Mathieu Pernice


Ph: Australia: (+61)405057906  / France: (+33)607300016

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Present: Research Associate- Plant Functional Biology and Climate Change Cluster University of Technology, Sydney (Australia)

2012-2013: Research fellow- Laboratory of Biological Geochemistry, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)

2010-2011: Research fellow- UMR 7208 Biologie des ORganismes et Ecosystèmes Aquatiques, Paris (France)

2008-2010: Research fellow- Coral Reef Ecosystems Lab, University of Queensland, Brisbane (Australia)

2007-2008: Research assistant and Lecturer (ATER)- UMR 7208 Biologie des ORganismes et Ecosystèmes Aquatiques, Paris (France)

2005-2006 Research fellow- Symbiosis group- Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen (Germany)

2003-2006 PhD student- UMR 5178 Biologie des Organismes Marins et Ecosystèmes, Paris (France) [PhD thesis in pdf]


Lecturer for Bachelor of Science- Exploiting the biotechnological potential of microalgae- University of Technology, Sydney

11 May 2014

Invited lecturer for Bachelor of Science- University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Bacterial symbioses in mollusks

2 October 2012

Invited lecturer - Trends in Environmental Research Series, UTS, Sydney, Australia

The shallow and the deep: exploring the evolution and function of symbioses in marine environment

26 September 2012

Invited lecturer - University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Sizing up the symbiotic interaction between cnidarian and dinoflagellate: towards a single-cell view of ammonium assimilation in corals

22 November 2011

Invited lecturer - Joint Academic Microbiology Seminars, Sydney, Australia

Sizing up the symbiotic partnership: towards a single-cell view of nutrients uptake in cnidaria-dinoflagellate symbiosis

26 October 2011

Invited lecturer for Bachelor of Science- University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Bacterial symbioses in mollusks

4 October 2011

Invited lecturer- University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Sizing up the symbiotic part… A single-cell view of coral symbiosis by using  NanoSIMS

16 June 2010

Invited lecturer- Centre IRD, Noumea, New-Caledonia

Effect of thermal stress on the regulation of cell death in reef-building corals

17 March 2010

Invited lecturer- Centre for Marine Studies, Brisbane Australia

Influence of environmental changes on cnidarian symbioses : a genomics approach

23 January 2009

Lecturer- Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris France

September 2007- August 2008

Lecturer- Centro Biologia Alpina, Piora Switzerland

Training course for master students: Microbial Ecology

21-28 August 2004

Lecturer- Centro Biologia Alpina, Piora Switzerland

Training course for master students: Microbiology of the extreme

25-30 August 2003


2003 - 2006 PhD in Biology (supervisor: Dr Renata Boucher-Rodoni, CNRS)

University Paris 6, Paris, France (defended the 23/11/2006)

2002 - 2003 Master Degree in Integrated Biology of Invertebrates

University Paris 6, Paris, France


Ongoing funding from the European Commission, Swiss and French national agencies, New Caledonian and Australian institutions has provided support for my research program since 2003. Overall, my individual and collaborative efforts have attracted over 750000 euros to fund my research activities.

Major grants:

2013-2015: UTS Early Career Researcher Grants 2013 :

“A novel electrochemical biosensor for the detection of sub-lethal stress in reef corals:

A clinical approach to monitor coral reef health”-24 months (collaborator)

2012-2015: Swiss National Science Foundation program at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne (Switzerland) : “A NanoSIMS study of (sub-)cellular nutrient-transfer in symbiotic corals and sea anemones under changing environmental conditions”– 36 months

2010-2011: CNRS multidisciplinary program at the National Museum of Natural History, Paris (France): “NanoSIMS and Symbiosis”– 12 months

2008-2011: Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship at the Centre for Marine studies, Brisbane (Australia):  “Influence of environmental stresses on cnidaria-dinoflagellate symbioses: a genomics approach” – 36 months

2007-2008: Research grant from Singer-Polignac foundation to initiate a collaborative project between the UMR 5178, Paris (France) and the Centre for Marine studies Brisbane (Australia): “Sensitivity to environmental stresses in a scleractinian coral-dinoflagellate symbiosis”.

2006-2007 Research grant from the Government of New Caledonia awarded by the Pacific Fund: “Comparative analysis of bioaccumulation of trace elements in Nautilus populations from Vanuatu and New-Caledonia” – 24 months.

2005-2006 Fellowship Marie Curie Training Site for Marine Microbiology at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (Bremen, Germany): Molecular characterisation of bacterial symbiosis in Nautilus – 4 months.

2005-2006 Bonus Quality Research from the French Ministry of Research and Education: Symbiotic bacteria in two models for marine invertebrates: specific diversity, physiological roles and bioactive compounds production – 24 months.

2003-2006 PhD Fellowship from the French Ministry of Research and Education, awarded by the University Paris 6: Bacterial symbiosis in Nautilus: Characterisation and Physiological Roles – 36 months.



- Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme (ADAS) scientific diver 2009, Nitrox endorsement

  1. -Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme (ADAS) level 1 diver 2012

  2. -FFESSM: Level 2,

  3. -PADI: Open Water Diver


  1. -Recreational Boating License issued in France (limited to 5 miles from the shore) Driving:

  2. -NSW Drivers Licence Class C


  1. -First Aid Certificate and Oxygen Provider with CPR Certificate


2011-Present: Honorary Visiting fellow- Behaviour and Physiology Research Lab, University of Sydney, Sydney (Australia)


Present: Environmental scientist - CARDNO Water and Environment, Sydney (Australia)- Focus on coral reef ecosystems within the Ichtys Nearshore Environmental Monitoring Program (INPEX)

The Ichthys Gas Field Development Project, a world scale gas development operated by INPEX, includes the dredging and spoil disposal of 17 millions of m3 of sediments to create a safe shipping channel in Darwin Harbour. This project adopts one of the strictest environmental monitoring programs ever seen in Australia. I have been engaged within CARDNO team to develop and implement the marine environmental monitoring program to assess potential environmental impacts arising from the dredging and disposal activities in the nearshore development area (Darwin Harbour, NT, Australia).


Member of editorial board of Frontiers in Microbial Symbioses (Frontiers Microbiology)

Reviewer for Frontiers Microbiology, Molecular Ecology, Bioessays, Plos ONE, Autophagy, Marine Biology, Marine Biotechnology, Ecotoxicology.