Marine Biology & Aquaculture Research Projects

Research projects in Marine Biology and Aquaculture are listed below. The availability of each project for Undergraduate/Study Abroad (UG/SA), Honours (Hons), Masters (MSc), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) modes of study are shown.

Marine Biology

Prof David BellwoodCoral reef ecology: fish coral interactions
Phylogenetic approaches to the evolution and biogeography of coral reef ecosystems
Coral reef conservation: a functional approach
The science of reef regeneration: developing new tools to facilitate reef regeneration or restoration
Humans as a part of coral reef ecosystems: how can fisheries enhance coral reef futures?
Prof Garry RussCoral reef fisheries
Use of marine reserves as fisheries management tools
Using larval connectivity to inform marine reserve network designs in the Coral Triangle
Assessing the ecological effects of management zoning on inshore reefs of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
Prof Sean ConnollyMathematical modelling and empirical work to address fundamental questions about the origin and maintenance of biodiversity, and to understand the ecological impacts of human-induced environmental change, such as overfishing and climate change.
Research topics that span a broad range of processes and scales, from the determinants of global-scale patterns in species richness to the energetics of individual organisms.
What drives global-scale variation in biodiversity and community structure on coral reefs?
What determines the coexistence, and the spatial and temporal dynamics of species abundances, of the species that inhabit coral reefs and other high-diversity systems?
How do community processes, such as species interactions and responses to environmental fluctuations, influence ecosystem functioning?
Prof Marcus SheavesThe value of estuary nursery habitats to fish and invertebrates
Sport fisheries as livelihood alternatives for remote communities in developing countries
Spatial ecology of tropical estuarine fish
Measuring the fisheries values of tropical estuaries and coastal wetlands
Determinants of the use of mangroves by fisheries species
Prof Michael KingsfordInteractions between reef fishes and soft coral habitats
The ecology of jellyfishes
Biological oceanography and meteorology
The use of eDNA to detect dangerous jellyfishes
Dr David BourneThe role of coral associated microbes in coral health and disease
Genomic based approaches to understanding the coral holobiont
Novel microbial and genomic based approaches to assess ecosystem health and ecosystem impacts
The role of microbes in marine ecosystem processes
Investigating population structure, self-recruitment and adaptation in rock lobster species.


Dr Kate HutsonInsidious invaders: the life cycle and biology of crustacean parasites (Argulus spp.) of freshwater fishes
Parasitic diseases of cobia, Rachycentron canadum
Lights, camera, action! Fluorescent marking as a tool to reveal the reproductive biology of monogenean ectoparasites
Epidemiology of leech infestations in grouper aquaculture
Waldo NuezDevelopment of sustainable feeding strategies for aquaculture tropical species
Understanding gut health in fish
Application of proteomics in nutrition research
A/Prof Jan StrugnellApplication of transcriptomic and genomic tools for solving bottlenecks in the abalone aquaculture industry
Identifying signatures of adaptive genetic diversity in range shifting marine species
Discovering the mechanisms generating evolutionary novelty and neofunctionalisation of toxins in octopus
Investigating population genetic structure and historical connectivity in octopus species