Paul Thomson

Dr, BAppSc C.Qld, DPhil Tas.

  • The University of Western Australia (M470), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 199 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
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Personal profile

Roles and responsibilities

Research Fellow with the Australian National Facility for Ocean Gliders (ANFOG), responsible for glider piloting, deployments and recoveries. Also responsible for glider bio-optical data mining and bio-optical research with expertise in marine microbes (phytoplankton, bacteria)

Funding overview

Dr Paul Thomson 2014, 'Ecology of picophytoplankton at IMOS National Reference Stations', CSIRO.

Dr Paul Thomson 2011, 'Analysis of picophytoplankton in seawater from IMOS Australian national Reference Stations', CSIRO.

Previous positions

Research Assistant Professor, SEA SERPENT project, University of Western Australia, Perth WA, June 2012 - June 2013.
Research Assistant Professor, Australian national Facility for Ocean Gliders, University of Western Australia, Perth WA, June 2011 - June 2012.
Marine Microbial Biologist, Australian Antarctic Division, September 2000 – 2011.
Marine Biologist, Electron Microscopy Unit, Australian Antarctic Division, May - August 2000.
Level A Academic Lecturer, CQU, Rockhampton, QLD, 1995 - 1992
Instructor/Research Technician, CQU, Rockhampton, QLD, 1992 - 1989

Current projects

1. Marine microbial communities of the north west shelf
2. Comparison of glider bio-optical signals with microbial communities of the North West Shelf
3. Picoplankton abundance at IMOS NRS stations around Australia

Teaching overview

University of Central Queensland


Marine microbes (marine bacteria,viruses, and single-celled plants and animals) recycle nutrients and form the biomass at the base of the food chain that supports all higher animals. My studies look at factors effecting the distribution and abundance of marine microbes. These factors include the physical environment (oceanography), interactions between the microbes themselves (the ‘Microbial Loop’), and impacts such as ocean acidification and, in surface waters, enhanced UV-B radiation. I am aslo researching bio-optical signals from marine microbes that may be interpreted by bio-optical instruments on gliders and ocean moorings.


  • Flow cytometry for marine microbes
  • Marine microbial ecology
  • marine bio-optics
  • Biological oceanography
  • Deep sea biology
  • Rigs to reef processes
  • ocean gliders

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Remotely operated vehicles Engineering & Materials Science
phytoplankton Earth & Environmental Sciences
remotely operated vehicle Earth & Environmental Sciences
Phytoplankton Engineering & Materials Science
community composition Earth & Environmental Sciences
Antarctica Agriculture & Biology
microbial community Earth & Environmental Sciences
microorganisms Agriculture & Biology

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Research Output 2011 2019

Impacts of marine heatwaves

Cannell, B., Thomson, P., Schoepf, V., Pattiaratchi, C. & Fraser, M., 2019, Marine extremes: ocean safety, marine health and the blue economy. Techera, E. J. & Winter, G. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, p. 123–140 18 p. (Earthscan Oceans).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

sea surface temperature
life cycle

Monitoring ocean and estuary health

Thomson, P. G., Cannell, B. L., Ghadouani, A., Fraser, M. W. & Rayment, W. J., 29 Jan 2019, Marine extremes: Ocean safety, marine health and the blue economy. Techera, E. & Winter, G. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, p. 87-105 19 p. (Earthscan Oceans).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

twentieth century
2 Citations (Scopus)

A database of chlorophyll a in Australian waters

Davies, C. H., Ajani, P., Armbrecht, L., Atkins, N., Baird, M. E., Beard, J., Bonham, P., Burford, M., Clementson, L., Coad, P., Crawford, C., Dela-Cruz, J., Doblin, M. A., Edgar, S., Eriksen, R., Everett, J. D., Furnas, M., Harrison, D. P., Hassler, C., Henschke, N. & 29 othersHoenner, X., Ingleton, T., Jameson, I., Keesing, J., Leterme, S. C., James McLaughlin, M., Miller, M., Moffatt, D., Moss, A., Nayar, S., Patten, N. L., Patten, R., Pausina, S. A., Proctor, R., Raes, E., Robb, M., Rothlisberg, P., Saeck, E. A., Scanes, P., Suthers, I. M., Swadling, K. M., Talbot, S., Thompson, P., Thomson, P. G., Uribe-Palomino, J., Van Ruth, P., Waite, A. M., Wright, S. & Richardson, A. J., 20 Feb 2018, In : Scientific Data. 5, 180018.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Chlorophyll a
16 Citations (Scopus)

Eyes in the sea: Unlocking the mysteries of the ocean using industrial, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs)

Macreadie, P. I., McLean, D. L., Thomson, P. G., Partridge, J. C., Jones, D. O. B., Gates, A. R., Benfield, M. C., Collin, S. P., Booth, D. J., Smith, L. L., Techera, E., Skropeta, D., Horton, T., Pattiaratchi, C. B., Bond, T. & Fowler, A. M., 1 Sep 2018, In : Science of the Total Environment. 634, p. 1077-1091 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Remotely operated vehicles
remotely operated vehicle
6 Citations (Scopus)

Ocean acidification impacts primary and bacterial production in Antarctic coastal waters during austral summer

Westwood, K. J., Thomson, P. G., van den Enden, R. L., Maher, L. E., Wright, S. W. & Davidson, A. T., 1 Jan 2018, In : Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 498, p. 46-60 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

coastal water

Projects 2011 2017