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Stacy Bierwagen

Examining coral reef carrying capacity and trophic roles of grey reef sharks in the central GBR

Stacy is a current PhD student at JCU and her research is directed towards reef community ecology and grey reef shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) abundance and behavior. Her interests are examining trophodynamics and ecological roles of reef sharks from an ecosystem approach as well as integrating multiple methodologies to resolve common limitations in ecological study.

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#Ecology #Environment #Elasmobranchs #Biodiversity #Fisheries

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Alyssa Budd

Epigenetic and transcriptional effects of temperature on sex change in Australian barramundi (Lates Calcarifer)

Alyssa completed a BSc (Hons) with a dual major in Ecology and Marine Sciences from the University of Queensland in 2012. Throughout her honours year, she undertook a project within the Degnan Laboratory to study a set of developmental genes responsible for shell patterning in the tropical donkey-ear abalone, Haliotis asinina. The following year she gained a position within the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Division, investigating evolutionary, genetic and environmental influences on black tiger prawn (Penaeus monodon) pigmentation for aquaculture. Alyssa is now undertaking a PhD project at JCU, throughout which she has been examining the epigenetic and transcriptional effects of temperature on sex change in Australian Barramundi (Lates calcarifer) in order to understand the interplay between DNA methylation, gene expression and gonadal phenotype in hermaphrodite fish.

#Epigenetics #Transcriptomics #GeneRegulation #Differentiation #SexChange

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Caroline Candebat

The physiological plasticity of yellowtail kingfish (Seriola lalandi) in response to varying nutrition: improving YTK aquaculture through better feed formulation.

Caroline completed her BSc. in Biology (2014) and MSc. in Marine Ecosystem and Fisheries Science (2017) at the University of Hamburg in Germany. Throughout her academic life she has been working on bioenergetics and ecophysiology of larval and juvenile fish.

Caroline is currently enrolled at JCU as a PhD student, but conducting research at the Port Stephens Fisheries Institute in NSW under the K4P research project. This project involves the growth of a profitable, innovative and collaborative Australian yellowtail kingfish aquaculture industry. Her PhD measures the effect of economically sustainable sources of protein, lipid and carbohydrate on an aquacultural species metabolism, which is being exposed to varying abiotic factors.

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#Fish Physiology #Yellowtail Kingfish #Seriola lalandi #Bioenergetics #Metabolism #Nutrition #Hypoxia Tolerance #Ecophysiology

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Bill Chen

Development of captive breeding techniques for marine ornamental fish

Bill completed his BSc and Honours degree at University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. Upon graduation at UBC, he completed a research project investigating the effects of salinity on growth rate and flesh quality of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and Coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) reared in land-based recirculating aquaculture system. Bill is interested in aquaculture research in general, and has particularly keen interest on developing culturing techniques for new aquaculture candidates. Bill's PhD project focuses on reproductive biology and larvae rearing techniques for marine ornamental fish. Developing breeding techniques for popular aquarium fish could potentially provide a sustainable solution to meet the increasing demand of marine ornamental fish around the world.

#aquaculture #marineornamentalfish #fishbreeding #fishlarvae #livefeed

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Kelly Condon

The management of Betanodavirus infections in the Queensland giant grouper, Epinephelus lanceolatus.

Kelly is completing PhD studies investigating the disease Viral Nervous Necrosis (VNN) syn. Viral Encephalopathy and Retinopathy (VER). The aim of her project is assist in preventing outbreaks of VNN in tropical grouper aquaculture systems. A combination of molecular techniques to detect the Betanodavirus is being applied to measure the effectiveness of a vaccine to prevent VNN and also monitor the presence of the virus in aquaculture systems and the environment. Kelly is very interested in the prevention of disease outbreaks in tropical aquaculture species both fish and crustacean and has over 20 years’ experience in the detection of pathogens of aquatic species.

#aquaculture #tropics # food security #virus #microRNA #vaccine # biosecurity

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Madalyn Cooper

Global survey of Endangered and Critically Endangered sawfishes using environmental DNA

Madalyn is a PhD candidate in the Fishing & Fisheries Research Centre her research interest is motivated by conservation genetics of endangered species.

Madalyn graduated from The University of Sydney in 2015 with a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience (Hons I & University Medal). Her background in wildlife and conservation genetics, and interest in elasmobranchs, saw her move to South Africa to work at the South African Shark Conservancy in 2016 before returning to Australia to commence her PhD. Madalyn’s PhD project utilises environmental DNA to resolve the global occurrence and distribution of Endangered and Critically Endangered sawfishes. Her work will contribute to our understanding of sawfishes and how best to conserve and manage their populations.

#Rays #Sharks #Elasmobranchs #Endangered Species #eDNA #Genetics #Ecology #Conservation Genetics #Fisheries

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Brooke D'Alberto

Improving the global conservational biology of wedgefish and guitarfish

Brooke completed her BSc. in Marine Biology (2013) and MSc. in Fisheries Biology and Management (2016) at James Cook University. For her masters, she investigated the age, growth and maturity of oceanic whitetip sharks from Papua New Guinea.

Currently, Brooke is undertaking her PhD at JCU and CSIRO, studying the global conservational biology of wedgefish and guitarfish. This project will increase the biological information available to guide conservation efforts for these threatened species, on a regional (for Indonesia and Southeast Asia) and global scale, such as detailed life history (age, growth and reproduction), species distribution, abundance and diversity, population productivity and extinction risk. This information will then be used to inform international conservation arrangements such as CITES, CMS and FAO, as well as local fishery risk assessments and management plans, and to increase awareness of the conservation issues surrounding this group of shark-like-rays. This project is supported by the Shark Conservation Fund.

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Karin Gerhardt

A holistic approach to shark fisheries science and management: The role of contemporary Indigenous knowledge

Karin is currently undertaking her PhD by collaborating with Traditional Owners in Far North Queensland, looking at the cultural significance of sharks and rays and mapping Indigenous knowledge. Her project concept came about through the many discussions she had with Traditional Owners while working at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority in the Indigenous Partnerships group.  Traditional Owners expressed their frustration at not being involved properly in management decisions affecting their sea country, despite having the expertise and knowledge about everything connected to their environment.  This project also looks at the different views and experiences that shark scientists and managers have regarding the use of Indigenous knowledge in their work, but mainly explores the breadth of knowledge that Traditional Owners have around sharks and rays.

Karin’s career background includes marine park management, environmental assessment and working with saltwater Traditional Owners on sea country management issues.  She has extensive training and experience in setting up monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks for projects and is currently interested in Design thinking and its application to project development.

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Michael Grant

Biology and Conservation of Elasmobranchs in non-marine environments; A Focus on Papua New Guinea

Michael has studied a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Marine Biology at JCU - Townsville. His honours focused on the life history and demography of silky sharks in the central west Pacific region. The project was supervised by Prof. Colin Simpfendorfer and Dr. Andrew Chin.

Currently Michael is undertaking a PhD, studying the biology and conservation of elasmobranchs in non-marine environments. This project is supported by a Save Our Seas Foundation Keystone Grant: Investigation into the status of sawfishes (Pristidae) in Papua New Guinea. Additionally he is interested in the biology of river sharks (Glyphis spp.) and other ray species found in northern Australia and Papua New Guinea region. His thesis aims to (1) survey the status of non-marine elasmobranch fauna in PNG and (2) Provide insights on elasmobranchs that use non-marine environments throughout ontogenetic development in the interest of their conservation.

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#Freshwater and Euryhaline Sharks and Rays #Conservation #Shark Life Histories #Demography/Population Theory #Fisheries Biology

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Jarrod Guppy

Unravelling the genetic architecture of black tiger prawn (Penaeus monodon) production traits through development and utilisation of novel genomic resources

Jarrod Guppy has been involved in aquaculture research for the past 5 years, working extensively with industry partners, having developed technical expertise in aquatic animal husbandry and breeding, juvenile production and applied genetic techniques. Jarrod recently completed his BSc Adv (Hons) awarded with academic commendation, investigating the use of gene silencing in barramundi to study complex process involved in protandrous sex inversion.
Jarrod Guppy’s research interests encompass aquatic animal genetics and genomics, advanced selective breeding, sexual development and manipulation, targeted gene silencing and applied advanced reproductive techniques for tropical aquaculture species.

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#Aquaculture #Genetics #Animal Breeding #Barramundi #Penaeus monodon #Selective breeding

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Daykin Harohau

Understanding barriers and opportunities for sustained benefits from tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) pond aquaculture for Solomon Islands Households.

After completing undergraduate studies in 2010, Daykin worked as a research assistant in socio-economic surveys and analysis on gauging coral reef goods and services usage in rural communities in the Solomon Islands. In 2012, he took up a position with WorldFish as a research analyst. In this role, Daykin focused on community-based fisheries management, ecosystems approach to small-scale Fisheries Management, and rural inland aquaculture development (tilapia & milkfish). In 2013, Daykin became the Hub Manager of one of the WorldFish program offices in the Solomon Islands, overseeing implementation of various donor funded projects under the then Aquatic Agricultural Systems Program implemented by WorldFish. Daykin has also led work on tilapia aquaculture development with rural farmers in inland communities, partly for extension purposes but mainly to inform research on the viability of homestead tilapia and milkfish pond aquaculture in the Solomon Islands.

Daykin is currently doing a Master’s by research program at James Cook University on understanding the barriers and opportunities that exist for homestead tilapia pond aquaculture in the Solomon Islands for rural households; in a rural developing context of the pacific islands. Findings from this research project will not only be relevant for his Master’s thesis but also in informing the Solomon Islands National Government and relevant Non-Government Organizations on ways forward for development of the rural tilapia aquaculture sector in the Solomon Islands.

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Shiori Kanno

Habitat use, movement patterns and trophic ecology of sharks and rays within mangrove habitats

Shiori was studying marine biology and ecology at JCU for her master’s degree. She was doing minor research project on stingray’s fine-scale habitat use within a mangrove-associated intertidal bay using stationary video transect

Shiori is currently undertaking a PhD project that aims to examine spatial and trophic ecology of sharks and rays within mangroves and the importance of mangrove ecosystems to elasmobranchs. Her project will reveal how sharks and rays use mangrove habitats where have been globally lost mainly due to human use and climate change. She also has been studying shark’s palaeontology since her undergraduate. Both living and extinct shark’s knowledge stimulates her interests in how sharks and rays are interacting with the ecosystem.

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Shaymaviswanathan Karnaneedi

Characterisation of Prawn Allergens using Molecular and Bioinformatic approaches

Shayma is an Honours student within the Molecular Allergy Research Lab (MARL), in the department of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) at James Cook University. He completed his Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree majoring in Genetics and Genomics within the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences. Shayma's thesis aims to identify and characterise known and unidentified prawn allergens using bioinformatics and molecular methods. This involves assembling and analysing the transcriptome of five different prawn species followed by allerginicity evaluation and cross-reactivity studies at a molecular level. Shayma's research is incorporated within the ARC Research Hub for Advanced Prawn Breeding.

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Thu Le

Identification and Molecular Characterisation of Food Toxicology in Aquatic Products from Vietnam.

Thu joined the Molecular Allergy Research Group (MARL) at James Cook University as a PhD student in 2015. She completed her Bachelor of Engineering in Seafood Processing Technology in Vietnam and a Master of Food Microbiology at the University of Queensland, Australia. She had worked as seafood inspector for the Vietnamese government and more recently as a lecturer in Food Safety and Quality Management at the Faculty of Food Science and Technology at Nong Lam University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Her PhD research investigated the current situation of food allergy in Vietnam, focussing on the epidemiology, aetiology and clinical manifestation of this allergic disease in the Vietnamese population.

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#seafood allergy #food allergy

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Adrien Marc

Development of advanced reproductive techniques to characterize (in)fertility & accelerate selective breeding in barramundi (Lates calcarifer)

Adrien joined James Cook University in 2013 to complete his double degree in Marine Biology and Management of the Marine Environment from SKema Business School in Sophia Antipolis, France. He went on to complete a BSc(Hons) project in Aquaculture Genetics at JCU investigating the impact of myostatin gene silencing (the gene responsible for downregulating muscle growth) in barramundi (Lates calcarifer); and its potential application in the aquaculture industry for growth improvement.

He is currently undertaking a PhD that involves developing advanced tools for examining barramundi (in)fertility (computer assisted sperm analysis and DNA fragmentation assays, coupled with molecular parental testing) to determine the underlying causes of poor parental contribution in spawning events. Moreover, he is developing assisted breeding techniques (gamete cryopreservation and IVF) that will improve broodstock management and selective breeding in the aquaculture industry.

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#aquaculture #selective breeding #cryopreservation #genetics #artificial fertilization

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Don McKnight

Life finds a way: The recovery of frog populations from a chytridiomycosis outbreak

Don studies the ecology of reptiles and amphibians with a focus on conservation. For his PhD, he is using population genetics and metagenomics to understand why some frog populations have recovered from disease outbreaks.

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Me’ira Mizrahi

Maximising potential impact of Marine Protected Area placement: an integrated socio-economic perspective.

Me’ira is a highly motivated career professional with a strong track record in implementing community-based conservation initiatives, as well as developing local capacities in coral reef and broader marine monitoring. Specialising in researching and monitoring of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and invasive species, she has a proven record in working effectively across cultural and language boundaries. Me’ira’s PhD looks to identify socio-economic factors that influence effective placement of MPAs and shark reserves in terms of maximising impact, and investigates the influence that governance and other socio-political drivers have on placement choice. Alongside her PhD, Me’ira is a consultant for Fauna & Flora International in Cambodia and Myanmar, advising on stakeholder engagement and the consultation process for MPA’s.

#conservation #shark reserves #socio-economics #coral reef #marine monitoring

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Jon Irish Aquino

Development of redclaw crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus) intensive breeding techniques for commercial crayling production – Sperm technologies

I completed both my MSc and BSc in Fisheries (Aquaculture) from the University of the Philippines Visayas. I previously worked with SEAFDEC-AQD, a regional treaty organization that focuses on aquaculture research on the country's endemic species. Most of my research projects were related to the domestication of mangrove crabs (Scylla sp.), blue swimming crabs (Portunus pelagicus), milkfish (Chanos chanos) and soft-shell crab farming. Presently, I am involved in developing sperm technologies for commercial redclaw crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus) production.  This project investigates the effect of broodstock rearing and spawning conditions on fertility and develops advanced reproductive technologies to accelerate selective breeding. Specifically, this will involve: (i) optimising methods for semen collection; (ii) developing assays to characterise sperm quality and applying these to evaluate fertility in broodstock subjected to different husbandry conditions; and (iii) establishing sperm freezing and artificial fertilization techniques.

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Katie Motson

Impacts of declining coral reef condition on herbivorous fish-parasite interactions

Katie completed her MSc in 2014 investigating the capacity for thermal developmental acclimation in three tropical wrasse species. After her MSc, Katie spent two years working in various research positions: working as a research assistant for Professor Philip Munday; as a Research Projects Officer with CSIRO in Brisbane; and researching the effects of Cyclone Winston on coral reefs in Fiji. Katie is now conducting her PhD under the supervision of Dr Andrew Hoey and Dr Kate Hutson. Her PhD research examines the effects of coral reef degradation and disturbance on the parasite communities infecting herbivorous fishes on the Great Barrier Reef.

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#aquatic animal health #parasites #herbivory #coral reefs #habitat-degradation

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Maria Nayfa

Domestication in aquaculture fishes-elucidating the genetic consequences in Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus)

Maria is a PhD candidate utilising quantitative and population genomics to understand population dynamics and the effects of selection.  Her current research interests include, but are not limited to: pedigree data analysis; correcting pedigree errors with molecular data; genetic linkage mapping; quantitative-trait locus (QTL) analysis; genome-wide associate studies (GWAS); and discerning population structure.

She completed her MSc in Marine Biology at James Cook University where she conducted research investigating the effects of gene flow and selection in highly connected populations of the silver-lip pearl oyster (Pinctada maxima) in 2014. In 2011, she graduated with Distinction from Duke University with a BSc in Environmental Science having undertaken research predicting the severity of coral bleaching utilizing sea surface temperature degree days.

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#genetics #genomics #aquaculture #selection

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Pauline Narvaez

Food preferences of cleaner organisms and the impact of cleaning interactions on pathogen transmission.

Pauline completed her MSc in 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal, on cleaner fish behaviour and fish ectoparasites in the Northeastern Atlantic. From 2014-2015 she took part in several scientific projects and travelled to several countries (Portugal, The Bahamas and Brazil) that helped her to build scientific collaborations in the area of marine fish and parasite ecology. By late 2016 and throughout 2017, she had the opportunity to participate in three extended field trips to the Great Barrier Reef (Lizard Island Research Station, Australia) examining the relationship between ectoparasites, their fish hosts and cleaner fish with Dr Alexandra Grutter and Dr Paul Sikkel. From March to June 2017, she volunteered in the Marine Parasitology Laboratory at James Cook University, where she took part in various experiments. Pauline will be pursuing her research interests in cleaner organisms for her PhD and will be supervised by Dr Kate Hutson and co-supervised by Dr Mark McCormick.

#marine cleaner organisms #parasites-host interaction #ectoparasites #ecology #microbiome

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Roni Nugraha

Biochemical and Immunological Characterisation of the Major Allergens in Australian Molluscs

Roni is a PhD student in the Molecular Allergy Research Laboratory, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology. He attained his Bachelor of Science from the Department of Biochemistry at Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia and completed his Master Degree majoring in Biochemical Engineering at Chung Yuan University, Taiwan. His ongoing project involves the combination of allergenomics, high-throughput screening of genomic databases and high-resolution mass spectrometry to identify allergenic proteins within different mollusc species. This comprehensive discovery pipeline is a significant improvement over current approaches for the identification and characterization of allergenic proteins, providing a new tool for researchers developing better diagnostics and novel immunotherapeutics.

#Shellfish allergy #allergenomics #Oyster #proteomics #allergenic protein

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Heather Robson

Monitoring tropical freshwater biodiversity using environmental DNA (eDNA)

Heather's research is in an exciting new field of genetics which uses environmental DNA (eDNA) and metabarcoding to monitor tropical freshwater biodiversity.  She is particulary interested in using eDNA techniques to detect invasive fish, such as tilapia and rare and critically endangered species such as the Armoured Mistfrog.  The primary groups that she is working with but not limited to are fish, turtles, frogs and crustaceans.

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Kate Parrish

Studies of Bellinger River Virus

Kate is a part time external PhD student within the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary sciences. Kate completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at James Cook University (2010) and a Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Public Health and Management at the University of Sydney (2017).

In 2015 Kate joined the NSW Department of Primary Industry as a veterinary virologist where she became involved in the Bellinger River Snapping Turtle mortality event and the discovery of a novel virus associated with this event. Kate's PhD will explore the biology of the Bellinger River Virus and host-pathogen interactions which will form a technical basis for biosecurity protocols currently being developed.

#bellingerrivervirus #turtlehealth #virology #biosecurity

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Kunal Pratap

Preclinical evaluation of novel therapeutic candidates for food allergy.

Kunal Pratap joined the Molecular Allergy Research Group (MARL) under Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) PhD scholarship at James Cook University in 2017. He completed his Bachelor of Technology ( degree as an engineer majoring in Biotechnology from India. He has worked as a research fellow for four years in India on mouse models of various diseases like Asthma, Diabetes, Hepatocellular carcinoma and House dust mite allergy. In his PhD here at JCU, he is working with green algae Ulva ohnoi to investigate the efficacy of extracted compounds on mouse model of food allergy. His PhD work is in collaboration with MBD industries and Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology (MACRO) group here at JCU.

#foodallergy #mousemodel # greenalgae #therapeutics #naturalcompounds

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Thimo Ruethers

Bio-molecular studies on allergenic proteins causing fish allergy in Australian children for improved diagnosis

Thimo is a member of the Molecular Allergy Research Group (MARL) and a PhD scholar of the Centre for Food and Allergy Research. Currently he is riding the worldwide wave of food allergy epidemic by tackling fish allergy in Australian children. His Bachelor and Master studies in Biochemistry were accomplished in Germany (Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf) while he conducted research in Australia, Vietnam, and Austria. Thimo is expert in analysing Asian-Pacific fish species on molecular and immunological level. His ongoing research will significantly improve diagnostics of fish allergy in Australian children and allergy sufferers worldwide. His research sits within a multi-disciplinary National Health and Medical Research Council funded project, involving researchers from Australia, Austria, Germany and Vietnam.

#Food safety #food allergy #seafood allergy #fish allergy #shellfish allergy

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Conni Sidabalok

Systematics, phylogeny and distribution of the marine isopod crustacean family Cirolanidae of Indonesia

I am finishing my PhD in taxonomy and phylogeny of coral reef-associated isopods called Cirolanidae with Indonesian and adjacent waters as the areas of interest. The main aims of study are to reveal the diversity (describing new species, new records, etc) of family Cirolanidae of Indo-Malaya region and to resolve the relationship status or phylogeny of the family. I will continue my work as a researcher at Indonesian Institute of Sciences after finishing my study here.

#isopoda #cirolanidae #Indonesia #CoralReef #taxonomy

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Dewi Syahidah

Development of cell cultures to propagate crustacean viruses

Dewi has been working as an aquaculture researcher in IMRAD, Indonesia from 2000 to present. She undertook a minor thesis for my master degree in aquaculture, focusing on shrimp disease at JCU Townsville (2009-2010). Following this Dewi has also received a second scholarship for pursuing PhD in aquatic viral diseases via the Australian Development Scholarship (ADS) scheme 2013-2017.

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Sandra Infante Villamil

Intestinal and environmental microbiome community analysis in farmed black tiger and banana shrimps as a tool for prawn health and production biomonitoring

Sandra is undertaking her PhD into how dynamic changes in bacterial communities in Australian shrimp farms can be strong determinants of productivity outcomes.

Sandra completed a BSc. (Hons) in Marine Biology (2010) at Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Colombia, where she started working in aquaculture research. In Australia, she completed a Masters in Science at James Cook University (2015), and her minor project investigated the effect of diet on the gut microbial community in a mouse model. In 2016, Sandra became a member of the ARC Research Hub for Advanced Prawn Breeding where she started researching the relationships between bacterial communities in black tiger shrimp, shrimp health and pond productivity. Her current project aims at finding bacterial signatures that can be used as early predictors for changes in productivity in the two Australian shrimp commercial spespecies Penaeus monodon (black tiger shrimp) and Fenneropenaeus merguiensis (banana shrimp).

#aquaculture #shrim p#microbiome #FISH

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Nga Vu

Population genomics of black tiger prawns Penaeus monodon to understand the wild fishery and aquaculture production

Nga is from Vietnam, and completed a Bachelor of Science in Aquaculture at Nha Trang University in Vietnam. Nga has also worked as a research assistant in the field of sustainable aquaculture and rural development in northern Vietnam.

Nga is currently completing a PhD examining the population genomic structure of black tiger shrimp P. monodon within the Indo-Pacific, with a particular focus on Australian population by using thousands of genome-wide SNP.  The results will resolve fine-scale population structure and search for evidence of adaptive sweeps evident in the genome by geographic distance or the environment. Based on genetic diversity assayed, genomic selection prediction will be modeled to translate in admixed populations of black tiger shrimp.

#Aquaculture genetics #Selective breeding #Population genomics #Local adaptation #Viral genetics #Aquaculture #Prawns #Fisheries

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Brooke Whitelaw

Venom evolution within the Hapalochlaena species complex (Octopodidae)

#Venomics #Cephalopoda #Proteomics #Transcriptomics #Genomics #Bioinformatics #Hapalochlaena #Inheritance #Genetics #Octopus

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Adam Wilkinson

The identification of potential links between Fibropapillomatosis prevalence in Green turtles (Chelonia mydas) and heavy metal contamination along the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Adam’s research aims to investigate the negative impacts of toxic metal element contamination on Green turtles. Fibropapillomatosis (FP) susceptibility has been suggested to be partially affected by metal exposure, and thus this project will measure the potential influence of such environmental factors on FP prevalence in a number of Green turtle populations along the Great Barrier Reef.

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Rebecca Diggins

Turtles and tourists without borders: assessing tourism management options for green sea turtles in a Pacific island nation

Rebecca completed her BSc Ecology in England and then moved to Australia in 2015 to undertake an MSc in Protected Area Management at JCU to add a human dimension to her ecological studies. She is now undertaking a multi-disciplinary PhD under the supervision of A/Prof Ellen Ariel in the Turtle Health Research team. Her research will look at factors influencing the effective management of green sea turtles in the Conflict Islands, Papua New Guinea, including population dynamics, local community interests, and the development of tourism activities on the islands. Green turtles are considered to be a globally endangered species, threatened by many anthropogenic activities, and so it will be vital to understand their spatial use of the islands as well as the connection between the resident communities and visiting tourists to construct an effective plan for their conservation.

#turtle #tourism #social-science #genetics #conservation

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