Jennifer L. Matthews

Dr Jennifer L. Matthews

Human Frontier Science Programme Postdoctoral Research Fellow.
University of Technology Sydney

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My research focuses on applying metabolomics analyses to unravel marine symbioses and ultimately support coral reef conservation. I am especially interested in the metabolic interactions between corals and their associated microorganisms, and the metabolic processes that underpin coral reef health and function, to better inform conservation activities and help safeguard the world's coral reefs. In 2018, I was awarded a long-term postdoctoral fellowship by the Human Frontier Science Program to explore the metabolic networks between coral dinoflagellate-bacterial associations with the Future Reefs research group at the University of Technology Sydney (Aus). Prior to my position at UTS, I completed a PhD at Victoria University of Wellington (NZ), in which I applied metabolomics and transcriptomics to investigate the nutritional implications of partner switching in the coral-dinoflagellate symbiosis. Before that, I was Marine Conservation Manager at Big Blue Conservation in Koh Tao, Thailand. My earlier education includes a MRes at Imperial College London (UK) and a BSc at University of Bath (UK).