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Associate Professor Jamie Seymour


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 Stinger 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.  His research now also covers the mechanics of how venoms work in envenomed prey with the goal of understanding why venoms are often quite complex.  This has led to research into novel compounds from venoms for use in the pharmaceutical trade and he has developed strong research links with Boehringer Ingelheim in the USA.


  • Novel compounds from venomous animals
  • Ecology of venomous animals
  • Thermal ecology of Invertebrates
  • Modelling changes in populations of tropical invertebrates, with particular emphasis in tropical cubozoans.
  • Relationship between venom toxicity and prey in tropical invertebrates such as cubozoans.
  • Ecology of venoms
  • Projects for postgraduate students  can be developed with emphases on Box jellyfish, venom ecology, aquatic respiratory and thermal ecology, biochemistry and  clinical research


        Boehringer-Ingelheim. C.I.’s JE Seymour, W. Logging (2011-2014) $650,000.  Novel compounds from venomous marine organisms

        HEPPP B C.I.’s JE Seymour B. Walker (2012-2014)  $148,000.  Engaging pretertiary students in marine studies

        ARC LIEF grant. C.I.’s NL Daly, AC Loukas, JP Mulvenna, JE Seymour, DJ Craik, GF King, DP Fairlie, KJ Rosengren, HJ Schirra; (2012) $630,000

        QEMRF C.I  JE Seymour (2010-2012). $225,000.  Capacity building of research in Emergency departments

        Cains Base Hospital C.I.  JE Seymour (2010-2012) $90,000.  Capacity building of research at Cairns base Hospital in the  Emergency department

        Key Publications

        1. Mclounan S. & J.E. Seymour . 2012 Venom and cnidome ontogeny of the cubomedusae Chironex fleckeri Toxicon  Accepted August 2012
        2. McCullagh,N, P. Pereira, P. Cullen, R. Mulcahy, R. Bonin, M. Little, S. Gray & J. Seymour.  Randomised trial of magnesium in the treatment of Irukandji syndrome.  Emergency Medicine Australiasia.  Accepted August 2102
        3. S. L.A. Saggiomo, J. E. Seymour . 2012  Cardiotoxic effects of venom fractions from the Australian box jellyfish Chironex fleckeri on human myocardiocytes.  Toxicon;
        4. M. J. Kingsford, J. E. Seymour  & M. D. O’Callaghan 2012  Abundance patterns of cubozoans on and near the Great Barrier Reef. Hydrobiologia  DOI 10.1007/s10750-012-1041-0
        5. Gordon M, Seymour J  2012 Growth, Development and Temporal Variation in the Onset of Six Chironex fleckeri Medusae Seasons: A Contribution to Understanding Jellyfish Ecology. PLoS ONE 7(2): e31277. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031277
        6. 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.
        7. Pintor, A., Krockenberger, A., & Seymour, J.E. , 2010. Costs of Venom Production In The Common Death Adder. Toxicon. 56(6):1035-1042
        8. 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
        9. 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
        10. 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.

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        Contact info/location


        (07) 4042 1229 (Australia)

        +61 7 4042 1229(International)


        (07) 4042 1284 (Australia)

        +61 7 4042 1284(International)