Dr Paul O'Brien

Research Officer

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Faculty of Science



  • Doctor of Philosophy, James Cook University
  • Masters (Coursework) of Science, James Cook University
  • Bachelor of Science, Monash University


  • Turnlund, Abigail C., Vanwonterghem, Inka, Botté, Emmanuelle S., Randall, Carly J., Giuliano, Christine, Kam, Lisa, Bell, Sara, O’Brien, Paul, Negri, Andrew P., Webster, Nicole S. and Lurgi, Miguel (2023). Linking differences in microbial network structure with changes in coral larval settlement. ISME Communications, 3 (1) 114, 114. doi: 10.1038/s43705-023-00320-x

  • O'Brien, Paul A., Tan, Shangjin, Frade, Pedro R., Robbins, Steven J., Engelberts, J. Pamela, Bell, Sara C., Vanwonterghem, Inka, Miller, David J., Webster, Nicole S., Zhang, Guojie and Bourne, David G. (2023). Validation of key sponge symbiont pathways using genome‐centric metatranscriptomics. Environmental Microbiology, 25 (12), 1-18. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.16509

  • Botté, Emmanuelle S., Cantin, Neal E., Mocellin, Véronique J. L., O’Brien, Paul A., Rocker, Melissa M., Frade, Pedro R. and Webster, Nicole S. (2022). Reef location has a greater impact than coral bleaching severity on the microbiome of Pocillopora acuta. Coral Reefs, 41 (1), 63-79. doi: 10.1007/s00338-021-02201-y

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Completed Supervision