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Senior Research Fellow, James Cook University

Sue-Ann is Senior Scientist and Curator (Marine Invertebrates) at the Queensland Museum Network, based at the Museum of Tropical Queensland campus in Townsville, and Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University.

Sue-Ann’s research focuses on the responses of marine organisms to change, both in space (along natural evolutionary gradients) and time (responses to environmental change). She is particularly interested in large scale evolutionary patterns and ecological trends in marine invertebrates and the effects of stressors such as ocean acidification, warming and water quality impacts including light availability (turbidity), nutrients and salinity on invertebrates, corals and fishes. Sue-Ann’s broad research interests include ecology, physiology, behavior, biogeography and the potential for acclimation and adaptation to change in marine organisms.


  • –present
    Senior Research Fellow in Marine Biology and Senior Curator of Marine Invertebrates, James Cook University


    University of Southampton, PhD / Marine Biology


Queensland Young Tall Poppy Scientist of the Year 2014