Evans-Illidge, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Evans-Illidge

Research Director (AIMS@JCU), Project Leader, AIMS Bioresources Library

Contact Information

Phone (07) 4753 4426
Int +61 7 4753 4426
Email e.evansillidge@aims.gov.au


1994-Present [AIMS]: Leadership role in projects including biodiscovery research, sponge research, access and benefit sharing policy, Indigenous engagement and science collaboration, contract management, project management. 

1988-1994: Research Scientist/co-owner, Port Lihou Research, Torres Strait. Contract Torres Strait marine research including baseline study of heavy metals in sediments, biota, and commercial species, lobster and pearlshell fisheries, seagrass Research and benthic surveys. 

1984-1988: Research assistant and experimental scientist positions, supporting GBR research in reef spong biology, natural product chemistry and chemical ecology.
1984 Bachelor of Science, Marine Biology Major, JCU, Townsville.


I have enjoyed a 30+ year diverse marine science career blending the doing of marine research with policy development, science uptake and commercialisation, stakeholder engagement and collaboration, and research management. I am currently leading the strategic alliance AIMS@JCU, project managing the collaborative multi-disciplinary projects including the Palm Island desalination impact assessment project, and leading the implementation of Indigenous engagement and science collaboration at AIMS.


ABRS Advisory Committee, 2011-13
Australian Biodiscovery Industry Panel, 2007-14
Int. Advisory Committee (ABS), Swiss Government, 2003-08
Australian Delegate at UNICPOLOS, UN Gen Assembly (New York), 2007, and Convention on Biological Diversity 2003
Ministerial appointment to National Inquiry into Access to Biological Resources in Commonwealth Areas (Australia), 2000
CBD Secretariat's Panel of Experts on Access and Benefit Sharing


Luter HM, Duckworth AR, Wolff CW, Evans-Illidge E, Whalan S (2016) Recruitment variability of coral reef sessile communities of the far north Great Barrier Reef. PLoS ONE 11(4): e0153184

Andreakis N, Høj L, Kearns P, Hall MR, Ericson G, Cobb RE, Gordon B, Evans-Illidge EA (2015) Diversity of marine-derived fungal cultures exposed by DNA barcodes: The algorithm matters. PLoS ONE 10(8): e0136130

Evans-Illidge L, Lawrey E, Tonin H, Luter H, Miller I, Emslie M, Steinberg C, Johns K, Brinkman R (2015) Preliminary baseline knowledge to support a first-stage marine-environmental assessment of proposed in-sea desalination pipeline infrastructure at Great Palm Island (Bwgcolman), Queensland. Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville (70pp)

Burton G, Evans-Illidge EA (2014) Emerging R and D Law: The Nagoya Protocol and its implications for researchers. ACS Chemical Biology 9(3): 588-591

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(9): e73800

Webster NS, Cobb RE, Soo R, Anthony SL, Battershill CN, Whalan S, Evans-Illidge EA (2011) Bacterial community dynamics in the marine sponge Rhopaloeides odorabile under in situ and ex situ cultivation. Marine Biotechnology 13: 296-304

Duckworth AR, Wolff CWW, Evans-Illidge EA (2009) Farming bath sponges in tropical Australia. World Aquaculture 40: 20-22, 70.

Mukherjee J, Llewellyn LE, Evans-Illidge EA (2008) A tropical marine microbial natural products geobibliography as an example of desktop exploration of current research using web visualisation tools. Marine Drugs 6: 550-577

Evans-Illidge EA, Battershill CN (2007) Marine natural products discovery in Australia: From reef to royalty, and the pursuit of Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD) compliance. Journal of Biolaw & Business Spec Suppl:23-27

Evans-Illidge EA, Webster NS, Duckworth AR, Louden DJ, Whalan S, Bannister R, Brinkman RM, Wolff CWW, de Nys R and Battershill CN (2006) Palm Island Sponge Aquaculture Science - a compilation of relevant reviews and research conducted at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, James Cook University, and AIMS@JCU. Australian Institute of Marine Science (81 p)