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 has maintained the Marine Parasitology Laboratory at James Cook University since 2010, and currently supervises eight postgraduate students. In 2015 she won a National Teaching Award for her contribution to undergraduate and postgraduate classes in aquaculture.


  • 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)
  • AQ5806: Aquaculture: Introductory Principles and Practices (Level 5; TSV)
  • AQ5815: Sustainable Aquaculture Principles and Practices (Level 5; TSV)
  • 2013 to present - 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)
Research Disciplines
  • 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

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.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 27+ research outputs authored by Dr Kate Hutson from 2005 onwards.

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Ridley Corporation Ltd - Contract Research

Efficacy of Ridley Aquafeed products against ectoparasitic Cryptocaryon irritans in barramundi Aquaculture

Indicative Funding
Cryptocaryon irritans is an economically important ectoparasitic of marine fishes. This parasite is an important ectoparasite of cultured barramundi (Lates calcarifer) in Queensland, where it is responsible for chronic mortalities and reduced overall growth performance in aquaculture. This project aims to test the efficacy of Ridley Aquafeed treatments against Cryptocaryon irritans infection success on barramundi.
Kate Hutson and David Vaughan (College of Science & Engineering)
Parasite; Aquaculture; Feed; Medicine; Treatment; Aquatic Animal Health

Fisheries Research & Development Corporation - Research & Development Funding - Research Grant

Aquatic animal health subprogram: Strategic approaches to identifying pathogens of quarantine concern associated with the importation of ornamental fish

Indicative Funding
$46,338 over 2 years (administered by University of Sydney)
Nearly 18 million ornamental fish are imported annually under a policy based on an Import Risk Assessment published in 1999. Despite quarantine, there have been several incidents of exotic pathogens from ornamental fish affecting wild and farmed fish populations. There is a need to acquire new knowledge to support policy reform as the ornamental fish industry advances and new pathogens emerge. The direct result of this project will be accurate and comprehensive information concerning the nationally and internationally significant pathogens carried by ornamental fish entering Australia.
John Becker, M Crane, N Dhand, Paul Hick, Kate Hutson, Terry Miller, Andrew Robinson, Fran Stephens, J Toribio and R Whittington (The University of Sydney, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, College of Science & Engineering, The University of Melbourne and Agriculture Western Australia)
Ornamental Fish; Biosecurity; Aquatic Animal Health; parasites; Quarantine; pathogens

Virbac Vietnam - Contract Research

Efficacy of Prazifish Against Neobenedenia Infections in Barramundi (Lates calcarifer) Aquaculture

Indicative Funding
To determine the efficacy of four separate does of Prazifish on ectoparasitic monogenean infection (Neobenedenia sp) in barramundi (Lates calcarifer) aquaculture.
Kate Hutson (College of Science & Engineering)
Fish health; Parasitology; Anthelmintic (Praziquantel); Disease treatment; Pharmaceutical Statistics; Aquaculture

Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games - Smart Futures Fellowships

Integrated management of parasite infections in tropical aquaculture

Indicative Funding
$180,000 over 4 years
This project will establish integrated management strategies for major parasitic disease problems in tropical aquaculture. Disease problems constitute the largest single cause of economic loss in aquaculture and can have devastating impacts on wild ecosystems and fishery resources. This research will revolutionize management of serious parasitic disease using an innovative experimental approach. Outcomes include: integrated long-term strategies to manage parasites; lower production costs; ability for new finfish industries to thrive in Queensland.
Terry Miller and Kate Hutson in collaboration with Richard Knuckey (College of Science & Engineering, Department of Employment and Economic Development and Innovation)
Aquaculture; Aquatic animal health; Management; Biosecurity; parasites; tropical fish

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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 impact of habitat condition on parasitism of herbivorous coral reef fishes (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Parasite threats from the ornamental fish trade (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Systematics, phylogeny and biogeography of Cirolanidae (Crustacea: Isopoda) of Indonesia and adjacent waters (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Mitigating the effects of Acroporo-eoting flatworms on captive Acropora colonies (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Food Preferences of Cleaner Organisms and the Impact of Cleaning Interactions on Pathogen Transmission (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Developing Captive Breeding Techniques for two Marine Ornamental Crabs: The Harlequin Crab Lissocarcinus Laevis and the Decorator Crab Camposcia Retusa (Masters , Secondary Advisor)

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  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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