Dr Michael Stat

Dr Michael Stat

Lecturer

School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Career Summary

Biography

I am broadly interested in using genetics to understand the evolution and ecology of organisms. My research to date has focused on the evolutionary ecology of coral symbioses and the many applications of environmental DNA (eDNA). 

Coral reefs harbour an amazing diversity of species, and corals play an important role in providing their habitat – hence they are super important. Corals are quite the beast, harbouring a diversity of symbionts including zooxanthellae (Symbiodiniaceae), prokaryotes and viruses. Collectively, the assemblage of all these partners living together influences the growth and success of corals. Using genetics, I have probed questions relating to the diversity, biogeography and adaptation of corals and their symbionts. More recently, I have been interested in other symbioses (holobionts), and how microbiomes impact the health and fitness of species. 

eDNA is a relatively recent and booming area of research. There is much excitement surrounding eDNA because of the many areas, both academic and applied, that eDNA can help inform – these include biodiversity (both past and present), invasive species, cryptic species, and food webs. Using eDNA, I am interested in asking a variety of questions relating to how ecological communities change over temporal and spatial scales, what organisms eat, and discovering new and exciting hotspots of biodiversity and the interesting critters that reside there.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Sydney

Keywords

  • coral reefs
  • environmental DNA
  • genetics
  • symbiosis

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) 30
060411 Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics 70

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
15/01/2018 - 31/12/2018 Lecturer Macquarie University
Department of Biological Sciences
Australia
26/01/2015 - 1/01/2018 Research Fellow Curtin University
School of Molecular and Life Sciences
1/09/2011 - 26/12/2014 Research Fellow University of Western Australia
1/09/2005 - 1/08/2011 Postdoctoral Researcher University of Hawaii at Manoa
Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
United States

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
Biol3100 Microbiology
School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle
Lecturer 25/02/2019 - 28/06/2019
Biol3001 Advanced Laboratory Skills in Biological Sciences
School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle
Lab Instructor 25/02/2019 - 28/06/2019
Biol2090 Microbial Biology
School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle
Coordinator and Lecturer 29/07/2019 - 7/12/2019
Biol2002 Laboratory Skills in Biological Systems
School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle
Lecturer and Lab Instructor 29/07/2019 - 6/12/2019
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Harvey E, Bunce M, Stat M, Saunders B, Kinsella B, Machuca Suarez L, et al., 'Science and the Sydney', From Great Depths The Wrecks of HMAS Sydney II and HSK Kormoran, UWA Publishing and The Western Australian Museum, Western Australia 279-303 (2017)
2015 Stat M, 'The community ecology of coral-algal mutualism', Mutualism, Oxford University Press, UK (2015)
2002 Carter DA, Tran-Dinh N, Stat M, Kumar S, Bui T, Pitt JI, 'The Aflatoxins: Evolution, Function and Prospects for Control', Advances in Microbial Toxin Research and Its Biotechnological Exploitation, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 47-62 (2002)
DOI 10.1007/978-1-4757-4439-2_5

Journal article (52 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Pochon X, Wecker P, Stat M, Berteaux-Lecellier V, Lecellier G, 'Towards an in-depth characterization of Symbiodiniaceae in tropical giant clams via metabarcoding of pooled multi-gene amplicons', PEERJ, 7 (2019)
DOI 10.7717/peerj.6898
2019 Bessey C, Jarman SN, Stat M, Rohner CA, Bunce M, Koziol A, et al., 'DNA metabarcoding assays reveal a diverse prey assemblage for Mobula rays in the Bohol Sea, Philippines', ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, 9 2459-2474 (2019)
DOI 10.1002/ece3.4858
2019 Koziol A, Stat M, Simpson T, Jarman S, DiBattista JD, Harvey ES, et al., 'Environmental DNA metabarcoding studies are critically affected by substrate selection', MOLECULAR ECOLOGY RESOURCES, 19 366-376 (2019)
DOI 10.1111/1755-0998.12971
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2
2019 Jeunen G-J, Knapp M, Spencer HG, Taylor HR, Lamare MD, Stat M, et al., 'Species-level biodiversity assessment using marine environmental DNA metabarcoding requires protocol optimization and standardization', ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, 9 1323-1335 (2019)
DOI 10.1002/ece3.4843
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2019 Berry TE, Saunders BJ, Coghlan ML, Stat M, Jarman S, Richardson AJ, et al., 'Marine environmental DNA biomonitoring reveals seasonal patterns in biodiversity and identifies ecosystem responses to anomalous climatic events', PLOS GENETICS, 15 (2019)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pgen.1007943
2019 DiBattista JD, Reimer JD, Stat M, Masucci GD, Biondi P, De Brauwer M, Bunce M, 'Digging for DNA at depth: rapid universal metabarcoding surveys (RUMS) as a tool to detect coral reef biodiversity across a depth gradient', PEERJ, 7 (2019)
DOI 10.7717/peerj.6379
2019 Jeunen G-J, Knapp M, Spencer HG, Lamare MD, Taylor HR, Stat M, et al., 'Environmental DNA (eDNA) metabarcoding reveals strong discrimination among diverse marine habitats connected by water movement', MOLECULAR ECOLOGY RESOURCES, 19 426-438 (2019)
DOI 10.1111/1755-0998.12982
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2019 Stat M, John J, DiBattista JD, Newman SJ, Bunce M, Harvey ES, 'Combined use of eDNA metabarcoding and video surveillance for the assessment of fish biodiversity', CONSERVATION BIOLOGY, 33 196-205 (2019)
DOI 10.1111/cobi.13183
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2019 Bernasconi R, Stat M, Koenders A, Huggett MJ, 'Global Networks of Symbiodinium-Bacteria Within the Coral Holobiont', Microbial Ecology, 77 794-807 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s00248-018-1255-4
Co-authors Megan Huggett
2018 Jones J, DiBattista JD, Stat M, Bunce M, Boyce MC, Fairclough D, et al., 'The Microbiome of the Gastrointestinal Tract of a Range-Shifting Marine Herbivorous Fish', FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY, 9 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.3389/fmicb.2018.02000
Co-authors Megan Huggett
2018 Seersholm FV, Cole TL, Grealy A, Rawlence NJ, Greig K, Knapp M, et al., 'Subsistence practices, past biodiversity, and anthropogenic impacts revealed by New Zealand-wide ancient DNA survey', PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 115 7771-7776 (2018)
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1803573115
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 6
2018 Zinke J, Gilmour JP, Fisher R, Puotinen M, Maina J, Darling E, et al., 'Gradients of disturbance and environmental conditions shape coral community structure for south-eastern Indian Ocean reefs', DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTIONS, 24 605-620 (2018)
DOI 10.1111/ddi.12714
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2
2018 Richards ZT, Yasuda N, Kikuchi T, Foster T, Mitsuyuki C, Stat M, et al., 'Integrated evidence reveals a new species in the ancient blue coral genus Heliopora (Octocorallia)', SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 8 (2018)
DOI 10.1038/s41598-018-32969-z
Citations Scopus - 1
2018 Ng SH, Stat M, Bunce M, Simmons LW, 'The influence of diet and environment on the gut microbial community of field crickets', ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, 8 4704-4720 (2018)
DOI 10.1002/ece3.3977
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2017 Stat M, Huggett MJ, Bernasconi R, DiBattista JD, Berry TE, Newman SJ, et al., 'Ecosystem biomonitoring with eDNA: metabarcoding across the tree of life in a tropical marine environment', SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 7 (2017)
DOI 10.1038/s41598-017-12501-5
Citations Scopus - 39Web of Science - 34
Co-authors Megan Huggett
2017 DiBattista JD, Coker DJ, Sinclair-Taylor TH, Stat M, Berumen ML, Bunce M, 'Assessing the utility of eDNA as a tool to survey reef-fish communities in the Red Sea', CORAL REEFS, 36 1245-1252 (2017)
DOI 10.1007/s00338-017-1618-1
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8
2017 Thomas L, Kennington WJ, Evans RD, Kendrick GA, Stat M, 'Restricted gene flow and local adaptation highlight the vulnerability of high-latitude reefs to rapid environmental change', GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, 23 2197-2205 (2017)
DOI 10.1111/gcb.13639
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 13
2017 Gardner SG, Raina J-B, Nitschke MR, Nielsen DA, Stat M, Motti CA, et al., 'A multi-trait systems approach reveals a response cascade to bleaching in corals', BMC BIOLOGY, 15 (2017)
DOI 10.1186/s12915-017-0459-2
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2
2017 Berry TE, Osterrieder SK, Murray DC, Coghlan ML, Richardson AJ, Grealy AK, et al., 'DNA metabarcoding for diet analysis and biodiversity: A case study using the endangered Australian sea lion (Neophoca cinerea)', ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, 7 5435-5453 (2017)
DOI 10.1002/ece3.3123
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 13
2017 Raina J-B, Clode PL, Cheong S, Bougoure J, Kilburn MR, Reeder A, et al., 'Subcellular tracking reveals the location of dimethylsulfoniopropionate in microalgae and visualises its uptake by marine bacteria', ELIFE, 6 (2017)
DOI 10.7554/eLife.23008
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 14
2016 Lucas MQ, Stat M, Smith MC, Weil E, Schizas NV, 'Symbiodinium (internal transcribed spacer 2) diversity in the coral host Agaricia lamarcki (Cnidaria: Scleractinia) between shallow and mesophotic reefs in the Northern Caribbean (20-70m)', MARINE ECOLOGY-AN EVOLUTIONARY PERSPECTIVE, 37 1079-1087 (2016)
DOI 10.1111/maec.12367
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8
2016 Thomas L, Stat M, Evans RD, Kennington WJ, 'A fluorescence-based quantitative real-time PCR assay for accurate Pocillopora damicornis species identification', CORAL REEFS, 35 895-899 (2016)
DOI 10.1007/s00338-016-1430-3
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2016 Madin JS, Anderson KD, Andreasen MH, Bridge TCL, Cairns SD, Connolly SR, et al., 'The Coral Trait Database, a curated database of trait information for coral species from the global oceans', SCIENTIFIC DATA, 3 (2016)
DOI 10.1038/sdata.2016.17
Citations Scopus - 34Web of Science - 33
2015 Cooper C, Clode PL, Thomson DP, Stat M, 'A Flatworm from the Genus Waminoa (Acoela: Convolutidae) Associated with Bleached Corals in Western Australia', ZOOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 32 465-473 (2015)
DOI 10.2108/zs140245
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2015 Stat M, Yost DM, Gates RD, 'Geographic structure and host specificity shape the community composition of symbiotic dinoflagellates in corals from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands', CORAL REEFS, 34 1075-1086 (2015)
DOI 10.1007/s00338-015-1320-0
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 7
2015 Thomas L, Kennington WJ, Stat M, Wilkinson SP, Kool JT, Kendrick GA, 'Isolation by resistance across a complex coral reef seascape', PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 282 50-59 (2015)
DOI 10.1098/rspb.2015.1217
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 12
2015 Thomas L, Stat M, Kendrick GA, Hobbs J-PA, 'Severe loss of anemones and anemonefishes from a premier tourist attraction at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia', MARINE BIODIVERSITY, 45 143-144 (2015)
DOI 10.1007/s12526-014-0242-3
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
2015 Schoepf V, Stat M, Falter JL, McCulloch MT, 'Limits to the thermal tolerance of corals adapted to a highly fluctuating, naturally extreme temperature environment', SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 5 (2015)
DOI 10.1038/srep17639
Citations Scopus - 41Web of Science - 36
2014 Thomas L, Kendrick GA, Stat M, Travaille KL, Shedrawi G, Kennington WJ, 'Population genetic structure of the Pocillopora damicornis morphospecies along Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia', MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES, 513 111-119 (2014)
DOI 10.3354/meps10893
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11
2014 Bessell-Browne P, Stat M, Thomson D, Clode PL, 'Coscinaraea marshae corals that have survived prolonged bleaching exhibit signs of increased heterotrophic feeding', CORAL REEFS, 33 795-804 (2014)
DOI 10.1007/s00338-014-1156-z
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 10
2014 Thomas L, Kendrick GA, Kennington WJ, Richards ZT, Stat M, 'Exploring Symbiodinium diversity and host specificity in Acropora corals from geographical extremes of Western Australia with 454 amplicon pyrosequencing', MOLECULAR ECOLOGY, 23 3113-3126 (2014)
DOI 10.1111/mec.12801
Citations Scopus - 35Web of Science - 36
2014 Edmunds PJ, Adjeroud M, Baskett ML, Baums IB, Budd AF, Carpenter RC, et al., 'Persistence and Change in Community Composition of Reef Corals through Present, Past, and Future Climates', PLOS ONE, 9 (2014)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0107525
Citations Scopus - 29Web of Science - 28
2013 Lesser MP, Stat M, Gates RD, 'The endosymbiotic dinoflagellates (Symbiodinium sp.) of corals are parasites and mutualists', CORAL REEFS, 32 603-611 (2013)
DOI 10.1007/s00338-013-1051-z
Citations Scopus - 52Web of Science - 48
2013 Fabina NS, Putnam HM, Franklin EC, Stat M, Gates RD, 'Symbiotic specificity, association patterns, and function determine community responses to global changes: defining critical research areas for coral-Symbiodinium symbioses', GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, 19 3306-3316 (2013)
DOI 10.1111/gcb.12320
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 16
2013 Stat M, Pochon X, Franklin EC, Bruno JF, Casey KS, Selig ER, Gates RD, 'The distribution of the thermally tolerant symbiont lineage (Symbiodinium clade D) in corals from Hawaii: correlations with host and the history of ocean thermal stress', ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, 3 1317-1329 (2013)
DOI 10.1002/ece3.556
Citations Scopus - 26Web of Science - 24
2012 Stat M, Baker AC, Bourne DG, Correa AMS, Forsman Z, Huggett MJ, et al., 'MOLECULAR DELINEATION OF SPECIES IN THE CORAL HOLOBIONT', ADVANCES IN MARINE BIOLOGY, VOL 63, 63 1-65 (2012)
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-12-394282-1.00001-6
Citations Scopus - 35Web of Science - 38
Co-authors Megan Huggett
2012 Padilla-Gamino JL, Hanson KM, Stat M, Gates RD, 'Phenotypic plasticity of the coral Porites rus: Acclimatization responses to a turbid environment', JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MARINE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY, 434 71-80 (2012)
DOI 10.1016/j.jembe.2012.08.006
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 13
2012 Putnam HM, Stat M, Pochon X, Gates RD, 'Endosymbiotic flexibility associates with environmental sensitivity in scleractinian corals', PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 279 4352-4361 (2012)
DOI 10.1098/rspb.2012.1454
Citations Scopus - 67Web of Science - 61
2012 Franklin EC, Stat M, Pochon X, Putnam HM, Gates RD, 'GeoSymbio: a hybrid, cloud-based web application of global geospatial bioinformatics and ecoinformatics for Symbiodinium-host symbioses', MOLECULAR ECOLOGY RESOURCES, 12 369-373 (2012)
DOI 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2011.03081.x
Citations Scopus - 78Web of Science - 74
2012 Fabina NS, Putnam HM, Franklin EC, Stat M, Gates RD, 'Transmission Mode Predicts Specificity and Interaction Patterns in Coral-Symbiodinium Networks', PLOS ONE, 7 (2012)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0044970
Citations Scopus - 25Web of Science - 25
2011 Stat M, Gates RD, 'Clade DSymbiodiniumin Scleractinian Corals: A ¿Nugget¿ of Hope, a Selfish Opportunist, an Ominous Sign, or All of the Above?', Journal of Marine Biology, 2011 1-9 (2011)
DOI 10.1155/2011/730715
2011 Franklin E, Stat M, Pochon X, Putnam H, Gates R, 'Rapid Development of a Hybrid Web Application for Synthesis Science of Symbiodinium with Google Apps', Proceedings of the Environmental Information Management Conference 2011, 44-48 (2011)
2011 Stat M, Bird CE, Pochon X, Chasqui L, Chauka LJ, Concepcion GT, et al., 'Variation in Symbiodinium ITS2 Sequence Assemblages among Coral Colonies', PLOS ONE, 6 (2011)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0015854
Citations Scopus - 57Web of Science - 52
2010 Lesser MP, Slattery M, Stat M, Ojimi M, Gates RD, Grottoli A, 'Photoacclimatization by the coral Montastraea cavernosa in the mesophotic zone: light, food, and genetics', ECOLOGY, 91 990-1003 (2010)
DOI 10.1890/09-0313.1
Citations Web of Science - 98
2010 Pochon X, Stat M, Takabayashi M, Chasqui L, Chauka LJ, Logan DDK, Gates RD, 'COMPARISON OF ENDOSYMBIOTIC AND FREE-LIVING SYMBIODINIUM (DINOPHYCEAE) DIVERSITY IN A HAWAIIAN REEF ENVIRONMENT', JOURNAL OF PHYCOLOGY, 46 53-65 (2010)
DOI 10.1111/j.1529-8817.2009.00797.x
Citations Scopus - 64Web of Science - 65
2009 Stat M, Pochon X, Cowie ROM, Gates RD, 'Specificity in communities of Symbiodinium in corals from Johnston Atoll', MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES, 386 83-96 (2009)
DOI 10.3354/meps08080
Citations Scopus - 58Web of Science - 58
2009 Stat M, Loh WKW, LaJeunesse TC, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Carter DA, 'Stability of coral-endosymbiont associations during and after a thermal stress event in the southern Great Barrier Reef', CORAL REEFS, 28 709-713 (2009)
DOI 10.1007/s00338-009-0509-5
Citations Scopus - 55Web of Science - 59
2008 Stat M, Morris E, Gates RD, 'Functional diversity in coral-dinoflagellate symbiosis', PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 105 9256-9261 (2008)
DOI 10.1073/pnas.0801328105
Citations Scopus - 151Web of Science - 150
2008 Stat M, Loh WKW, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Carter DA, 'Symbiont acquisition strategy drives host-symbiont associations in the southern Great Barrier Reef', CORAL REEFS, 27 763-772 (2008)
DOI 10.1007/s00338-008-0412-5
Citations Scopus - 60Web of Science - 59
2008 Stat M, Gates RD, 'Vectored introductions of marine endosymbiotic dinoflagellates into Hawaii', BIOLOGICAL INVASIONS, 10 579-583 (2008)
DOI 10.1007/s10530-007-9167-0
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 16
2006 Carter DA, Stat M, Campbell L, Blair S, 'Enhancing the research student learning experience through overseas placements', Synergy, 23 (2006)
2006 Stat M, Carter D, Hoegh-Guldberg O, 'The evolutionary history of Symbiodinium and scleractinian hosts - Symbiosis, diversity, and the effect of climate change', PERSPECTIVES IN PLANT ECOLOGY EVOLUTION AND SYSTEMATICS, 8 23-43 (2006)
DOI 10.1016/j.ppees.2006.04.001
Citations Scopus - 173Web of Science - 173
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Other (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Stat M, 'Image of Coral spat in 'Discovering Scott Reef'', (2013) [O1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 9
Total funding $1,282,927

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20175 grants / $798,973

Environmental DNA: A rapid and cost effective biodiversity assessment tool$384,000

Funding body: Chevron

Funding body Chevron
Project Team

Michael Bunce & Michael Stat

Scheme Industry
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Coral resilience and the optimal management of biodiversity$221,973

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team

Zoe Richards, Michael Bunce, David Miller, Ira Cook, Michael Stat, Jim Underwood, Nerida Wilson, James Gilmour, Andrew Halford

Scheme Linkage Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding C1200 - Aust Competitive - ARC
Category 1200
UON N

Validation of molecular diagnostic assays of marine pests of high priority to Australia – a nationally collaborative approach$138,000

Funding body: Department of Agriculture and Water

Funding body Department of Agriculture and Water
Project Team

Michael Bunce & Michael Stat

Scheme Commonwealth
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding C2120 - Aust Commonwealth - Other
Category 2120
UON N

An evaluation of environmental DNA and RNA metabarcoding for the management and surveillance of ballast water$30,000

Funding body: Chevron

Funding body Chevron
Project Team

Michael Stat and Michael Bunce

Scheme Industry
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Comparative assessment of eDNA sampling techniques for the detection of invasive marine species$25,000

Funding body: Fisheries western Australia, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Funding body Fisheries western Australia, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
Project Team

Michael Bunce and Michael Stat

Scheme Contract
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON N

20162 grants / $321,954

Environmental DNA: Integration of new molecular methods into best-practice marine management$292,169

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team

Michael Bunce, Euan Harvey, Michael Stat, Joseph DiBattista, Stephen Newman, Marcus Gilbert

Scheme Linkage Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding C1200 - Aust Competitive - ARC
Category 1200
UON N

Adaptation to the extreme: mechanisms of heat tolerance in corals from the Kimberley region, Western Australia$29,785

Funding body: University of Western Australia

Funding body University of Western Australia
Project Team

Verena Schoepf, Luke Thomas, Michael Stat

Scheme UWA Research Collaboration Award
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20152 grants / $162,000

The development of cutting edge tools to support rapid detection and management of marine pests in Western Australia$132,000

Funding body: Chevron

Funding body Chevron
Project Team

Michael Bunce and Michael Stat

Scheme Industry
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

The development of eDNA for marine environmental monitoring$30,000

Funding body: BMT Oceanica

Funding body BMT Oceanica
Project Team

Michael Bunce and Michael Stat

Scheme Contract
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed6
Current6

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2019 PhD Developing Rapid Indicators of Coral Reef Health PhD (Marine Science), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 PhD The genetic basis of coral thermotolerance Genetics, Curtin University Co-Supervisor
2017 PhD Development of eDNA methods for the assessment of marine biodiversity Genetics, Curtin University Co-Supervisor
2017 PhD Insights into past biodiversity and subsistence practices using bulk bone metabarcoding Genetics, Curtin University Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Geographical, temporal and environmental patterns of coral-Symbiodinium-bacteria networks Genetics, Edith Cowan University Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Marine biodiversity and dietary insights revealed using eDNA Genetics, Curtin University Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 Honours Substrate selection is a critical factor in environmental DNA (eDNA) studies Genetics, Curtin University Consultant Supervisor
2015 PhD Mechanisms of coral resilience at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands: resistance, recovery, and adaptation Genetics, University of Western Australia Co-Supervisor
2015 Honours A comparison of baited remote underwater video and environmental DNA for sampling marine fish biodiversity Genetics, Curtin University Co-Supervisor
2014 Honours Diversity and specificity of Symbiodinium in corals from the isolated reef systems at Christmas and Cocos Islands Genetics, University of Western Australia Principal Supervisor
2013 Masters Morphological and genetic characterisation of a marine flatworm associated with bleached corals Genetics, University of Western Australia Principal Supervisor
2013 Honours Coscinaraea marshae corals that have survived prolonged bleaching exhibit signs of increased heterotrophic feeding Ecology and Evolution, University of Western Australia Co-Supervisor
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Dr Michael Stat

Position

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science

Contact Details

Email michael.stat@newcastle.edu.au
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