Heimann BSc, Ph.D.
Marine & Tropical
Biology Bldg DB23-121, James Cook University,
Telephone: 61-7-4781 5795
Fax: 61-7-4725 1570
My current and previous research focuses on ecophysiology and cell
biology of marine microalgae.
My major areas of research over the last 5 years can be divided into
the following research categories: marine microalgal blooms (with
special reference to the role of biotic and abiotic factors in harmful
algal bloom formation and levels of toxicity); microalgal potential for
biotechnology (e.g. biofuel potential, isolation of bioactive
compounds, aquaculture feeds); bioluminescence of marine
dinoflagellates and the establishment of this endpoint in whole
effluent toxicity tests; benthic microalgal community analyses;
nutrient physiology with a focus on nutrient utilization of micro- and
macroalgae with reference to phytoremediation of nutrients.
and Current Projects Include
- Toxic microalgae, invasiveness and blooms
- Microalgal potential for biotechnology
- Regulation and function of bioluminescence in marine
- Ecotoxicology of metals and pesticides using microalgae as
- Seasonal dynamics of tropical marine and freshwater
- Nutrient utilization by tropical micro- and macroalgae
- Director of NQAIF;
- Appointment to the Graduate Faculty, The University of Louisiana
at Lafayette, USA;
- 2001 - 2003 Lecturer B, James Cook University;
- 1999 - 2001 Adjunct Assistant Professor, The University of
Louisiana at Lafayette, USA;
- 1995 - 1999 Postdoctoral Research Officer, Centre for Molecular
and Cellular Biology, The University of Queensland;
- 1994 - 1995 Postdoctoral Research Officer, The University of
- 1993 - 1994 Postdoctoral Research Officer, Monash University;
- 1992 - 1993 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of
- 1986 - 1988 Research Assistant,
Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany.
- BSc (Westf Wilh Univ Münster), PhD (University of Cologne).
- Member of the: Australasian Society for Phycology and Aquatic
- American Society for Phycology (PSA).
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