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Dr Mathew Cook, Research Director for Aquaculture
PhD in aquatic immunology, and interests in aquatic animal health, including disease processes, immunology, diagnostics and treatment. Passionate about applying cutting edge science to address the challenges in improving Aquaculture Productivity
mathew.cook@csiro.au
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Dr James Kijas, Research Group Leader, Breeding and Genomics
James is a molecular geneticist with an international reputation in the field of animal genomics. He joined the Aquaculture program in 2016 to work on Atlantic salmon sex determination and maturation, barramundi applied breeding and genomic tool development. He currently serves as group leader for Breeding and Genomics.
james.kijas@csiro.au
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Dr Tung Hoang, Research Group Leader, Aquatic Animal Health & Production
PhD in Marine Biology, 25 years of experience in aquaculture R&D with strong focus on shrimp farming, hatchery production of new species, water quality management and biofloc technology. Highly interested in innovative methods to improve aquaculture productivity and production efficiency.
tung.hoang@csiro.au
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Dr Cedric Simon, Research Group Leader, Aquaculture Nutrition
Cedric, Senior Research Scientist, has broad research interests, including the digestive physiology and nutritional requirements of crustaceans, fish and molluscs, the non-invasive assessment of nutritional and health condition using novel tools, feed additives, feed extrusion, and sustainable aquafeed ingredients and formulation. He holds a PhD in Marine Science from the University of Auckland and a BSc in Aquaculture from James Cook University.
cedric.simon@csiro.au
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Dr Nick Wade, Research Scientist
PhD in molecular biology and passionate about discovering the functional molecular responses to nutrition and feeding, known as nutrigenomics, and the development of novel phenotypic traits for aquaculture breeding programs. He also leads projects on dietary pigment inclusion, uptake and deposition in salmon and prawns to optimise product quality.

Natasha Botwright, Team Leader Genomics and Phenomics
Application of genomics and phenomics to advancing the aquaculture industry. Passionate about abalone biology, reproduction and genomics in selective breeding. Dedicated to the improvement of aquatic animal health and discovery of new treatments for disease in high intensity aquaculture systems.
Natasha.Botwright@csiro.au
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Dr James Wynne, Senior Research Scientist, Team leader for Aquatic Animal Health
With the ultimate vision to mitigate diseases in aquaculture, my team are applying next-generation approaches to underpin the rational design of new or improved diagnostics, treatments and control strategies. As an inclusive and diverse team of talented students, post-docs and research scientists, we aspire to have a positive impact on the aquaculture industry.

Barney Hines, Research Technician, Aquaculture Nutrition
A zoologist by training, Barney has expertise in molecular biology and genetics. He also has a Masters in Economics. Barney enjoys working in team environments, particularly with experts from a variety of fields.
barney.hines@csiro.au

Dr Curtis Lind, Team Leader for Applied Breeding
Curtis has a broad experience in the development and implementation of aquaculture selective breeding programs in domestic and international settings. He leads a team having strong expertise in quantitative genetics, breeding program design and data management. Curtis holds a PhD in Aquaculture genetics.
curtis.lind@csiro.au
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Simon Irvin, Aquaculture Biology, Team Leader
Simon is an experimental scientist whose research focuses on sustainable aquaculture production. His research encompasses tropical and temperate species cultured in Australia and Asia. His research focuses on understanding animal nutrition and the development of novel ingredients. He currently leads the Ridley CRA which focuses on the development of the sustainable aquafeeds for Atlantic salmon, Barramundi and Tiger prawns.
Simon is the site Leader for CSIRO at the Bribie Island Research Centre (BIRC), the first dedicated multi-functional aquaculture research facility to be built in Australia. The Centre plays a significant role in technological development and extension to the aquaculture industry in tropical and subtropical Queensland. Simon is a supervisor and mentor in CSIRO’s Indigenous engagement program.
simon.irvin@csiro.au
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Mr Stuart Arnold, Aquaculture Productions System Team Leader
Experience in intensive prawn production, biofloc systems, water quality and sensor technology. Interested in systems approaches to improve production efficiency and reduce waste.
stuart.arnold@csiro.au
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