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Paul Thomson

Dr Paul Thomson

Research Fellow
Academic Staff (Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering)

Contact details
Address
Academic Staff (Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering)
The University of Western Australia (M051)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 8023
Email
paul.thomson@uwa.edu.au

Research Fellow
UWA Ocean's Institute

Contact details
Address
UWA Ocean's Institute
The University of Western Australia (M051)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 8023
Email
paul.thomson@uwa.edu.au
Qualifications
BAppSc C.Qld, DPhil Tas.
Key research
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.
Publications
Christin Säwström, Glenn Hyndes, Flavia Tarqunio, Paul Lavery, Megan Huggett, Bonnie Laverock, Paul G.Thomson, Matthew Fraser, Peter Steinberg, Bradley Eyre (in press). Microbial connectivity in seascape ecology: Coastal connectivity and spatial subsidy mediated by microorganism. Ecology and Evolution

Thomson, P.G., Davidson, A.T., Myer, L. (2016). Increasing pCO2 changes community composition of pico- and nano-sized protists and prokaryotes at a coastal Antarctic site. Marine Ecology Progress Series 552: 93-113 doi: 10.3354/meps11803

Davidson AD, McKinlay, J, Westwood, K, Thomson, P.G, van den Enden, R, de Salas, M, Wright, S.W, Berry, K, Tilbrook, B (2016). CO2 concentrations change the structure and function of Antarctic marine microbial communities. Marine Ecology Progress Series, DOI:10.3354/meps11742

Davies CH, Coughlan A, Hallegraeff G, Ajani P, Armbrecht L, Atkins N, Bonham P, Brett S, Brinkman R, Burford M, Clementson L, Coad P, Coman F, Davies D, Dela-Cruz J, Devlin M, Edgar S, Eriksen R, Furnas M, Hassler C, Hill D, Holmes M, Ingleton T, Jameson I, Leterme SC, Lønborg C, McLaughlin J, McEnnulty F, McKinnon AD, Miller M, Murray S, Nayar S, Patten R, Pritchard T, Proctor R, Purcell-Meyerink D, Raes E, Rissik D, Ruszczyk J, Slotwinski A, Swadling KM, Tattersall K, Thompson P, Thomson PG, Tonks M, Trull TW, Uribe-Palomino J, Waite AM, Yauwenas R, Zammit A, Richardson AJ (2016) A database of marine phytoplankton abundance, biomass and species composition in Australian waters. Scientific Data 3:160043

Peter A. Thompson, Pru Bonham, Paul G. Thomson, Wayne Rochester, Martina A. Doblin, Anya M. Waite, Anthony Richardson, and Cecile S. Rousseaux (2015). Climate variability drives plankton community composition changes: an El Niño to La Niña transition around Australia. J. Plankton Res. (September/October 2015) 37 (5): 966-984 doi:10.1093/plankt/fbv069

Cassar, N., Wright, S.W., Thomson, P.G., Trull, T.W., Westwood, K.J., de Salas, M., Davidson, A.T., Pearce, I., Davies, D.M., Matear, R.J. (2015). The relation of mixed-layer net community production to phytoplankton community composition in the Southern Ocean. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 29, doi: 10.1002/2014GB004936

Vance, T.R., Davidson, A.T., Thomson, P.G., Levasseur, M., Lizotte, M., Curran, M.A.J., Jones, G.B. (2013). Rapid DMSP synthesis by an Antarctic phytoplankton community exposed to natural surface irradiances in late spring. Aquatic Microbial Biology, 71:117-129, doi: 10.3354/ame01670

Hanson, C. E., Woo, L. M., Thomson, P.G., (under review). Observing the oceans with gliders: techniques for data visualisation and analysis. Hands-On Oceanography, The Oceanography Society.

The Australian chlorophyll database – phytoplankton pigments (in prep). Claire H. Davies, et al. Scientific Data, Nature.

Thomson, P.G., Davidson, A.T., van den Enden, R., Pearce, I., Seuront, L., Paterson, J.S. and Williams, G. (2010) Distribution and abundance of marine microbes in the Southern Ocean between 30 and 80°E longitude. Deep Sea Research II, 57:9-10, 815-827.

Thomson, P.G., Davidson, A.T, Cadman .N. (2008). Temporal changes in effects of ambient UVR on natural communities of Antarctic marine protists. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 52:131-147.

Thomson, P.G., McMinn, A, Kiessling, I, Watson. M and Goldsworthy, P.M. (2006). Composition and succession of dinoflagellates and chrysophytes in the upper fast ice of Davis Station, East Antarctica. Polar Biology 29:4 337- 345.

Thomson, P.G., Davidson, A.T., Cadman, N (2006). Seasonal changes in the effects of UV radiation on Antarctic marine microbes. Australian Antarctic Magazine 11:8-9.

Thomson, P.G., Nichols, P., Wright, S.W., Skerratt, J. and McMinn, A (2004). Antarctic distribution, pigment and lipid composition and molecular taxonomy of the brine dinoflagellate, Polarella glacialis. Journal of Phycology 40:5.

Evans, C., Thomson, P.G., Davidson, A.T., van den Enden, R., Witte, H., Brussaard, C.P.D. (2011). Potential climate change impacts on microbial distribution and carbon cycling in the Australian Southern Ocean. Deep Sea Research II, 58, 2150-2161.

Pearce I., Davidson A.T., Thomson P.G., Wright S.W., van den Enden R. (2011). Marine microbial ecology in the Sub-Antarctic Zone: rates of bacterial and phytoplankton growth and grazing by heterotrophic protists. Deep Sea Research II, 58, 2248-2259.

Pearce, I,. Davidson, A.T., Thomson, P.G., Wright, S.W. and van den Enden, R.L. (2010). Marine microbial ecology off East Antarctica (30 and 80oE): Rates of bacterial and phytoplankton growth and grazing by heterotrophic protists. Deep Sea Research II, 57 (9-10): 849-862.

Seuront, L., Leterme, S.C., Mitchell, J.G., Ashcroft, D., Noble, W., Thomson, P.G., Davidson, A.T., van den Enden, R., Scott, F.J., Wright, S.W., Chapperon, C., Newton, K., Crib, N. (2010). Role of microbial and phytoplanktonic communities in the control of seawater viscosity off West Antarctica (30-80° E). Deep Sea Research II, 57, 877-886.

Piquet, A.M.T, Bolhuis, H, Davidson, A.T, Thomson, P.G., Buma, A.G.J (2008). Diversity and dynamics of Antarctic microbial eukaryotes under manipulated environmental UV radiation. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 66(2), pp 352-366.

Nicol, S., Kawaguchi, S., Jarvis, T. Williams, G., Bindoff, N. L., Thiele, D., Schwartz, J., Davidson, A., Wright, S., Gedamke, J. and Thomson, P.G (2006). An overview of a large ecosystem survey of the South West Indian Ocean sector of the Southern Ocean (CCAMLR Division 58.4.2). CCAMLR WG-EMM-06/15 Agenda Item 4. 42 pp.

Davidson, A.T., Thomson, P.G., Westwood, K.J. and van den Enden, R. (2004). Estimation of bacterioplankton activity in Tasmanian coastal waters and between Tasmania and Antarctica using stains. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 37:33-45.

Goldsworthy, P.M. and Thomson, P.G. (2000). An extreme inland breeding locality of snow petrels (Pagodroma nivea) in the southern Prince Charles Mountains, Antarctica. Polar Biology 23:717-720.

McMinn, A., Hallegraeff, G.M., Thomson, P.G., Jenkinson, A.V. and Heijnis, H. (1997). Cyst and radionucleotide evidence for the recent introduction of the toxic dinoflagellate Gymnodinium catenatum into Tasmania waters. Marine Ecology Progress Series 161:165-172.

Talks, Conference Abstracts and Proceedings

Thomson, P.G., Pattiaratchi, C.B. (2015). How flow cytometry can monitor change in Australian coastal waters: identifying seasonal variability and the effects of extreme marine events on picophytoplankton abundance. 38th Annual Scientific Meeting/Workshop of the Australasian Cytometry Society (ACS), 11th – 14th October 2015, Perth, Western Australia

Thomson, P.G., Mantovanell, A., Wright, S.W., Pattiaratchi, C.B. (2105). In situ comparisons of glider bio-optical measurements to CTD water properties. Australian marine Sciences Conference, July 5th – 9th 2015, Geelong, Victoria

Thomson, P.G. (2014). Using BGC data from IMOS NRS Stations to understand phytoplankton ecology. WAIMOS Moorings Workshop, UWA, Perth 21st Feb 2014

Thomson, P.G. (2013). A snapshot of marine communities on Goodwyn Alpha platform and the 1TL export pipeline. Woodside Plaza, Perth, 8th May, 2013.

Thomson, P.G., Driessen, D., Doblin, M., Clementson, L., and Thompson, P. (2012). Picoplankton abundance from IMOS National Reference Stations mark seasonal changes and extreme weather events in Australian coastal waters. Australian Marine Science Association, National Conference, 1 - 5 July, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

Thomson, P.G., Driessen, D., Doblin, M., Clementson, L., and Thompson, P. (2012). Picoplankton abundance from WAIMOS National Reference Stations. WAIMOS Workshop, UWA, Perth, Nov. 2012.

Thomson, P.G., Davidson, A.T., de Sala, M., Westwood, K., van den Enden, R., and Maher, L. 2010. Ocean acidification changes the composition of bloom communities of Antarctic marine microbes. XXXI SCAR Open Science Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 2010.

Thomson, P.G., Davidson, A.T ., Wright, S.W., Westwood, K., van den Enden, R., Johnson, R. and de Salas, M. (2010). Effects of Ocean Acidification on Coastal Antarctic Marine Microbes. A Taste of Ice, Antarctica New Zealand, Annual Conference, 5-7th July, 2010.

Thomson, P.G. (2010). Invited seminar. Phytoplankton and microbial research from the far south…and thoughts for the far north. Norwegian Polar Institute, 12th May, 2010.

Trull, T.W., Bowie, A.R., Davidson, A.T., Griffiths, F.B., Thomson, P.G., Rintoul, S.R., Tilbrook, B., Wright, S.W. and the SAZ-SENSE team (2008). The Australian SAZ-SENSE study of the sensitivity of the Sub-Antarctic Zone to climate change: an introduction. Effects of climate change on the World’s Oceans, International Symposium, 19th -23rd May, 2008, Gijón, Spain.

Thomson P.G., Davidson, A.T and Cadman, N (2006). Effects of ozone depletion on natural communities of Antarctic marine protists. SCAR Open Science Conference on Antarctica in the Earth System, 12 – 14th July 2006, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

Thomson, P.G., Davidson, A.T., and Pearce, I. (2005). Do leaky marine bacteria holiday in the Southern Ocean? Marine Flow Cytometry Plenary Session, 2005 International Society for Analytical Cytology (ISAC) Samuel A Latt Conference ‘Stem Cells in the Age of Fluorescence Technology’, and the annual conference of the Australian Stem Cell Centre. Jupiter’s Casino, Gold Coast, Queensland, November 6-9 2005.

Thomson, P.G., Davidson, A.T, van den Enden, R. and Crossley, C. (2002). Bacterial viability and activity in the Southern Ocean. ASCMAP Bremerhaven. April 15-21, 2002 p15.

Thomson, P.G. and McMinn, A (1998). The effects of UV radiation on fast ice brine communities. SCAR VII International Biology Symposium, Antarctic Ecosystems: models for wider ecological understandings, 31 August - 4 September 1999, Christchurch. New Zealand Natural Sciences 23:92.

Thomson, P.G, McMinn, A., Hallegraeff, G.M., Heijnis, H. and Jackson, A. (1996). Gymnodinium catenatum - Introduced pest or resurrected native? Australian Marine Science Association, National Conference, 1 - 13 July, Hobart, Tasmania.

Technical Reports and other publications

Alessandra Mantovanelli and Paul G. Thomson (2016). Particle backscattering coefficient. Australian facility for Ocean Gliders, Integtaed Marine Observing System, http://content.aodn.org.au/?prefix=Documents/IMOS/Facilities/Ocean_glider/Backscatter_correction.pdf

Thomson, P.G., Fowler, A.M., Davis, A.R., Booth, D.J. (2013). Marine communities inhabiting the Goodwyn Alpha Platform: assessing the scientific value of industry ROV footage. A report prepared pro bono for Woodside Petroleum, September 2013

Sea Serpent Group (2013). Sea Serpent final report to Chevron PTY LTD.

Sea Serpent Group (2013). Sea Serpent Research Highlights. Available on request



Websites and video presentations

Paul G. Thomson (2016). Increasing CO2 and Antarctic Marine Microbes. YOUTU.BE/VMGODCI3IDW, Twitter

Paul G. Thomson, Alessandra Mantovanelli and Charitha B. Pattiaratchi (2015). Using wave gliders to understand the oceanography and plankton ecology of the Bremer Bay Canyon, Western Australia. https://thinkable.org/submission/2144

Sea Serpent website (June 2013). http://seaserpent.ecm.uwa.edu.au/


Community talks

Thomson, P.G. (2013). My something something career. Western Australian Marine Postgraduate Conference, Western Australian Marine Science Association, Peacock Inn, Rottnest Island, 28th June, 2013
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
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 received
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.
Memberships
Australian Marine Science Association
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
Teaching
University of Central Queensland
Current external positions
Bio-optical Working Group, Integrated Marine Observing System
New and noteworthy
Paul G. Thomson (2016). Increasing CO2 and Antarctic Marine Microbes. YOUTU.BE/VMGODCI3IDW, Twitter
Alessandra Mantovanelli and Paul G. Thomson (2016). Particle backscattering coefficient. Australian facility for Ocean Gliders, Integrated Marine Observing System, http://content.aodn.org.au/?prefix=Documents/IMOS/Facilities/Ocean_glider/Backscatter_correction.pdf

Thomson, P.G., Fowler, A.M., Davis, A.R., Booth, D.J. (2013). Marine communities inhabiting the Goodwyn Alpha Platform: assessing the scientific value of industry ROV footage. A report prepared pro bono for Woodside Petroleum, September 2013
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
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