Luke Thompson, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division
Dr. Luke Thompson is a microbial ecologist and bioinformatician with diverse experience in the field and laboratory. He is a lead author of publications in Nature, PNAS, and The ISME Journal, among others.
2003 – 2010, Ph.D. Microbiology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
1998 – 2003, B.S. Biological Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
- Gold, Z., R.P. Kelly, A.O. Shelton, A.R. Thompson, K.D. Goodwin, R. Gallego, K.M. Parsons, L.R. Thompson, D. Kacev, and P.H. Barber. Message in a bottle: Archived DNA reveals marine heatwave-associated shifts in fish assemblages. Environmental DNA, https://doi.org/10.1002/edn3.400 2023
- Lim, S.J., L.R. Thompson, and K.D. Goodwin. Genetic features of the marine polychaete Sirsoe methanicola from metagenomic data. Frontiers in Marine Science, 9:1067482, https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2022.1067482 2023
- Park, H., S.J. Lim, J. Cosme, K. O'Connell, J. Sandeep, F. Gayanilo, G.R. Cutter, E. Montes, C. Nitikitpaiboon, S. Fisher, H. Moustahfid, and L.R. Thompson. Investigation of machine learning algorithms for taxonomic classification of marine metagenomes. Microbiology Spectrum, 11(5):e5237-22, https://doi.org/10.1128/spectrum.05237-22 2023
Scripps Institution of Oceanography Graduate Teaching Award, 2019
For efforts to teach Scripps students about data science using the Python programming language.
NOAA Outstanding Paper Award, 2018
For pre-eminent science published through rigorous peer-review:
Thompson, L.R., J.G. Sanders, D. McDonald, A. Amir, J. Ladau, K.J. Locey, R.J. Prill, A. Tripathi, S.M. Gibbons, G. Ackermann, J.A. Navas-Molina, S. Janssen, E. Kopylova, Y. Vázquez-Baeza, A. Gonzalez, J.T. Morton, S. Mirarab, Z.Z. Xu, L. Jiang, M.F. Haroon, J. Kanbar, Q. Zhu, S.J. Song, T. Kosciolek, N.A. Bokulich, J. Lefler, C.J. Brislawn, G. Humphrey, S.M. Owens, J. Hampton-Marcell, D. Berg-Lyons, V. McKenzie, N. Fierer, J.A. Fuhrman, A. Clauset, R.L. Stevens, A. Shade, K.S. Pollard, K.D. Goodwin, et al., 2017: A communal catalogue reveals Earth’s multiscale microbial diversity. Nature, 551(7681):457-463.