About

I am an Academic within College of Science and Engineering and an inventor.  I have fulfilled several roles at JCU as Associate Dean Teaching & Learning, Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Technology and Innovation, Academic Adviser, Course Coordinator for the BSc, and Manager of Undergraduate teaching in the former College of Marine & Environmental Science.

Prior to commencing at JCU in 2005, I travelled throughout Queensland and Australia designing and teaching hands-on science experiences for primary and secondary students while working at CSIRO Education.  I am an active participant in the Scientist in Schools program and have been working extensively in local primary schools for the last 10 years to try to inspire young scientists, to increase “science literacy” within the general public and to promote the uptake of science subjects to students within the region.

I am a trained high school science teacher and am passionate about STEM education, curriculum development and promoting science within north Queensland and the wider community. 

My research uses environmental DNA (eDNA) to monitor tropical freshwater biodiversity.  I am particulary interested in using eDNA techniques to detect invasive fish, such as tilapia and rare and critically endangered species.  

Through my research at JCU and my participation in the National CSIRO OnAccelerate program, we launched a company, Grover Scientific that sells environmental (eDNA) sampling devices.  Check out our website at www.groverscientific.com.au

You can check out a video of our eDNA work on the ABC Catalyst website.(www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4122587.htm)

Teaching
  • AG1007: Introduction to Plants and Animals for Veterinary Science (Level 1; TSV)
  • BS1007: Introduction to Biodiversity (Level 1; TSV)
  • SC1101: Science, Technology and Truth (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
Interests
Research
  • environmental DNA, invasive species, Start-Up Companies, Technology & Innovation, Diffusion of Innovation, STEM education,
Research Disciplines
Honours
Awards
  • 2011 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2009 - JCU Award for Excellence-Client Service
  • 1997 - Protect the Planet Scholar
  • 1997 - Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship ($29,000)
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CSIRO - On Accelerate

eDNA Field Pump (ON Accelerate4)

Indicative Funding
$22,727
Summary
There is a pressing need for more information on the health and biodiversity status of our aquatic environments. To acquire this knowledge, monitoring of species and populations is essential to obtain reliable distribution patterns in space and time. However, sampling is expensive and poses many resourcing, safety and logistical challenges. We have developed an innovative method to extract DNA directly from a water sample without having to catch the target organism. This eDNA Pump makes field sampling affordable to researchers, managers and citizen-scientists alike with a more reliable and cost-e3ffecgtive approach for environmental monitoring of aquatic resources.
Investigators
Heather Robson and Wendy Morris in collaboration with Anthony Tucker (College of Science & Engineering and JCU Connect)
Keywords
Environmental Dna; Environmental Monitoring; Invasive Species; metabarcoding; Endangered Species; Conservation
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