Associate Professor James Harris

Associate Professor

College of Science and Engineering

place Biological Sciences (B9)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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.

Qualifications
B. App. Sci. (Aquaculture), University of Tasmania, 1991-1993
B. App. Sci. (Aquaculture) (Honours 1A), University of Tasmania, 1994
Ph.D., University of Tasmania,1995-1999
Honours, awards and grants
Tasmania Research Scholarship, 1995-1999
Young Scientist Award, 1997, International Abalone Society
Key responsibilities
Chair, Animal Welfare Sub-Committee
Member, Flinders University Animal Welfare Committee
Research expertise
Animal production
Fisheries science
Food sciences
Immunology
Other agricultural and veterinary sciences
Physiology
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.
Teaching interests
Animal health
Aquaculture
Topic coordinator
BIOL2732 Aquaculture Systems & Technology
BIOL2722 Disease & Immunology
BIOL3732 Aquaculture Health & Product Quality
Topic lecturer
BIOL3712 Integrative Physiology of Animals and Plants
BIOL1201 Introduction to Aquaculture
Supervisory interests
Abalone
Aquaculture, molluscs and disease related issues
Aquatic animal health
Disease pathophysiology
Yellowtail kingfish
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Flat oysters (1), Abalone (1), Yellowtail kingfish (1)
Associate supervisor: Abalone (1)
Publications
Expert for media contact
Animals
Aquaculture
Bacteria
Fish
Immunology
Infection/Infectious diseases
Microbiology
Molecular biology
Oysters
Respiratory research
Salinity
Science
Toxicology/Toxins
Vaccination
Aquatic Animal Health
Aquatic Animal Physiology
Disease Pathophysiology
Intensive Aquaculture
Live Transport
Molluscan Aquaculture
New and Novel Treatment Efficacy
Nitrogen Cycling in Recirculation Systems
Available for contact via
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+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Animals
  • Aquaculture
  • Bacteria
  • Fish
  • Immunology
  • Infection/Infectious diseases
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Oysters
  • Respiratory research
  • Salinity
  • Science
  • Toxicology/Toxins
  • Vaccination
Interests
  • Aquatic Animal Health
  • Aquatic Animal Physiology
  • Disease Pathophysiology
  • Intensive Aquaculture
  • Live Transport
  • Molluscan Aquaculture
  • New and Novel Treatment Efficacy
  • Nitrogen Cycling in Recirculation Systems

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