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.
  • MB5380: Invertebrate Biology (Level 5; TSV)
Research Disciplines

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Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 111+ 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
$5,000 over 4 years
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

SeaWorld Research and Rescue Foundation Inc - Research Grant

An investigation of multiple paternity in the endangered narrow sawfish, Anoxypristis cuspidata

Indicative Funding
$7,400 over 1 year
This genetics-based project will investigate multiple paternity in the endangered narrow sawfish for the first time. Sawfishes are arguably the most vulnerable of all marine fishes. Despite this, most aspects of their ecology and reproductive behaviour are poorly understood. A bycatch event of 25 pregnant females in Princess Charlotte Bay has provided a rare opportunity to explore multiple paternity in this species across a large number of litters. Using neutral molecular markers (microsatellites), this study will fill an important knowledge gap and provide information critical to effective conservation and management of this endangered species.
Jan Strugnell, Claire Gauci and Lynne van Herwerden (College of Science & Engineering)
Anoxypristis cuspidata (Pristidae); narrow sawfish; endangered; multiple paternity; microsatellites; conservation genetics

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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.

  • Ulvans from Ulva: Optimisation of ulvan-based hydrogels for applications in biotechnology (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Biogeography, Speciation, and Systematics of a Tree Frog Species Complex in the Amazon Basin (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Conservation Genomics and Ecology of True Sea Snakes (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Presence and impacts of microplastics on tropical coral reefs (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)

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