Luke Thompson

Luke Thompson, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division


4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149

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.

Current Work

Principal Investigator for the AOML ‘Omics program

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2003 – 2010, Ph.D. Microbiology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

1998 – 2003, B.S. Biological Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

  1. 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. Archived DNA reveals marine heatwave-associated shifts in fish assemblages. Environmental DNA, 6:e400, 2024
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  2. 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, 2023
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  3. 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, 2023
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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.