Recent Publications


Blackall, LL, Dungan, AM, Hartman, LM, & van Oppen, MJH (2020). Probiotics for corals. Microbiology Australia, 41(2), 100–104.

Buerger, P, Alvarez-Roa, C, Coppin, CW, Pearce, S.L, Chakravarti, LJ, Oakeshott, JG, Edwards, OR, & van Oppen, MJH (2020). Heat-evolved microalgal symbionts increase coral bleaching tolerance. Science Advances, 6(20), eaba2498.

Chakravarti, LJ, Buerger, P, Levin, RA, & van Oppen, MJH(2020). Gene regulation underpinning increased thermal tolerance in a laboratory-evolved coral photosymbiont. Molecular Ecology.

Damjanovic, K, Blackall, LL, Menéndez, P, & van Oppen, MJH (2020). Bacterial and algal symbiont dynamics in early recruits exposed to two adult coral species. Coral Reefs, 39(1), 189–202.

Damjanovic, K, Menéndez, P, Blackall, LL & van Oppen, MJH (2020). Mixed-mode bacterial transmission in the common brooding coral Pocillopora acuta. Environmental Microbiology, 22(1), 397–412.

Dungan, AM, Bulach, D, Lin, H, van Oppen, MJH, & Blackall, LL (2020). Development of a free radical scavenging probiotic to mitigate coral bleaching [Preprint]. Bioengineering.

Dungan, AM, Hartman, LM, Tortorelli, G, Belderok, R, Lamb, AM, Pisan, L, McFadden, GI, Blackall, LL, & van Oppen, MJH (2020). Exaiptasia diaphana from the great barrier reef: A valuable resource for coral symbiosis research. Symbiosis, 1–12.

Hartman, LM, van Oppen, MJH & Blackall, LL (2020). The Effect of Thermal Stress on the Bacterial Microbiome of Exaiptasia diaphana. Microorganisms, 8(1), 20.

Hartman, LM, van Oppen, MJH, & Blackall, LL (2020). Microbiota characterization of Exaiptasia diaphana from the Great Barrier Reef. Animal Microbiome, 2, 1–14.

Jin, YK, Kininmonth, S, Lundgren, PB, van Oppen, MJH, & Willis, BL (2020). Predicting the spatial distribution of allele frequencies for a gene associated with tolerance to eutrophication and high temperature in the reef-building coral, Acropora millepora, on the Great Barrier Reef. Coral Reefs, 39(1), 147–158.

Maor-Landaw, K, van Oppen, MJH, & McFadden, GI (2020). Symbiotic lifestyle triggers drastic changes in the gene expression of the algal endosymbiont Breviolum minutum (Symbiodiniaceae). Ecology and Evolution, 10(1), 451–466.

Matthews, JL, Raina, J-B, Kahlke, T, Seymour, JR, van Oppen, MJH, & Suggett, DJ (2020). Symbiodiniaceae-bacteria interactions: Rethinking metabolite exchange in reef-building corals as multi-partner metabolic networks. Environmental Microbiology, 22(5), 1675–1687.

Quigley, KM, Randall, CJ, van Oppen, MJH, & Bay, L. K. (2020). Assessing the role of historical temperature regime and algal symbionts on the heat tolerance of coral juveniles. Biology Open, 9(1).

Quigley, Kate M, Bay, LK, & van Oppen, MJH (2020). Genome-wide SNP analysis reveals an increase in adaptive genetic variation through selective breeding of coral. Molecular Ecology.

Selmoni, O, Lecellier, G, Ainley, L, Collin, A, Doucet, R, Dubousquet, V, Feremaito, H, Ito Waia, E, Kininmonth, S, Magalon, H, Malimali, S, Maugateau, A, Meibom, A, Mosese, S, René-Trouillefou, M, Satoh, N, van Oppen, MJH, Xozamé, A, Yékawene, M, … Berteaux-Lecellier, V. (2020). Using Modern Conservation Tools for Innovative Management of Coral Reefs: The MANACO Consortium. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, 609.

Tortorelli, G, Belderok, R, Davy, SK, McFadden, GI, & van Oppen, MJH (2020). Host genotypic effect on algal symbiosis establishment in the coral model, the anemone Exaiptasia diaphana, from the great barrier reef. Frontiers in Marine Science.

van Oppen, MJH, Medina, M (2020). Coral evolutionary responses to microbial symbioses. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 375(1808), 20190591.



​Robbins SJ, Singleton CM, Chan CX, Messer LF, Geers AU, Ying H, Baker A, Bell SC, Morrow KM, Ragan MA, Miller DJ, Forêt S, Ball E, Beeden R, Berumen M, Aranda M, Ravasi T, Bongaerts P, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Cooke I, Leggat B, Sprungala S, Fitzgerald A, Shang C, Lundgren P, Fyffe T, Rubino F, van Oppen M, Weynberg K, Robbins SJ, Singleton CM, Xin Chan C, Messer LF, Geers AU, Ying H, Baker A, Bell SC, Morrow KM, Ragan MA, Miller DJ, Foret S, Voolstra CR, Tyson GW, Bourne DG, Voolstra CR, Tyson GW, Bourne DG, ReFuGe C (2019) A genomic view of the reef-building coral Porites lutea and its microbial symbionts. Nature Microbiology,


Damjanovic K, Menéndez P, Blackall LL, van Oppen MJH (2019) Early life stages of a common broadcast spawning coral associate with specific bacterial communities despite lack of internalized bacteria. Microbial Ecology,


Quigley KM, Bay LK, van Oppen MJH (2019) The active spread of adaptive variation for reef resilience. Ecology & Evolution, DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5616.


Damjanovic K, van Oppen MJH, Menéndez P, Blackall LL (2019) Experimental inoculation of coral recruits with marine bacteria indicates scope for microbiome manipulation in Acropora tenuis and Platygyra daedalea. Frontiers in Microbiology, 10, 1702,


Chan WY, Peplow LM, Menéndez P, Hoffmann AA, van Oppen MJH (2019) The roles of age, parentage and environment on bacterial and algal endosymbiont communities in Acropora corals. Molecular Ecology, 28, 3830-3843,


Smith HA, Moya A, Cantin NE, van Oppen MJH, Torda  (2019) Observations of simultaneous sperm release and larval planulation suggest reproductive assurance in the coral Pocillopora acuta. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6, 362,

van Oppen MJH, Blackall LL (2019) Coral microbiome dynamics, functions and design in a changing world. Nature Reviews Microbiology, in press.

Cavicchioli R, Ripple WJ, Timmis KN, Azam F, Bakken LR, Baylis M, Behrenfeld MJ, Boetius A, Boyd PW, Classen AT, Crowther TW, Danovaro R, Foreman CM, Huisman J, Hutchins DA, Jansson JK, Karl DM, Koskella B, Welch DMB, Martiny JBH, Moran MA, Orphan V, Reay D, Remais JV, Rich V, Singh BK, Stein LY, Stewart FJ, Sullivan MB, van Oppen MJH, Weaver SC, Webb EA, Webster N (2019) Scientists’ warning to humanity: microorganisms and climate change. Nature Reviews Microbiology,

Chan WY, Hoffmann AA, van Oppen MJH (2019) Hybridization as a conservation management tool. Conservation Letters, 0, e12652, doi:10.1111/conl.12652.


​Epstein HE, Smith HA, Cantin NE, Torda G, van Oppen MJH (2019) Temporal variation in the microbiomes of Acropora species does not reflect seasonality. Frontiers in Microbiology, 10: 1775,


Riginos C, Hock K, Ambrocio MM, Mumby PJ, van Oppen MJH, Lukoschek V (2019) Asymmetric dispersal is a critical element of concordance between biophysical dispersal models and spatial genetic structure in Great Barrier Reef corals. Diversity & Distributions, DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12969.


Chakravarti LJ, Negri AP, van Oppen MJH (2019) Thermal and herbicide tolerances of chromerid algae and their ability to form a symbiosis with corals. Frontiers in Microbiology, 10:173. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.00173.

Epstein H, Torda G, van Oppen MJH (2019) Relative stability of the Pocillopora acuta microbiome throughout a thermal stress event. Coral Reefs,

Chan WY, Peplow LM, Menéndez P, Hoffmann AA, van Oppen MJH (2019) Enhancing larval fitness of reef-building corals via interspecific hybridization: implications for coral reef restoration. Scientific Reports, 9:4757 |

Epstein H, Torda G, van Oppen MJH (2019) Microbiome engineering: Enhancing climate resilience in corals. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 17(2), 100-108, doi:10.1002/fee.2001.


​Price NN, Muko S, Legendre L, Steneck R, van Oppen MJH, Albright R, Carpenter RC, Chui Pui A, Fan T-Y, Gates RD, Harii S, Kitano H, Kurihara H, Mitarai S, Nozawa Y, Padilla-Gamiño J, Put A.O., Sakai K., Suzuki G., Edmunds PJ (2019) Global biogeography of coral recruitment: tropical decline and subtropical increase. Marine Ecology Progress Series,621, 1-17. 


Epstein H, Torda G, Munday P, van Oppen MJH (2019) Parental and early life stage environments drive establishment of bacterial and dinoflagellate communities in a common coral. ISME J, 13, 1635–1638,


Buerger P, Weynberg KD, Wood-Charlson EM, Sato Y, Willis BL, van Oppen MJH (2019) Novel T4-bacteriophages associated with black band disease in corals. Environmental Microbiology, 21, 1969-1979.2018


Liu H, Stephens TG, González-Pech RA, Beltran VH, Lapeyre B, Bongaerts P, Cooke I, Aranda M, Bourne DG, Forêt S, Miller DJ, van Oppen MJH, Voolstra CR, Ragan MA and Chan CX (2018) Symbiodinium genomes reveal adaptive evolution of functions related to coral-dinoflagellate symbiosis. Communications Biology, 1, 95, DOI: 10.1038/s42003-018-0098-3.

Chakravarti LJ, van Oppen MJH (2018) Experimental evolution in coral photosymbionts as a tool to increase thermal tolerance. Frontiers in Marine Science, 5, 227, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00227.

van Oppen MJH, Bongaerts P, Frade P, Peplow LM, Boyd SE, Nim HT, Bay LK (2018). Adaptation to reef habitats through selection on the coral animal and its associated microbiome. Molecular Ecology, 27, 2956-2971

Chan Wing Y, Peplow LM, Menéndez P, Hoffmann AA, van Oppen MJH (2018) Interspecific Hybridization May Provide Novel Opportunities for Coral Reef Restoration. Frontiers in Marine Science, 5, 160. doi:10.3389/fmars.2018.00160

Buerger P, van Oppen MJH (2018) Viruses in corals: hidden drivers of coral bleaching and disease? Microbiology Australia. 39, 1, 9-12.

Laffy PW, Wood-Charlson EM, Turaev D, Pascelli C, Botté ES, Bell S, Weynberg KD, van Oppen MJH, Rattei T, Webster NS (2018) Coral Reef Viromics: Diversity, host-specificity and functional capacity. Environmental Microbiology, 20, 2125-2141, doi:10.1111/1462-2920.14110.

Cumbo VR, van Oppen MJH, Baird AH (2018) Temperature and Symbiodinium physiology affects the establishment and development of symbiosis in corals. Marine Ecology Progress Series,587, 117-127.

van de Water JAJM, De Mares MC, Dixon GB, Raina J-B, Willis BL, Bourne DG, van Oppen MJH (2018) Antimicrobial and stress responses to increased temperature and bacterial pathogen challenge in the holobiont of a reef-building coral. Molecular Ecology, online early, doi: 10.1111/mec.14489


Weynberg KD, Laffy PW, Wood-Charlson EM, Turaev D, Rattei T, Webster NS, van Oppen MJH (2017) Coral-associated viral communities show high levels of diversity and host auxiliary functions. PeerJ 5:e4054


Marcelino VR, van Oppen MJH, Verbruggen H (2017) Highly structured prokaryote communities exist within the skeleton of coral colonies. The ISME Journal, Marcelino VR, van Oppen MJ, Verbruggen H (2017) Highly structured prokaryote communities exist within the skeleton of coral colonies. The ISME Journal,doi:10.1038/ismej.2017.164

Marcelino VR, Morrow KM, van Oppen MJH, Bourne DG, Verbruggen H (2017) Diversity and stability of coral endolithic microbial communities at a naturally high pCO2 reef. Molecular Ecololg, DOI: 10.1111/mec.14268

Anthony, K,, Bay, L. K., Costanza, R., Firn, F., Gunn, J., Harrison, P., Heyward, A., Lundgren, P., Mead, D., Moore, T., Mumby, P. J., van Oppen, M. J. H., Robertson, J., Runge, M. J., Suggett, D. J., Schaffelke, B., Wachenfeld, D., Walshe, T. (2017) New interventions are needed to save coral reefs. Nature Ecology & Evolution: DOI: 10.1038/s41559-41017-40313-41555

Torda, G., Donelson, J. M., Aranda, M., Barshis, D. J., Bay, L., Berumen, M. L., … van Oppen, M. J. H., … Munday, P. L. (2017). Rapid adaptive responses to climate change in corals. Nature Climate Change, 7(9), 627–636.


Damjanovic, K., Blackall, L. L., Webster, N. S., & van Oppen, M. J. H. (2017). The contribution of microbial biotechnology to mitigating coral reef degradation. Microbial Biotechnology, 10(5): 1236-1243.


Chakravarti, L. J., Beltran, V. H., & van Oppen, M. J. H. (2017). Rapid thermal adaptation in photosymbionts of reef-building corals. Global Change Biology, 275, 2214–2273.


van Oppen, M. J. H., Gates, R. D., Blackall, L. L., Cantin, N., Chakravarti, L. J., Chan, W. Y., … Putnam, H. M. (2017). Shifting paradigms in restoration of the world’s coral reefs. Global Change Biology, 23(9), 3437–3448.


Levin, R. A., Suggett, D. J., Nitschke, M. R., van Oppen, M. J. H., & Steinberg, P. D. (2017). Expanding the Symbiodinium (Dinophyceae, Suessiales) toolkit through protoplast technology. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, 1–10.


Montalvo-Proaño, J., Buerger, P., Weynberg, K. D., & van Oppen, M. J. H. (2017). A PCR-based assay targeting the major capsid protein gene of a dinorna-like ssRNA virus that infects coral photosymbionts. Frontiers in Microbiology, 8, 1–8.

Weynberg, K. D., Neave, M,, Clode, P. L., Voolstra, C. R., Brownlee, C., Laffy, P., Webster, N. S., Levin, R. A., Wood-Charlson, E. M., van Oppen, M. J. H. (2017) Prevalent and persistent viral infection in cultures of the coral algal endosymbiont Symbiodinium. Coral Reefs: doi:10.1007/s00338-00017-01568-00337


Levin, R. A., Voolstra, C. R., Agrawal, S., Steinberg, P. D., Suggett, D. J., & van Oppen, M. J. H. (2017). Engineering strategies to decode and enhance the genomes of coral symbionts. Frontiers in Microbiology, 8, 1220.