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Prof. Colin Simpfendorfer, Director

E colin.simpfendorfer@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 5287

Prof. Simpfendorfer has more than 25 years of experience in researching sharks, and has published extensively in the scientific literature on shark biology, ecology, fisheries and conservation.

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Dean Jerry

E dean.jerry@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 5586

Prof. Jerry has worked with aquaculture species for 15 years and the genetics of aquatic organisms for 20. Since joining James Cook University in 2003, he has built an internationally recognised research group with a major focus on the development of genetic tools and knowledge to inform selective breeding programs for aquaculture species.

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Dr Alex Angell

E alex.angell@jcu.edu.au   P +61 7 4781 4778

Dr Angell is part of the Animal Nutrition and Health project within the Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology. His research focuses on the development of algal feed and algal feed additives for aquaculture production systems. Dr Angell is working with domestic and international industry partners to develop a number of algal feed products that aim to improve the quality, production and health of aquaculture animals.

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Ellen Ariel

E ellen.ariel@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 4123

Assoc. Prof. Ariel worked for the European Commission for 11 years with biosecurity of aquatic animals, especially aquaculture and standardizing and harmonizing diagnostic capacity across borders to prevent spread of disease and facilitate safe trade in live fish.Her main research interest is aquatic animal health in all its variations, but especially virology.

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Claudia Benham

E claudia.benham@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4181 4571

Claudia is an interdisciplinary marine and social scientist specialising in tropical environments. She holds the position of Lecturer in Environmental Management at James Cook University. Her recent work has explored the ecological and social impacts of industrial development in Australia and the Pacific region, with a particular focus on coastal social-ecological systems. Prior to joining JCU in February 2017, Claudia worked for the Australian Government in marine conservation management planning, and as a postdoctoral research fellow with the Global Change Institute, University of Queensland.

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Andrew Chin

E andrew.chin@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 4486

Dr Chin is a research fellow working on assessments of Australia shark and rays species and their management. Andrew has been working in the Great Barrier Reef since the 1990s in research and reef monitoring, state of the environment auditing and reporting, environmental impact monitoring and management, and in capacity building projects for reef monitoring and assessment. He also has research interests in integrating traditional knowledge and management systems into mainstream fisheries management, in sustainability of small scale fisheries in the Pacific, and in capacity building and development. Andrew is currently working on a projects focused on the sustainable management of shark fisheries in Papua New Guinea, and on the spatial ecology of porcupine rays in the Great Barrier Reef

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Jennifer Cobcroft

Jennifer Cobcroft

E jennifer.cobcroft@jcu.edu.au Singapore Campus

Assoc. Prof Cobcroft has engaged in aquaculture research for over 20 years, largely focusing on solving challenges in the hatchery production of marine finfish species. Her research has spanned larval visual development, tank environmental conditions to optimise feeding, water treatment systems to reduce parasites and pathogens in the hatchery, and finding solutions to skeletal deformities that impact commercially cultured fish.

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Andrew Cole

E andrew.cole3@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 5250

Dr Cole leads the Products from Oedogonium project within the Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology. This program works on aquatic waste streams from diverse industries, including aquaculture, agriculture and municipal waste. It aims to optimise macroalgal biomass production and bioremediation for each waste stream at scales that are relevant to industry needs. The overarching goal is to provide a cost effective option for nutrient bioremediation and a platform for sustainable and commercially viable macroalgal biomass production.

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Rocky de Nys

E rocky.denys@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 4412

As the leader of the Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology, Rocky’s role focuses on the planning, organisational and management requirements for the successful delivery of multi-disciplinary research and its application. Rocky manages industry partnerships that take the outcomes of our work to deliver innovative products and processes ranging from food products to fertilisers, and biological carbon capture and storage using biochar.

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Amy Diedrich

E amy.diedrich@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 4627

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Michelle Esparon

E michelle.esparon@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 6623

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Marina Farr

E marina.farr@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 5014

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Andrew Foote

E andrew.foote@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 341 3125

Dr Foote is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, working principally in the phenotype acquisition team on the ARC Research hub for Advanced Prawn Breeding. He has experience in running a range of replicated prawn trials including reproductive performance, nutrition, ploidy manipulation and viral challenges. He has experience with techniques for high-throughput, automated processing of prawn tissues using robotics for genotyping and viral assays as well as advanced imaging and gene expression techniques.

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Leo Foyle

E leo.foyle@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 6647

Dr Foyle works within the production and hygiene of foods of animal origin, food security and subsistence farming, production animal disease, welfare at slaughter, zoonoses and biosecurity. Prior to becoming a veterinarian, I obtained a certificate in science in aquculture and I completed my Masters in Science with distinction in Aquatic Veterinary Studies from the Institute of Aquaculture in Stirling University, Scotland.

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Christopher Glasson

E christopher.glasson@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 6245

Dr Glasson leads the Biorefinery project in the Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology. His research is focused on algal sulfated polysaccharides (ASPs) known for their interesting biological activities, including antiviral, antioxidant, anticoagulant, antihyperlipidemic, anticancer, and immunomodulatory behaviours. Dr Glasson’s research involves relating the structural attributes of ASPs to their biological activities in order to develop structure-activity relationships that guide the manufacture and application of ASP products. The targeted applications for ASP products include multifunctional food additives, nutraceuticals, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

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Kirsten Heimann

Kirsten Heimann

E kirsten.heimann@jcu.edu.au

As the director of the North Queensland Algal Identification/Culturing Facility at JCU, Townsville, Australia, I lead a microalgal research team focusing on developing microalgae for carbon dioxide and waste water remediation whilst generating valuable co-products.

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Michelle Heupel

E michelle.heupel@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 6094

Dr Heupel has been involved in consultancy work, research projects via James Cook University and as Research Director for AIMS@JCU (a joint venture between the Australian Institute of Marine Science and James Cook University).  Michelle is currently a member of Australia’s Threatened Species Scientific Committee, a committed member of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group and acts as a Subject Editor for Marine and Coastal Fisheries and an Associate Editor for Animal Biotelemetry. Michelle’s research has centred on the movement and ecology of predatory fish and has produced 5 book chapters, 9 technical reports and over 60 journal publications.

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Roger Huerlimann

E roger.huerlimann@jcu.edu.au P + 61 7 4781 5443

Dr Huerlimann's interests lie in the development and application of genomic and bioinformatics tools to answer research questions. 
Dr Huerlimann works across two research groups.

For TropWater he is developing and optimising metabarcoding protocols. Metabarcoding uses universal PCR primers to simultaneously identify species composition and biodiversity in various sources of enivronmental DNA (eDNA), including water samples, stomach content of fishes, or faecal matter.
Dr Huerlimann is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the ARC Research Hub for Advanced Prawn Breeding, mainly working on genome/transcriptome bioinformatic analyses. Roger is experienced in molecular lab based activities (RNA/DNA extractions, quality control, library preparation), next-generation sequencing, and de novo assembly of transcriptomes and genomes. He is responsible for co-ordinating the sequencing, assembly, annotation and analysis of the Penaeus monodontranscriptome/genome.

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Kate Hutson

E kate.hutson@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 6216

Dr Hutson's research examines aquatic animal parasitology issues that threaten wild, farmed and ornamental fishes. Her research integrates parasite species discovery and biology (taxonomy, life cycles, ecology and behaviour) with practical, applied research (risk-assessment, disease diagnosis, management and treatment) designed to deliver tangible outcomes for fisheries, aquaculture industry and biosecurity management. This combination of pure and applied research has led to the development of unique and strong partnerships between industry, government agencies and other tertiary institutions.

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Elecia Johnston

Elecia Johnston

E elecia.johnston@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 3248

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Clive Jones

E clive.jones@jcu.edu.au P +61 4232 1430

Dr Clive Jones is an internationally recognised expert in the aquaculture of rock lobster and freshwater crayfish, with 35 years’ experience as a research scientist. He is currently a Principal Research Fellow at JCU, where he leads research projects that are developing aquaculture production technology for commercial application. His research and expertise covers the gamut of disciplines involved in aquaculture, including reproduction, hatchery, growout, nutrition, health and disease management. His research is applied and often in direct collaboration with industry to develop new methods and address knowledge gaps. Current projects are focussed on tropical rock lobster farming in Indonesia and redclaw aquaculture in Australia.

Dr Jones is motivated to address poverty in developing nations in the tropics through the development and application of aquaculture, and to assisting Australia meet its potential for tropical aquaculture.

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David Jones

E david.jones3@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 4113

Dr Jone's researchs applying genetic and genomic tools to address research questions with a strong applied aquaculture industry focus. He have more than 9 years’ experience working in quantitative and population genetics of marine wildlife and commercially important species (including pearl oysters, shrimp, damselfish, lobster and catfish). During this time he has been heavily involved in three multi-million dollar research projects aiming to improve production traits in pearl oysters and the white-legged shrimp.

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Sandip Kamath

E sandip.kamath@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 4846

Dr. Sandip Kamath is a Research Fellow at the Molecular Allergy Research Laboratory in the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University, Townsville.

Dr Kamath's research focuses on the characterisation of allergenic proteins from different food and inhalant sources and their interaction with the human immune system through IgE antibodies. His research implements state-of-the-art proteomic and molecular cloning techniques to elucidate specific antigenic regions of allergenic proteins, with an aim to design and generate hypoallergenic constructs for potential therapeutic applications. His broader research interests include paediatric food allergy diagnostics, occupational allergy and development of novel immunotherapeutics for food allergy

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Agnes Le Port

E agnes.leport@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 6073

Dr Le Port’s research focuses on the use of cutting-edge and traditional molecular approaches for the conservation and protection of Australia’s unique aquatic fauna. She currently works with environmental DNA (eDNA) to address a broad range of biosecurity and ecological conservation applications. In particular, Agnes is developing innovative eDNA methods for detecting pest species (e.g. tilapia) and species of conservation concern (sawfish) across Australia.

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Andreas Lopata

E andreas.lopta@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 4563

Prof Andreas Lopata leads the Molecular Immunology Research Group in the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences.

Prof Lopata’s research team uses cutting-edge approaches in characterising the interactions of immunogenic proteins from different food sources including marine invertebrates and parasites with the human immune system leading to allergic and inflammatory reactions.  He has published over 120 journal articles and presented at over 200 national and international conferences [H-index=30]. The outcomes of his research activities translate into the development of novel diagnostics and platform knowledge for immunotherapeutics.

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Marie Magnusson

E marie.magnusson@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 5761

Dr Magnusson leads the Human health and nutrition project and is Program Leader at the Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology. She has over 10 years of experience in working with various aspects of micro- and macroalgal biology, biochemistry, and cultivation. In her current role, Marie’s research is focused on the post-harvest processing and analysis of the biochemical composition of biomass from macroalgae grown in the bioremediation of aquaculture and municipal waste waters, in order to tailor production and processing parameters for specific end-product use as human food, nutraceuticals and animal feed.

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Nicolas Neveux

E nicolas.neveux@jcu.edu.au     P + 61 7 4781 4778

Dr Neveux is part of the Macroalgal Biofuels and Bioproducts research group. His work focuses on the production of marine and freshwater macroalgae in integrated land-based systems, particularly in the context of bioremediation of aquaculture effluents and municipal wastewater. He is also involved in the research and development of valuable bioproducts derived from macroalgae, including nutraceuticals, human food, animal feed, biofuels and fertilisers.

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Waldo Nuez Ortin

E waldo.nuezortin@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 6524

Dr Nuez-Ortin owns over 12 years of experience conducting animal nutrition research with emphasis on aquaculture species. His current wok focuses on the use of shotgun molecular approaches to understand diet- and environmentally-induced physiological changes and to ultimately adopt more efficient feed formulation strategies.

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Leigh Owens

E leigh.owens@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 4632

Australia's foremost aquatic animal disease specialist, Assoc. Prof. Owens instigated the study of bacteriophage at James Cook University. Most interested in bacteriophage in the Vibrio harveyi clade and viruses of crustacea especially the parvoviruses and the use of RNA interference to combat them. Interested in nodaviruses of fish and crustacea and RNA intererference as a control. Investigating the role of viral UTRs in controlling immunity and diabetes onset.

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Damien Paris

Damien Paris

damien.paris@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 6006

Dr. Paris is a cross-disciplinary reproductive/molecular biologist with interests that include developing assisted reproductive technologies for animal production, and studying the impact of adverse environmental conditions on fertility. His group uses in vivo/in vitro fertilization systems coupled with gamete & molecular biology techniques to investigate the underlying mechanisms that affect gamete (sperm & egg) quality & embryo survival in both aquatic & terrestrial animals. Moreover, his group actively develops mitigation strategies that will ultimately improve reproductive performance in these species. He is currently involved in developing advanced reproductive techniques to characterize infertility and accelerate selective breeding in barramundi.

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Igor Priozzi

Igor Pirozzi

E igor.pirozzi@jcu.edu.au

Dr Pirozzi’s research focus include understanding the nutritional requirements of aquaculture species and how this affects the physiology and metabolism of fish. A major research outcome of his research is in the development of bioenergetically optimum, sustainable fish diets.

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Tine Praeger

tine.praeger@jcu.edu.au     P +61 7 4781 4835

Dr Praeger's research focuses on the controlled reproduction of macroalgae at scale in order to provide a reliable source of seedlings. A central theme of her work is the development of bioremediation technologies for the aquaculture industry with a research focus on innovative, sustainable and tailored cultivation technologies of high-value seaweeds, in particular filamentous green seaweeds. Dr Praeger is the recipient of a Queensland Accelerate Fellowship with the Queensland Government and industry partners MBD Energy and Pacific Reef Fisheries to develop novel techniques for the settlement and grow-out of a high-value seaweed species.

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David Roberts

E david.roberts1@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 3463

Dr Roberts leads the Fertilisers and biostimulants project within the Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology. This project focuses on demonstrating and delivering on-site remediation of aquatic waste streams to optimise macroalgal biomass production and bioremediation at scales that are relevant to industry needs. In addition, the program considers the production of a range of end-products from cultivated biomass, with a particular focus on products that can be used in the agricultural industry.

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Richard Saunders

Richard Saunders

richard.saunders@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 5114

Dr Saunders is a Senior Fisheries Biologist with the Queensland Department for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry as part of the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture. His interests include all aspects of fish biology, particularly applied fisheries research.

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Marcus Sheaves

E marcus.sheaves@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 4144

Prof. Sheaves has been researching the ecology of tropical estuaries, coastal wetlands and mangrove systems since the early 1990s, and has published widely in these fields. He leads a number of substantial research projects within Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region. He has extensive collaborations with research and management organisations both within Australia and internationally.

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Catarina Silva

E catarina.silva@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 5745

Catarina’s research involves understanding processes related to marine population dynamics (such as dispersal and gene flow), investigating the complex mechanisms driving the distribution of organisms (using for example seascape genetic approaches) and understanding evolutionary aspects of adaptation (such as genetics of complex traits and adaptive responses of organisms to environmental change). Catarina is currently using genomic tools to investigate neutral and adaptive processes influencing the genetic structure and divergence patterns of a range of commercially important lobster species and is also applying genomic tools to tackle challenging issues and opportunities in fisheries and aquaculture. Catarina also aims at translating research results to inform conservation and management decisions and at communicating science-related topics to non-scientists.

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Jan Strugnell

E jan.strugnell@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 6357

Assoc. Prof. Strugnell applies next generation sequencing tools to help solve bottlenecks in fisheries and aquaculture industries.  Supported by the ARC, her laboratory group is investigating population differentiation, recruitment and adaptation in a range of commercially important lobster species.  They also work on marine species that are shifting range in response to climate change and are investigating the genetic basis for resilience and susceptibility to temperature stress in abalone.  Jan’s group also investigates population and species level molecular evolution in a range of marine species including yellow tailed king fish, oysters, octopods and sharks.

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Aya Taki

E aya.taki@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 4127

Dr. Aya Taki is an early career Research Fellow at the Molecular Allergy Research Laboratory.

Dr. Aya Taki’s current research focuses on the characterisation of fish allergens and improvement of diagnostic capacity by the development of novel in vitro and in vivo IgE-mediated fish allergy tests. Within her current project, she aims to identifying a novel, clinically relevant allergens from commonly ingested fish species in 200 fish allergic Australian children by using proteomic and allergenomic approaches, characterise IgE-binding epitopes of fish allergens by NMR spectroscopy, elucidate the structural properties of allergens and understand structure-function relationships in IgE recognition of allergen by using biophysical and immunological techniques.

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Lynne Van Herwerden

E lynne.vanherwerden@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 6286

Dr van Herwerden’s  current research focuses on connectivity and population structure, emphasising conservation and fisheries management applications. She also researches acclimation and adaptation of tropical fishes to environmental stressors. Another of her research interests is on reef fish evolutionary history and response to environmental change, including identification, characterisation and expression of candidate genes. Finally, she contributes substantially to the field of transgenerational acclimation to stress and the utility of epigenetic mechanisms, applied to coral reef fishes.

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Matt Vucko

E matthew.vucko@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 5343

Dr Vucko leads the Animal Nutrition and Health project within the Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology. His research focuses on the development of algal feed and algal feed additives for animal production systems and aims to (i) demonstrate the potential of using algae as an alternative protein source for non-ruminant herbivores; (ii) develop sustainable algal feed supplements for ruminant grazers; and (iii) reduce methane emissions in ruminants using the natural secondary metabolites found in algae.

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Chaoshu Zeng

E chaoushu.zeng@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 6237

Assoc. Prof. Zeng's research interests include development of culture techniques for commercially important crustaceans and marine ornamentals; ecophysiology and behaviour of crustacean larvae and juveniles; toxicology of effluent water to aquatic animals; crustacean nutrition and formulated feed development; as well as copepod biology and culture. He currently leads two research teams focusing on tropical crustacean aquaculture and captive breeding of marine ornamentals respectively at JCU.

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Kyall Zenger

E kyall.zenger@jcu.edu.au P +61 7 4781 6532

Assoc. Prof. Zenger has more than 18 years’ experience conducting research and teaching within the disciplines of applied animal production and quantitative / evolutionary genetics on both aquatic and terrestrial animals.

A/Prof Zenger teaching responsibilities encompass his core research strengths of animal genetics and applied animal production at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A/Prof Zenger currently supervises 14 PhD students, and maintains a diverse group of research associates through his ongoing collaborations. He is the current Aquaculture course program coordinator and Head of Aquaculture academic group within the College of Science and Engineering at James Cook University.

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