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Teaching Interests

Module Organizer:

  • ENV-MA9Y Research Training Project (MSci)

I teach on:

  • ENV-3A15 Biological Oceanography and Marine Ecology
  • ENV-1A29 Global Environmental Challenges
  • ENV-3A20 Global Environmental Change
  • ENV MA15 Marine Ecology and Biological Oceanography

Key Research Interests

Environmental and functional genomics of marine microbial organisms; evolution and adaptation, metagenomics of the upper ocean; physiological adaptation; diatom biology; photosynthesis; polar biology; biochemistry; biological oceanography, marine microbiology

Significant Publications

  • Mock T., Otillar R.P., Strauss J., McMullan M., Paajanen P., Schmutz J., Salamov A., Sanges R., Toseland A., Ward B.J., Allen A.E., Dupont C.L., Frickenhaus S., Maumus F., Veluchamy A., Wu T., Barry K.W., Falciatore A., Ferrante M.I., Fortunato A.E., Glöckner G., Gruber A., Hipkin R., Janech M.G., Kroth P.G., Leese F., Lindquist E.A., Lyon B.R., Martin J., Mayer C., Parker M., Quesneville H., Raymond J.A., Uhlig C., Valas R.E., Valentin K.U. Worden A.Z., Armbrust E.V., Clark M.D., Bowler C., Green B.R. Moulton V., Van Oosterhout C., Grigoriev I.V. (2017) Evolutionary genomics of the cold-adapted diatom Fragilariopsis cylindrusNature (DOI:10.1038/nature20803)
  • B.A. Read, J. Kegel, M.J. Klute, A. Kuo, S.C. Lefebvre, F. Maumus, C. Mayer, J. Miller, A. Monier, A. Salamov, J. Young, M. Aguilar, J-M. Claverie, S. Frickenhaus, K. Gonzalez, E.K. Herman, Y-C. Lin, J. Napier, H. Ogata, A.F. Sarno, J. Shmutz, D. Schroeder, C. de Vargas, F. Verret, P. von Dassow, K. Valentin, Y. Van de Peer, G. Wheeler,A.E. Allen, K. Bidle, M. Borodovsky, C. Bowler, C. Brownlee, J.M. Cock, M. Elias, V.N. Gladyshev, M. Groth, C. Guda, A. Hadaegh, M.D. Iglesias-Rodriguez, J. Jenkins, B.M. Jones, T. Lawson, F. Leese, E. Lindquist, A. Lobanov, A. Lomsadze, S-B. Malik, M.E. Marsh, L. Mackinder, T. Mock, B. Mueller-Roeber, A. Pagarete, M. Parker, I. Probert, H. Quesneville, C. Raines, S.A. Rensing, D.M. Riaño-Pachón, S. Richier, S. Rokitta, Y. Shiraiwa, D.M. Soanes, M. van der Giezen, T.M. Wahlund, B. Williams, W. Wilson, G. Wolfe, L.L. Wurch, J.B. Dacks, C.F. Delwiche, S.T. Dyhrman, G. Glöckner, U. John, T. Richards, A.Z. Worden, X. Zhang & I.V. Grigoriev (2013) Pan genome of the phytoplankton Emiliania underpins its global distribution. Nature doi: 10.1038/nature12221
  • Curtis, B.A., Tanifuji, G., Burki, F., Gruber, A., Irimia, M., Mayuyama, S., Arias, M.C., Ball, S.G., Gile, G.H., Hirakawa, Y., Hopkins J.F., Kuo, A., Rensing, S.A., Schumtz, J., Symeonidi, A., Elias, M., Eveleigh, R.J.M., Herman, E.K., Klute, M.J., Nakayam, T., Obornik, M., Reyes-Prieto, A., Armbrust, E.V., Aves, S.J., Beiko, R.G., Coutinho, P., Dacks, J.B., Durnford, D.G., Fast, N.M., Green, B.R., Grisdale, C.J., Hempel, F., Henrissat, B., Hoppner, M.P., Ishida, K-I., Kim, E., Loreny, K., Krooth, P.G., Liu, Y., Mali, S-B., Maier, U.G., McRose, D., Mock, T., Neilson, J.A.D., Onodera, N.T., Poole, A.M., Pritham, E.J., Richards, T.A., Rocap, G., Roy, S.W., Sarai, C., Schaack, S., Shirato, S., Slamovits, C.H., Spencer, D.F., Suzuki, S., Worden, A.Z., Zauner, S., Barry, K., Bell, C., Bharti, A.K., Crow, J.A., Grimwood, J., Kramer, R., Lindquist, E., Lucas, S., Salamov, A., McFadden, G.I., Lane, C.E., Keeling, P.J., Gray, M.W., Grigoriev, I.V., Archibald, J.M. (2012) Algal genomes reveal evolutionary mosaicism and the fate of nucleomorphs. Nature 492, 59-65 doi: 10.1038/nature11681
  • Worden AZ, Lee JH$, Mock T$, Rouzé P$, Simmons MP$, Aerts AL, Allen AE, Cuvelier ML, Derelle E, Everett MV, Foulon E, Grimwood J, Gundlach H, Henrissat B, Napoli C, McDonald SM, Parker MS, Rombauts S, Salamov A, Von Dassow P, Badger JH, Coutinho PM, Demir E, Dubchak I, Gentemann C, Eikrem W, Gready JE, John U, Lanier W, Lindquist EA, Lucas S, Mayer KF, Moreau H, Not F, Otillar R, Panaud O, Pangilinan J, Paulsen I, Piegu B, Poliakov A, Robbens S, Schmutz J, Toulza E, Wyss T, Zelensky A, Zhou K, Armbrust EV, Bhattacharya D, Goodenough UW, Van de Peer Y, Grigoriev IV. (2009) Green evolution and dynamic adaptations revealed by genomes of the marine picoeukaryotes Micromonas. Science, 324: 268-72. ($These authors contributed equally to this work)
  • Bowler C, Allen AE, Badger JH, Grimwood J, Jabbari K, Kuo A, Maheswari U, Martens C, Maumus F, Otillar RP, Rayko E, Salamov A, Vandepoele K, Beszteri B, Gruber A, Heijde M, Katinka M, Mock T, Valentin K, Verret F, Berges JA, Brownlee C, Cadoret J-P, Chiovitti A, Choi CJ, Coesel S, De Martino A, Detter JC, Durkin C, Falciatore A, Fournet J, Haruta M, Huysmann M, Jenkins BD, Jiroutova K, Jorgensen RE, Joubert Y, Kaplan A, Kroeger N, Kroth P, La Roche J, Lindquist E, Lommer M, Martin-Jezequel V, Lopez PJ, Lucas S, Mangogna M, McGinnis K, Medlin LK, Montsant A, Oudot-Le Secq M-P, Napoli C, Obornik M, Petit J-L, Porcel BM, Poulsen N, Robison M, Rychlewski L, Rynearson TA, Schmutz J, Schnitzler Parker M, Shapiro H, Siaut M, Stanley M, Sussman MJ, Taylor A, Vardi A, von Dassow P, Vyverman W, Willis A, Wyrwicz LS, Rokhsar DS, Weissenbach J, Armbrust EV, Green BR, Van de Peer Y, Grigoriev IV  (2008) The Phaeodactylum genome reveals the dynamic nature and multi-lineage evolutionary history of diatom genomes. Nature, 456: 239-244.
  • Mock T, Samanta MP, Iverson V, Berthiaume C, Robison M, Holtermann K, Durkin C, Splinter BonDurant S, Richmond K, Rodesch M, Kallas T, Huttlin EL, Cerrina F, Sussman MR & Armbrust EV (2008) Whole genome expression profiling of the marine diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana identifies genes involved in silicon bioprocesses. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 105: 1579-1584. (cover story with commentary)

Publications: EPrints Digital Repository


I obtained my MSc (1998) in Biology with emphasis on Biological Oceanography at the Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel (GEOMAR) and the PhD (2003) at Bremen University (AWI), Germany. Before joining the University of East Anglia (UEA) in 2007, most of my PostDoc research was conducted with a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in the School of Oceanography, University of Washington (E.V. Armbrust lab) in joint cooperation with the Biotechnology Center, University of Wisconsin (M.R. Sussman lab), USA. Before I was promoted to Professor (Personal Chair) in 2014, I was Reader (2012-2014) and had a Research Councils UK (RCUK) Academic Fellowship (2007-2012). The overarching aim of my research is to identify fundamental biological processes that govern the adaptation and evolution of marine microalgae (Phytoplankton) in the oceans. Marine phytoplankton contribute ca. 50% of annual global carbon fixation. Thus, their adaptation and evolution in the context of biotic and abiotic interactions in different marine systems (from tropics to the poles) does not only shape marine food webs but also biogeochemical cycles they drive.

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Website: http://www.mocklab.com/

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

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