Recent Publications


Tortorelli G, Davy SK, van Oppen MJH, McFadden GI. Cell wall proteomic analysis of the cnidarian photosymbionts Breviolum minutum and Cladocopium goreaui. J Eukaryotic Microbiology.

Marhoefer SB, Zenger KR, Strugnell JM, Logan M, van Oppen MJH, Kenkel CD, Bay LK. Signatures of adaptation and acclimatization to reef flat and slope habitats in the coral Pocillopora damicornis. Frontiers in Marine Science.

Bairos-Novak KR, Hoogenboom MO, van Oppen MJH, Connolly SR (2021) Coral adaptation to climate change: meta-analysis reveals high heritability across multiple traits. Global Change Biology, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.15829.

Maire J, van Oppen MJH (2021) A role for bacterial experimental Evolution in coral bleaching mitigation? Trends in Microbiology,

Tortorelli G, Rautengarten C, Ebert B, Bacic A, Davy SK, van Oppen MJH, McFadden GI (2021) The cell surface carbohydrates of symbiotic dinoflagellates and their role in the establishment of cnidarian-dinoflagellate symbiosis. ISME J.

Dungan AM, Bulach D, Lin H, van Oppen MJH, and Blackall LL (2021) Development of a free radical scavenging probiotic to mitigate oxidative stress in cnidarians. Microbial Biotechnology. DOI:10.1111/1751-7915.13877.

Beltran VH, Puill-Stephan E, Howells E, Flores-Moya A, Doblin M, Nunez-Lara E, Escamilla V, Lopez T, van Oppen MJH (2021) Physiological diversity among sympatric, conspecific endosymbionts of coral (Cladocopium C1acro) from the Great Barrier Reef. Coral Reefs, 40, 985-997.

Maire J, Blackall LL, van Oppen MJH (2021) Microbiome characterization of defensive tissues in the model anemone Exaiptasia diaphana. BMC Microbiology, 21, 152.

Bongaerts P, Cooke IR, Ying H, Wels D, den Haan S, Hernandez-Agreda A, Brunner CA, Dove S, Englebert N, Eyal G, Foret S, Grinblat M, Hay KB, Harii S, Hayward DS, Lin Y, Mihaljević M, Moya A, Muir P, Sinniger F, Smallhorn-West P, Torda G, Ragan MA, van Oppen MJH, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2021) Morphological stasis masks ecologically divergent coral species on tropical reefs. Current Biology, 31, 2286-2298.

Quigley K, Marzonie M, Ramsby B, Abrego D, Milton G, van Oppen MJH, Bay LK (2021) Variability in fitness trade-offs amongst coral juveniles with mixed genetic backgrounds held in the wild. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8:636177. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.636177.

Chan WY, Oakeshott JG, Buerger P, Edwards OR, van Oppen MJH (2021) Adaptive responses of free-living and symbiotic microalgae to simulated future ocean conditions. Global Change Biology, 27, 1737-1754.

Maire J, Girvan SK, Barkla SE, Perez-Gonzalez A, Suggett DJ, Blackall LL, van Oppen MJH (2021) Intracellular bacteria are common and taxonomically diverse in cultured and in hospite algal endosymbionts of coral reefs. ISME J,

Dungan AM, van Oppen MJH, Blackall LL (2021) Short-term exposure to sterile seawater reduces bacterial community diversity in the sea anemone, Exaiptasia diaphana. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, 1249

Chan WY, Chung J, Peplow LM, Hoffmann AA, van Oppen MJH (2021) Maternal effects in gene expression of interspecific coral hybrids. Molecular Ecology, 30, 517–52.


van Oppen MJH, Oakeshott JG (2020) A breakthrough in understanding the molecular basis of coral heat tolerance. PNAS, 17 (46), 28546-28548

Damjanovic K, Blackall LL, Peplow LM, van Oppen MJH. Assessment of bacterial community composition within and among Acropora loripes colonies in the wild and in captivity. Coral Reefs, 39, 1245-1255.

Cooke I, Ying H, Forêt S, Bongaerts P, Strugnell J, Simakov O, Zhang J, Field M, Hayward D, Bell S, Bourne D, van Oppen MJH, Ragan M, Miller D. 2020. Genomic signatures in the coral holobiont reveal host adaptations driven by Holocene climate change and reef specific symbionts. Science Advances, 6, eabc6318.

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, 29, 1684-1703.

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, 29, 2176-2188.

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.