Thomas-Hall, Peter

Peter Thomas-Hall

Technical Officer in Chemistry Laboratory and Biomolecular Analysis Facility

Contact Information

Phone (07) 4753 4274
Int +61 7 4753 4274


Chemist and inventor. I have worked on a number of chemical ecology projects including 
Halogenated monoterpenes from the red algae placamium
Coral settlement cues from coralline algal-associated bacterium, pseudoalteromonas
DMSP synthesis and its ecological role
I have a lot of experience in designing and building unique systems and inventions. 


2008 Bachelor of Science, double major of Chemistry and Aquaculture at James Cook University


I am currently involved with researching and trying to break the life cycle of the valuable and protected marine snail, the Triton Trumpet Shell (charonia tritonis), which is the only true predator of the Crown of Thorns Starfish. I am also involved with looking at the sensory chemistry of the COTS and how to attract and repel the COTS. 

Some of my capabilities are chemical extractions, flash chromatography, chemical synthesis, HPLC, UHPLC, Freeze drying, 1d and 2d NMR, LCMS, IR Spectroscopy, IR Microscope spectroscopy, image and video analysis, video editing, CAD drawing, Compound, Inverted and Stereo Microscopy 


3 science papers in international journals, 1 acknowledgment in a Nature paper, 4 non-refereed reports

Hall MR, Kocot KM, Baughman KW et al (2017) The crown-of-thorns starfish genome as a guide for biocontrol of this coral reef pest. Nature 544: 231-234 doi:10.1038/nature22033

Raina JB, Clode PL, Cheong S, Bougoure J, Kilburn MR, Reeder A, ForĂȘt S, Stat M, Beltran V, Thomas-Hall P, Tapiolas D, Motti CM, Gong B, Pernice M, Marjo CE, Seymour JR, Willis BL, Bourne DG (2017)Subcellular tracking reveals the location of dimethylsulfoniopropionate in microalgae and visualises its uptake by marine bacteria. eLife 6: e23008. doi:10.7554/eLife.23008.

Motti CA, Thomas-Hall P, Hagiwara KA, Simmons CJ, Willis R, Wright AD (2014) Accelerated identification of halogenated monoterpenes from Australian specimens of the red algae Plocamium hamatum and Plocamium costatum. Journal of Natural Products 77(5): 1193-200. doi:10.1021/np500059h.

Tebben J, Motti C, Tapiolas D, Thomas-Hall P, Harder T (2014) A coralline algal-associated bacterium, pseudoalteromonas strain J010, yields five new korormicins and a bromopyrrole. Marine Drugs 12(5):2802-15. doi:10.3390/md12052802.


Motti CA, Cummins S, Armstrong T, Barker T, Hillberg A, Schlawinsky M, Thomas-Hall T (2018) Charonia tritonis larval rearing: progress report (January 2018). Report prepared for Reef2050 Grant Id: 3600000775.

Motti CA, Thomas-Hall PL, Hall MR, Martin A, Barker T, Humphrey C. June 2017. Charonia tritonis larval rearing pilot study. Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville.

Motti CA, Thomas-Hall PL, Hall MR, Martin A, Barker T, Humphrey C (2017) Charonia tritonis larval rearing pilot study: Progress Report prepared for AIMS Executive

MR Hall, U Bose, SF Cummins, CA Motti, T Wang, M Zhao, R Roberts, M Smith, BA Rotgans, RC Wyeth, P Thomas-Hall and the COTS Genome Consortium (2016) The Crown-of-Thorns secretome: towards a control technology. Final report for Australian Government Caring for Our Country Feb 2016.