Steven Robbins is originally from Ohio but moved to Brisbane in 2011 to obtain his PhD at UQ. There, he investigated the metabolic pathways used to generate coal seam gas (CSG) and the effects of hydrofracture stimulation on CSG microbial communities. His current work with the ReFuGe2020 consortium involves the use of traditional genome sequencing and genome-centric metagenomics to generate reference genomes for several species of coral, as well as their Symbiodinium, microbial, and viral associates, in order to clarify their individual roles in population, community, and evolutionary processes.
PhD in microbial ecology and genomics, University of Queensland, Australia
Bachelor of Science, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, United States of America
This project aims to construct the first Great Barrier Reef microbial genomics database which will provide a framework to ascertain the environmental relevance / ecosystem consequences of changes in microbial community structure and function following environmental perturbation.
This project aims to assess the establishment and maintenance of microbial symbiosis in Ianthella basta as a model species, visualize physiological interactions between host and symbionts, and assess holobiont stability under future climate conditions.