My PhD in Biochemistry, which was awarded in 2001 from James Cook University, examined the symbiosis between giant clams and their symbiotic dinoflagellates (Symbiodinium, also called zooxanthellae), and utilised it as a model for inorganic carbon uptake and fixation in other marine symbioses, including corals. After conducting a Postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Queensland, in the Centre for Marine Studies, I obtained a permanent position at James Cook University. I am currently an Associate Professor (tenured) in the Discipline of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology where I lead the Symbiosis Genomics Research Group. My research group focuses on using a systems biology approach to understand eukaryotic microbes and their interactions with other organisms with a strong emphasis on linking transcriptional and metabolite changes to phenotypic and ecological responses, in particular anthropogenic stressors such as ocean warming and acidification, and eutrophication.
Jan 2014 – Dec 2017
Jan 2011 – Dec 2013
Feb 2007 – Dec 2010
June 2005 – Feb 2007
April 2001 – June 2005.
Sept 2000 – April 2001
Associate Professor - University of Newcastle
Associate Professor – James Cook University
Senior lecturer – James Cook University
Lecturer – James Cook University
Centre of Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow (UQ)
Postdoctoral Fellow (UQ)
Research Associate (JCU)