Dr Mark Brown

Senior Research Associate
4102, L4 West, Bioscience South E26
(+61 2) 9385 1255
(+61 2) 9385 1483

Research Interests

My research focuses on microbes (Bacteria, Archaea and microbial Eukaryotes), primarily from marine environments, and how they interact with each other and their environment
to form communities that sustain critical ecosystem processes.

Marine microbes are intricately linked to global ecosystems. They perform ~50% of global primary production and mediate processes that drive coastal and open-ocean biogeochemical cycles, including the flux of particulate carbon to the deep ocean. These organisms thus control the fundamental energy base upon which all higher trophic levels depend and modulate the biological ocean carbon pump that helps regulate Earth’s climate.

Professional Experience

  • 2014-current: Senior Research Fellow, School of BABS
  • 2009-2013: ARC QEII Fellow, School of BABS
  • 2007-2008: Research Fellow, Environmental Microbiology Initiative, UNSW
  • 2004-2007: Research Fellow, NASA Astrobiology Institute, University of Hawaii, Honolulu
  • 2002-2004: Wrigley Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Southern California, Los Angeles


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