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)
  • AQ5002: Aquaculture: Feeds and Nutrition (Level 5; TSV)
  • AQ5003: Aquaculture: Propagation (Level 5; TSV)
  • AQ5009: Aquaculture of Tropical Species (Level 5; TSV)
  • SC5900: Special Topic (Level 5; TSV)
  • SC5901: Special Topic 1 (Level 5; TSV)
  • SC5902: Special Topic 2 (Level 5; TSV)
  • SC5903: Literature Review (Level 5; TSV)
  • SC5909: Minor Project and Seminar (Level 5; 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)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 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

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 146+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Chaoshu Zeng from 1996 onwards.

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Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Australian Research Council - Linkage - Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

ARC Research Hub for Supercharging Tropical Aquaculture Through Genetic Solutions

Indicative Funding
$4,996,503 over 4 years, in partnership with Australian Genome Research Facility ($150,000); Cygnet Bay Pearls PL ($500,000); Mainstream Aquaculture ($500,000); Sea Forest Pty Ltd ($500,000) and THE COMPANY ONE PTY LTD ($500,000)
This project aims to integrate cutting edge genetic and genomic approaches into innovative aquaculture enterprises that farm in tropical northern Australia. It will deliver the requisite genetic knowledge to instigate world-leading and highly productive breeding programs for five species (barramundi, pearl oyster, prawn, grouper and marine seaweed), along with a novel understanding of the genetic basis of disease resistance and how the production environment interfaces with the bacterial microbiome, pathogens and water quality to cause disease. It will increase Australia's capacity to deliver advanced genetics outcomes to the aquaculture sector, while increasing productivity, international competitiveness, and lowered risk due to disease.
Dean Jerry, Kyall Zenger, Benjamin Hayes, Rocky de Nys, David Bourne, Andreas Lopata, Ron White, Jan Strugnell, Chaoshu Zeng, Kelly Condon, Mostafa Rahimi Azghadi, Ira Cooke, Leo Nankervis and Carla Ewels (College of Science & Engineering, The University of Queensland, College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Selective Breeding; Genomics; Aquaculture

CRC for Developing Northern Australia Scheme - Expressions of Interest

Northern Aquaculture Industry Situational Analysis

Indicative Funding
$202,117 over 1 year
This project will identify key challenges and opportunities facing the North Australian aquaculture sector and explore potential solutions and/or identify the most strategic research projects for further investment. This will include and not be limited to: infrastructure, policy, investment, environmental, production, knoweldge, training and human capital gaps and the research or alternative solutions to address them. The project will be delivered through a literature review, development of the 'Northern aquaculture industry vision 2028' in consultation with indigenous and non-indigenous stakholders, desktop study and SWOT analysis, and the situational analysis report.
Dean Jerry, Jennifer Cobcroft, Kyall Zenger, Jan Strugnell, Amy Diedrich, Chaoshu Zeng, Rocky de Nys and Sandra Hughes in collaboration with Matthew Cook, Robert Bell, Jane Lovell, Wayne Hutchinson, Kim Hooper and Jo-Anne Ruscoe (College of Science & Engineering, JCU Singapore, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, Blueshift Consulting, Seafood Industry Australia, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Australian Prawn Farmers Association and Australian Barramundi Farmers Association)
Northern Australia; Aquaculture

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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.

  • Effects of dietary level of Phosphorus on growth and skeletal formation in giant grouper (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Development of Captive Breeding Techniques for the Striped Blenny Meiacanthus grammistes: A Popular Marine Ornamental Fish (Masters , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Enhancing reproduction in female redclaw crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus) for commercial juvenile production (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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