Dr Kelli Anderson

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Dr Kelli Anderson


Teaching areas

  • Aquaculture

Research areas

  • aquaculture biotechnology
  • bioinformatics
  • reproductive physiology of fish
  • impacts of climate change on aquatic organisms


Dr. Kelli Anderson currently works on an ACIAR funded project aiming to develop giant grouper (Epinephelus lanceolatus) aquaculture in Australia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Kelli is using the latest RNAseq (next-generation sequencing) technology to understand various aspects of larval development, and improve larval rearing protocols to enhance survival rates, and is involved in other aspects of the project, such as those optimising spawning, controlling sex reversal, and utilising germ cell transplantation/surrogate technologies.

Kelli's past research focused on understanding the impacts of climate change on aquatic organisms. For example, her PhD investigated the impact of climate change (elevated temperature) on the reproductive axis of female Tasmanian salmon, with an emphasis on mitigating the effects of climate change through endocrine manipulation. During her post-doctoral research at Macquarie University/Sydney Institute of Marine Science, Kelli worked on a project focusing on the transgenerational effects of ocean acidification on the Sydney Rock Oyster (Saccostrea glomerata). This project looked at the potential for wild and selectively bred lines to acclimate and cope with conditions of elevated PCO2.

Kelli has also worked for the private sector, managing projects that monitor potential impacts of industry on reef and estuarine ecosystems.


Project name Investigators Funding body Year Amount
Identifying the cause of Oyster Oedema Disease (OOD) in pearl oysters (Pinctada maxima), and developing diagnostic tests for OOD Priscila Goncalves, David Raftos, David Jones, Kelli Anderson, Brian Jones & Michael Snow FRDC Project No 2013/002 2013 - 2017  $754,000
Competitive travel grant  Kelli Anderson  The Australian Seafood CRC 2010  $5000
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