Steven Robbins is a native Ohioan who moved to Brisbane in 2011 to obtain his PhD at UQ. There, he investigated the microbial metabolic pathways used to generate coal seam gas (CSG) and the effects of hydrofracture stimulation on CSG microbial communities. His postdoctoral work with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s ReFuGe2020 Consortium involved the integration of genomic data for several species of coral, as well as their Symbiodiniaceae and prokaryotic communities in order to clarify their individual roles within the coral holobiont. In his current role with Nicole Webster at the Australian Centre for Ecogenomics, he leverages large datasets of microbial genomes from marine sponges to identify the mechanisms underpinning sponge-microbe symbiosis.
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.