Dean Jerry B.Sc, PhD.

School of Marine and Tropical Biology 
James Cook University , Townsville
Tel: +61 (0) 7 4781 5586  Fax: +61 (0) 7 4781 1570

Email: Dean


Research Interests

The focus of my research is to use various genetic approaches to improve the productivity and sustainability of aquaculture. Specific areas of interest include development of DNA pedigree systems, quantitative genetics, selective breeding programs for important aquaculture species, chromosome manipulation and genetic diversity analyses. I am also interested in the population and phylogenetics of Australian freshwater fishes.

Recent and Current Projects Include

Future PhD Directions


Jones, D.B., Jerry, D.R., McCormick, M.I., and Bay, L.K. (2010) The population genetic structure of a common tropical damselfish on the Great Barrier Reef and eastern Papua New Guinea. Coral Reefs, 29 (2). pp. 455-467. ISSN 1432-0975

Guy, Jeffrey A., Jerry, Dean R., and Rowland, Stuart J. (2009) Heterosis in fingerlings from a diallel cross between two wild strains of silver perch (Bidyanus bidyanus). Aquaculture Research, 40 (11). pp. 1291-1300. ISSN 1365-2109

Smith-Keune, Carolyn, and Jerry, Dean R. (2009) High levels of intra-specific variation in the NG repeat region of the Pinctada maxima N66 organic matrix protein. Aquaculture Research, 40 (9). pp. 1054-1063. ISSN 1365-2109

Fauvelot, C., Smith-Keune, C., Jerry, D.R., Buston, P.M., and Planes, S. (2009) Isolation and characterization of 16 microsatellite loci in the humbug damselfish, Dascyllus aruanus (family Pomacentridae). Molecular Ecology Resources, 9 (2). pp. 651-653. ISSN 1755-0998

Lind, Curtis E., Evans, Brad S., Knauer, Jens, Taylor, Joseph J.U., and Jerry, Dean R. (2009) Decreased genetic diversity and a reduced effective population size in cultured silver-lipped pearl oysters (Pinctada maxima). Aquaculture, 286 (1-2). pp. 12-19. ISSN 1873-5622

Edmunds, Richard C., van Herwerden, Lynne, Smith-Keune, Carolyn, and Jerry, Dean R. (2009) Comparative characterization of a temperature responsive gene (lactate dehydrogenase-B, ldh-b) in two congeneric tropical fish, Lates calcarifer and Lates niloticus. International Journal of Biological Sciences, 5 (6). pp. 558-569. ISSN 1449-2288

Lind, Curtis E., Evans, Brad S., Taylor, Joseph J.U., and Jerry, Dean R. (2009) The consequences of differential family survival rates and equalizing maternal contributions on the effective population size (Ne) of cultured silver-lipped pearl oysters, Pinctada maxima. Aquaculture Research, . pp. 1-14. ISSN 1365-2109

Kvingedal, Renate, Evans, Bradley S., Taylor, Joseph J.U., Knauer, Jens, and Jerry, Dean R. (2008) Family by environment interactions in shell size of 43-day old silver-lip pearl oyster (Pinctada maxima), five families reared under different nursery conditions. Aquaculture, 279 (1-4). pp. 23-28. ISSN 1873-5622

Jerry, Dean R. (2008) Phylogeography of the freshwater catfish Tandanus tandanus (Plotosidae): a model species to understand evolution of the eastern Australian freshwater fish fauna. Marine and Freshwater Research, 59 (4). pp. 351-360. ISSN 1448-6059

McGinty, Erin L., Smith-Keune, Carolyn, and Jerry, Dean R. (2008) A high through-put protocol for quantifying nucleic acids in individual microcrustaceans using new generation RNA and DNA specific dyes. Journal of Shellfish Research, 27 (2). pp. 449-455. ISSN 1943-6319

Jones, David, Jerry, Dean, McCormick, Mark, and Bay, Line (2008) Development of nine microsatellite markers for Pomacentrus amboinensis. Molecular Ecology Resources, 8 (6). pp. 1332-1334. ISSN 1755-0998

Whalan, S., de Nys, R., Smith-Keune, C., Evans, B.S., Battershill, C., and Jerry, D.R. (2008) Low genetic variability within and among populations of the brooding sponge Rhopaloeides odorabile on the central Great Barrier Reef. Aquatic Biology, 3 (2). pp. 111-119. ISSN 1864-7790

de Santis, Christian, Evans, Brad S., Smith-Keune, Carolyn, and Jerry, Dean R. (2008) Molecular characterization, tissue expression and sequence variability of the barramundi (Lates calcarifer) myostatin gene. BMC Genomics, 9 . pp. 82-96. ISSN 1471-2164

Wada, Katsuhiko T., and Jerry, Dean R. (2008) Population genetics and stock improvement. In: The Pearl Oyster. Elsevier, Oxford, UK, pp. 437-471. ISBN 978-0-444-52976-3

Lind, Curtis E., Evans, Brad S., Taylor, Joseph J.U., and Jerry, Dean R. (2007) Population genetics of a marine bivalve, Pinctada maxima, throughout the Indo-Australian Archipelago shows differentiation and decreased diversity at range limits. Molecular Ecology, 16 (24). pp. 5193-5203. ISSN 1365-294X

De Santis, Christian, and Jerry, Dean R. (2007) Candidate growth genes in finfish - where should we be looking? Aquaculture, 272 (1-4). pp. 22-38. ISSN 1873-5622

Munkres, Katherine P., Bay, Line K., Jerry, Dean R., McCormick, Mark I., and van Herwerden, Lynne (2007) Development and characterization of microsatellite markers for parentage analyses of the coral reef damselfish (Pomacentrus amboinensis: Pomacentridae). Conservation Genetics, 8 (4). pp. 987-990. ISSN 1572-9737

Acosta-Salmón, Héctor, Jerry, Dean R., and Southgate, Paul C. (2007) Effects of cryoprotectant agents and freezing protocol on motility of black-lip pearl oyster (Pinctada margaritifera L.) spermatozoa. Cryobiology, 54 (1). pp. 13-18. ISSN 1090-2392


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