About

My main research interests are in marine ecology, ecotoxicology and also the application of algal-based bioremediation technolgies for the treatment of industrial waste water. In my current role with the Centre for Macroalgal Resources and Biotechnology I lead the Biomass Scale Up Demonstration subprogram within the Macroalgal Biofuels and Bioproducts project. This program focuses on demonstrating and delivering on-site remediation of aquatic waste streams, particularly from mineral processing industries and power stations. The project aims to optimise macroalgal biomass production and bioremediation at scales that are relevant to industry needs.

Teaching
  • AQ2001: Introduction to Aquaculture (Level 2; TSV)
  • AQ3015: Sustainable Aquaculture (Level 3; TSV)
  • AQ5006: Aquaculture: Principles and Practices (Level 5; TSV)
  • AQ5015: Sustainable Aquaculture (Level 5; TSV)
  • SC5055: Research and Communication Skills in the Natural Sciences (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
Experience
  • 2010 to 2012 - Research Scientist, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (United Kingdom)
  • 2008 to 2010 - Project Manager, Nautilus Environmental (San Diego, USA)
  • 2004 to 2008 - PhD, University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia)
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QLD Department of Science, Information, Technology and Innovation - Advance Queensland Innovation Partnerships

Health products from Queensland algae

Indicative Funding
$53,559 over 2 years (administered by University of Southern Queensland)
Summary
The overarching aim of the project is to generate the evidence required to create new health products from algae produced in Queensland by the industry partner MBD. The project team has recently demonstrated the potential therapeutic benefits of using algae in diets to deliver nutrients and minerals. This work shows that algae are functional foods, that is, foods that could reverse or prevent disease and deliver health benefits. We will now test whether a range of products can be developed from different algae to decrease or prevent obesity, improve muscle tone especially in the elderly, and prebiotics for gut health.
Investigators
Rocky de Nys, David Roberts, Lindsay Brown, Sunil Panchal and Arnold Mangott (College of Science & Engineering and University of Southern Queensland)
Keywords
Algae; Metabolic Syndrome; Minerals; Health; Pigments; Seaweed
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  • 67.027, Marine & Aquaculture Research (Townsville campus)
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