Dr Emma Thompson

Scholarly Teaching Fellow
School of Life and Environmental Sciences

F07 - Carslaw Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 4042

Website Room 506, F07 - Carslaw Building

Biographical details

After working in marketing for years I decided I needed a change of career and hemisphere so I deflected from the rainy UK to study in sunny Sydney. After completing a Masters at the University of Sydney I undertook my PhD at Macquarie University then continued on at Macquarie doing 3 post docs. I returned to the University of Sydney in the School of Life and Environmental Science in 2017 as Lecturer in Biological Sciences.

Whilst my research enables me to collaborate with industry and researchers around the world, I have a passion for communicating scientific research not only to students but also to a wider general public community.

Research interests

I am generally interested in the impacts of human activities on the estuarine environment. My current and recent research includes:

- Health of Global Harbours: Collaborating with the World Harbour Project (www.worldharbourproject.org) and research institutions around the world to analyse differences in estuarine contaminants and concentrations and the impacts of those on biota.

- Breeding Better Oysters: Port Stephens Fisheries Institute, Department of Primary Industry established a Sydney rock oyster selective breeding program in the early 1990s to breed oysters resistant to QX disease and Winter Mortality syndrome. Now in its 7th generation survivors from exposure to disease are used as broodstock. Working closely with the DPI my research addresses genetically based differences between selectively bred and wild-type oysters using proteomics, transcriptomics and next generation sequencing. This knowledge of beneficial genes and proteins will be used to breed a new generation of disease resistant oysters.

- The effects of ocean acidification on the Sydney Rock oyster: Ocean acidification has a significant impact on estuarine ecosystems. Sedentary calcifying organisms, such as bivalve molluscs, are particularly susceptible. Cellular and sub-cellular analysis using techniques such as proteomics and next generation sequencing provide an understanding of the physiological impacts and biological funtions affected by ocean acidification. The research looked at the multi-generational impacts of ocean acidification in addition to different responses between wild-type and selectively bred oysters.

Teaching and supervision

Learning should be engaging and fun whilst at the same time connecting current scientific research to education. I’m currently working on the first year teaching curriculum within SoLES developing the new Molecules to Ecosystems unit. I want to ensure students have a fantastic and positive experience whilst they are studying with us.

In the past few years I have co-supervised several PhD and MRes students:

Vineet Vaibhav (PhD candidate, Macquarie University, completion 2017) - Identification of disease resistant protein biomarkers in Sydney rock oysters

Priscila Goncalves (PhD candidate, Macquarie University, completed May 2016) - Adapting to climate change: Intracellular responses to ocean acidification and warming in two populations of oysters

Aroon Melwani (PhD candidate, Macquarie University, completed 2015) - The biology of environmental stress: adaptive responses of Sydney rock oysters (Saccostrea glomerata) from an urganized estuary

Jessica Thompson (MRes, Macquarie University, completed 2015) - Detecting introgression in Sydney rock oysters using next generation sequencing approach

Maxime Lepretre (MSc at Universite de Pau et des Pays de l'Adours and Macquarie University, completed 2014) - Proteomic clues to the identification of winter mortality disease-resistant biomarkers in selectively bred Sydney rock oysters (Saccostrea glomerata)

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • O'Connor, W., Dove, M., Thompson, E., Parker, L., Ross, P., Raftos, D. (2014). Breeding Sydney rock oysters and its effects on resilience. In Susanne Hermesch, Sonja Dominik (Eds.), Breeding focus 2014 - Improving Resilience, (pp. 73-86). Armidale: Univeristy of New England.

Journals

  • Goncalves, P., Thompson, E., Raftos, D. (2017). Contrasting impacts of ocean acidification and warming on the molecular responses of CO2-resilient oysters. BMC Genomics, 18(1), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Goncalves, P., Jones, D., Thompson, E., Parker, L., Ross, P., Raftos, D. (2017). Transcriptomic profiling of adaptive responses to ocean acidification. Molecular Ecology, 26(21), 5974-5988. [More Information]
  • Vaibhav, V., Lepretre, M., Thompson, E., Raftos, D., Haynes, P. (2016). Biomarkers of Winter Mortality resistance in selectively bred Sydneyrock oysters (Saccostrea glomerata). Aquaculture, 465, 323-329. [More Information]
  • Vaibhav, V., Lepretre, M., Thompson, E., Raftos, D., Haynes, P. (2016). Biomarkers ofWinter Mortality resistance in selectively bred Sydney rock oysters (Saccostrea glomerata). Aquaculture, 465, 323-329. [More Information]
  • Melwani, A., Thompson, E., Raftos, D. (2016). Differential proteomic response of Sydney rock oysters (Saccostrea glomerata) to prolonged environmental stress. Aquatic Toxicology, 173, 53-62. [More Information]
  • Goncalves, P., Anderson, K., Thompson, E., Melwani, A., Parker, L., Ross, P., Raftos, D. (2016). Rapid transcriptional acclimation following transgenerational exposure of oysters to ocean acidification. Molecular Ecology, 25(19), 4836-4849. [More Information]
  • Taylor, D., Nair, S., Thompson, E., Raftos, D. (2015). Dose-dependent effects of metals on gene expression in the sydney rock oyster, Saccostrea glomerata. Environmental Toxicology, 30(9), 989-998. [More Information]
  • Anderson, K., Taylor, D., Thompson, E., Melwani, A., Nair, S., Raftos, D. (2015). Meta-analysis of studies using suppression subtractive hybridization and microarrays to investigate the effects of environmental stress on gene transcription in oysters. PloS One, 10(3), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Taylor, D., Thompson, E., Nair, S., Raftos, D. (2013). Differential effects of metal contamination on the transcript expression of immune- and stress-response genes in the Sydney Rock oyster, Saccostrea glomerata. Environmental Pollution, 178, 65-71. [More Information]
  • Thompson, E., Taylor, D., Nair, S., Birch, G., Coleman, R., Raftos, D. (2012). Optimal acclimation periods for oysters in laboratory-based experiments. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 78, 304-307. [More Information]
  • Thompson, E., Taylor, D., Nair, S., Birch, G., Hose, G., Raftos, D. (2012). Proteomic analysis of Sydney Rock oysters (Saccostrea glomerata) exposed to metal contamination in the field. Environmental Pollution, 170, 102-112. [More Information]
  • Thompson, E., Taylor, D., Nair, S., Birch, G., Haynes, P., Raftos, D. (2012). Proteomic discovery of biomarkers of metal contamination in Sydney Rock oysters (Saccostrea glomerata). Aquatic Toxicology, 109, 202-212. [More Information]
  • Muralidharan, S., Thompson, E., Raftos, D., Birch, G., Haynes, P. (2012). Quantitative proteomics of heavy metal stress responses in Sydney rock oysters. Proteomics, 12, 906-921. [More Information]
  • Amaral, V., Thompson, E., Bishop, M., Raftos, D. (2012). The proteomes of Sydney rock oysters vary spatially according to exposure to acid sulfate runoff. Marine and Freshwater Research, 63(4), 361-369. [More Information]
  • Thompson, E., Taylor, D., Nair, S., Birch, G., Haynes, P., Raftos, D. (2011). A proteomic analysis of the effects of metal contamination on Sydney Rock Oyster (Saccostrea glomerata) haemolymph. Aquatic Toxicology, 103, 241-249. [More Information]
  • Parker, L., Ross, P., Raftos, D., Thompson, E., O'Connor, W. (2011). The proteomic response of larvae of the Sydney rock oyster, Saccostrea glomerata to elevated pCO2. Australian Zoologist, 35(4), 1011-1023. [More Information]
  • Parker, L., Ross, P., Raftos, D., Thompson, E., O'Connor, W. (2011). The proteomic response of larvae of the Sydney rock oyster, Saccostrea glomerata to elevated pCO2. Australian Zoologist, 35(4), 1011-1023. [More Information]

2017

  • Goncalves, P., Thompson, E., Raftos, D. (2017). Contrasting impacts of ocean acidification and warming on the molecular responses of CO2-resilient oysters. BMC Genomics, 18(1), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Goncalves, P., Jones, D., Thompson, E., Parker, L., Ross, P., Raftos, D. (2017). Transcriptomic profiling of adaptive responses to ocean acidification. Molecular Ecology, 26(21), 5974-5988. [More Information]

2016

  • Vaibhav, V., Lepretre, M., Thompson, E., Raftos, D., Haynes, P. (2016). Biomarkers of Winter Mortality resistance in selectively bred Sydneyrock oysters (Saccostrea glomerata). Aquaculture, 465, 323-329. [More Information]
  • Vaibhav, V., Lepretre, M., Thompson, E., Raftos, D., Haynes, P. (2016). Biomarkers ofWinter Mortality resistance in selectively bred Sydney rock oysters (Saccostrea glomerata). Aquaculture, 465, 323-329. [More Information]
  • Melwani, A., Thompson, E., Raftos, D. (2016). Differential proteomic response of Sydney rock oysters (Saccostrea glomerata) to prolonged environmental stress. Aquatic Toxicology, 173, 53-62. [More Information]
  • Goncalves, P., Anderson, K., Thompson, E., Melwani, A., Parker, L., Ross, P., Raftos, D. (2016). Rapid transcriptional acclimation following transgenerational exposure of oysters to ocean acidification. Molecular Ecology, 25(19), 4836-4849. [More Information]

2015

  • Taylor, D., Nair, S., Thompson, E., Raftos, D. (2015). Dose-dependent effects of metals on gene expression in the sydney rock oyster, Saccostrea glomerata. Environmental Toxicology, 30(9), 989-998. [More Information]
  • Anderson, K., Taylor, D., Thompson, E., Melwani, A., Nair, S., Raftos, D. (2015). Meta-analysis of studies using suppression subtractive hybridization and microarrays to investigate the effects of environmental stress on gene transcription in oysters. PloS One, 10(3), 1-15. [More Information]

2014

  • O'Connor, W., Dove, M., Thompson, E., Parker, L., Ross, P., Raftos, D. (2014). Breeding Sydney rock oysters and its effects on resilience. In Susanne Hermesch, Sonja Dominik (Eds.), Breeding focus 2014 - Improving Resilience, (pp. 73-86). Armidale: Univeristy of New England.

2013

  • Taylor, D., Thompson, E., Nair, S., Raftos, D. (2013). Differential effects of metal contamination on the transcript expression of immune- and stress-response genes in the Sydney Rock oyster, Saccostrea glomerata. Environmental Pollution, 178, 65-71. [More Information]

2012

  • Thompson, E., Taylor, D., Nair, S., Birch, G., Coleman, R., Raftos, D. (2012). Optimal acclimation periods for oysters in laboratory-based experiments. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 78, 304-307. [More Information]
  • Thompson, E., Taylor, D., Nair, S., Birch, G., Hose, G., Raftos, D. (2012). Proteomic analysis of Sydney Rock oysters (Saccostrea glomerata) exposed to metal contamination in the field. Environmental Pollution, 170, 102-112. [More Information]
  • Thompson, E., Taylor, D., Nair, S., Birch, G., Haynes, P., Raftos, D. (2012). Proteomic discovery of biomarkers of metal contamination in Sydney Rock oysters (Saccostrea glomerata). Aquatic Toxicology, 109, 202-212. [More Information]
  • Muralidharan, S., Thompson, E., Raftos, D., Birch, G., Haynes, P. (2012). Quantitative proteomics of heavy metal stress responses in Sydney rock oysters. Proteomics, 12, 906-921. [More Information]
  • Amaral, V., Thompson, E., Bishop, M., Raftos, D. (2012). The proteomes of Sydney rock oysters vary spatially according to exposure to acid sulfate runoff. Marine and Freshwater Research, 63(4), 361-369. [More Information]

2011

  • Thompson, E., Taylor, D., Nair, S., Birch, G., Haynes, P., Raftos, D. (2011). A proteomic analysis of the effects of metal contamination on Sydney Rock Oyster (Saccostrea glomerata) haemolymph. Aquatic Toxicology, 103, 241-249. [More Information]
  • Parker, L., Ross, P., Raftos, D., Thompson, E., O'Connor, W. (2011). The proteomic response of larvae of the Sydney rock oyster, Saccostrea glomerata to elevated pCO2. Australian Zoologist, 35(4), 1011-1023. [More Information]
  • Parker, L., Ross, P., Raftos, D., Thompson, E., O'Connor, W. (2011). The proteomic response of larvae of the Sydney rock oyster, Saccostrea glomerata to elevated pCO2. Australian Zoologist, 35(4), 1011-1023. [More Information]

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