Dr. Jérôme Payet, Postdoc, Dr. Vega-Thurber Laboratory


  Office Nash Hall 334
Phone 541-737-7793
FAX 541-737-0496
Email payetj@onid.orst.edu
Education Ph.D. U. of British Columbia, Oceanography

Research Interests:  Viruses are the most abundant and diverse biological entities in the world’s oceans, and all marine life forms are susceptible to viral infection. Coral reefs are complex and diverse ecosystems that harbour abundant and diverse microbes including protists, prokaryotes, fungi and viruses. However, relatively little is known about the ecology and genetic diversity of viruses in coral-associated microbes. The focus of my research is to use field experiments and culturing approaches in combination with single cell and next-gen sequencing tools to 1) examine the genetic structure and diversity of coral-associated viruses, 2) characterize viruses that infect coral-dinoflagellate endosymbionts (Symbiodinium) and, 3) evaluate the ecological roles of viruses in these vulnerable ecosystems. This work will hopefully provide novel insights into previously unknown roles of viruses in maintaining healthy coral ecosystems.

Recent Awards:  Robert WAN-Tahiti Perles research grant benefiting the Institute of Coral Reefs, February 2013.

Current field projects:


Moorea (IRCP Robert WAN - Tahiti Perles Grant: http://www.ircp.pf/bourses2012.html).

Payet, J.P. and Suttle, C.A.  2013.  To kill or not to kill:  the balance between lytic and lysogenic viral infection is driven by trophic status in Arctic marine coastal waters.  Limnology and Oceanograhy, 58(2):  465-474.
Winter, C., Payet, J.P. and Suttle, C.A.  2012.  Modeling the winter-to-summer transition of prokaryotic and viral abundance in the Arctic ocean.  PLoS ONE 7(12), e52794.
Brussaard, C.P.D., Payet, J.P. Winter, C., and Weinbauer, M.E.  2012.  Quantification of aquatic viruses by flow cytometry.  IN:  S.W. Wilhelm, M.G. Weinbauer, and C.A. Suttle (Eds.)  Manual of Aquatic Viral Ecology, ASLO, Chapter 11, p. 102-109.
Clasen, J.L., Brigden, S.M., Payet, J.P. and Suttle, C.A.  2008.  Viral abundance across marine and freshwater systems is driven by different biological factors.  Freshwater Biology, 53, pp. 1090-1100.
Payet, J.P. and Suttle, C.A.  2008.  Physical and biological correlates of virus dynamics in the southern Beaufort Sea and Amundsen Gulf.  Journal of Marine Systems, 74:933-945.
Pelletier, E., Sargian, P., Payet, J. and Demers, S.  2006.  Ecotoxicological effects of combined UVB and organic contaminants in coastal waters:  a review.  Photochemistry and Photo Biology, 86:981-993.