My current research focuses on

  • Connectivity and population structure, emphasising conservation and fisheries management applications,
  • Acclimation and adaptation of tropical fishes to environmental stressors, and
  • Reef fish evolutionary history and response to environmental change, including identification, characterization and expression of candidate genes.
  • Transgenerational acclimation to stress and the utility of epigenetic mechanisms, applied to coral reef fishes.
  • BS1001: Introduction to Biological Processes (Level 1; TSV)
  • BZ1001: Introduction to Biological Processes (Level 1; TSV)
  • BZ3450: Ecological and Conservation Genetics (Level 3; TSV)
  • BZ5450: Ecological and Conservation Genetics (Level 5; TSV)
  • MB5450: Molecular Approaches to Marine Ecology and Evolution (Level 5; TSV)

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 101+ research outputs authored by Dr Lynne van Herwerden from 1989 onwards.

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AIMS@JCU - Scholarship

Connectivity Within Fisheries Species Along The Great Barrier Reef: Genomics and Modelling

Indicative Funding
This project will investigate connectivity from economically and ecologically important coral reef fish, Lutjanuscarponotatus (Stripey snapper), along the Great Barrier Reef. A combination of genetic and genomic analyses along with hydrodynamic and biogeochemical simulations of larval dispersal will be used to estimate patterns of connectivity among populations. For the first time, connectivity at both Great Barrier Reef wide and regional spatial scales at a 4 km resolution will be quantified. Results will inform policies for reef managers and fisheries agencies to ensure that management practices achieve their objectives.
Rodrigo Gurdek, Lynne van Herwerden, Jessica Benthuysen and Mark Baird in collaboration with Hugo Harrison (College of Science & Engineering, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation and ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Great Barrier Reef; Lutjanuscarponotatus (Lutjanidae); Hydrodynamic Modelling; Biogeochemical Modelling; Genetics/Genomics; Population Connectivity

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - Science for Management Award

Temporal variability of self-recruitment and gene flow of Lutjanus carponotatus among no-take marine reserves in the southern Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Indicative Funding
Self-recruitment and inter-No-take marine reserves gene flow will be quantified from the ecologically important coral reef fish Lutjanus carponotatus, collected from the Keppel Islands (southern Great Barrier Reef Marine Park) during 2008/09. This will be done by using genomic tools (both neutral and outlier single nucleotide polymorphisms). These results will be compared to additional SNP data for this species collected from the Keppels during 2012 to gauge temporal variability in self-recruitment/gene flow. Finally, self-recruitment/migration results from genomics will be compared to effective larvae dispersal estimates based on three-dimensional bio-physical model outputs.
Rodrigo Gurdek, Lynne van Herwerden, Hugo Harrison, Jessica Benthuysen and Mark Baird (College of Science & Engineering, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Australian Institute of Marine Science and Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation)
Lutjanus carponotatus; Great Barrier Reef; Genomics; Self-replenishment; Gene Flow; Bio-physical modelling

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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.

  • Impacts of Microplastics on Tropical Marine Organisms and Ecosystems (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Connectivity within fisheries species along the Great Barrier Reef: genomics and modelling (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Biogeography, Speciation, and Systematics of a Tree Frog Species Complex in the Amazon Basin (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Conservation Genomics and Ecology of True Sea Snakes (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Hybridising Butterflyfishes in Space and Time: Likely Causes Consequences and Implications. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Population Genomics Informs Conservation and Management of the Galapagos Shark (Carcharhinus galapagensis) at Local, Regional and Oceanic Scales (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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