- 1997: PhD in Biotechnology, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD
- 1992: Bachelor of Applied Science in Biotechnology (First Class Honours), University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.
Member of the Action Network for Coral Health and Resilience
Editorial Board of The ISME and Environmental Microbiology Journals
Science Leader of the ReFuGe2020 Research consortium on coral genomics facilitated through the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.
Bourne DG, Morrow KM, Webster NS (2016) Coral Holobionts: Insights into the coral microbiome: Underpinning the health and resilience of reef ecosystems. Annual Reviews of Microbiology 70:317-340
Camps M, Benavides M, Lema KA, Bourne DG, Grosso O, Bonnet S (2016) Released coral mucus does not enhance planktonic N2 fixation rates. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 77:51-63 doi:10.3354/ame01787
Lema KA, Clode PL, Kilburn MR, Thornton R, Willis BL, Bourne DG (2016) Imaging the uptake of nitrogen-fixing bacteria into larvae of the coral Acropora millepora. ISME J 10:1804-1808 doi:10.1038/ismej.2015.229
Mohamed A, Cumbo V, Harii S, Shinzato C, Chan C-X, Ragan M, Bourne D, Willis B, Ball E, Satoh N, Miller D (2016) The transcriptomic response of the coral Acropora digitifera to a competent Symbiodinium strain: the symbiosome as an arrested early phagosome. Molecular Ecology 25: 3127-3141
Neave M, Rachmawati R, Xun L, Michell C, Bourne DG, Apprill A, Voolstra C. (2016) Differential specificity between closely related corals and abundant Endozoicomonas endosymbionts across global scales. ISME J. doi:10.1038/ismej.2016.95
O'Brien PA, Morrow KM, Willis B, Bourne DG (2016) Implications of ocean acidification for marine microorganisms from the free-living to the host-associated. Frontiers in Marine Science 3:47 doi: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00047
Raina J, Tapiolas D, Motti CA, Foret S, Seemann T, Tebben J, Willis BL, Bourne DG (2016) Isolation of an antimicrobial compound produced by bacteria associated with reef-building corals. PeerJ doi: 10.7717/peerj.2275
Sato Y, Civiello M, Bell SC, Willis BL, Bourne DG (2016) Integrated approach to understanding the etiology of black band disease in corals. Environmental Microbiology 18:752-765 doi:10.1111/1462-2920.13122
Wada N, Pollock FJ, Willis BL, Ainsworth T, Mano N, Bourne DG (2016) In situ visualization of bacterial populations in coral tissues: pitfalls and solutions. PeerJ 4:e2424 doi: 10.7717/peerj.2424
Bourne DG, Ainsworth TD, Pollock FJ, Willis BL (2015) Towards a better understanding of white syndromes and their causes on Indo-Pacific coral reefs. Coral Reefs 34:233-242