Senior Lecturer, James Cook University
Sue-Ann is a Senior Lecturer in the Marine Biology and Aquaculture team within the College of Science and Engineering at James Cook University and a Senior Scientist and Curator (Marine Invertebrates) for the Queensland Museum Network, based at the Museum of Tropical Queensland, Townsville. Sue-Ann is appointed to the Species Technical Committee, Queensland to assess species at risk of extinction using the IUCN framework. She is President for the Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA) North Queensland Branch and an Advisory Committee member for Invertebrates Australia.
Sue-Ann's role provides a partnership with the Queensland Museum, and she actively translates research knowledge to education and action through government and non-government agencies and communities. Examples include policy briefings, presentations to members of the Royal Family, museum exhibitions (physical and web-based), life-long learning, and national and international media outreach (TV, radio, online and in print).
Sue-Ann’s research focuses on the responses of marine organisms to change, both in space (along natural evolutionary gradients) and time (responses to environmental change). She is particularly interested in large scale evolutionary patterns and ecological trends in marine invertebrates and the effects of stressors such as ocean acidification, warming and water quality impacts including light availability (turbidity), nutrients and salinity on invertebrates, corals and fishes. Sue-Ann’s broad research interests include ecology, physiology, behavior, biogeography, biodiversity, and the potential for acclimation and adaptation to change in marine organisms.
Research organisms include: bivalve and gastropod molluscs (oysters, giant clams, jumping snails, cone snails, pteropods), crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS), hard and soft corals, crustaceans, sea urchins, fish (coral reef fish, kingfish, barramundi), brachiopods and sea cucumbers.
Research sites include: Australia, Singapore, French Polynesia, Antarctica, Arctic, UK, deep sea (Crozet Islands and North Atlantic abyssal plain), Falkland Islands and New Zealand.
Sue-Ann is originally from the UK and studied for a BSc (Hons) degree in Biology from the University of Nottingham and MSc in Oceanography from the National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton. With the University of Southampton and British Antarctic Survey, Sue-Ann researched evolutionary trends across latitudinal gradients in marine invertebrates to determine how adaptive traits change along environmental gradients from the tropics to the poles for her PhD, in collaboration with the National University of Singapore, University of Melbourne and James Cook University.