A/Prof Ellen Ariel ~ Associate Professor
College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences
- MI2011: Microbial Diversity (Level 2; TSV)
- MI2021: Introductory Infectious Diseases and Immunobiology (Level 2; TSV)
- MI3021: Clinical Microbiology (Level 3; TSV)
- MI3051: Mechanisms of Infectious Diseases (Level 3; TSV)
- MI5021: Advanced Clinical Microbiology (Level 5; TSV)
- MI5051: Mechanisms of Infectious Diseases (Level 5; TSV)
- PC2201: Infectious Diseases and Immunology for Pharmacists (Level 2; TSV)
- TV5005: Veterinary Clinical and Professional Practice Part 1 of 4 (Level 5; TSV)
- TV5006: Veterinary Clinical and Professional Practice Part 2 of 4 (Level 5; TSV)
- TV5007: Veterinary Clinical and Professional Practice Part 3 of 4 (Level 5; TSV)
- TV5008: Veterinary Clinical and Professional Practice Part 4 of 4 (Level 5; TSV)
- Biosecurity, cooperation across boundaries, research-teaching nexus with indigenous people, university students, high schools, government agencies concerned with wildlife, NGOs and volunteers.
- Virology, aquatic epidemiology and general health of sea turtles and freshwater turtles. Current topics: ranavirus, chelonid herpesvirus 5, normal intestinal microflora, bacteriophage treatment, health assessment criteria for turtles, leeches as vectors of disease.
- Teaching human viral diseases to MedLab and BioMed students. Teaching Aquatic Epidemiology to 5th year Vet students. Action research, involving students from the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, School of Creative Arts and School of Business. Students from IT and Design courses worked with our students to design an online computer game to facilitate the learning of diagnostic tests.
- 2009 to present - Team leader for the Turtle Health Research Group at the Vet School. Involving many colleagues, postgraduate students, undergraduates and interns, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
- 2009 to present - Senior lecturer Virology, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
- 2005 to 2008 - Coordinator of RANA Risk assessment of new and emerging systemic iridoviral diseases for European fish and aquatic ecosystems., European Community (Denmark, Europe)
- 1997 to 2008 - Coordinator of the Reference Laboratory for Fish Diseases in European Community, European Community (Denmark, Europe)
- 2004 to 2007 - Steering group Member. PANDA Permanent Advisory Network for Diseases in Aquacultue., European Community (Denmark, Europe)
- 2005 to 2006 - Danish Representative on Comparative Risk Profile of Fish Diseases in the Nordic Countries, Danish Veterinary Institute (Denmark, Europe)
- 1993 to 1997 - PhD Aquatic Pathology, Department of Biomedical and Tropical Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia. Thesis title: Pathogenesis and Serological Assessment of Bohle Iridovirus Infections in Aquatic Reptiles. (Townsville, Australia)
- 1992 - Bachelor of Science (Honours, 1st Class), Department of Biomedical and Tropical Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia. Thesis title: Aspects of Bohle Iridovirus Infection in Tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus). (Townsville, Australia)
Dr Ariel is Associate Professor in Virology at the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences. Her cultural background is Danish / Australian and although she grew up in Denmark, her tertiary education was in Australia, which she finishing off with a PhD in Aquatic Pathobiology.
Dr Ariel worked for the European Commission for 11 years with biosecurity of aquatic animals, especially aquaculture and standardizing and harmonizing diagnostic capacity across borders to prevent spread of disease and facilitate safe trade in live fish.
Currently, Dr Ariel is teaching human viral diseases as well as aquatic epidemiology at the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University. Her main research interest is aquatic animal health in all its variations, but especially virology.
Dr Ariel is the team leader of the Turtle Health Team, and instigator of the new research facility: "The Caraplace".
- 2015 - Associate Professor
- 2015 - Nominated for the Peter Doherty Award for Excellence in STEM Education
- 2015 - JCU grant: $ 2000. Research partnerships beyond the University: Research and teaching nexus in the field
- 2015 - Outdoor Turtle Nursery Facility – Multiple Donors John Villiers Trust: $20,000 James N Kirby Foundation: $ 5,000 Townsville Triathlon Festival (Event Charity): $ 7,000: Sea Turtle FOundation $ 5,000.
- 2015 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
- 2014 - Department of Environment and Heritage: Experimental equipment: $ 5,000
- 2014 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
- 2013 - Sea Turtle Foundation: Field trips and equipment expenses: $ 12,000
- 2013 - World Wide Fund for Nature WWF: Trackers for behaviour in sick turtles: $ 33,000
- 2012 - Nominated for the Peter Doherty Award for Excellence in STEM Education
- 2012 - NQ Dry tropics: Food and filtration for starving turtles: $ 5,000
- 2011 - Finalist in the Banksia Awards for Caring for Country
- 2012 to 2015 - Purpose built Turtle Health Research Facility – Multiple Donors. Perpetual Trust: $20,000. WWF: $56,500. Anonymous: $80,000. Winifred Violet Scott: $26,500. George and Youngman Trust: $15,000.
- 2010 to 2015 - WWF: Multiple donations to cover field trips and equipment: $ 66,000
- 2005 to 2008 - Coordinator of the RANA project. 1.6M € project with 6 international partners. Risk assessment of new and emerging systemic iridoviral diseases for European fish and aquatic ecosystems
- 2004 to 2007 - Steering Group Member for the PANDA project (Permanent Advisory Network for Diseases in Aquaculture) which cooperated with over 400 scientists to seek policy advise for the European Commission.
- 2012 to 2015 - Australian representative on the Board of the Global Ranavirus Symposium
- 2005 to 2015 - Honorary position as Senior Consultant of the Inspection and Quarantine Technology Center, Lianyungang Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau of P.R. China.
- 2011 to 2015 - • Centers of Excellence: Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture
- 2011 to 2015 - • Centers of Excellence:TropWATER - Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research
- 2003 to 2015 - Asian Fisheries Society
- 2008 - Expert on panel for fish health and welfare under European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
- 2013 to 2015 - Human Ethics Monitor at the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
- 2002 to 2015 - Expert and Reader for the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) on the Aquatic Animal Code and Manual on ranaviral diseases of fish and amphibians
- 2010 to 2014 - Postgraduate Liason Officer at the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
- 2005 to 2008 - Expert in audits of 3rd countries for the EC Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) for approval to export live and processed fish into the EU
- 2003 to 2007 - Editor in Chief for the Journal: the European Association of Fish Pathologist (EAFP) Bulletin
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.
- Other research outputs
- Ariel E, Steckler N, Subramaniam K, Olesen N and Waltzek T (2016) Genomic sequencing of ranaviruses isolated from turbot (Scophthalmus maximus) and Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). Genome Announcements, 4 (6). pp. 1-2
- Fleischmann K and Ariel E (2016) Gamification in science education: gamifying learning of microscopic processes in the laboratory. Contemporary Educational Technology, 7 (2). pp. 138-159
- Jones K, Ariel E, Burgess G and Read M (2016) A review of fibropapillomatosis in green turtles (Chelonia mydas). The Veterinary Journal, 212. pp. 48-57
- Ariel E and Owens L (2015) Action research to improve the learning space for diagnostic techniques . Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, 16 (2). pp. 167-177
- Ariel E, Wirth W, Burgess G, Scott J and Owens L (2015) Pathogenicity in six Australian reptile species following experimental inoculation with Bohle iridovirus. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 115 (3). pp. 203-212
- Forzán M, Jones K, Vanderstichel R, Wood J, Kibenge F, Kuiken T, Wirth W, Ariel E and Daoust P (2015) Clinical signs, pathology and dose-dependent survival of adult wood frogs, Rana sylvatica, inoculated orally with frog virus 3 Ranavirus sp., Iridoviridae. Journal of General Virology, 96 (5). pp. 1138-1149
- Meddings J, Owens L, Burgess G and Ariel E (2014) Revelations in reptilian and avian immunology: a proposed evolutionary selection pressure for truncated immunoglobulin-Y. International Journal of Immunological Studies, 2 (1). pp. 29-41
- Rusaini , Ariel E, Burgess G and Owens L (2013) Investigation of an idiopathic lesion in redclaw crayfish Cherax quadricarinatus using suppression subtractive hybridization. Journal of Virology & Microbiology, 2013. pp. 1-15
- La Fauce K, Ariel E, Munns S, Rush C and Owens L (2012) Influence of temperature and exposure time on the infectivity of Bohle iridovirus, a ranavirus. Aquaculture, 354-355. pp. 64-67
- Schyth B, Ariel E, Korsholm H and Olesen N (2012) Diagnostic capacity for viral haemorrhagic septicaemia virus (VHSV) infection in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) is greatly increased by combining viral isolation with specific antibody detection. Fish and Shellfish Immunology, 32 (4). pp. 593-597
- Ariel E (2011) Viruses in reptiles. Veterinary Research, 42. pp. 1-12
- Gray M, Brunner J, Earl J and Ariel E (2015) Design and analysis of ranavirus studies: surveillance and assessing risk. In: Ranaviruses: lethal pathogens of ectothermic vertebrates. Springer, Heidelberg, Germany, pp. 209-240
ResearchOnline@JCU stores 33+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Ellen Ariel from 2005 onwards.
- Current Funding
Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.
Glencore - Mt Isa Mine - Research Grant
Research Vessel for Shallow Water Capture
- Indicative Funding
- An inflatable lifeguard vessel with fibreglass bottom is a great help for catching sea turtles in shallow inshore areas. The inflatable sides makes for greater safety for both turtle and catcher. Sick turtles tend to prefer shallow water.
- Ellen Ariel in collaboration with Adam Wilkinson and Karina Jones (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
- Green Turtle; Chelonia mydas; Chelonid Herpesvirus; Fibropapilloma
World Wide Fund for Nature, Australia - Contract Research
Establishing Baseline Health Assessment Criteria for Green Turtles (Chelonia Mydas)
- Indicative Funding
- $28,909 over 3 years
- The first part of this project is to optimise procedures involved in assessing turtle health. The second part is to collect data for reference ranges. The third part is to analyse influence of age, location, season, sex and exertion on the results of the assessment. The ultimate output of this project is a robust and obje3ctive method for assessing turtle health, with will facilitate diagnosis and treatment of sick animals and enable assessment of population health of green turtles.
- Ellen Ariel (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
- Green Turtle (Chelonia Mydas); Health Assessment Turtles; Blood Parameters; Clinical Assessment; Parasites
Department of Environment and Heritage Protection - Contract Research
Resistance to inundation in green turtle eggs
- Indicative Funding
- The experiments will compare the susceptibility of green turtle eggs to inundation during different stages of their development.
- Ellen Ariel and Sara-Louise McCracken (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
- environmental influences on turtle healt; Climate Change; Green turtle (Chelonia mydas); nest inundation and drowning; Raine Island
WV Scott Charitable Trust - Research Grant
Flatback turtle's whereabouts: Identifying migration pathways and critical foraging habitats to protect
- Indicative Funding
- Flatback turtles Natator depressus are endemic to Australia and Papua New Guinea. Unlike other species of marine turtles, this species does not have an oceanic phase in its life cycle and is therefore restricted to waters off the Australian/PNG continental shelf. However, despite having one of the most restricted ranges of any of the sea turtles, scientists still know little about flatback turtle feeding ecology. The objectives of the project is to: 1) Study the migration pattern and habitat utilisation (breeding, foraging and/or residing) of flatback turtles from nesting beaches in Queensland using satellite tagging (x4) and stable isotope technology. 2) Sample the health parameters of flatback turtles to gain a baseline level of information about this species. 3) Determine flatback nesting in Upstart Bay (North Queensland) as the contribution this cohort makes to the greater Queensland Turtle Conservation Project.
- Adam Barnett, Ellen Ariel and Ian Bell (College of Science & Engineering, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and Department of Environment and Heritage (SA))
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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.
- Viral Disease of Australian Reptiles: Agamid Adenovirus (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
- Environmental Influences in the Epidemiology of Fibropapillomatosis in Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas) and Consequences for Management of Inshore Areas of the Great Barrier Reef. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
- The Identification of Potential Links Between Fibropapilloma Prevalence in Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia Mydas) and Heavy metal Contamination Along the Great Barrier Reef, Australia (PhD , Primary Advisor)
- A Survey of the Enterobacteriaceae in the Gut of Healthy and Compromised Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) and Investigation into the Cause and Treatment for Gastrointestinal Disorders. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
- Pathology and Epidemiology of Ranavirus Infection in Australian Freshwater Turtles (PhD , Primary Advisor)
- Presence and Impact of Viruses in Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) from Northern Great Barrier Reef (PhD , Primary Advisor)
- New insight into detection and evolution of Australian Penaeus stylirostris densovirus (2015, PhD , Secondary Advisor)
- Suppression subtractive hybridization to investigate viruses in the lymphoid organ of Penaeus merguiensis and the gills of Cherax quadricarinatus (2013, PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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