The lab carries out research on algal biology and coral holobiont functioning. Our broad interest in algal biology leads us to do an eclectic range of work, including biodiversity, genome biology, photophysiology, molecular phylogenetics and evolutionary biology. In our coral reef work, we use a combination of chemical imaging, environmental microbiology techniques and metagenomics to better understand how the coral holobiont functions.
The lab forms a research cluster with the laboratories of Madeleine van Oppen and Linda Blackall, as we are all interested in microbial symbioses. Between us, we have access all sorts of modern equipment for bacterial, algal and anemone culturing, microscopy, physiological and molecular work. We link with several other entities at the University of Mebourne, like the Environmental Microbiology Research Initiative and Melbourne Integrative Genomics