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Peta Clode

Assoc/Prof Peta Clode

Associate Professor (CMCA@Physics)
Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis, Centre for (CMCA)

Contact details
Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis (CMCA)
The University of Western Australia (M010)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 8098
+61 8 6488 1087
Room 1.81, Physics Building, Perth campus

Associate Professor
UWA Ocean's Institute

Contact details
UWA Ocean's Institute
The University of Western Australia (M470)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 8098
+61 8 6488 1087
BSc PhD La Trobe
PhD La Trobe 2002 (APA Scholarship)
Lecturer UWA 2003-2007
Senior Lecturer UWA 2007-2015
Associate Professor UWA 2015 - current
Key research
Metals in biology
Biomineralisation / calcification
Cell structure-function relationships
Element and nutrient acquisition strategies
Symbiotic, parasitic, diseased systems
For full list of publications see: Google Scholar - Peta Clode or

Ash A, Elliot A, Godfrey S, Burmej H, Abdad MY, Northover A, Wayne A, Morris K, Clode P, Lymbery A, Thompson RCA (2017). Morphological and molecular description of a new species of tick (Ixodes woyliei sp. nov.) with consideration for co-extinction with its critically endangered marsupial host. Parasites and Vectors 10:70.

Bessell-Browne P, Negri AP, Fisher R, Clode PL, Duckworth A, Jones R (2017). Impacts of turbidity on corals: the relative importance of light limitation and suspended sediments. Marine Pollution Bulletin 117(1-2):161-170.

Bessell-Browne P, Negri AP, Fisher R, Clode PL, Jones R (2017). Cumulative impacts: thermally bleached corals have reduced capacity to clear deposited sediment. Scientific Reports 7:2716.

Bessell-Browne P, Negri AP, Fisher R, Clode PL, Jones R (2017). Impacts of light limitation on corals and crustose coralline algae. Scientific Reports 7:11553.

Cooper C, Clode PL, Peacock C, Thompson RCA (2017). Host-parasite relationships and life histories of trypanosomes in Australia. Advances in Parasitology 97:47-109.

Cooper C, Thompson RCA, Kirilak L, Krisinac A, Botero A, Peacock C, Clode PL (2017). A comparative molecular and 3-dimensional structural investigation into cross-continental and novel avian Trypanosoma spp. in Australia. Parasites and Vectors 10:234.

Gunasinghe N, You MP, Clode P, Cawthray G, Barbetti M (2017). Unique infection structures produced by Pseudocercosporella capsellae on oilseed crops Brassica carinata, B. juncea and B. napus in Western Australia. Plant Pathology 66:304-315.

Raina J-B, Clode PL, Cheong S, Bougoure J, Kilburn MR, Reeder A, Foret S, Stat M, Beltran V, Thomas-Hall P, Tapiolas D, Motti CM, Gong B, Pernice M, Marjo CE, Seymore JR, Willis BL, Bourne DG (2017). Subcellular tracking reveals the location of dimethylsulfoniopropionate in microalgae and visualises its uptake by marine bacteria. eLife 6:e23008.

Strehlow BW, Pineda M-C, Duckworth A, Kendrick GA, Renton M, Wahab MAA, Webster NS, Clode PL (2017). Sediment tolerance mechanisms identified in sponges using advanced imaging techniques. Peer J. Accepted.

Weynberg K, Neave M, Clode PL, Voolstra CR, Brownlee C, Laffy P, Webster N, Levin RA, Wood-Charlson EM, van Oppen MJH (2017). Prevalent and persistent viral infection in cultures of the coral algal endosymbiont Symbiodinium. Coral Reefs 36(3):773-784.

Botero A, Clode PL, Peacock C, Thompson RCA (2016). Towards a better understanding of the life cycle of Trypanosoma copemani. Protist 167:82-92.

Botero A, Cooper C, Thompson C, Clode PL, Rose K, Thompson RCA (2016). Morphological and phylogenetic description of Trypanosoma noyesi sp. nov.: an Australian wildlife trypanosome within the T. cruzi clade. Protist 167:425-439.

Foster T, Clode PL (2016). Skeletal mineralogy of coral recruits under high temperature and pCO2. Biogeosciences 13:1717-1722.

Foster T, Falter JL, McCulloch MT, Clode PL (2016). Ocean acidification causes structural deformities in juvenile coral skeletons. Science Advances 2:e1501130.

Gunasinghe N, You MP, Clode PL, Barbetti MJ (2016). Mechanisms of resistance in Brassica carinata, Brassica napus, and Brassica juncea to Pseudocercosporella capsellae. Plant Pathology 65:888-900.

Lema KA, Clode PL, Kilburn MR, Thornton R, Willis BL, Bourne DG (2016). Imaging the uptake of nitrogen-fixing bacteria into larvae of the coral Acropora millepora. The ISME Journal 10:1804-1808.

Nyalugwe EP, Barbetti MJ, Clode PL, Jones RAC (2016). Systemic hypersensitive resistance to Turnip mosaic virus in Brassica juncea is associated with multiple defence responses, especially phloem necrosis and xylem occlusion. Plant Disease 100:1261-1270.

Nyalugwe EP, Barbetti MJ, Clode PL, Jones RAC (2016). Programmed cell death pathways induced by early plant-virus infection are determined by isolate virulence and stage of infection. Plant Pathology 65:1518-1528.

Ricardo G, Jones R, Clode PL, Negri AP (2016). Mucous secretion and cilia beating defend developing coral larvae from suspended sediments. PLoS One 11(9):e0162743.

Thompson RCA, Koh WH, Clode PL (2016). Cryptosporidium: What is it? Food and Waterborne Parasitology 4:54-61.

Uloth MB, Clode PL, You MP, Barbetti M (2016). Attack modes and defence reactions in pathosystems involving Scleractinia sclerotiorum, Brassica carinata, and Brassica napus. Annals of Botany 117:79-95.

Wangpraseurt D, Pernice M, Guagliardo P, Kilburn MR, Clode PL, Polerecky L, Kühl M (2016). Light microenvironment and single-cell gradients of carbon fixation in tissues of symbiont-bearing corals. The ISME Journal 10:788-792.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Various biological systems (plant, animal, microbial)
Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry
Electron microscopy
Cell and tissue imaging
Biological microanalysis (EDS element analysis)
Future research
Contact me for possible student projects currently available!
Funding received
DAFF Carbon Farming Futures: Filling the Research Gap, 2013-17: Gleeson et al. Managing biological, physical and chemical constraints to soil carbon storage.

ARC Discovery, 2013-15: Lambers et al. Does calcium toxicity explain the absence of most Proteaceae from calcareous habitats?

ARC LIEF, 2015: Millar et al. High resolution mass spectrometry for metabolomics and proteomics research.

ARC LIEF, 2015: Low et al. A STM/AFM facility for electroactive materials characterisation.
SEM & TEM Training Courses (CMCA)
SEM & TEM Bio-sample Preparation Workshops (CMCA)
Useful links
UWA Oceans Institute -
Australian Microscopy Society -
Current projects
Effects of dredging on corals & sponges (WAMSI)
Calcification in reef corals
Parasites in Australian wildlife
Nutrient dynamics in the rhizosphere
Ca and P sensitivity in crop and native plants
Salinity tolerance in important crops
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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