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Patrick is a molecular and microbial ecologist with a research focus on coral resilience to climate change. Using omics technologies and comparative genomics, he investigates genomic adaptations and their impact on the thermal tolerance of corals and their algal symbionts. Current projects include genome and transcriptome sequencing of heat evolved algal symbionts to identify molecular mechanisms that support an increased thermal tolerance.
Previously, Patrick worked as a postdoctoral fellow with CSIRO's Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform and the University of Melbourne, and completed his PhD in Marine Science at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Townsville, Australia.
Marine Science, PhD, Australian Inst Marine Sci, Australian Institute of Marine Science
Award Date: 30 Sep 2017
Marine Ecology, Master of Science, University of Bremen
2009 → 2011
General Biology, Bachelor of Science, University of Bochum
2006 → 2009
Postdoctoral Fellow - Coral genomics, CSIRO Land and Water2017 → 2020
Visiting Scientist, University of Melbourne2017 → 2024
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Increasing coral adaptation to heat stress through genetic engineering of their symbiotic microalgae
1/09/21 → 1/01/24
2/04/21 → 1/02/23
31/05/20 → 1/12/24
Buerger, P., Edwards, O. R. & van Oppen, M. J. H., May 2021, In: Global Change Biology. 27, 9, p. 1737-1754 18 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-review
Buerger, P., 2021, The Science Breaker, 7, 1, p. 1-2 2 p.
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Severe heat stress resulted in high coral mortality on Maldivian reefs following the 2015–2016 El Niño eventBessell-Browne, P., Epstein, H. E., Hall, N., Buerger, P. & Berry, K., Mar 2021, In: Oceans. 2, 1, p. 233-245 13 p.
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Gene regulation underpinning increased thermal tolerance in a laboratory-evolved coral photosymbiontChakravarti, L. J., Buerger, P., Levin, R. A. & van Oppen, M. J. H., May 2020, In: Molecular Ecology. 29, 9, p. 1684-1703 20 p.
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Buerger, P., Alvarez-Roa, C., Coppin, C. W., Pearce, S. L., Chakravarti, L. J., Oakeshott, J. G., Edwards, O. R. & van Oppen, M. J. H., 13 May 2020, In: Science Advances. 6, 20, 8 p., eaba2498.
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