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I am an Australian Laureate Fellow and Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland, a faculty member of the Faculty of 1000 Developmental Biology Section, and on a number of editorial boards, including Evolution & Development, F1000 Research, Invertebrate Biology and EvoDevo (BMC).  Recent appointments include Foundation Director of the UQ Centre for Marine Science (2010-2011), member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts (2009-2011) and coordinator of the BSc Marine Science Major (2006-2011). From 2009 to 2012, I held an ARC Professorial Fellowship. Prior to arriving at UQ in 1993, I was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in the Marine Biotechnology Center at the University of California Santa Barbara.

At UQ, I teach undergraduate courses in marine science, zoology, and evolutionary and developmental biology, for which I have won a number of awards. My research group explores a range of topics, including evolutionary genomics and developmental biology, molecular marine aquaculture and biotechnology, and marine biology. I have supervised around 100 Honours and PhD students and postdoctoral scientists, and former lab members now hold senior research, policy and teaching positions in Asia, Europe, North and South America and Australia. I have collaborative research programs with universities throughout the world, state and federal research agencies and Australian aquaculture and maritime industries, and have been a visiting professorial fellow to the University of Washington, Copenhagen University and the University of Cape Town.