About

Leo Nankervis PhD, BSc specializes in the application of physiology to achieve commercially applicable feed developments. Having worked for over a decade in commercial R&D, Dr Nankervis has delivered world-leading research developments in areas including fish meal reduction for salmonids and marine fish, transfer feeds, high performance feeds for fish and prawns, effluent reduction and feeds for recirculation systems. Having lead a large commercial research team in Norway with global networks, Dr Nankervis has comprehensive experience across nutrition, feed production and implementation in the aquafeeds sector. His commercial experience extends beyond research, into quality, formulation and sustainability in the aquaculture sector.

Research interests include using physiology to solve commercially relevant production bottlenecks, raw materials for aquafeeds, nutrient requirements, digestive processes in aquatic organisms, taste and palatability.

Teaching
  • AQ2001: Introduction to Aquaculture (Level 2; TSV)
  • AQ3002: Aquaculture: Feeds and Nutrition (Level 3; TSV)
  • AQ3003: Aquaculture: Propagation (Level 3; TSV)
  • AQ3008: Aquaculture: Systems Design (Level 3; TSV)
  • AQ5002: Aquaculture: Feeds and Nutrition (Level 5; TSV)
  • AQ5008: Aquaculture: Systems Design (Level 5; TSV)
Research Disciplines
Publications

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Current Funding

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Australian Research Council - Linkage - Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

ARC Research Hub for Supercharging Tropical Aquaculture Through Genetic Solutions

Indicative Funding
$5,014,503 over 4 years, in partnership with Australian Genome Research Facility ($150,000); Cygnet Bay Pearls PL ($500,000); Mainstream Aquaculture ($500,000); Sea Forest Pty Ltd ($500,000); Seafarms ($500,000) and THE COMPANY ONE PTY LTD ($500,000)
Summary
This project aims to integrate cutting edge genetic and genomic approaches into innovative aquaculture enterprises that farm in tropical northern Australia. It will deliver the requisite genetic knowledge to instigate world-leading and highly productive breeding programs for five species (barramundi, pearl oyster, prawn, grouper and marine seaweed), along with a novel understanding of the genetic basis of disease resistance and how the production environment interfaces with the bacterial microbiome, pathogens and water quality to cause disease. It will increase Australia's capacity to deliver advanced genetics outcomes to the aquaculture sector, while increasing productivity, international competitiveness, and lowered risk due to disease.
Investigators
Dean Jerry, Kyall Zenger, Benjamin Hayes, Rocky de Nys, David Bourne, Andreas Lopata, Ron White, Jan Strugnell, Chaoshu Zeng, Kelly Condon, Mostafa Rahimi Azghadi, Ira Cooke and Leo Nankervis (College of Science & Engineering, The University of Queensland, College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Keywords
Selective Breeding; Genomics; Aquaculture

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research - Fisheries Program - Small Research Activity

Supporting grouper farming small holders in Vietnam to produce commercial feeds

Indicative Funding
$206,468 over 1 year
Summary
Developing key nutrient requirements for giant grouper in Australia for application to Australia and Vietnam. The project is based at JCU Townsville, with engagement from key stakeholders in the aquafeed industry in Vietnam through development of an Expert Working Group for dissemination and input into future research. It is aimed at developing feeds for grouper that enable smallholders to transition from `trash? fish feeding to commercially produced feeds and to support the industry in R&D dissemination, implementation and feed supply debottlenecking.
Investigators
Leo Nankervis (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Grouper; Fish Nutrition; Formulated Feeds; Nutrient Requirements; Vietnam; Developing Countries

CRC for Developing Northern Australia - Grant

Improved education and training models to futureproof the aquaculture industry need for skilled staff to 2050

Indicative Funding
$128,155 over 1 year, in partnership with LMC Training Pty Ltd ($1,000) and the Fisheries Research & Development Corporation ($18,200)
Summary
By evaluating industry workforce needs currently and into the future and analysing the gaps between industry need and educational output, we aim to highlight gaps in careers pathways to meet future industry requirements. These careers pathways will form the basis of promotional tools created to highlight education and skills development options that lead secondary students into the aquaculture industry. Cost-effective delivery models for training will be key to the outcomes of the project and a pilot project to up-skill existing industry employees in biosecurity will be used to develop and de-bottleneck new training delivery models.
Investigators
Leo Nankervis, Kelly Condon and Amy Diedrich (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
aquaculture; Careers; educational models

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research - Contract Research

Grouper nutrition review

Indicative Funding
$50,272 over 1 year
Summary
A new ACIAR Concept Note is in preparation for the continuation of ACIAR investment in hybrid grouper aquaculture in Vietnam (FIS/2020/106). In parallel with the development of the Concept Note that will include a high level approach to nutrition research, a desk-top review of existing research is needed to prepare a targeted and practical research focus for the grow-out nutrition component of the project. The frequency of publication of peer-reviewed articles in grouper nutrition is ever increasing and understanding the current status of research is critical in order to maximise ACIAR investment in this area. The review will inform the detail of the experimental approach in the next ACIAR project, which needs to be planned in advance of the project start to maximise outcomes (possible start in July 2021). In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented further scoping travel to Vietnam in the short-term which will necessitate careful remote planning with proposed research partners to identify the most appropriate research systems and resource requirements in Vietnam and Australia for this research component (to be considered in time for resource requirements to be included in the Concept Note submitted in June 2019).
Investigators
Leo Nankervis and Jennifer Blair (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Aquaculture; Vietnam; Grouper (Epinephelus sp); Marine Fish Hatcheries; Fish Nutrition; Developing Economies

Tarac Technologies Pty Ltd - Contract Research

Acti-meal dose-response for abalone.

Indicative Funding
$59,500 over 1 year
Summary
Tarac international wish to evaluate their grape marc commercially marketed as `Acti-Meal?. This has shown positive effects on growth for greenlip abalone. Marketing this product needs further validation and examination of mode-of-action, which we hope to elaborate with this project. This research is expected to lead on to further contracts with Tarac, including abalone and prawn nutrition.
Investigators
Leo Nankervis (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Fish Nutrition; Consultancy; Commercial Feeds

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research - Contract Research

ACIAR Lobster Nutrition Review

Indicative Funding
$35,490 over 1 year
Summary
A new ACIAR scoping project is being prepared in support of possible new ACIAR investment in tropical rock lobster (Panulirus homarus and Panulirus ornatus) aquaculture in Indonesia. A thorough review of literature is proposed in order to prepare for the nutrition and feeds development component of the project, ensuring that we apply the learnings from previous projects and current scientific literature. The review will inform the detail of the experimental approach in a proposed new ACIAR project, which will benefit from advanced planning prior to the project start to maximise outcomes (possible start in July 2021). In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented any scoping travel to Indonesia in the short-term, providing opportunity to complete a review and facilitating best use of resources once the project starts.
Investigators
Leo Nankervis and Clive Jones (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Aquaculture; Indonesia; Lobster (Panulirus sp); Developing Economies; Crustacean nutrition; Review

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research - Research Grant

Scoping study for hybrid grouper aquaculture production in Vietnam

Indicative Funding
$34,894
Summary
Travel to Vietnam to meet with R&D collaborators from government and industry to scope the R&D priorities in hybrid grouper aquaculture in Vietnam. For the scoping study ? total 10 days each for J Cobcroft and L Nankervis (2 days for background reading prior to the trip; 2 days travel between home base and Vietnam; 4 days scoping study meetings and information gathering with proposed team members and others in Vietnam; 2 days for writing-up scoping study report). After this scoping study, prepare the ACIAR Concept Proposal for submission by 30 June 2020, full proposal development and review July 2020 -April 2021, for successful proposal contracting by 30 June 2021 and project start 1 July 2021.
Investigators
Jennifer Blair and Leo Nankervis (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Aquaculture; Grouper; Fish nutrition; Vietnam; Marine fish hatcheries; Developing economies
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