Researcher biography

Project title:

Impacts of thermal stress on the mucosal immunity of Atlantic salmon

Project description:

Mucosal epithelia are essential in protecting against foreign substances and pathogens. In ectothermic animals, the immune function and physiology of these barriers are temperature dependent. Understanding the performance of these epithelia cells at the upper limit of their thermal range has importance in economically significant species, such as Atlantic salmon. This issue remains of particular concern to Atlantic salmon aquaculture in Tasmania, Australia, where the water temperature can approach and even exceed the species' upper thermal limit during summer. A problem that is increasing as ocean warming is driven by changing climate.




Prof. Andrew Barnes, Dr. Darryl Whitehead, Dr. Chloe English