Assistant Professor and Australian Research Council (ARC) early career Discovery fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University
Dr Jodie Rummer is an assistant professor and Australian Research Council (ARC) early career Discovery fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University (JCU). Jodie is also a 2015-2016 recipient of the highly prestigious UNESCO-L’Oréal Women in Science Fellowship for Australia and New Zealand.
Dr Rummer’s background is in marine biology and comparative physiology. Her academic training started in the U.S. (BSc and MSc), took her to Canada (PhD, University of British Columbia), and then to Hong Kong for a short post-doc before she joined JCU. Jodie has done extensive research on fish buoyancy, exercise, and how fish cope with environmental stress, and although early in her career, Jodie has already become a leading authority on the evolution of oxygen transport in fish and how performance is maintained during stress. Today, Jodie’s research group and her post-graduate students combine ecology, evolution, and physiology to address issues important to conservation, such as the effects of climate change and other human-caused problems on coral reef fishes, sharks, and rays and the potential for adaptation.
Beyond her own research, Jodie mentors several post-doctoral fellows at JCU, currently advises seven post-graduate students, and serves on many committees locally and internationally. Jodie is also an Academic Editor for PLoS One and on the Editorial Board for Conservation Physiology. A career highlight has been her TEDx talk, “Athletes of the Great Barrier Reef”. She also uses social media to communicate scientific findings, highlight fellow scientists’ success stories and achievements, and to and advocate for issues related to women in science, gender balance, and diversity in STEM.
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