Dr Jamie Seymour
School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences
Building E? - CAIRNS CAMPUS
(07) 4042 1229 (Australia)
+61 7 4042 1229(International)
(07) 4042 1284 (Australia)
+61 7 4042 1284(International)
Associate Professor Jamie Seymour or the “Jelly Dude from Nemo land” has been researching and working with venomous and dangerous animals for over 20 yrs with his present interest being “Why do animals have venom?” Based in Cairns, in Northern Australia, an area that has an over abundance of venomous animals, he is uniquely placed to study the ecology and biology of Australia’s venomous species. He teaches at all levels at James Cook University, one of the top 5% of research universities in the world with his favourite subject being “Venomous Australian Animals”, a subject designed and taught by this effervescent academic. He has been successfully involved in programs designed to decrease the envenomings of humans by jellyfish, namely in Australia, Timor Leste (for the United Nations), Thailand and Hawaii. His research has been directly responsible for changes in the present treatment protocol for Australian jellyfish stings. He established and is the director of the Tropical Australian Venom Research Unit (TASRU) which is now recognised as one of the premier research groups in the world for the studies of the ecology and biology of box jellyfish and research into medical treatment of box jellyfish envenomings.
Entomology, insect parasitoids and biological control, integrated pest management techniques as well as conducting research on the seasonality of tropical invertebrates.
designed and built commercial insectaries for the rearing of beneficial insects for the agricultural trade,
was involved in a variety of projects ranging from marine spiders, tropical insects, cane toads, snakes, scorpions, big furry spiders, stone fish and of course jellyfish.
leading Australian cubozoan researcher responsible for elucidating the ecology and biology of several of the global medically important cubozoans, not only in Australia, but also international.
decrease the envenomings of humans by cubozoans, namely in Australia, Timor Leste (for the United Nations) and Hawaii.
identification of cubozoans and the collection of venoms from these animals.
changes in the present treatment protocol for Australian cnidarian stings.
developed a new and novel technique for the extraction of venoms from cnidarians - now widely regarded as the most appropriate way to extract cnidarian venoms and removes the vast majority of problems with the older methods.
A/Professor Seymour's laboratory is the only facility in the world that supplies regular and consistent quantities of venoms from Australian cubozoans.
1998 established the Tropical Australian Venom Research Unit - now recognised as one of the premier laboratories in the world for the studies of the ecology and biology and medical treatment of cubozoans and other venomous marine creatures.
Research Centres of Excellence
Associate Professor Seymour is a joint program leader with Professor Loukas in the Biodiscovery arm of the Centre for Biodiscovery and Molecular Development of Therapeutics (link to CBMDT).
Recent and Current Projects Include
Seasonality in tropical invertebrates, particularly the cues responsible for diapause initiation and termination. Current projects include diapause in the butterfly Euploea core (Common Australian Crow butterfly)
Modelling changes in populations of tropical invertebrates, with particular emphasis in tropical cubozoans.
General ecology of tropical invertebrates with emphasis on tropical insects such as the White Kneed Cricket.
Relationship between venom toxicity and prey in tropical invertebrates such as cubozoans.
Applied Entomology, PFF and bio control
Insect / plant interactions.
BZ3735/BZ5735 : Venomous Australian Animals
Published >70 international refereed publications on the ecology and biology of cubozoans and other invertebrates, medical treatment of cnidarian envenomings and venoms/toxins.
Wueringer, B.E., Peverell, S.C., Seymour, J.E., Squire, L., Kajiura, S.M., & Collin, S.P., 2011. Sensory Systems in Sawfishes. 1. The Ampullae of Lorenzini. Brain, Behavour and Evolution.
Wueringer, B.E., Peverell, S.C, Seymour, J.E., Squire, L., & Collin, S.P., 2011. Sensory Systems in Sawfishes. 2. The Lateral Line. Brain, Behaviour and Evolution.
Fitzpatrick, R., Abrantes, K., Seymour, J.E., & Barnett, Adam., 2011. Variation in depth of whitetip shark reef sharks: does provisioning ecotourism change their behaviour? Coral Reefs. 30(3):569-577.
Pintor, A., Krockenberger, A., & Seymour, J.E. 2010. Venom Physiology in a Litter of Common Death Adders (Acanthophis antarcticus) and their Parents. Toxicon. 57(1):68-75.
Pintor, A., Krockenberger, A., & Seymour, J.E. 2010. Costs of Venom Production In The Common Death Adder. Toxicon. 56(6):1035-1042
Sachlikidis, N.G., Jones, C.M., & Seymour, J.E. 2010. The Effects of Temperature on the Incubation of Eggs of the Tropical Rock Lobster Panulirus ornatus. Aquaculture. 305: 79-83
Pereira, P., Barry, J., Corkeron, M., Keir, P., Little, M., & Seymour, J.E. 2010. Intracerebral Hemorrhage and Death after Envenoming by the Jellyfish Carukia barnesi Death due to Irukandji Syndrome. Clinical Toxicology48(4):390-392
Winter, K,L., Isbister, G.K., McGowan, S., Konstantakopoulos, N., Seymour, J.E., & Hodgson, W.C. 2010 A Pharmacological and Biochemical Examination of the Geographical Variation of Chironex fleckeri Venom Toxicology Letters, Volume 192, Issue 3, Pages 419-424.
O'Shea,O., Kingsford, M.J., & Seymour, J.E. 2010. 'Tide-Related Periodicity of Manta Rays and Sharks to Cleaning Stations on Coral Reefs'. Marine and Freshwater Research . 61(1): 65-73
Riggs, D., Peverell, S.C., & Seymour, J.E. 2009 Do Elasmobranch Reactions to Magnetic Fields in Water Show Promise for Bycatch Mitigation??'Marine and Freshwater Research 60(9):942-948
Konstantakopoulos, N., Isbister, G.K., Seymour, J.E., & Hodgson, W.C. 2009. A Cell-Based Assay for Screening of Antidotes to, and Antivenom Against Chironex fleckeri (box jellyfish) Venom. Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods 59 (3):166–170
Peplow, L.M., Kingsford, M.J., Seymour, J.E., & Van Oppen, M.J.H. Eight Microsatellite Loci for the Irukandji Syndrome-Causing Carybdeid Jellyfish, Carukia barnesi (Cubozoa, Cnidaria). Molecular Ecology Resources, 9(2):670-672.
Gordon, M.R., & Seymour, J.E. 2009 Quantifying Movement Patterns Of The Tropical Australian Cubozoan Chironex fleckeri Using Acoustic Telemetry. Hydrobiologia 206:87-97
Winter, K.L., Isbister, G.K., Schneider, J.J., Konstantakopoulos, N., Seymour, J.E., & Hodgson, W.C. 2008. An Examination of the Cardiovascular Effects Of An ‘Irukandji’ Jellyfish, Alatina nr mordens.Toxicon Letters 179(3):118-123.
Winter, K.L., Fernando, R., Ramasamy, S., Isbister, G.K., Seymour, J.E., & Hodgson, W.C., 2007. The In Vitro Vascular Effects of Two Chirodropid (Chironex fleckeri And Chiropsella bronzie) Venoms. Toxicology Letters. 168(1):13-20
Winter, K.L., Isbister, G.K., Seymour, J.E., & Hodgson, W.C. 2007. An In Vivo Examination of the Stability of Venom from The Australian Box Jellyfish Chironex fleckeri. Toxicon. 49(6):804-809
Garm, A., Coates, M.M., Gad, R., Seymour, J.E., Nilsson, D.E. 2007 The Lens Eyes of the Box Jellyfish Tripedalia cystophora And Chiropsalmus sp. Are Slow And Color-Blind. Journal Of Comparative Physiology A-Neuroethology Sensory Neural And Behavioral Physiology.193(5):547-557
Underwood, A., Seymour, J.E. 2007. Venom Ontogeny, Diet And Morphology In Carukia barnesi, A Species Of Australian Box Jellyfish That Causes Irukandji Syndrome. Toxicon. 49(8):1073-1082
Little, M., Pereira, P., Carrette, T., & Seymour, J.E. 2006. Jellyfish Responsible For Irukandji Syndrome. QJM-An International Journal Of Medicine. 99(6):425-427
Coughlan, J.P., Seymour, J.E., & Cross, T.F. 2006. Isolation And Characterisation Of Seven Polymorphic Microsatellite Loci in The Box Jellyfish (Chironex fleckeri, Cubozoa, Cnidaria). Molecular Ecology Notes. 6(1):41-43
Loten, C., Stokes, B., Worsley, D., Seymour, J.E., Jiang, S., & Isbister, G.K. 2006. Randomised Controlled Trial Of Hot Water (45 Degrees C) Immersion Versus Ice Packs For Pain Relief in Bluebottle Stings.Medical Journal Of Australia. 184(7):329-333
Canzano, A.A., Krockenberger, A.A., Jones, R.E., Seymour, J.E.2006. Rates of Metabolism In Diapausing And Reproductively Active Tropical Butterflies, Euploea core And E. sylvester (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Physiol Entomol. 31(2):184-189
Carrette, T., & Seymour, J.E. 2006. Cardiotoxic Effects of Venom From Chironex fleckeri And Chiropsalmus sp On An Invertebrate Model.Journal Of Venomous Animals And Toxins Including Tropical Diseases. 12(2):245-254
Cameron S., Pereira P., Mulcahy, R., & Seymour, J.E. 2005. Helicopter Primary Retrieval: Tasking Who Should do it? Emerg Med Australia. 17(4):387-91.
Stone, R. & Seymour, J.E. 2005. Plastic Containers And the Whole Blood Clotting Test; Glass Remains The Best Option. Transactions of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 100(12):1168-1172
Edwards, W., Seymour, J.E., K. Pritchard & P. Brock. 2005. Egg Production Across a 40-Week Period in the Phasmid Sipyloidea Sp. (Diapheromeridae) From a Tropical Rain Forest, North Queensland, Australia. Australian Journal Of Entomology.44:364-368Part: 4
Kintner, A, Edwards, S., & Seymour, J.E. 2005. Variation in Lethality and Effects of Two Australian Chirodropid Jellyfish Venoms, Chironex fleckeri And Chiropsalmus sp., In Fish.Toxicon. 46(6):699-708
Ramasamy, S., Isbister, G.K., Seymour, J.E., & Hodgson, W.C. 2005The In Vivo Cardiovascular Effects Of The Irukandji Jellyfish (Carukia barnesi) Nematocyst Venom and a Tentacle Extract in Rats Toxicology Letters, 155(1):135-14
Shorten, M., Davenport, J., Seymour, J.E., Cross, M., Carrette, T., Woodward, G., & Cross, T.F. 2005.Kinematic Analysis of Swimming in Australian Box Jellyfish - Chiropsalmus sp. and Chironex fleckeri (Cubozoa, Cnidaria, Chirodropidae). Journal Of Zoology 267: 371-380 Part 4
Gordon, M., Hatcher, C., & Seymour, J.E. 2005. Growth and Age Determination of the Tropical Australian Cubozoan Chiropsalmus sp.Hydrobiologia 530-31:339-345
Sachlikidis N.G., Jones C.M., & Seymour, J.E. 2005. Reproductive Cues in Panulirus Ornatus.Australian And New Zealand Journal Of Marine And Freshwater Ecology 39(2):305-310
Winter, K.L., Isbister, G.K., Jacoby, T., Seymour, J.E., & Hodgson, W.C. 2009. An In Vivo Comparison of the Efficacy of CSL Box Jellyfish Antivenom with Antibodies Raised Against Ematocyst-Derived Chironex fleckeri Venom. Toxicology Letters, 187(2):94-98
Seymour, J.E., Carrette, T., & Sutherland, P. 2004. Do Box Jellyfish Sleep at Night? Med J Aust., 118:707
Isbister G.K., Volschenk, E.S., & Seymour, J.E., 2004. Scorpion Stings in Australia: Five Definite Stings And A Review. Intern Med J.; 34(7):427-30.
Ramasamy S, Isbister Gk, Seymour J.E., Hodgson Wc. 2004 The In Vivo Cardiovascular Effects of Box Jellyfish Chironex fleckeri Venom in Rats: Efficacy of Pre-Treatment with Antivenom, Verapamil and Magnesium Sulphate. Toxicon; 43(6):685-690.
Carrette, T., & Seymour, J.E., 2004. A Rapid and Repeatable Method for Venom Extraction from Cubozoan Nematocysts.Toxicon. 44: 135-139
Nordström, K., Wallén, R., Seymour, J.E., & Nilsson, D. 2003.A Simple Visual System Without Neurons in Jellyfish Larvae. Proc R Soc Lond B Biol Sci.; 270(1531):2349-54.
Anderson, K., Rowe, R., & Seymour, J.E. 2003. The Influence of a Dorsal Trash-Package on Interactions Between Larvae of Mallada signata (Schneider) (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae). Aust. J. Entom. 42:363-366.
Isbister, G.K., Seymour, J.E., Gray, M.R., & Raven, R.J. 2003. Bites by Spiders of the Family Theraphosidae in Humans and Canines. Toxicon, 41(4):519-524
Canzano, A., Jones, R., & Seymour, J.E. 2003. Diapause Termination In Two Species of Tropical Butterfly, Euploea core (Cramer) and Euploea sylvester (Fabricius)(Lepidoptera:Nymphalidae).J. Aust. Entom.42;352-356.
Ramasamy, S, Isbister, G.K, Seymour, J.E., & Hodgson, W.C. 2003. The In Vitro Effects of Two Chirodropid (Chironex fleckeri And Chiropsalmus sp.) Venoms: Efficacy of Box Jellyfish Antivenom.Toxicon. 41(6):703-711.
Carrette, P. Cullen, Little, M., Pereira. P., & Seymour, J.E. 2002 Temperature Effects on Box Jellyfish Venom: a Possible Treatment for Envenomed Patients? MJA 177:654-655
Carrette, T., Alderlsade, P., & Seymour, J.E. 2002. Nematocyst ratio and prey in two Australian cubomedusans, Chironex fleckeri and Chiropsalmus sp. Toxicon. 40(11):1547–1551
Seymour, J.E., Carrette, T., Cullen, P., Mulcahy, R., Little, M., & Pereira, P.2002. The Use of Pressure Immobilization Bandages in the First Aid Management of Cubozoan Envenomings.Toxicon. 40(10):1503-1505
Pieloor M. and J.E. Seymour. 2001. Factors determining initiation of over wintering in the topical butterfly Hypolimnus bolina. In Press Australian Journal of Entomology, 2001.
Seymour J.E. and R.E. Jones. 2001 Instar and host species preference displayed by Microplitis demolitor. In Press, Australian Journal of Entomology.
Pereira. P, T. Carrette, P. Cullen, R. Mulcahy, M. Little & J. Seymour 2001. Letter to editor: Reply to Pressure immobilisation bandages in first aid treatment of jellyfish envenomation: current recommendations reconsidered. Medical Journal of Australia. Vol 174:12. 666-667
J.Seymour & P. Sutherland. Box jellyfish. 2001 Australian Natural History (Australian Museum publication).
Pereira. P, T. Carrette, P. Cullen, R. Mulcahy, M. Little & J. Seymour. 2000 Pressure immobilisation bandages in first aid treatment of jellyfish envenomation: current recommendations reconsidered. Medical Journal of Australia, Vol 173:11/12 650-653.
Seymour J.E. and R. E. Jones. 2000 Humidity terminated diapause in the tropical braconid Microplitis demolitor. Ecological Entomology 25:1-5.
Seymour, J.E. & K. Abbott. 1998. Malathion/methyl eugenol trapping for Papaya fruit fly in tropical rainforests of north Queensland: Its effects on native insect fauna and possible pathways for environmental contamination. 81pp. Referred report for DPI, Cairns.
Huber, P., H.A.C. Fay, D.P.A. Sands & J.E. Seymour 1998. Seasonality of fruit piecing moths in north Queensland with special reference to the principal pest species, Eudocima fullonia. In Zalucki, M., R. Drew & G. White. Pest Management- Future challenges. University of Queensland printery.
Rice A., I. Cook & J. Seymour 1997. Feeding rates, economic threshold levels and tree response in macadamias when attacked by Amblypelta sp and Nezara viridula 16pp. Refereed report for CRC for Tropical Pest Management
Seymour J. E., E. Volschenk & B. Scott. 1995. Record of the scorpion Liocheles karschii from North East Queensland. Memoir's of the Queensland Museum. 38(2):532.
Seymour J.E. and G.J. Bowman. 1994. Russet Coloration in Nezara viridula: an unreliable indicator of diapause. Environ. Entomol. 23(4):860-863
Seymour, J.E. Trichogramma production in Australia 1994 pp 9. in Workshop report: Use of Trichogramma as a Biocontrol Agent in Australia. Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical Pest Management, Brisbane, Australia. 54pp.
Seymour J.E. and D.P.A. Sands., 1993. Green Vegetable Bug, (Nezara viridula), in Australia Pecans. pp 226-229: In Pest Control and Sustainable Agriculture. Edited by S. Corey, D. Dall and W. Milne.
Madden G., J. Dodd, M. Crouch and J. Seymour. 1992. Pecans down under. Pecan South 25(10):20-23..
He has also provided seminal papers on the efficacy of various first aide treatments for cnidarian envenomings and has been directly responsible for changes in the present treatment protocol for Australian cnidarian stings.
His research on cubozoans and other venomous and dangerous animals has featured on such media channels as National Geographic, Discovery Channel and Animal planet, resulting in his direct involvement in over 20 international documentaries, two of which were 1 hr specials based around his research, namely on cubozoans and the 2nd on global venomous animals.