- Tropical Biology
- Freshwater Ecology
- Environmental Science
- Aquatic ecology – particularly of tropical streams
- Aquatic ecosystem functioning and nutrient cycling
- Tropical peat swamp forest ecology
Professor Catherine Yule is the Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering where she is responsible for leading Faculty efforts to maintain and enhance learning and teaching and develop high quality programs and enriched learning environments.
She lived and worked in SE Asia on Bougainville Island in Papua New Guinea, Indonesian Borneo and Malaysia for over thirty years. Her multidisciplinary research focuses on the ecology of tropical rivers, lakes and swamps, particularly tropical peat swamp forests, an extreme and endangered environment of global significance due to their vast carbon sequestration. Her pioneering research on tropical ecosystem functioning using microbial ecology, metagenomics and phytochemistry has provided new insights and overturned misconceptions, with important implications for conservation management and climate change mitigation.
Professor Yule also investigates other issues of global importance such as water pollution, and bioprospecting for novel bioactive compounds to combat antimicrobial resistance. She and her research team have discovered 18 new species of aquatic microbes and insects, including three novel peatswamp bacteria that exhibit antimicrobial activity against significant human pathogens.
- Professional Memberships: Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Society for Conservation Biology, Malaysian Nature Society, International Mire Conservation, Society for Freshwater Science.
- Editorial Board Memberships: Biotropica (Wiley-Blackwell), Aquatic Sciences (Springer)