AQUACULTURE GENETICS GROUP

Carolyn Smith-Keune

ATSIP Building 145-312
Molecular Ecology and Evolution Laboratory
School of Marine and Tropical Biology,
James Cook University,

Townsville, 4811, Queensland, Australia
Telephone: 61-7-4781 6518 Fax:  61-7-4781 4585

Email: Carolyn.Smith@jcu.edu.au


Qualifications:
PhD University of Queensland (2005)
BSc (Hons) James Cook University (1997)

Current Position
Research Fellow, School of Marine and Tropical Biology, Molecular Ecology and Evolution Laboratory

Previous Positions:
  • Research Worker, School of Marine and Tropical Biology, Molecular Ecology and Evolution Laboratory, James Cook University (Jan 2010 - Feb 2011)
  • Research Fellow, School of Marine and Tropical Biology, Molecular Ecology and Evolution Laboratory, James Cook University (Mar 2006 - Nov 2009)
  • Research Worker/Laboratory manager, School of Marine and Tropical Biology, Molecular Ecology and Evolution Laboratory, James Cook University (Oct 2004 - Mar 2006)
  • Technical Officer, Australian Institute of Marine Science (Sept 1997 – June 2001)

Research Interests:
        My main research focus at present is a landscape genetics study to understand the patterns and drivers of genetic stock structure within the iconic Australian finfish, Barramundi (Lates calcarifer). Understanding the genetic stock structure of this species is an important means of exploring the genetic basis for past adaptation to varying environmental temperatures and may help identify barramundi populations most suited to aquaculture and future fisheries enhancement/restocking programs in the face of climate change. I also maintain a strong research interest in gene expression studies as a means of identifying important candidate genes which may contribute to functional variation or local adaptation in aquatic organisms.

Research Expertise:
My research experience includes the development and application of molecular tools to population genetic studies of aquatic organisms including barramundi, pearl oysters, corals and sponges. I have also undertaken or contributed to several studies examining gene expression differences in both finfish and corals utilizing large scale transcriptomics approaches that examine the expression of many genes as well as smaller scale studies monitoring the expression of individual genes.
 

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