PROF Madeleine van Oppen

PROF Madeleine van Oppen


  • Microbial Symbiosis, Adaptation, Acclimatisation, Climate Change, Reef Corals, Assisted Evolution



  • Madeleine holds a halftime position as a Chair in Marine Biology at the University of Melbourne (School of BioSciences) and a halftime position as a Senior Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). Her research focuses on microbial symbiosis in corals, adaptation/acclimatisation to climate change, and connectivity of coral reefs. Her work is increasingly focusing on ‘assisted evolution’, where mechanisms of adaptation and acclimatisation in corals and genetic manipulations to enhance stress tolerance and fitness of corals in a changing environment are explored.   


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Groningen 1995

Awards and honors

  • Paul Allen Ocean Challenge Prize, Paul Allen Family Foundation, 2013
  • Dorothy Hill award, Australian Academy of Science, 2005