Professor Jian Qin

Professor

College of Science and Engineering

Research expertise

Current research areas cover food, feeding and nutrition of aquatic animals in freshwater, brackish and marine systems in an attempt to discover trophic relationships in food web and apply new findings to applied sciences such as aquaculture, fisheries and environmental science to improve system production efficiency and ecologial function.

Research expertise

Current research areas cover food, feeding and nutrition of aquatic animals in freshwater, brackish and marine systems in an attempt to discover trophic relationships in food web and apply new findings to applied sciences such as aquaculture, fisheries and environmental science to improve system production efficiency and ecologial function.

+61 8 82013045
place Biological Sciences (B7)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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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Qualifications

Education

1988-1994 PhD Zoology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA

1986-1988 MS Zoology, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, USA

1978-1982 BS Aquaculture and Fisheries. Dalian Fisheries College, Dalian, China

Academic career

2013- Professor, Flinders University

2009-2012 Associate Professor, Flinders University

2004-2008 Senior Lecturer, Flinders University

1997-2003 Lecturer, Flinders University

1994-1997 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Hawaii, USA

1988-1994 Research Associate, The Ohio State University, USA

1986-1988 Research Assistant, The University of Oklahoma, USA

1982-1986 Teaching Assistant, Dalian Fisheries College, China

Honours, awards and grants
  • Best Abstract at the World Aquaculture Society Annual Meeting 2014
  • Best Paper Award (silver), ASEAN Conference on Scientific and Social Science Research 2011
  • Best Paper Abstract Award, World Aquaculture Society, 2011
  • South Australian Excellence Research Collaboration Awards of South Australia, 2010
  • CRC Association's award for "Excellence in Innovation" for the collaborative research project on propagation of Southern Bluefin Tuna, 2010
  • Media Award by the Flinders Public Affairs and Alumni Office, 2006
  • Second Price Paper Award, Australasian Aquaculture Conference, 2006
  • Exchange Scientist Award, Australian Science of Academy, 2000
  • Best Paper Abstract Award, World Aquaculture Society, 2000
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, University of Hawaii, 1994-1997
  • Best Research and Project Award, American Fisheries Society, 1992
  • Raymond C. Osburn Memorial Fellowship, The Ohio State University, 1992-1993
  • President's Partners Award, The University of Oklahoma, 1987
Key responsibilities
  • Course Coordinator of BSc Marine Biology and Aquaculture
  • Course Coordinator of MSc Aquaculture by coursework
  • Postgraduate supervison
Research expertise
Aquaculture
Ecological applications
Ecology
Fisheries science
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
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.

Teaching interests
  • aquaculture principle and practice
  • aquaculture nutrition
  • water quality management
  • larval fish rearing and hatchery management
  • aquatic ecology and food web dynamics
  • algal biology and live food culture technology
Topic coordinator
BIOL1201 Introduction to Aquaculture
BIOL2731 Aquaculture Nutrition and Water Quality
BIOL3731 Aquaculture Reproduction and Genetics
BIOL9001 Aquaculture Practicum
Topic lecturer
BIOL1201 Introduction to Aquaculture
BIOL2731 Aquaculture Nutrition and Water Quality
BIOL3731 Aquaculture Reproduction and Genetics
BIOL3711 Plant and Algal Diversity
Supervisory interests
Algae
Aquaculture
Ecology
Fish nutrition
Zooplankton
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Zooplankton biology (1), Abalone nutrition (1), Microbiology in oyster digestive tract (1), Fish biology (1), Oyster reproduction (1), Oyster feeding biology (1), Abalone nutrition and colour (1), Fish ecology (1)
Associate supervisor: Oyster bioenergetics (1), Plankton ecology (1)
Completion
Principal supervisor: Fish ecology (1), Larval fish feeding and development (1), ornamental fish nutrition and body colour (1), Algal biology (2), Fish nutrition (1), Larval fish development and nutrition (1), Fish cannibalism (1), Zooplankton biology (1), Oyster physiology and biochemistry (1), Freshwater ecology (1)
Associate supervisor: Crayfish biology (1), Oyster reproductive biology (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Yan Li

Second Price Paper Award, Australasian Aquaculture Conference, 2006 - AUG 2006

Trent D'Antingnana

Best Abstract Award, World Aquaculture Society, 2002 - APR 2002

Jenna Bowyer

Best Paper Award, World Aquaculture Society, 2011 - JUN 2011

Nita Ismail

Best Paper Award (silver), ASEAN Conference on Scientific and Social Science Research 2011 - JUN 2011

Matthew Bansemer

Seafood CRC World Aquaculture Society 2014 Prizes - FEB 2014

Flavio Ribeiro

World Aquaculture Society Best Abstract Award - MAY 2014

Publications
Expert for media contact
Aquaculture
Ecology
Environment
Marine Science
Water Resources
Aquaculture
Biofuel production from algae
Ecology
Water quality and environmental monitoring
Available for contact via
+61 8 82013045
Or contact the media team
+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Aquaculture
  • Ecology
  • Environment
  • Marine Science
  • Water Resources
Interests
  • Aquaculture
  • Biofuel production from algae
  • Ecology
  • Water quality and environmental monitoring
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