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Assoc Prof Giovanni Turchini

Prof Giovanni Turchini

Professor

Giovanni M. Turchini is Professor and Associate Head of School (Research), for the School of Life and Environmental Sciences of Deakin University. Giovanni has been a recipient of two ARC funded Discovery fellowships, received the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) Medal in 2014, secured several national and international competitive grants, and developed a series of significant industry collaborations.

Giovanni's research interests span from nutrition (animal and human) to aquaculture, food quality, lipids, fatty acid and omega-3 metabolism, fish oil replacement and fatty acid metabolism in cultured aquatic species, fatty acid-hormones and fatty acid-micronutrients interactions, seafood quality and traceability, and ethical issues encountered in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. Throughout his career, Giovanni has published extensively, including several book chapters and one edited book, and his work is highly cited and influential.

Contact details: giovanni.turchini@deakin.edu.au
+61(3) 5563 3312

Dr David Francis

Dr David Francis

Senior Lecturer

David Francis is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at Deakin University. He has held various research and teaching positions, most recently at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (2010-2015) where he tackled issues concerning aquaculture sustainability and the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef.

His research interests span protein, lipid and carbohydrate nutrition, placing a particular focus on sustainable aquafeed development, nutritional biomarkers of organism health, and the establishment of new aquaculture species. David's contributions to aquaculture have been recognised by way of international awards and fellowships, where his work has ultimately assisted in the sustainable expansion of the aquaculture industry towards the production of fish and seafood for a growing global population.

Contact details: d.francis@deakin.edu.au
+61(3) 5563 3083

Dr Alecia Bellgrove

Dr Alecia Bellgrove

Senior Lecturer

Alecia Bellgrove is a Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology, at the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at Deakin University. Alecia has extensive experience in understanding the biology and ecology of seaweeds, but she is also a self-confessed foodie. Currently Alecia is proactively engaged in combining her passion for great food that is both nutritious and ecologically sustainable, with her passion and knowledge of the ocean and incredible diversity of seaweeds within. Alecia is member of several professional societies, such as the Australasian Society of Phycology & Aquatic Botany, the Asian Pacific Phycological Association and the International Phycological Society, and has been involved in several funded grants relative to seaweed ecology.

Contact details: alecia.bellgrove@deakin.edu.au
+61(3)5563 3099

Dr Karen Hermon

Dr Karen Hermon

Research Fellow

Karen completed her PhD in 2011 at Deakin University, investigating sustainable recycled water irrigation in the viticulture industry. Her recent activities in the fields of fish nutrition and aquaculture have included fish oil replacement in aqua feeds, the effects of changing temperature on nutrient digestibility in Atlantic Salmon. She has also contributed to research on the metabolic fate of long chain n-3 fatty acids, and the nutritional potential of local marine algae in the human diet. Broadly, Karen is interested in working in collaboration with primary industries in the pursuit of sustainable resource utilisation.

Contact details: karen.hermon@deakin.edu.au
+61(3)5563 3002

Mr Michael Lewis

Mr Michael Lewis

PhD candidate

Project title: "Comparative digestibility of in-vivo and in-vitro techniques".
Michael began his PhD early 2014 after completing his Bachelors in Science and Honours in Environmental Science at Deakin. His research is dedicated on developing an in vitro model to rapidly assess the quality of protein meals used in aquaculture diets; and has included collaboration with Universities in Spain and Italy.

Contact details: lemic@deakin.edu.au

Mr Jessica Conlan

Ms Jessica Conlan

PhD candidate

Project title: "Understanding and optimizing the health and nutritional status of captive corals".
Currently, successful cultivation of reef-building coral in captivity is severely hampered by high mortality, poor growth, and depressed vitality. The aim of this project is to elucidate an optimal diet and subsequent feeding regime for captive coral that will significantly improve survivorship and growth as well as the ability to resist, respond and recover when confronted with various stressors.

Contact details: jconlan@deakin.edu.au

Mr Thomas Mock

Mr Thomas Mock

PhD candidate

Project title: "Predicting Omega-3 Content in Atlantic Salmon".
Tom’s PhD investigates the health promoting omega-3 fatty acids. He aims to contribute a novel predictive nutritional model for Atlantic salmon which will optimize the use of fish oil in aquafeeds, thus enhancing the environmental and economic sustainability of marine resources and the aquaculture industry.

Contact details: mock@deakin.edu.au

Mr Matthew Jago

Mr Matthew Jago

PhD candidate

Project title: "Seasonal environmental impacts on the health and nutritional status of farmed Atlantic salmon".
This project will investigate the impact of season on the health and nutritional status of multiple cohorts of geographically distinct farmed salmon populations. Specifically the project aims to monitor nutrient utilisation and deposition efficiencies, inflammatory status, stress response, body composition and fillet product quality in relation to fine and large scale environmental factors.

Contact details: mjago@deakin.edu.au

Mr Vanessa Skrzypczyk

Ms Vanessa Skrzypczyk

PhD candidate

Project title: "Sustainable Nutrition Solutions Using Australian Seaweeds".
This project aims to evaluate a suite of Australian marine seaweeds for their suitability as a sustainable healthy functional food. The objectives are to undertake heavy metal toxicity tests, total lipid class, fatty acid and proximate analyses on species previously found to contain promising nutritional qualities. The introduced Asian species Undaria pinnatifida (Wakame) will act as a model for production of ‘clean’ products from Australian waters, whilst helping to identify the spatial and temporal differences in nutritional composition of seaweeds on a global scale.

Contact details: v.skrzypczyk@deakin.edu.au

Ms Erin Cumming

Ms Erin Cumming

PhD candidate

Project title: "Sustainable nutrition solutions using Australian seaweeds: Developing seaweed production techniques for integrated multi-trophic aquaculture".
This project will look into the feasibility of producing native Australian seaweeds on already existing mussel farms within Port Phillip Bay for human consumption and abalone feed. The main objectives are: 1) Expansion of sustainable aquaculture in southern Australia though the development of commercial endemic seaweed production; 2) Provision of knowledge for farmers to diversify and expand current business and boost economic productivity.

Contact details: ecu@deakin.edu.au