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

    6009 Perth


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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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Research expertise keywords

  • 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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