Dr Nathali Machado de Lima
Research Associate

Dr Nathali Machado de Lima

Doctoral degree
2017-2020: Ph.D. in Microbiology. UNESP.
Research Project: Diversity and distribution of cyanobacteria in biological soil crusts from Caatinga biome based on polyphasic taxonomy and metagenomic analysis. Main Activities: Morphological analysis and molecular analysis through 

Graduated degree
2014-2016: MSc in Microbiology. Sao Paulo State University (UNESP), Sao
Research project: Diversity of cyanobacteria in biological crusts and evaluation of cellulolytic and hemicellulolytic profile.

Bachelor of Biological Sciences
2010-2013: Sao Paulo State University (UNESP), Sao Paulo/Brazil

Research Assistant at School of Biological, Earth
Environmental Sciences – University of New South Wales

Set 2019 – July 2020:
Working on two different projects:
- Cyanobacterial bioencapsulation for restoring degraded drylands.
- Novel approaches for harnessing native soil microbial communities to restore biodiverse degraded ecosystems in drylands.


Practicum Student at School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences
Aug 2019 – July 2021:
Research project: Conservation of threatened native plants with cyanobacteria from biological soil crusts

Visitor Student at Ferran Garcia-Pichel’s Lab – Arizona State University

Jan 2016 - July 2016
Research project: Diversity and ecology of cyanobacteria of biological soil crusts in Brazilian savannah.

School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Nathali Machado de Lima has a Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology, master’s in microbiology and degree in Biological Sciences from Sao Paulo State University. She spent a period as Visitor Student at Arizona State University developing the project “Diversity and ecology of cyanobacteria of biological soil crusts in Brazilian savannah” and another year as a Practicum Student at the University of New South Wales (Australia), developing the project: "Conservation of threatened native plants with cyanobacteria from biological soil crusts”.

The leading of all these projects built her expertise in taxonomy, ecology and phylogeny of cyanobacteria from biological soil crusts, through culture-dependent and independent techniques, and all the necessary bioinformatics skills for data analysis. Also, skills in the development of cyanobacteria for applications aiming conservation and restoration of threatened environments, as well, the identification of products produced by these organisms (cyanobacterial bioprospection).

Six publications in journals, six publications in scientific events, twelve poster presentations, two cosupervision of undergraduate students in honours.

  • Journal articles | 2022
    Jiménez-González MA; Machado de Lima N; Chilton AM; Almendros G; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2022, 'Biocrust cyanobacteria inoculants biomineralize gypsum and preserve indigenous bacterial communities in dryland topsoil', Geoderma, vol. 406, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2021.115527
    Journal articles | 2021
    Machado de Lima N; Thomsen A; Ooi M; Muñoz-Rojas M, 2021, 'Bushfire impacts on a threatened swamp ecosystem: responses of the soil microbial communities and restoration', , http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-3778
    Journal articles | 2021
    Machado de Lima NM; Muñoz-Rojas M; Vázquez-Campos X; Branco LHZ, 2021, 'Biocrust cyanobacterial composition, diversity, and environmental drivers in two contrasting climatic regions in Brazil', Geoderma, vol. 386, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2020.114914
    Journal articles | 2021
    Muñoz-Rojas M; Machado de Lima NM; Chamizo S; Bowker MA, 2021, 'Restoring post-fire ecosystems with biocrusts: Living, photosynthetic soil surfaces', Current Opinion in Environmental Science and Health, vol. 23, pp. 100273 - 100273, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coesh.2021.100273
    Journal articles | 2020
    Lim NMMHD; Branco LHZ, 2020, 'Biological soil crusts: New genera and species of Cyanobacteria from Brazilian semi-Arid regions', Phytotaxa, vol. 470, pp. 263 - 281, http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.470.4.1
    Journal articles | 2019
    Machado-de-Lima NM; Fernandes VMC; Roush D; Velasco Ayuso S; Rigonato J; Garcia-Pichel F; Branco LHZ, 2019, 'The Compositionally Distinct Cyanobacterial Biocrusts From Brazilian Savanna and Their Environmental Drivers of Community Diversity', Frontiers in Microbiology, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2019.02798
    Journal articles | 2019
    Martins MD; Machado-de-Lima NM; Branco LHZ, 2019, 'Polyphasic approach using multilocus analyses supports the establishment of the new aerophytic cyanobacterial genus Pycnacronema (Coleofasciculaceae, Oscillatoriales)', Journal of Phycology, vol. 55, pp. 146 - 159, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpy.12805
    Journal articles | 2018
    Fernandes VMC; Machado de Lima NM; Roush D; Rudgers J; Collins SL; Garcia-Pichel F, 2018, 'Exposure to predicted precipitation patterns decreases population size and alters community structure of cyanobacteria in biological soil crusts from the Chihuahuan Desert', Environmental Microbiology, vol. 20, pp. 259 - 269, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.13983
    Journal articles | 2017
    Machado-de-Lima NM; Martins MD; Branco LHZ, 2017, 'Description of a tropical new species of Wilmottia (Oscillatoriales, Cyanobacteria) and considerations about the monophyly of W. murrayi', Phytotaxa, vol. 307, pp. 43 - 54, http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.307.1.4
  • Other | 2022
    Dadzie F; Machado de Lima N; Muñoz- Rojas M, 2022, Native soil bacteria and biocrust cyanobacteria inoculation improve seedling emergence of native plants on saline dryland soils , http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu22-9005
    Other | 2022
    Machado de Lima N; Munoz Rojas M, 2022, Teaching and enriching younger generations perception of soil ecosystems and dryland restoration through soil biocrusts, http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu22-8943

Building capacity for resilience & recovery of threatened ecological communities  -  Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program, Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment, Australian Government

Cyanobacterial bio-encapsulation for restoring degraded drylands - Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Award (DECRA)