Timothy Ravasi

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Timothy Ravasi
Doctorate Universita’ Degli Studi di Milano, Italy, 1999
MSc Universita’ Degli Studi di Milano, Italy, 1996
timothy.ravasi at oist.jp

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Timothy Ravasi is a Professor of Marine Sciences and the Principal Investigator of the Marine Climate Change Unit at OIST, an Adjunct Professor at the Australian Research Council Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, an Adjunct Professor at the University of California in San Diego and a Visiting Scientist at the RIKEN institute in Japan. After receiving his doctoral degree in biological sciences from the University of Milan in Italy, he started his postdoctoral training at the Institute for Molecular Biosciences at the University of Queensland in Australia. He then moved to University of California, San Diego to become the co-director of the Scripps Systems Biology core. In 2008 joined as an Associate Professor the faculty of the newly founded King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, where in 2014 he was promoted to Tenured Full Professor. In 2019 he moved to  OIST as Tenured Full Professor where he established a multi-disciplinary research program aiming to understand the effects of climate change on coral reef ecosystems in particular on fish communities. Tim loves the sea, diving, golf, hiking and soccer.

Professional Experience

  • Professor of Marine Science, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, OIST, Japan, 2019-Present.
  • Adjunct Professor, Australian Research Council Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Australia, 2020-Present.
  • Professor of Marine Genomics, Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences & Engineering, KAUST, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2009-2019.
  • Adjunct Professor, University of California San Diego, USA, 2009-Present.
  • Permanent Senior Visiting Scientist, Institute of Chemicals and Physical Research (RIKEN), Japan, 2005-Present.

Select Publications

  • Lehmann R, Lightfoot DJ, Schunter C, Michell CT, Ohyanagi H, Mineta K, Foret S, Berumen M, Miller DJ, Aranda M, Gojobori T, Munday PL and Ravasi T. Finding Nemo's Genes: A chromosome-scale reference assembly of the genome of the orange clownfish Amphiprion percula. Molecular Ecology Resources, 2019 May;19(3):570-585.
  • Ryu T, Veilleux HD, Donelson JM, Munday PL, and Ravasi T. Epigenetic landscape of transgenerational acclimation to ocean warming. Nature Climate Change. 2018. 8, 504–509.
  • Veilleux HD, Ryu T, Donelson JM, Philip L. Munday PL and Ravasi T. Molecular response to extreme summer temperatures differs between two locally adapted populations of a coral reef fish. 2018, Frontiers in Marine Science, 28 September 2018 .
  • Bernal MA, Donelson JM, Veilleux HD, Munday PL and Ravasi T. Step-wise temperature increase across generations leads to recovery of aerobic capacity in a coral reef fish. Molecular Ecology, 2018 Nov;27(22):4516-4528.
  • Schunter C, Welch MJ, Nilsson GE, Rummer JL, Munday PL, Ravasi T. An interplay between plasticity and parental phenotype determines impacts of ocean acidification on a reef fish. Nature Ecology & Evolution. 2017 Dec 18.
  • Torda G, Donelson JM, Aranda M, Barshis DJ, Bay L, Berumen ML, Bourne DG, Cantin N, Foret S, Matz M, Miller DJ, Moya A, Putnam HM, Ravasi T, van Oppen MJH, Thurber RV, Vidal-Dupiol J, Voolstra CR, Watson SA, Whitelaw E, Willis BL & Munday PL. Rapid adaptive responses to climate change in corals. Nature Climate Change 2017. 7, 627–636.
  • Schunter S, Welch MJ, Ryu T, Zhang H, Berumen ML, Nilsson GE, Munday PL and Ravasi T. Molecular signatures of transgenerational brain response to ocean acidification in a reef fish. 2016, Nature Climate Change, 6, 1014–1018.
  • Casas L, Saborido-Rey F, Ryu T, Michell CT, Ravasi T and Irigoien X. Sex change in clownfish: molecular insights from transcriptome analysis. Scientific Reports, 2016. Sci Rep. 2016; 6: 35461.
  • Veilleux HD, Ryu T, Donelson JM, van Herwerden L, Seridi L, Ghosheh Y, Berumen ML, Leggat W, Munday PL and Ravasi T. Mechanisms of transgenerational acclimation to a warming ocean. Nature Climate Change 2015.