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People and ecosystems

Understanding of the links between coral reef ecosystems, the goods and services they provide to people, and the wellbeing of human societies.

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Ecosystem dynamics: past, present and future

Examining the multi-scale dynamics of reefs, from population dynamics to macroevolution

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Responding to a changing world

Advancing the fundamental understanding of the key processes underpinning reef resilience.

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ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
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Jennifer Donelson

Jennifer Donelson


Postdoctoral Research Fellow


BSc, BSc (Honours), PhD


James Cook University, Townsville



+61 (0)4 0206 2046



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Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University
Townsville  QLD 4811
Email: Jennifer.Donelson@my.jcu.edu.au
Office: Building DB-32 Room 118
Phone: +61 (0)4 0206 2046

Biography

I have always loved the ocean and been fascinated by coral reefs. This lead me to undertake a BSc at James Cook University majoring in Marine Biology. Once I completed my BSc I began an honours project investigating the importance of parental effects to offspring performance in a coral reef fish, under the supervision of Professor Philip Munday and Professor Mark McCormick.

After my honours I took a year break and during that time assisted Professor Philip Munday with research on the effects of ocean acidification to coral reef fish. In 2008 I began a PhD to investigate the ability of coral reef fish to acclimation to increases in ocean temperature predicted with climate change. Following my PhD completion in 2012 I headed to the United Arab Emirates on a Winston Churchill Fellowship to investigate the thermal physiology of reef fish living in some of the warmest oceans on Earth, the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

In 2013 I began a UTS Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Professor David Booth studying the thermal sensitivity and acclimation ability of marine fish throughout the East coast of Australia.

More information:
jenniferdonelson.com

Research Interests

I have broad interests in the ecology and early life history of marine fishes, as well as the potential for animals to cope with future climate change. My research to date has focused on the ecological impacts of climate change to marine fishes and the potential for species to acclimate to the predicted environmental changes. To tackle these questions I use temperature controlled aquarium systems to maintain fish under elevated temperatures for years and generations to test the longer term impacts of warming ocean on marine fish. I utilize state of the art aquariums systems at both Sydney Institute of Marine Science and James Cook University to test the impacts of elevated sea water temperature.

My research concentrates on understanding the importance and prevalence of developmental plasticity, when fish experience warmer conditions in the first months of life, as well as the potential for acclimation across generations, when parents and grandparents are kept under elevated temperature conditions for their entire life. My continuing research will expand our knowledge of how marine fishes throughout Eastern Australia (temperate to tropical) may cope with climate change through both developmental and transgenerational acclimation.

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ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au