Dr Kate Hutson's research examines aquatic animal parasitology issues that threaten wild, farmed and ornamental fishes. Her research integrates parasite species discovery and biology (taxonomy, life cycles, ecology and behaviour) with practical, applied research (risk-assessment, disease diagnosis, management and treatment) designed to deliver tangible outcomes for fisheries, aquaculture industry and biosecurity management. This combination of pure and applied research has led to the development of unique and strong partnerships between industry, government agencies and other tertiary institutions.   

Kate graduated with a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours from the University of Melbourne and a PhD in Marine Parasitology from the University of Adelaide. She led the Marine Parasitology Laboratory at James Cook University from 2010 to 2019 and completed several Honours, Masters and PhD students as primary advisor. Kate coordinated the undergraduate Aquaculture and Technology Major and in 2015 won a National Teaching Award for her contribution to undergraduate and postgraduate classes in aquaculture.

In 2019 Kate moved to the Cawthron Institute, in Nelson, New Zealand where she works as a Senior Scientist in Aquatic Health. Kate has maintained a close working relationship with JCU as Adjunct Associate Professor and currently supervises two PhD students (based in Townsville) and one MSc Phil student (based at Cawthron). 


  • 2019 to present - Senior Scientist, Cawthron Institute (Nelson, New Zealand)
  • 2019 to present - Adjunct Associate Professor, James Cook University (Townsville, Queensland)
  • 2013 to 2019 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville, Queensland)
  • 2010 to 2012 - Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville, Queensland)
  • 2007 to 2009 - Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Adelaide (Adelaide, South Australia)
  • 2002 to 2003 - Research Assistant, University of Technology Sydney (Gore Hill, New South Wales)
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  • 2016 - People's choice award: Reperio - Innovation and Commercialisation Pitch
  • 2015 - Young Tall Poppy Science Award, Australian Institute of Policy & Science and the Tall Poppy Campaign
  • 2015 - National Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2015 - James Cook University Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2013 - My Research in 3 minutes, People’s Choice Award, James Cook University
  • 2013 - My Research in 3 minutes, Early Career Researcher Award, James Cook University
  • 2013 - High Commendation, Early Career Researcher Supervisor of the Year, James Cook University
  • 2009 - Early Career Researcher Award for the most meritorious scientific paper at the Australian Society for Parasitology and ARC/NHMRC Research Network for Parasitology Annual Conference, The University of Sydney, New South Wales

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  • Ulcerative skin disease in farmed king salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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