Jennifer Ovenden is an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia) and founder of the Molecular Fisheries Lab. In 2020, she retired from full-time work.


Researcher biography

Jennifer Ovenden is an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia) and head of the Molecular Fisheries Laboratory. Her undergraduate honours degree was from the Australian National University in Canberra and PhD from the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Over more than 30 years, Jennifer has worked on the genetics of populations of wild animals. The majority of projects have focussed on species harvested (or impacted) by fisheries in Australia and other nations in the southern hemisphere. Species include molluscs, crustaceans, bony fish, sharks and rays. Jennifer has worked with allozyme loci, mitochondrial DNA, microsatellites and lately genomic data. Jennifer worked for the Queensland government as a research scientist for many years, as well as at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Tasmania. Jennifer is Associate Editor – "Marine and Freshwater Research" and "Fish and Fisheries" as well as a member of the scientific advisory board of the Australian SeaWorld Research and Rescue Foundation. Jennifer was a sponsored visiting scientist at the Museum of Natural History in Paris in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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