People

Matthew Neave

Alumni
Postdoctoral Fellow

Introduction

I grew up in southern Australia and was always fascinated by the coastal environments of the region. This fascination lead me to complete an undergraduate degree in marine biology at Deakin University in Warrnambool. Afterwards I moved to Darwin in tropical northern Australia, where I completed a Ph.D. looking at using polychaetes (marine worms) as indicators of marine health.

Currently I am a joint postdoctoral fellow with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA, USA, and the Red Sea Research Centre here at KAUST. My research involves using genomic sequencing, microscopy techniques and metabolomic profiling to understand the functional role of the symbiotic bacterial genus Endozoicomonas. These bacteria have been associated with soft and hard corals from the Mediterranean and Red Seas and reef-building corals from the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific. Understanding these associations will provide information about the ecology of the hosts and how host-microbial complexes respond to environmental change.​

Research Interests

Using genomic sequencing, microscopy techniques and metabolomic profiling to understand the functional role of the symbiotic bacterial genus Endozoicomonas. These bacteria have been associated with soft and hard corals from the Mediterranean and Red Seas and reef-building corals from the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific. Understanding these associations will provide information about the ecology of the hosts and how host-microbial complexes respond to environmental change.​​​

Selected Publications


  • Neave, MJ., Streten-Joyce, C., Nouwens, AS., Glasby, CJ., McGuinness, KA., Parry, DL., Gibb, KS., 2012. The transcriptome and proteome are altered in marine polychaetes (Annelida) exposed to elevated metal levels. Journal of Proteomics 75, 2721-2735.

  • Neave, MJ., Streten-Joyce, C., Glasby, CJ., McGuinness, KA., Parry, DL., Gibb, KS., 2012. The bacterial community associated with the marine polychaete Ophelina sp.1 (Annelida: Opheliidae) is altered by copper and zinc contamination in sediments. Microbial Ecology 63, 639-650.

Education

  • Ph.D., Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia, 2011.

  • B.Sc. (Hons), Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia, 2007.

  • B.Sc., Deakin University, Warrnambool, Australia, 2006.

Professional Profile

2012-2015: Joint Postdoctoral Fellow at the Red Sea Research Centre, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA, USA.​