Agnes’s research mainly focuses on the use of cutting-edge and traditional molecular approaches for the conservation and protection of Australia’s unique aquatic and marine ecosystems. She also uses genomic tools to address the challenging issues and opportunities surrounding food security by informing selective breeding programs for the aquaculture Industry in Australia.

Agnes' current projects include:

  • using environmental DNA (eDNA) to address a broad range of biosecurity and ecological conservation applications. In particular, Agnes has developed innovative eDNA methods for detecting aquatic and marine pest species (e.g. tilapia) and species of conservation concern (sawfish, hammerhead sharks) across Australia (SOSF) and in Guam (US Navy). She recently published a chapter on the use of eDNA techniques for the study of shark biology;
  • working with farms and Industry to generate novel genomic resources to improve efficiencies in aquaculture production in Black tiger prawns (P. monodon) (ARC ITRH Advanced Prawn Breeding Hub);
  • explore and evaluate the potential efficacy of coral restoration methods used globally on Australia's Great Barrier Reef (NESP TWQ Hub)

A complete list of publications is available here.

  • 2020 to present - Senior Research Scientist, James Cook University (Townsville, QLD, Australia)
  • 2016 to 2020 - Research Fellow, James Cook University (Townsville, QLD, Australia)
  • 2010 to 2014 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Auckland (Auckland, New Zealand)
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United States Navy - Detection of scalloped hammerhead sharks in Apra Harbor and adjacent nearshore waters, Guam using environmental DNA

Detection of scalloped hammerhead sharks in Apra Harbor and adjacent waters, Guam using Environmental DNA

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$273,586 over 3 years (administered by University of Guam)
Scalloped hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini) are anecdotally reported in Apra Harbor, Guam, but their spatial and temporal patterns of occurrence are not well understood. Lack of knowledge of population abundance, distribution, and habitat use also extends across the geographic range of the Indo-West Pacific subpopulation. All S. lewini are nationally protected under the Endangered Species Act, and their occurrence within Apra Harbor is of concern to management and conservation strategies and mission-essential operations of the U.S. Department of Navy. This project will determine the temporal and spatial distribution and habitat use of the scalloped hammerhead shark within Apra Harbor and Orote Peninsula nearshore waters.
Tom Schils, Jan Strugnell, Agnes Le Port and Roger Huerlimann in collaboration with Madalyn Cooper (University of Guam and College of Science & Engineering)
eDNA; Guam; Sphyrna lewini (Sphyrnidae); scalloped hammerhead shark

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