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Jodi Thomas

Jodi Thomas


PhD candidate


Assistant Research Fellow, University of Otago (2017)
Laboratory Demonstrator, University of Otago (2016)


B.Sc. (Hons) with First Class in Neuroscience, University of Otago, New Zealand | B.Sc. Zoology and Neuroscience, University of Otago, New Zealand.


James Cook University



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Research Interests:

I am a PhD student investigating the neurobiological mechanisms through which ocean acidification effects marine invertebrate behaviours, using squid as a model organism. In other words, how do increased levels of CO2 lead to changes in behaviour in marine invertebrates? I am supervised by Prof. Philip Munday and Dr Sue-Ann Watson. My previous research has focused on the neuroendocrine regulatory mechanisms and molecular mechanisms underlying female to male sex change in sequentially hermaphroditic fish. Broadly, I am interested in the intersection of neuroscience and zoology, in particular marine animals, and the role of the brain in behaviour and phenotypic plasticity.

Project Title and Description:

The neurobiological mechanisms through which ocean acidification effects marine invertebrate behaviours.

Selected publications:

Thomas JT, Liu H, Todd EV, Gemmell NJ (2018). Sex Change in Fish. In M. K. Skinner (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Reproduction. vol. 6, pp. 192–197. Academic Press: Elsevier. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-809633-8.20555-4

Todd EV, Liu H, Lamm MS, Rutherford K, Godwin JR, Thomas JT, Gemmell NJ (2017). Female mimicry by sneaker males has a transcriptomic signature in both the brain and gonad in a sex changing fish. Molecular Biology and Evolution 35: 225 – 241. https://doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msx293

Thomas JT, Todd EV, Liu H, Lamm MS, Rutherford K, Godwin JR, Lokman PM, Gemmell NJ (2017). The proceedings of the  238th meeting of the OMSRS: Investigating early genetic regulators of sex change in labrid fish. New Zealand Medical Journal 130: 88. https://search.proquest.com/openview/044d02f1665c94f4f18b6853d093e352/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=1056335

Conference Presentations:

Thomas JT, Todd EV, Liu H, Lamm MS, Rutherford K, Godwin JR, Lokman PR and Gemmell NJ (2017). Investigating early genetic regulators of sex change in labrid fish. Otago Medical School Research Society Summer Student Speaker Awards, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Thomas JT, Todd EV, Liu H, Lamm MS, Rutherford K, Godwin JR, Lokman PR and Gemmell NJ (2016). Investigating potential early  regulators of teleost sex change: A candidate gene approach in the bluehead wrasse (Thalassoma bifasciatum). 5th Australian Sex Summit, Lancefielld, Victoria, Australia.

Awards and Grants:

Prestige Research Training Program Stipend, James Cook University (2018)

Runner up at the Otago Medical School Research Society, Summer Student Speaker Awards (2017)

First Prize for oral presentation, Zoology Postgraduate Symposium, University of Otago (2016)

Department of Anatomy, University of Otago Travel Fund (2016)

University of Otago Neuroscience Prize (2016)

Summer Research Scholarship, Health Science, University of Otago (2016)

Premiere Undergraduate Prize (Science), University of Otago (2015)

GH Satchell Prize, General Excellence in Zoology, University of Otago (2015)

University of Otago Women’s Scholarship (2014)

Summer Reserarch Scholarship, Marine Institue of the University of Auckland (2014)

University of Otago Scholarship in Science (2013)

The University of Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship (2012)

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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