• 784 Citations
  • 15 h-Index

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Research Biography

I began my tertiary education in Tasmania with a Bachelor degree in aquaculture, then did my honours degree on abalone digestive physiology. Following this, still at the University of Tasmania (UTas), I embarked on a PhD to investigate the environmental requirements of abalone. In this PhD I examined growth and survival of greenlip and blacklip abalone, but also added to some work from my honours in the areas of respiratory physiology and histopathology. After receiving my PhD, I took a post doctoral fellowship, still at UTas, extending the work of my PhD. I did a second postdoc at UTas on the pathophysiology of amoebic gill disease before accepting the position of Lecturer at Flinders University in late 2004. Since then, I have developed my research interests in the areas of aquaculture and aquatic animal health with abalone, kingfish, endemic freshwater fish and oysters. For these animals my research has included culture practices, digestive physiology, nutritional health, farm trial management, anaesthetic use, bioenergetics, freshwater fish ecology, dietary intervention, dietary ingredient replacement, colour manipulation, disease treatment optimisation, applied parasitology and feeding behaviour of aquatic animals.

Research Interests

My research is centred on aquatic animal health, and its impact for aquaculture. I have conducted research into abalone health and physiology under adverse environmental conditions. This included examining the respiratory and osmoregulatory physiology of these animals. Other research projects into bacterial disease occurrence, treatment and prevention for abalone led to work on respiratory physiology of Atlantic salmon affected by amoebic gill disease. This work included examination of respiration rates, blood gas content and oxygen loading of affected fish, and the impacts of treatment on the fish. Current research interests include physiology of disease-affected aquatic animals, new species development for aquaculture, physiology of aquatic animals in live transport, environmental, immunological response to DNA vaccination,  toxicology of aquatic animals, diagnostic test development, product development for aquaculture, understanding the role of signalling proteins in abalone spawning and environmental tolerance of rescued species for reintroduction to the wild. I have a current collaboration with CSIRO in the area of disease management and proteomics.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Tasmania


Award Date: 8 Dec 1999

External positions

Flinders University representative in the reference group for the Sub-Committee on Aquatic Animal Health, Australian Universities section


  • SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling
  • QP Physiology

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Research Output

  • 784 Citations
  • 15 h-Index
  • 64 Article
  • 3 Other contribution
  • 1 Commissioned report
  • 1 Review article

Changes of body colour and tissue pigments in greenlip abalone (Haliotis laevigata Donovan) fed macroalgal diets at different temperatures

Hoang, T. H., Stone, D. A. J., Duong, D. N., Harris, J. O. & Qin, J. G., 15 Sep 2020, In : Aquaculture Research. p. 1-9 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Energy budgets for greenlip abalone (Haliotis laevigata Donovan) fed live macroalgae compared to commercial formulated diets

    Duong, D. N., Stone, D. A. J., Qin, J. G., Bansemer, M. S. & Harris, J. O., 2020, In : Aquaculture Research. p. 1-13 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Improvement in energy allocation in Greenlip Abalone (Haliotis laevigata Donovan) fed diets substituted with different types and levels of macroalgal meal

    Duong, D. N., Stone, D. A. J., Qin, J. G., Hoang, T. H., Bansemer, M. S. & Harris, J. O., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Aquaculture. 10 p., 735816.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Infection dynamics of Bonamia exitiosa on intertidal Ostrea angasi farms

    Buss, J. J., Wiltshire, K. H., Harris, J. O., Tanner, J. E. & Deveney, M. R., Mar 2020, In : Journal of Fish Diseases. 43, 3, p. 359-369 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Rapid transmission of Bonamia exitiosa by cohabitation causes mortality in Ostrea angasi

    Buss, J. J., Harris, J. O., Elliot Tanner, J., Helen Wiltshire, K. & Deveney, M. R., 1 Feb 2020, In : Journal of Fish Diseases. 43, 2, p. 227-237 11 p.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)