Principal Research Scientist in 'A Healthy & Reslience GBR' (Program 1) with current research focus on developing novel control technologies against the Crown-of-thorns Starfish through an understanding of genomics, transcriptomics and metabolomics
Research scientist (ecophysiology/endocrinology at the Max-Planck-Institute in Germany (1979-1986). Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, UK (1987-1992)with research on seasonal and diurnal (circadian) physiological processes including molting, migration, fat cycles and reproduction in birds. Recruited to AIMS (Australia)1992 for research into seasonal and reproductive processes for crustacean aquaculture species. Developed hatchery technologies specifically for Palinurid lobsters with primary research focus on system design, microbial management technologies and development of formulated larval feeds (2004-2012). 2010-2012 identified technology requirements for the development of a state-of-the-art research marine aquarium complex (SeaSim). Since 2012 initiated Genome Sequencing Consortium on Crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) including whole genome, transcriptomics and metabolomics. Developing innovative control technologies against COTS by identifying vulnerabilities.
  • 1979: PhD in Marine Science, University of Wales, UK.
  • 1975: BSc (Hons), in Marine Biology, University of Wales, UK
  • 1972: BSc, Biology, Florida Institute of Technology, FL, USA
Current Research Activities
The crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) is a major predator of live coral and accounts for over 40% of GBR coral cover loss over the last three decades. Control measures against COTS has changed little in 50 years with manual lethal injection being the primary method. I have organised a COTS Genome Consortium of national and international experts to fill critical knowledge gaps of the life history of COTS through the application of whole organisms genomics, transcriptomics and metabomics. The objective is to identify appropriate technologies which can take advantage of COTS vulnerabilities to preferentially develop a species specific control.
Expert Committees and Boards
National Research and Providers Network
Over 80 science and technical papers in international journals. The following are a selection of recent publications.

Hall MR, Kenway M, Salmon M, Francis D, Goulden E, Høj L (2013) Palinurid lobster larval rearing for closed-life cycle hatchery production. Pp. 289-328. In: Allan G, Burnell G (Eds) Advances in aquaculture hatchery technology. Woodhead Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK

Francis D, Salmon M, Kenway M, Hall MR (2013) Palinurid lobster nutrition: Nutritional considerations for successful larval rearing. Aquaculture Nutrition 5:1-24

Goulden E, Høj L, Hall MR (2013) Microbial management for bacterial pathogen control in invertebrate aquaculture hatcheries. Pp. 246-285. In: Allan G, Burnell G (Eds) Advances in aquaculture hatchery technology. Woodhead Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK

Crothers-Stomps C, Hoj L, Bourne DG, Hall MR, Owens L (2010) Isolation of lytic bacteriophage against Vibrio harveyi. Journal of Applied Microbiology 108: 1744-1750

Smith GG, Kenway MJ, Hall MR (2010) Starvation and recovery ability of phyllosoma of the tropical spiny lobsters Panulirus ornatus and P. homarus in captivity. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India 52: 249-256

Cano Gomez A, Bourne DG, Hall MR, Owens L, Hoj L (2009) Molecular identification, typing and tracking of Vibrio harveyi in aquaculture systems: Current methods and future prospects. Aquaculture 287: 1-10

Hoj L, Bourne DG, Hall MR (2009) Localization, abundance and community structure of bacteria associated with Artemia: Effects of nauplii enrichment and antimicrobial treatment. Aquaculture 293: 278-285

Smith G, Salmon ML, Kenway MJ, Hall MR (2009) Description of the larval morphology of captive reared Panulirus ornatus spiny lobsters, benchmarked against wild-caught specimens. Aquaculture 295: 76-88

Smith GG, Hall MR, Salmon ML (2009) Use of microspheres, fresh and microbound diets to ascertain dietary path, component size and digestive gland functioning in phyllosoma of the spiny lobster Panulirus ornatus. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 43: 205-215

Wade NM, Tollenaere A, Hall MR, Degnan BM (2009) Evolution of a Novel Carotenoid-Binding Protein Responsible for Crustacean Shell Color. Molecular Biology and Evolution 26: 1851-1864

de la Vega E, Degnan BM, Hall MR, Wilson KJ (2007) Differential expression of immune-related genes and transposable elements in black tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) exposed to a range of environmental stressors. Fish and Shellfish Immunology 23: 1072-1088

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