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Bill Leggat


Bill Leggat

College of Public Health, Medical and Vet Sciences
James Cook University  (Australia)
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Research interests

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I was awarded my PhD from James Cook University in 2001 where my research project focussed on photosynthesis and bleaching in the symbiotic giant clam Tridacna gigas. I then moved to the University of Queensland where I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Marine Studies in the laboratory of Prof Ove Hoegh-Guldberg. In 2007 I returned to James Cook Univeristy as a Lecturer in the discpline of Biochemistry, I am now a Senior Lecturer and head of the Symbiosis Genomics Research Group and a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. The overarching aim of my research is to link trnascriptomic and metabolomic changes to whole organism responses and acclimation. My research utilises genomic and metabolomic techniques to determine how the coral holobiont responds to anthropogenic changes, including increasing temperatures, ocean acidification and eutrophication.

Publications

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10.1038   ismej.2015.39 The coral core microbiome identifies rare bacterial taxa as ubiquitous endosymbionts | article
Ainsworth TD, Krause L, Bridge T, Torda G, Raina J-B, Zakrzewski M, Gates RD, Padilla-GamiƱo JL, Spalding HL, Smith C, Woolsey ES, Bourne DG, Bongaerts P, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Leggat W (2015)
ISME J 9:2261-2274
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10.1128   mbio.00560 16 The Microbial Signature Provides Insight into the Mechanistic Basis of Coral Success across Reef Habitats | article
Hernandez-Agreda A, Leggat W, Bongaerts P, Ainsworth TD (2016)
mBio 7:e00560-16
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Research keywords
Research summary (from publications)
Fields
2  Biodiversity
2  Molecular ecology
1  Ecology

Focusgroups
2  Scleractinia (Hard Corals)
2  Bacteria and Archaea
1  Symbiodinium (zooxanthellae)

Locations
2  Australia - Coral Sea
2  Australia - Great Barrier Reef
1  USA - Hawaii

Platforms
1  Diving (unspecified)
1  Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
1  Diving - Technical Open-Circuit
1  Diving - Technical Rebreather
1  Manned Submersible

Co-authors
2  Ainsworth
2  Bongaerts
1  Bridge
1  Hernandez-Agreda
1  Spalding