Vivian Cumbo


  • 528 Citations
  • 14 h-Index
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Vivian started her marine science career in Sydney, where she received a BSc in Microbiology (Hons) and Marine Biology at the University of NSW. In 2006, she commenced a PhD at James Cook University exploring the establishment and development of the symbiosis between corals and their algal symbionts, including whether elevated temperatures alter establishment patterns. Vivian continued her research on corals as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Researcher at California State University, Northridge. Here, she investigated how rising temperatures and ocean acidification affect the physiology of the early life stages of corals. She continued her career as a Research Associate in the ARC CoE for Coral Reef Studies in Townsville, where she worked on coral systematics, reproductive biology, larval ecology and symbiosis. Vivian commenced her postdoctoral position at Macquarie University in late April 2015, working with Melanie Bishop, David Raftos and Wayne O’Conner. Working on Sydney rock oysters, she is exploring whether genes associated with stress resistance and fast growth in selectively-bred farmed oysters are flowing into wild oyster populations, and how this potentially changes the structure and function of wild oysters. 

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Research Outputs 2007 2018

  • 528 Citations
  • 14 h-Index
  • 25 Article

Deciphering the nature of the coral-Chromera association

Mohamed, A. R., Cumbo, V. R., Harii, S., Shinzato, C., Chan, C. X., Ragan, M. A., Satoh, N., Ball, E. E. & Miller, D. J., 1 Mar 2018, In : ISME Journal. 12, 3, p. 776-790 15 p.

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Open Access

Eco-engineering urban infrastructure for marine and coastal biodiversity: which interventions have the greatest ecological benefit?

Strain, E. M. A., Olabarria, C., Mayer-Pinto, M., Cumbo, V., Morris, R. L., Bugnot, A. B., Dafforn, K. A., Heery, E., Firth, L. B., Brooks, P. R. & Bishop, M. J., Jan 2018, In : Journal of Applied Ecology. 55, 1, p. 426-441 16 p.

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functional group

Effects of tropical storms on the demography of reef corals

Baird, A. H., Álvarez-Noriega, M., Cumbo, V. R., Connolly, S. R., Dornelas, M. & Madin, J. S., 15 Nov 2018, In : Marine Ecology Progress Series. 606, p. 29-38 10 p.

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coral reefs
coral reef

Intraspecific differences in the transcriptional stress response of two populations of Sydney rock oyster increase with rising temperatures

McAfee, D., Cumbo, V. R., Bishop, M. J. & Raftos, D. A., 23 Feb 2018, In : Marine Ecology Progress Series. 589, p. 115-127 13 p.

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Saccostrea glomerata
stress response

Temperature and Symbiodinium physiology affect the establishment and development of symbiosis in corals

Cumbo, V. R., Van Oppen, M. J. H. & Baird, A. H., 25 Jan 2018, In : Marine Ecology Progress Series. 587, p. 117-127 11 p.

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