T., Hentschel, U., Li, Z., Webster, N.S., and Thomas, T. (2017) The sponge microbiome project. GigaScience 6: 1-7

Tannock, G.W. and Taylor, M.W. (2017) Embracing the co-operative society to better understand assembly of the gut microbiota. Environmental Microbiology 19: 2924-2925.

Astudillo-Garcia, C., Bell, J.J., Webster, N.S., Glasl, B., Jompa, J., Montoya, J.M., and Taylor, M.W. (2017) Evaluating the core microbiota in complex communities: a systematic investigation. Environmental Microbiology 19: 1450-1462.

Hoggard, M., Wagner Mackenzie, B., Jain, R., Taylor, M.W., Biswas, K., and Douglas, R.G. (2017) Chronic rhinosinusitis and the evolving understanding of microbial ecology in chronic inflammatory mucosal disease. Clinical Microbiology Reviews 30: 321-348.

Ward, L., Taylor, M.W., Power, J., Scott, B., McDonald, I., and Stott, M.B. (2017) Microbial community dynamics in Inferno Crater Lake, a thermally fluctuating geothermal spring. The ISME Journal 11: 1158-1167.

Vesty, A., Biswas, K., Taylor, M.W., Gear. K., and Douglas, R.G. (2017) Evaluating the impact of DNA extraction method on the representation of human oral bacterial and fungal communities. PLoS One 12: e0169877

Wagner Mackenzie, B., Waite, D.W., Hoggard, M., Douglas, R.G., Taylor, M.W., and Biswas, K. (2017) Bacterial community collapse: a meta-analysis of the sinonasal microbiota in chronic rhinosinusitis. Environmental Microbiology 19: 381-392.

Taylor, M.W. (2017) Devil in the detail: a closer look at childhood obesity and the gut microbiota. Environmental Microbiology 19: 11-12.

Biswas, K., Chang, A., Hoggard, M., Radcliff, F.J., Jiang, Y., Taylor, M.W., Darveau, R., and Douglas, R.G. (2017) Toll-like receptor activation by sino-nasal mucus in chronic rhinosinusitis. Rhinology, 55: 59-69.

Virues-Ortega, J., Lehnert, K., Swan, B., Taylor, M.W., Southee, A., Dougan, D., Taylor, J., Hill, R., Snell, R.G., and Jacobsen, J.C. (2017) The New Zealand minds for minds autism spectrum disorder self-reported cohort. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders 36: 1-7.

Hoggard, M., Biswas, K., Zoing, M., Wagner Mackenzie, B., Taylor, M.W., and Douglas, R.G. (2017) Evidence of microbiota dysbiosis in chronic rhinosinusitis. International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology 7: 230-239.



Kia, E., Wagner Mackenzie, B., Middleton, D., Lau, A., Waite, D.W., Lewis, G., Chan, Y.-K., Silvestre, M., Cooper, G.J.S., Poppitt, S.D., and Taylor, M.W. (2016) Integrity of the human faecal microbiota following long-term sample storage. PLoS One 11(10): e0163666.

Meyer, K.M., Deines, P., Schupp, P. and Taylor, M.W. (2016) Impact of explantation techniques on the microbiota of the marine sponge Ecionemia alata. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology 484: 11-15.

Neeff, M., Biswas, K., Hoggard, M., Taylor, M.W., and Douglas, R.G. (2016) Molecular microbiological profile of chronic suppurative otitis media. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 54: 2538-2546.

Thomas, T., Moitinho-Silva, L., Lurgi, M., Björk, J.R., Easson, C., Astudillo, C., Olson, J.B., Erwin, P.M., López-Legentil, S., Luter, H., Chaves-Fonnegra, A., Costa, R., Schupp, P., Steindler, L., Erpenbeck, D., Gilbert, J., Knight, R., Ackermann, G., Lopez, J.V., Taylor, M.W., Thacker, R.W., Montoya, J.M., Hentschel, U., and Webster, N. (2016) Diversity, structure and convergent evolution of the global sponge microbiome. Nature Communications 7: 11870.

Steinert, G., Taylor, M.W., Deines, P., Simister, R.L., de Voogd, N.J., Hoggard, M., and Schupp, P.J. (2016) In four shallow and mesophotic tropical reef sponges from Guam the microbial community largely depends on host identity. PeerJ 4: e1936.

Stott, M. and Taylor, M.W. (2016) Microbial ecology research in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 40: 12-28.



Kim, R., Biswas, K., Hoggard, M., Taylor, M.W., and Douglas, R.G. (2015) Paired analysis of the microbiota of surface mucus and whole tissue specimens in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis. International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology 5: 877-883.

Waite, D.W., and Taylor, M.W. (2015) Exploring the avian gut microbiota: current trends and future directions. Frontiers in Microbiology 6: 673.

Waite, D.W., Dsouza, M., Biswas, K., Ward, D.F., Deines, P., and Taylor, M.W. (2015) Microbial community structure in the gut of the New Zealand insect Auckland tree weta (Hemideina thoracica). Archives of Microbiology 197: 603-612.

Biswas, K., Hoggard, M., Jain, R., Taylor, M.W., and Douglas, R. (2015) The nasal microbiota in health and disease: variation within and between subjects. Frontiers in Microbiology 6: 134.

Wagner Mackenzie, B., Waite, D.W., and Taylor, M.W. (2015) Evaluating variation in human gut microbiota profiles due to DNA extraction method and inter-subject differences. Frontiers in Microbiology 6: 130.

Steinert, G., Taylor, M.W., and Schupp, P.J. (2015) Diversity of Actinobacteria associated with the marine ascidian Eudistoma toealensis (Tunicata). Marine Biotechnology 17: 377-385.

Dsouza, M., Taylor, M.W., Turner, S.J., and Aislabie, J. (2015) Genomic and phenotypic insights into the ecology of Arthrobacter from Antarctic soils. BMC Genomics 16: 36.



Dsouza, M., Taylor, M.W., Turner, S.J., and Aislabie, J. (2014) Genome-based comparative analyses of Antarctic and temperate species of Paenibacillus. PLoS One 9: e108009.

Waite, D.W., Eason, D., and Taylor, M.W. (2014) Influence of hand-rearing and bird age on the faecal microbiota of the critically endangered kakapo. Applied & Environmental Microbiology 80: 4650-4658.

Waite, D.W., and Taylor, M.W. (2014) Characterizing the avian gut microbiota: membership, driving influences, and potential function. Frontiers in Microbiology 5: 223.

Steinert, G., Whitfield, S., Taylor, M.W., Thoms, C., and Schupp, P.J. (2014) Application of diffusion growth chambers for the cultivation of marine sponge-associated bacteria. Marine Biotechnology 16 : 594-603.

Biswas, K., Taylor, M.W., and Turner, S. (2014) dsrAB-based analyses of sulphate-reducing bacteria in moving bed biofilm reactor wastewater treatment plants. Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology 98: 7211-7222.

Taylor, M.W., Tsai, P., Anfang, N., Ross, H, and Goddard, M.R. (2014) Pyrosequencing reveals regional differences in fruit-associated fungal communities. Environmental Microbiology 16: 2848-2858.

Cardenas, C., Bell, J., Davy, S., Hoggard, M., and Taylor, M.W. (2014) Influence of environmental variation on symbiotic bacterial communities of two temperate sponges. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 88: 516-527.

Dsouza, M., Taylor, M.W., Ryan, J., Mackenzie, A., Lagutin, K., Anderson, R.F., Turner, S.J., and Aislabie, J. (2014) Paenibacillus darwinianus sp. nov., isolated from gamma-irradiated Antarctic soil. International Journal of Systematic & Evolutionary Microbiology 64: 1406-1411.



Dhami, M.K., Buckley, T.R., Beggs, J.R., and Taylor, M.W. (2013) Primary symbiont of the ancient scale insect family Coelostomidiidae exhibits strict cophylogenetic patterns. Symbiosis 61: 77-91.

Waite, D., Deines, P., and Taylor, M.W. (2013) Quantifying the impact of storage procedures for faecal bacteriotherapy in the critically endangered New Zealand parrot, the kakapo. Zoo Biology 32: 620-625.

Biswas, K., Taylor, M.W., and Turner, S.J. (2013) Successional development of biofilms in moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) systems treating municipal wastewater. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 98: 1429-1440.

Dhami, M.K., Weir, B.S., Taylor, M.W., and Beggs, J.R. (2013) Diverse honeydew-consuming fungal communities associated with scale insects. PLoS One 8: e70316.

Bell, J.J., Jones, T., Davy, S., Taylor, M.W., and Webster, N.S. (2013) Could some coral reefs become sponge reefs as our climate changes? Global Change Biology 19: 2613-2624.

Giles, E., Kamke, J., Moitinho-Silva, L., Taylor, M.W., Hentschel, U., Ravasi, T., and Schmitt, S. (2013) Bacterial community profiles in low microbial abundance sponges. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 83: 232-241.

Taylor, M.W., Tsai, P., Simister, R.L., Deines, P., Ericson, G., Botte, E., Schmitt, S., and Webster, N.S. (2013) ‘Sponge-specific’ bacteria are widespread (but rare) in diverse marine environments. The ISME Journal 7: 438-443.

Simister, R.L., Taylor, M.W., Rogers, K., Schupp, P.J., and Deines, P. (2013) Temporal molecular and isotopic analysis of active bacterial communities in two New Zealand sponges. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 85: 195-205.



Simister, R.L., Taylor, M.W., Tsai, P., and Webster, N.S. (2012) Sponge-microbe associations survive high nutrients and temperatures. PLoS One 7: e52220.

Simister, R.L., Taylor, M.W., Fan, L., Crowe, M.L., Bruxner, T., Tsai, P., and Webster, N.S. (2012) Thermal stress responses in the bacterial biosphere of the Great Barrier Reef sponge, Rhopaloeides odorabile. Environmental Microbiology 14: 3232-3246.

Hentschel, U., Piel, J., Degnan, S.M., and Taylor, M.W. (2012) Genomic insights into the marine sponge microbiome. Nature Reviews Microbiology 10: 641-654.

Waite, D.W., Deines, P., and Taylor, M.W. (2012) Gut microbiome of the critically endangered New Zealand parrot, the kakapo (Strigops habroptilus). PLoS One 7: e35803.

Dhami, M.K., Turner, A.P., Deines, P., Beggs, J.R., and Taylor, M.W. (2012) Ultrastructural and molecular characterisation of a bacterial symbiosis in the ecologically important scale insect family Coelostomidiidae. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 81: 537-546.

Simister, R.L., Deines, P., Botte, E., Webster, N.S., and Taylor, M.W. (2012) Sponge-specific clusters revisited: a comprehensive phylogeny of sponge-associated microorganisms. Environmental Microbiology 14: 517-524.

Schmitt, S., Tsai, P., Bell, J., Fromont, J., Ilan, M., Lindquist, N., Perez, T., Rodrigo, A., Schupp, P., Vacelet, J., Webster, N., Hentschel, U., and Taylor, M.W. (2012) Assessing the complex sponge microbiota - core, variable and species-specific bacterial communities in marine sponges. The ISME Journal 6: 564-576.

Schmitt, S., Hentschel, U., and Taylor, M.W. (2012) Deep sequencing reveals diversity and community structure of complex microbiota in five Mediterranean sponges. Hydrobiologia 687: 341-351.

Webster, N.S., and Taylor, M.W. (2012) Marine sponges and their microbial symbionts: love and other relationships. Environmental Microbiology 14: 335-346.



Schmitt, S., Deines, P., Behnam, F., Wagner, M., and Taylor, M.W. (2011) Chloroflexi bacteria are more diverse, abundant, and similar in high than in low microbial abundance sponges. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 78: 497-510.

Taylor, M.W., Hill, R.T., and Hentschel, U. (2011) Meeting report: First International Symposium on Sponge Microbiology. Marine Biotechnology 13: 1057-1061.

Simister, R.L., Schmitt, S., and Taylor, M.W. (2011) Evaluating methods for the preservation and extraction of DNA and RNA for analysis of microbial communities in marine sponges. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology 397: 38-43.



Kamke, J., Taylor, M.W., and Schmitt, S. (2010) Activity profiles for marine sponge-associated bacteria obtained by 16S rRNA vs 16S rRNA gene comparisons. The ISME Journal 4: 498-508.

Lawrence, S.A., O’Toole, R., Taylor, M.W., and Davy, S.K. (2010) Sub-cuticular bacteria associated with two common New Zealand echinoderms: characterization using 16S rRNA sequence analysis and fluorescence in situ hybridization. Biological Bulletin 218: 95-104.

Webster, N.S., Taylor, M.W., Behnam, F., Lücker, S., Rattei, T., Whalan, S., Horn, M., and Wagner, M. (2010) Deep sequencing reveals exceptional diversity and modes of transmission for bacterial sponge symbionts. Environmental Microbiology 12: 2070-2082.

Taylor, M.W., Loy, A., and Wagner, M. (2010) Microarrays for studying the composition and function of microbial communities. In: The Microbiology of Activated Sludge, pp. 397-411, eds. Seviour, R., and Nielsen, P.H. IWA Publishing, London.



Schmitt, S., and Taylor, M.W. (2009) Sponges – an evolutionary success story. Biologist 56: 74-78.



Steger, D., Ettinger-Epstein, P., Whalan, S., Hentschel, U., de Nys, R., Wagner, M., and Taylor, M.W. (2008) Diversity and mode of transmission of ammonia-oxidizing archaea in marine sponges. Environmental Microbiology 10: 1087-1094.



Taylor, M.W., Thacker, R.W., and Hentschel, U. (2007) Evolutionary insights from sponges. Science 316: 1854-1855.

Taylor, M.W., Hill, R.T., Piel, J., Thacker, R.W., and Hentschel, U. (2007) Soaking it up: the complex lives of marine sponges and their microbial associates. The ISME Journal 1: 187-190.

Longford, S.R., Tujula, N., Crocetti, G., Holmes, A.J., Holmström, C., Kjelleberg, S., Steinberg, P.D., and Taylor, M.W. (2007) Comparisons of diversity of bacterial communities associated with three marine eukaryotes. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 48: 217-229.

Webb, J.S., Taylor, M.W., Rice, S., Thomas, T., Rao, D., McDougald, D., and Kjelleberg, S. (2007) Biofilms on living surfaces. In: Manual of Environmental Microbiology Vol. 3, pp. 563-574, eds. Hurst, C.J., Crawford, R.L., Garland, J.L., Lipson, D.A., Mills, A.L., and Stetzenbach, L.D. ASM Press, Washington D.C.

Taylor, M.W., Radax, R., Steger, D., and Wagner, M. (2007) Sponge-associated microorganisms: evolution, ecology and biotechnological potential. Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews 71: 295-347.



Daims, H., Taylor, M.W., and Wagner, M. (2006) Wastewater treatment: a model system for microbial ecology. Trends in Biotechnology 24: 483-489.

Strous, M., Pelletier, E., Mangenot, S., Rattei, T., Lehner, A., Taylor, M.W., and 31 others (2006) Deciphering the evolution and metabolism of an anammox bacterium from a community genome. Nature 440: 790-794.

Hentschel, U., Usher, K., and Taylor, M.W. (2006) Marine sponges as microbial fermenters. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 55: 167-177.

Taylor, M.W., Barr, N.G., Grant, C.M., and Rees, T.A.V. (2006) Changes in amino acid composition of Ulva intestinalis (Ulvophyceae) following addition of ammonium or nitrate. Phycologia 45: 270-276.

Loy, A., Taylor, M.W., and Wagner, M. (2006) Applications of nucleic acid microarrays in soil microbial ecology. In: Molecular Techniques for Soil and Rhizosphere Microorganisms, pp. 18-41, eds. Cooper, J.E., and Rao, J.R. CABI Publishing, Wallingford.

Schupp, P.J., Charlton, T.S., Taylor, M.W., Kjelleberg, S., and Steinberg, P.D. (2005) Enhanced detection of acyl homoserine lactones (AHLs) in environmental samples using a solid phase extraction protocol. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 383: 132-137.

Collingro, A., Tönshoff, E.R., Taylor, M.W., Fritsche, T.R., Wagner, M., and Horn, M. (2005) ‘Candidatus Protochlamydia amoebophila’, an endosymbiont of Acanthamoeba spp. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 55: 1863-1866.

Wagner, M., and Taylor, M.W. (2005) Isotopic-labelling methods for deciphering the function of uncultured micro-organisms. In: SGM Symposium 65: Micro-organisms and earth systems – advances in geomicrobiology, pp. 1-10, eds. Gadd, G.M., Semple, K.T., and Lappin-Scott, H.M. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Taylor, M.W., Schupp, P.J., de Nys, R., Kjelleberg, S., and Steinberg, P.D. (2005) Biogeography of bacteria associated with the marine sponge Cymbastela concentrica. Environmental Microbiology 7: 419-433.

Taylor, M.W., Schupp, P.J., Dahllöf, I., Kjelleberg, S., and Steinberg, P.D. (2004) Host specificity in marine sponge-associated bacteria, and potential implications for marine microbial diversity. Environmental Microbiology 6: 121–130.

Taylor, M.W., Schupp, P.J., Baillie, H.J., Charlton, T.S., de Nys, R., Kjelleberg, S., and Steinberg, P.D. (2004) Evidence for acyl homoserine lactone signal production in bacteria associated with marine sponges. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 70: 4387-4389.

Taylor, M.W., Taylor, R.B., and Rees, T.A.V. (1999) Allometric evidence for the dominant role of surface cells in ammonium metabolism and photosynthesis in northeastern New Zealand seaweeds. Marine Ecology Progress Series 184: 73-81.

Taylor, M.W., and Rees, T.A.V. (1999) Kinetics of ammonium assimilation in two seaweeds, Enteromorpha sp. (Chlorophyceae) and Osmundaria colensoi (Rhodophyceae). Journal of Phycology 35: 740-746.