Dr. Chaoshu Zeng has been a faculty member at the School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University since 2000. He obtained his BSc and MSc degrees in Marine biology from Xiamen University, China and his PhD in Marine Biology from University of Wales, Bangor, UK. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Kyoto University and at Seikai National Fisheries Research Institute, Nagasaki, Japan.

His 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.

Chaoshu has published 90 publications, of which 80 were in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is on the editorial boards of  several international journals and has been invigted to review grant applications for a number of funding agencies. He is currently also appointed as a visiting professor at Xiamen University, China and as an adjunct professor at Shanghai Ocean University, China.




  • AQ2002: Aquaculture of Tropical Species (Level 2; TSV)
  • AQ3002: Aquaculture: Feeds and Nutrition (Level 3; TSV)
  • AQ3003: Aquaculture: Propagation (Level 3; TSV)
  • AQ5002: Aquaculture: Feeds and Nutrition (Level 5; TSV)
  • AQ5009: Aquaculture of Tropical Species (Level 5; TSV)
  • AQ5012: Aquaculture: Hatchery Techniques (Level 5; TSV)
  • SC5900: Special Topic (Level 5; TSV)
  • SC5901: Special Topic 1 (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5902: Special Topic 2 (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5903: Literature Review (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5909: Minor Project and Seminar (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5912: Minor Project, Seminar and Literature Review (1 of 2) (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5913: Minor Project, Seminar and Literature Review (2 of 2) (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • Development of aquaculture techniques for commercially important crustaceans, particularly at hatchery and nursery stages
  • Captive breeding of marine ornamentals
  • The biology and culture of tropical copepods
  • Custacean nutrition, digestive physiology and formulated feed development
  • Toxicology of nitrogenous wastes to commercially important crustaceans
  • Ecophysiology and behaviour of marine larvae and juveniles; biological rhythms
  • Aquaculture recirculating systems and effluent water treatment through advanced filtration
  • 2008 to 2013 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook Univerisity (Australia)
  • 2000 to 2007 - Lecturer, James Cook Univerisity (Australia)
  • 1999 to 2000 - Japan Science and Technology Agency Fellow, Seikai National Fisheries Research Institute (Japan)
  • 1997 to 1998 - JSPS postdoc, Kyoto University (Japan)
  • 1992 to 1996 - PhD candidate, University of Wales, Bangor (UK)
  • 1991 to 1992 - Lecturer, Xiamen University (China)
  • 1988 to 1990 - Associate Lecturer, Xiamen University (China)
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  • 2010 - UniQuest Trailblazer innovation awards: highly commended prize - open category, James Cook University
  • 1996 - ‘Thomas Henry Huxley Award' for 'original contributions to Zoology' by ‘The Zoological Society of London’
  • 1996 - 2nd prize of annual ‘Progress in Science and Technology Awards’ of Fujian Provincial Government, China
  • 2009 - Visiting foreign professor/investigator scholarship (Professors investigadors visitants a Catalunya; PIV-DGR), Catalan Government, Spain
  • 2010 to 2013 - 'Ming Jiang scholar' visiting professorship at Xiamen
  • 2008 to 2010 - Overseas principle scientist fellowship, Aquaculture Division, E-institute of Shanghai Universities, Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, China
  • 1999 to 2000 - Japan Science and Technology Agency (STA) Fellowship, Japan
  • 1996 to 1998 - Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellowship, Japan
  • 1992 to 1996 - British government Technical Cooperation PhD Scholarship

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 105+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Chaoshu Zeng from 1996 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Development of Community Based Sea Cucumber Culture Methodologies in Papua New Guinea. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Developing Captive Breeding Techniques for two Marine Ornamental Crabs: The Harlequin Crab Lissocarcinus Laevis and the Decorator Crab Camposcia Retusa (Masters , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • Development of Captive Breeding Techniques for the Striped Blenny Meiacanthus grammistes: A Popular Marine Ornamental Fish (Masters , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • Development of Captive Breeding Techniques for two Marine Ornamental Fish: Rainfordi's Goby Koumansetta Rainfordi, and the Coral Sea Fairy Wrasse Cirrhilabrus Bathyphilus (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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