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Patrick is a molecular and computational ecologist and with a research focus on microalgae and coral resilience to climate change, and leads the Coral Omics Technology Lab ("COTEC") at Applied BioScience, Macquarie University. Using omics technologies and comparative genomics, his group investigates genetic adaptations and their impact on the thermal tolerance of microalgae and corals. Current projects include genome and transcriptome sequencing of heat evolved microalgal symbionts to identify molecular mechanisms that support an increased thermal tolerance. Patrick is also part of the team "Enhanced Corals and Treatments" from the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP).

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.

Education/Academic qualification

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


General Biology, Bachelor of Science, University of Bochum


External positions

Postdoctoral Fellow - Coral genomics, CSIRO Land and Water


Visiting Scientist, The University of Melbourne



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