About

Sue-Ann’s research focuses on the effects of environmental stressors on marine organisms including invertebrates, corals and fishes. She is particularly interested in the effects of multiple stressors such as ocean warming, ocean acidification and water quality impacts including light availability (turbidity), nutrients and salinity. Sue-Ann’s broad research interests include ecology, physiology, behaviour and the potential for acclimation and adaptation to change in marine organisms.

Research organisms include: bivalve and gastropod molluscs (oysters, giant clams, jumping snails, cone snails, pteropods), crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS), hard and soft corals, crustaceans, sea urchins, fish (coral reef fish, kingfish, barramundi), brachiopods and sea cucumbers.

Research sites include: Australia, Singapore, French Polynesia, Antarctica, Arctic, UK, deep sea (Crozet Islands and North Atlantic abyssal plain), Falkland Islands and New Zealand.

Sue-Ann is originally from the UK and studied for a BSc (Hons) degree in Biology from the University of Nottingham and MSc in Oceanography from the National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton. With the University of Southampton and British Antarctic Survey, Sue-Ann researched evolutionary trends across latitudinal gradients in marine invertebrates to determine how adaptive traits change along environmental gradients from the tropics to the poles for her PhD, in collaboration with the National University of Singapore, University of Melbourne and James Cook University.

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Interests
Research
  • Invertebrates, fish, ecology, physiology, behavioural ecology, climate change, ocean warming, ocean acidification, water quality, light availability, nutrients, resouce availability, salinity, carbonate chemistry
Research Disciplines
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Honours
Awards
  • 2015 - Macquarie University Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher finalist, Australian Museum national Eureka science prizes
  • 2015 - Rising Star of Queensland Science
  • 2014 - Queensland Young Tall Poppy Scientist of the Year
Fellowships
  • 2016 - Institute for Pacific Coral Reefs (IRCP) research fellowship
  • 2015 - Lizard Island Postdoctoral Fellowship
Publications

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Current Funding

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PADI Foundation - Research Grant

Effects of Elevated CO2 on Squid Behaviours and Physiology

Indicative Funding
$3,224
Summary
We will investigate the potential for transgenerational plasticity of behaviours, as well as life-history traits, in bigfin reef squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) at near-future projected CO2 levels. Results will determine for the first time if cephalopods can potentially adapt to ocean acidification.
Investigators
Blake Spady, Sue-Ann Watson and Philip Munday (College of Science & Engineering and ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Keywords
Cephalopod; Behaviour; Transgenerational Plasticity; Ocean Acidification; Life-history

Institute for Pacific Coral Reefs - Research Grant

Behavioural effects and acclimation capacity of marine invertebrates to ocean acidification

Indicative Funding
$6,699
Summary
Marine invertebrates and fundamental to global ecosystem function: however, recent discoveries have shown ocean acidification alters their behaviour. The complex impacts of these changes on invertebrates and the potential for species to acclimate behaviour to changing ocean chemistry remain unknown. This project will assess marine invertebrate behaviour and the potential for acclimation to better understand the effects of rising carbon dioxide on marine ecosystems. This information will improve the capacity to understand and mitigate the effects of global change.
Investigators
Sue-Ann Watson (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Keywords
Marine Invertebrates; Ocean Acidification; Climate Change; Carbon Dixoide; Behaviour; Acclimation

Australian Museum - Lizard Island - Postdoctoral Fellowships

Effects of ocean acidification on invertebrate behaviour

Indicative Funding
$11,000
Summary
New research shows ocean acidification alters marine invertebrate behaviour but the impacts are poorly known and this knowledge gap limits the capacity to understand and mitigate the effects of global change. This project will assess marine invertebrate behaviour and ecological interactions to better understand the effects of rising carbon dioxide on marine species.
Investigators
Sue-Ann Watson (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Keywords
marine invertebrate; Carbon Dioxide; Ocean Acidification; Behaviour; Climate Change
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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.

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  • The Effects of Projected Future CO2 on Cephalopod Behaviours and Physiology (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • The Impacts of Coal Contamination on Reproduction and Early Life History Stages in Corals. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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