My research program focuses on the integration of physiological systems, particularly the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, during relevant challenges such as respiratory disease, exercise, temperature alterations, digestion and pregnancy. The choice of my experimental model has been primarily reptilian, providing increased scope for investigating physiological integration, though my work has broad applicably to disease models and animal conservation.  Current projects investigate lung function and lung diseases particularily chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the predicted effects of climate change in physiological performance and disease that threaten animals of the tropics.

My research program involves investigations into:

  • early diagnosis and treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • the effect of lung compression on pulmonary function
  • respiratory mechanics during exercise and lung disease
  • lung diffusion capacity and lung volume in echidnas
  • the physiological effects of predicted climate change in reptilian models
  • diseases effecting tropical reptiles (bouyancy disorders, emphysema, kidney failure, ranavirus)
  • BM3000: Advanced Projects in Biomedicine (Level 3; TSV)
  • BM5000: Advanced Projects in Biomedicine (Level 5; TSV)
  • BM5001: Professional Placement 1 (Level 5; TSV)
  • BM5002: Professional Placement 2 (Level 5; TSV)
  • BM5003: Clinical Measurements 1 (Level 5; TSV)
  • MD1020: Introduction to Integrated Medical Studies Part 2 of 2 (Level 1; TSV)
  • MD2011: Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 1 of 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • MD2012: Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 2 of 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • PP2201: Medical Physiology 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • PP3101: Advanced and Integrated Physiology (Level 3; TSV)
  • PP3251: Systemic Pathophysiology and Therapeutics (Level 3; TSV)
  • PP5101: Advanced and Integrated Physiology (Level 5; TSV)
  • PP5251: Systemic Pathophysiology and Therapeutics (Level 5; TSV)
  • Lung function during exercise and pregnancy
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Physiological effects of predicted climate change
  • Herpetology and Comparative Physiology
  • Developing research skills in undergraduate students
  • Determining the effectiveness of e-learning modalities in terms of assessment performance and student satisfaction
  • Developing teaching techniques that scaffold threshold concepts throughout an integrated curriculum
  • 2014 to present - Associate Professor, James Cook University
  • 2014 to present - Associate Dean Learning and Teaching, James Cook University
  • 2012 to present - Editorial Board, PLOS One
  • 2010 to present - Biomedicine Teaching and Learning Commitee, James Cook University
  • 2010 to present - Faculty MHMS Teaching and Learning Commitee, James Cook University
  • 2009 to 2014 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University
  • 2005 to 2008 - Lecturer, James Cook University
  • 2002 to 2005 - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Irvine
  • 2000 to 2001 - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Adelaide
  • 1996 to 2000 - PhD, University of Melbourne
Research Disciplines
  • 2014 - Office for Learning and Teaching Australian Awards for University Teaching: Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for "Demand Evidence and think critically: building research excellence in tomorrow's scientists"
  • 2013 - Faculty Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning http://www.jcu.edu.au/learnandteach/public/groups/everyone/documents/awards/jcu_126766.pdf
  • 2012 - James Cook University 3 Minute Thesis: Winner Established Research and Winner Overall
  • 2009 - Faculty Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2009 - Australian Teaching and Learning Council Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning http://www.jcu.edu.au/learnandteach/public/groups/everyone/documents/advice/jcuprd_050561.pdf
  • 2003 - Scholander Award, American Physiological Society
  • 2002 - American Physiological Society
  • 2002 - Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
  • 1999 - Society for Experimental Biology
  • 1995 - Australian Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry

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  • Bioelectrical impedance analysis for adipose tissue estimation in green turtles (Chelonia mydas) (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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  • 5+ collaborations
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  • 3 collaborations
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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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