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Research Biography

Jianguang obtained Bachelor at Dalian Fisheries College, China in 1982, Masters at University of Oklahoma in 1988 and PhD at Ohio State University in 1994. After a 3-year postdoc at the University of Hawaii, he joined Flinders University in 1997. Jian is a pioneer of the aquaculture program at Flinders and has led the aquaculture research at Flinders to the world class in the area of Fishery Sciences. Supervised 18 PhD students and 20+ Honours to completion, and published 2 books, 13 book chapters, 260+ journal papers. Research areas cover food, feeding and nutrition of aquatic animals in an attempt to discover trophic relationships in food web and apply new findings to applied science. Research disciplines include ecology, physiology, behaviour, biotechnology, and toxicology. Research organisms include bacteria, algae, zooplankton, fish, oyster, abalone and freshwater crayfish.

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Research Interests

Food web ecology
I am interested in how major ecological processes such as competition predation control foodweb functions, and in turn how these findings can be used to improve aquaculture production. I aim to explore trophic interactions along the food chain including primary producers (algae), primary consumers (rotifers, cladocerans, copepods and oysters) and secondary consumers (fish and crustacean). My research scales include microcosm (i.e., flasks, aquaria), mesocosm (tanks, enclosures, cages and ponds) and field experiments in lakes, reservoirs and coastal waters.

Feeding ecology and larval fish biology
Research efforts are toward understanding the functional mechanisms of growth and feeding in aquatic organisms (finfish, crustacean and oysters) with a focus on fish larval and juveniles. Research activities involve the studies of feeding behaviour, feeding efficiency, filtering rate, diet selection, food preference, and ontogenetic diet shifts in fish larvae and juveniles.

Aquaculture is a field of applied science which integrates multidisciplinary research efforts and aims to increase production efficiency and optimise economic returns. With general interest in ecology, I am interested in applying the basic principles of ecology and feeding biology into aquaculture production of a variety of organisms that are suitable for aquaculture. My research includes the following disciplines:

  • Aquatic animal nutrition
  • Greenwater and live food production
  • Environmental stress
  • Enrichment and transifer of toxic chemicals in aquatic organisms

My interest in algal culture has gone beyond the production as a basal food to primary consumers in aquaculture. The reliance of petroleum sourced fuels is now widely recognise as unsustainable because of depleting supplies and the contribution of these fuels to the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the environment. Renewable, carbon neutral, transport fuels are necessary for environmental and economic sustainability.


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