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Clint Oakley

Clint Oakley, PhD

Coral Reef Systems Biologist

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Kia ora! I use proteomics, metabolomics, and systems biology to understand the coral-dinoflagellate symbiosis and its breakdown in coral bleaching to inform reef restoration strategies.


Research Interests

My research goal is to use systems biology to explain how successful symbioses are essential for reef ecosystem function, and to better predict and improve the survival trajectory of coral reefs. My research integrates laboratory models and field studies to investigate the molecular basis of coral host–symbiont interactions, physiology, and responses to thermal, nutrient, and ocean acidification stressors.

New Grant Support

I've recently received support from the Marsden Fund of the Royal Society Te Apārangi to use oxidative proteomics to unravel the roles of protein oxidation and oxidative signalling in coral bleaching. Read more about the project here.



CA Oakley, GI Newson*, L Peng, SK Davy. The Symbiodinium proteome under thermal and nutrient stress. Plant and Cell Physiology pcac175.

C Pogoreutz, CA Oakley, N Rädecker, Anny Cárdenas, G Perna, L Peng, SK Davy, DK Ngugi, CR Voolstra. Coral holobiont cues prime Endozoicomonas to a symbiotic lifestyle. The ISME Journal 16: 1883–1895.

AE Sproles, CA Oakley, JL Matthews, L Peng, VM Weis, JG Owen, AR Grossman, SK Davy. Proteomics quantifies protein expression changes in a model cnidarian colonized by a thermally tolerant but suboptimal symbiont. The ISME Journal 13: 2334–2345.

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