Dr Sue-Ann Watson

Sue-Ann is Senior Curator (Marine Invertebrates) at the Queensland Museum Network, based at the Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville. Her position is co-appointed with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University.

Sue-Ann works on a range of marine invertebrates (animals without backbones) including molluscs (e.g. snails, clams, cephalopods), echinoderms (e.g. sea urchins, sea cucumbers, sea stars), crustaceans (e.g. hermit crabs) and brachiopods. Some of her favourite study species – jumping snails, giant clams and pygmy squid – are all found in North Queensland.

Her research focuses on the responses of marine organisms to change, both in space (along natural evolutionary gradients) and time (responses to environmental change). She is particularly interested in large scale evolutionary patterns and ecological trends in marine invertebrates and the effects of stressors such as ocean acidification, global warming and water quality impacts including light availability (turbidity), nutrients and salinity on invertebrates, corals and fishes. Sue-Ann’s broad research interests include ecology, physiology, behavior, biogeography and the potential for acclimation and adaptation to change in marine organisms.

Sue-Ann is a primary user of the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) acquired by Project DIG to streamline our collection imaging process. She is assisting in the development of a digital library allowing our researchers to identify specimens, contribute to further research and in the case of Great Barrier Reef specimens, inform conservation efforts.

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Doctor of Philosophy, University of Southampton

Research Projects supported by Project DIG

Revealing microscopic details using a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

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