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Associate Professor Jennifer Cobcroft

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Associate Professor Jennifer Cobcroft

Associate Professor / Principal Research Fellow Aquaculture


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Aquaculture, University of Tasmania, Australia, 1997–2002
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons), Aquaculture, University of Tasmania, Australia, 1996
  • Bachelor of Science, Major in Zoology, University of New England, Australia, 1990–1995

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Associate Professor Jennifer Cobcroft leads teaching and research in aquaculture at the Singapore campus of James Cook University (JCU). Previously, Jennifer consulted in the strategic planning of emerging aquaculture research opportunities in Australia, marine fish hatchery trouble-shooting (Australia, New Zealand, USA and Mexico), and in aquaculture development in eastern Africa (Tanzania and Kenya) and in South East Asia (Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar and Singapore). She is the current Secretary of the World Aquaculture Society (WAS), a former Board member of the Asian Pacific Chapter of WAS. Jennifer was previously a Research Fellow at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, was leader of the Aquaculture Production Innovation Hub for the Australian Seafood CRC, and managed a large research and development program for hatchery production of southern bluefin tuna fingerlings in close association with industry.

Associate Professor Cobcroft actively engages in sharing research results and novel technologies with students, industry, and scientists through workshops and practical training. She is passionate about equipping students and doing research that both contribute to the sustainable and profitable growth of the aquaculture industry.

Research Interests

Associate Professor Cobcroft has over 20 years’ experience in aquaculture, largely focusing on solving challenges in the hatchery production of marine finfish species. Her research has spanned larval visual development, tank environmental conditions to optimise feeding, water treatment systems to reduce parasites and pathogens in the hatchery, and finding solutions to skeletal deformities that impact commercially cultured fish. The species studied include striped trumpeter, yellowtail kingfish, southern bluefin tuna, barramundi (Asian seabass), grouper and Atlantic salmon.