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Jason Doyle

Experimental Scientist
CoTS DNA detection methods
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(07) 4753 4430
+61-7-4753 4430
Contact email
2014 - present
AIMS Development of strategic research and effective solutions for the management and control of Crown of Thorns Starfish.
2014 - present
Manager of the AIMS Pigment Analysis Facility
2013 - present
AIMS Laboratory Manager
2011 - 2015
Biophysical oceanography of Great Barrier Reef and North West Shelf. Enzymatic processes as indicators of growth, grazing and respiration.
2008 - 2014
Temperature tolerance of coral symbionts
2008 - 2011
Fate of organic matter in the Central Great Barrier Reef
2005 - 2012
Marine Monitoring Program. Algal pigments as indicators for water quality.
1994 - 2005
Marine Bio-discovery. Spanning many aspects of this project including assay design and development, chemical purification, field collection and curation.
BSc (Hons) Biochemistry, James Cook University, Townsville AU

Molecular methods for detection for Acanthaster planci (Crown of Thorns Starfish) in the marine environment.
Environmental DNA monitoring
Use of algal pigments for chemotaxonomy and as bioindicators
Development of biochemical indicators for biological oceanography


Uthicke, S., Lamare, M. & Doyle, J.R. (2018) eDNA detection of corallivorous seastar (Acanthaster cf. solaris) outbreaks on the Great Barrier Reef using digital droplet PCR. Coral Reefs. doi: 10.1007/s00338-018-1734-6

Doyle JR, McKinnon AD, Uthicke S (2017) Quantifying larvae of the coralivorous seastar Acanthaster cf. solaris on the Great Barrier Reef using qPCR Mar Biol 164:176 doi:10.1007/s00227-017-3206-x
Lønborg C, Doyle J, Furnas M, Menendez P, Benthuysen JA, Carreira C (2017) Seasonal organic matter dynamics in the Great Barrier Reef lagoon: contribution of carbohydrates and proteins. Continental Shelf Research 138: 95-105Bay, L. K, Doyle, J., Logan
Pineda MC, Strehlow B, Duckworth A, Doyle J, Jones R, Webster NS (2016) Effects of light attenuation on the sponge holobiont- implications for dredging management Scientific Reports 6 doi:ARTN 39038 doi:10.1038/srep39038
Bay LK, Doyle J, Logan M, Berkelmans R (2016) Recovery from bleaching is mediated by threshold densities of background thermo-tolerant symbiont types in a reef-building coral Royal Society Open Science 3 doi:10.1098/rsos.160322
Strahl J, Francis DS, Doyle J, Humphrey C, Fabricius KE (2016) Biochemical responses to ocean acidification contrast between tropical corals with high and low abundances at volcanic carbon dioxide seeps ICES J Mar Sci 73:897-909 doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsv194
Uthicke, S., Doyle, J., Duggan, S., Yasuda, N. and McKinnon, A. D. (2015). "Outbreak of coral-eating Crown-of-Thorns creates continuous cloud of larvae over 320¿km of the Great Barrier Reef." Scientific Reports 5: 16885.
McKinnon AD, Doyle J, Duggan S, Logan M, Lønborg C, Brinkman R (2015) Zooplankton Growth, Respiration and Grazing on the Australian Margins of the Tropical Indian and Pacific Oceans. PLoS ONE 10(10): e0140012. doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0140012
Berkelmans R, Doyle J, van Oppen MJH, Asbridge EF, Brown AR (2014) Efficacy of long-term coral tissue storage in ethanol for genotyping studies. Coral Reefs 33:89-96. doi: DOI 10.1007/s00338-013-1106-1
Evans-Illidge EA, Logan M, Doyle J, Fromont J, Battershill CN, Ericson G, Wolff CW, Muirhead A, Kearns P, Abdo D, Kininmonth S, Llewellyn L (2013) Phylogeny Drives Large Scale Patterns in Australian Marine Bioactivity and Provides a New Chemical Ecology Rationale for Future Biodiscovery. PLoS ONE 8. doi: ARTN e73800. DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0073800