Associate Professor Jamie Seymour or the “Jelly Dude from Nemo land” has been researching and working with venomous and dangerous animals for over 20 yrs with his present interest being “Why do animals have venom?” Based in Cairns, in Northern Australia, an area that has an over abundance of venomous animals, he is uniquely placed to study the ecology and biology of Australia’s venomous species. He teaches at all levels at James Cook University, one of the top 5% of research universities in the world with his favourite subject being “Venomous Australian Animals”, a subject designed and taught by this effervescent academic.

He has been successfully involved in programs designed to decrease the envenomings of humans by jellyfish, namely in Australia, Timor Leste (for the United Nations), Thailand and Hawaii. His research has been directly responsible for changes in the present treatment protocol for Australian jellyfish stings. He established and is the director of the Tropical Australian Venom Research Unit (TASRU) which is now recognised as one of the premier research groups in the world for the studies of the ecology and biology of box jellyfish and research into medical treatment of box jellyfish envenomings.

  • 1996 to present - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 1995 to 1996 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 1982 to 1996 - Chemist, Tooheys (Grafton)
  • 1994 to 1995 - Research Director, Stahmann Farms (Moree)
  • 1991 to 1994 - Research Scientist, CSIRO (Brisbane)
  • 1986 to 1991 - Tutor, James Cook University (Townsville)
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 129+ research outputs authored by Prof Jamie Seymour from 1991 onwards.

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Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Grant

Elucidating previously undiscovered stinging organelles in the Irukandji jellyfish Carukia barnesi

Indicative Funding
$5,000 over 1 year
Nematocysts are stinging organelles found in jellyfish that contain and inject their venom. From the highly venomous irukandji jellyfish Carukia barnesi, a previously undiscovered type of nematocyst has been found. We seek to use high magnification and fluorescent microscopy to determine the nature of this new nematocyst, to further understand the venom ecology of this lethal jellyfish.
Emily O'Hara, Jamie Seymour and Jen Whan (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine and Research Infrastructure)
Irukandji; Nematocysts; Box jellyfish

Australian Lions Foundation - Scientific and Medical Research on Marine Species Dangerous to Humans

Quantifying the cardio physiological effects of Irukandji stings derived from distinct parts of the medusa: bell nematocysts and tentacle nematocysts

Indicative Funding
$4,000 over 1 year
Irukandji Syndrome and its treatment have a controversial history in Australia and worldwide. This could be due to the animals? venom composition. The venom profile of the tentacles differs from the bells in Irukandji jellyfish. This difference could be linked to the wide array of symptoms and pathologies experienced by victims. This study will ensure that Queensland keeps leading the field of jellyfish sting treatment.
Silvia Saggiomo, Jamie Seymour and Mark Little (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine and College of Science & Engineering)
Irukandji; Carukia barnesi; Cubozoan; Bells and tentacles; Cardio physiology

Australian Lions Foundation - Scientific and Medical Research on Marine Species Dangerous to Humans

Where are they? Using eDNA as a bio-indicator of Box Jellyfish abundance.

Indicative Funding
$4,000 over 1 year
Environmental DNA (eDNA), relates to short snippets of genetic material, released into the environment by an organism, through natural process such as cell sloughing and excretion. Very recently, methods have evolved, allowing this DNA to be filtered out of the environment and used as bio-indicators for processes such as species abundance, and, distribution modeling. This project proposes to run a pilot study, testing efficacy of eDNA as a tool to detect and quantity the abundance of Carukia barnesi polyp. If successful, this information will be used, alongside existing physiological and distribution data, to locate these polyps in the field.
Olivia Rowley, Jamie Seymour and Tobin Northfield (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine and College of Science & Engineering)
Cubozoa; Box jellyfish; eDNA; Ecology; Statistical Modelling; Global Climate Change

Emergency Medicine Foundation - Project Grant

Envenomation, first aid and critical care of tropical jellyfish stings

Indicative Funding
$344,340 over 3 years
The first component of our research examines the use of vinegar for envenomings, and aims to provide evidence as to whether vinegar is beneficial or worsens an envenomation. The second component of our research examines whether the lethal effects of Chironex fleckeri venom are transient and whether there is a return of cardiac function. This has implications for good, effective and prolonged resuscitation. In the final component of our research, treatment modalities for Irukandji syndrome, has the potential to directly save lives and decrease the length of stay in hospital of envenomed victims as well as reducing the pain associated with the syndrome.
Jamie Seymour, Mark Little and Peter Pereira (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, College of Healthcare Sciences and Cairns Base Hospital)
Jellyfish; Irukandji; First Aid; Box jellyfish

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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.

  • The Structure and Function of Ichthyocrinotoxins in Stone Fish and it's possible Application as an Anti-Helminth Treatment (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Physiology and Ecology of Cubozoa (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Venomic Ecology in Cubozoans (Box Jellyfish) (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Impacts of bleaching on the venom ecology of a tropical cnidarian (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)

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