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.

  • 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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  • Generating and evaluating salinity and temperature resilient microalgae for tropical outdoor cultivation in Australia (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • Potential of tropical filamentous cyanobacteria for low-cost bioremediation and bioproduct synthesis (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • Direct Toxicity Assessment of a Heavy Fuel Oil, Dispersant and its Combination Using a High Through-put Bioassay (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)

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