As the director of the North Queensland Algal Identification/Culturing Facility at JCU, Townsville, Australia, I lead a microalgal research team focusing on developing microalgae for carbon dioxide and waste water remediation whilst generating valuable co-products.  I also lead the methane remediation from underground coal mines project.

  • MB3050: Biological Oceanography (Level 3; TSV)
  • MB5055: Biological Oceanography (Level 5; TSV)
  • 2009 to 2013 - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2003 to 2013 - Adjunct Professor, University of Louisiana (Lafayette, USA)
  • 2004 to 2008 - Senior Lecturer accelerated promotion, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2001 to 2003 - Lecturer B, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 1999 to 2001 - Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Louisiana (Layfayette, USA)
  • 1995 to 1999 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia)
  • 1994 to 1995 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 1993 to 1994 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Monash University (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 1992 to 1993 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow (DFG), The University of Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 1986 to 1988 - Research Assistant, Westfalische-Wilhelms-Universitat (Munster, Germany)
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Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2011 - North Queensland Business Women's Award - 2011 Corporate Business Woman
  • 2011 - Women in Technology - Regional Development Award
  • 2011 - Tropical Zone Innovation Award
  • 2010 - Queensland Telstra Business Women - Nokia Innovation Award
  • 2008 - Smart Women-Smart State Award for Women in Business/Industry and Research Science
  • 2007 - National Carrick, JCU-Vice-Chancellor and JCU-Faculty Award for outstanding contributions to student learning
  • 1999 - Sarstedt Postdoctoral Award granted by the Australian and New Zealand Society of Cell and Developmental Biology for a presentation in Hot Topics in Cell Biology

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Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - Science for Management Award

Microbial impacts of using oil spill dispersants in coral reef ecosystems

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Oil spills damage coral ecosystems. Chemical dispersants used for diffusing floating oil slicks into the water column can disrupt vital coral-microbial associations (CMA). Therefore, the main objectives of my PhD are; (a) to develop a fast, sensitive, comparable and economical high-throughput tropical bacterial biosensor-based toxicity assay for reef water quality monitoring; (b) to determine impact of oil and dispersant fractions on CMA using next-generation sequencing technologies and (c) to rank the Australian approved dispersants based on the CMA and biosensor impacts, assisting authorities to make informed decisions during future oil spills and dispersant management in the Great Barrier Reef.
Prashant Muraleedharan Nair, Kirsten Heimann, Michael Oelgemoeller and Lone Hoj (College of Science & Engineering and Australian Institute of Marine Science)
Coral microbiome; Oil Spill; dispersant; Oil spill response; Ecotoxicology assays

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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.

  • Direct Toxicity Assessment of a Heavy Fuel Oil, Dispersant and its Combination Using a High Through-put Bioassay (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • Potential of Tropical Filamentous Cyanobacteris for Low Cost Bioremediation and Bioproducts Synthesis. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • Generating salinity and temperature resilient microalgae (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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