Kelli Anderson

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Kelli Anderson

Lecturer in Sustainable Aquaculture

Room 323 , Science

+613 6324 3807 (phone)

Dr. Kelli Anderson is a molecular biologist with an interest in the physiology underpinning reproductive and other processes in marine finfish and invertebrates. Kelli’s past research has primarily focused on understanding how wild and cultured marine organisms respond to climate change, and the development and use of biotechnological approaches to optimise the husbandry of marine species at various life cycle stages.


Before joining the University of Tasmania, Kelli was a research fellow at the Institute of Marine Research in Norway, working on the ScaleClim project to understand how stock demography and climate change influence reproductive dynamics in Atlantic cod. Kelli has also worked on a variety of other projects including: ACIAR - studying the digestive physiology of giant grouper larvae and trailing the use of surrogate, sex reversal, and therapeutic technologies to rear difficult species, ARC - assessing the transgenerational impacts of ocean acidification on edible oysters, and FRDC – evaluating the impact of climate change on the reproductive physiology of female Atlantic salmon (PhD at USC).  Kelli also lectured and coordinated Aquaculture and Genetics during her time at USC, and has worked for the private sector, managing projects that monitor the potential impacts of industry on reef and estuarine ecosystems.

Teaching Responsibilities

    • Aquaculture Hatchery Production
    • Aquaculture Technology
    • Aquatic Animal Physiology and Behaviour
    • Aquatic Molecular Biology
    • Aquaculture Production

Career summary


DegreeThesis titleUniversityCountryDate of award


Understanding the molecular basis for improved egg quality in maiden and repeat spawning

Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) maintained at elevated temperature

University of the Sunshine Coast



BSc (1st Class Hons)

The evaluation of vitellogenin as a biomarker for sex determination and endocrine

disruption in teleosts and invertebrates

University of the Sunshine Coast



BSc (marine science minor)


University of the Sunshine Coast



Languages (other than English)

  • Basic French
  • Basic Spanish


Professional practice

  • Australian Society for Fish Biology
  • Australian Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Society


Sustainable Aquaculture, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Cell Biology, Ecophysiology, Aquatic Biology, Reproductive Physiology

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  • Biotechnology
  • Molecular biology
  • Ecophysiology
  • Reproductive function
  • Finfish and invertebrate production

Research Themes

Kelli’s research interests align with the university research themes Marine, Antarctic and Maritime and Environment, Resources and Sustainability. As a molecular biologist, Kelli uses a range of tools and statistical approaches, such as next-generation sequencing, to understand physiological processes in ecologically and economically important marine finfish and invertebrates. This research is particularly relevant in the context of climate change, as an organism’s ability to cope with environmental change relies on its ability to regulate many complex physiological processes. Kelli has also worked on projects that aim to overcome production bottlenecks that occur at various life-cycle stages in cultured marine finish. For example, Kelli trialled the use surrogate, sex reversal, and therapeutic technologies to promote the production of giant grouper in Australia and south east Asia.

Fields of Research

  • Aquaculture (300501)
  • Fish physiology and genetics (300504)
  • Environmental marine biotechnology (410305)
  • Fisheries sciences (300599)
  • Cell metabolism (310103)
  • Natural resource management (410406)
  • Bioinformatic methods development (310201)
  • Animal cell and molecular biology (310902)
  • Systems biology (310114)
  • Pollution and contamination (410599)
  • Animal developmental and reproductive biology (310903)

Research Objectives

  • Aquaculture fin fish (excl. tuna) (100202)
  • Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences (280102)
  • Aquaculture oysters (100204)
  • Marine biodiversity (180504)
  • Measurement and assessment of freshwater quality (incl. physical and chemical conditions of water) (180306)
  • Rehabilitation or conservation of marine environments (180507)
  • Coastal and estuarine systems and management (180299)


Total publications


Journal Article

(19 outputs)
2021Bax N, Novaglio C, Maxwell KH, Meyers K, McCann J, et al., 'Ocean resource use: building the coastal blue economy', Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries pp. 1-20. ISSN 0960-3166 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11160-021-09636-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Bax N; Novaglio C; Jennings S; Frusher S; Fulton EA; Layton C; Emad GR; Alexander KA; Rousseau Y; Carter CG


2021Puskic P, Willis KA, Goncalves CS, Richardson K, Schuyler QA, et al., 'Cleaner seas: reducing marine pollution', Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries ISSN 0960-3166 (2021) [Non Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.22541/au.160382467.73347721/v1 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Puskic P; Willis KA; Vince J; Nowak B; Lavers JL; Semmens JM; Greeno D; MacLeod C


2020Alix M, Kjesbu OS, Anderson KC, 'From gametogenesis to spawning: how climate-driven warming affects teleost reproductive biology', Journal of Fish Biology, 97, (3) pp. 607-632. ISSN 0022-1112 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jfb.14439 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3


2020Anderson KC, Alix M, Charitonidou K, Thorsen A, Thorsheim G, et al., 'Development of a new 'ultrametric' method for assessing spawning progression in female teleost serial spawners', Scientific Reports, 10 Article 9677. ISSN 2045-2322 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-66601-w [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 2


2020Dennis LP, Anderson K, Wylie M, In VV, Nocillado J, et al., 'NextGen molecular barcoding of larval grouper diet in an extensive green-water pond system', Aquaculture, 531 Article 735971. ISSN 0044-8486 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2020.735971 [eCite] [Details]


2019Anderson K, Luckenbach JA, Yamamoto Y, Elizur A, 'Impacts of Fsh, Igf1, and high temperature on the expression of genes involved in steroidogenesis, cell communication, and apoptosis in isolated coho salmon previtellogenic ovarian follicles', Aquaculture, 506 pp. 60-69. ISSN 0044-8486 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2019.03.025 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2


2018Anderson K, Kuo C-Y, Lu M-W, Bar I, Elizur A, 'A transcriptomic investigation of digestive processes in orange-spotted grouper, Epinephelus coioides, before, during, and after metamorphic development', Gene, 661 pp. 95-108. ISSN 0378-1119 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.gene.2018.03.073 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4


2018Anderson KC, Knuckey R, Canepa M, Elizur A, 'A transcriptomic investigation of appetite-regulation and digestive processes in giant grouper Epinephelus lanceolatus during early larval development', Journal of Fish Biology, 93, (4) pp. 694-710. ISSN 0022-1112 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jfb.13798 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5


2018Goncalves P, Anderson K, Raftos DA, Thompson EL, 'The capacity of oysters to regulate energy metabolism-related processes may be key to their resilience against ocean acidification', Aquaculture Research, 49, (5) pp. 2059-2071. ISSN 1355-557X (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/are.13663 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3


2017Anderson K, Pankhurst N, King H, Elizur A, 'Effect of thermal challenge on the expression of genes involved in ovarian steroidogenesis in Tasmanian Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)', Aquaculture, 479 pp. 474-478. ISSN 0044-8486 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2017.06.012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6


2017Anderson K, Pankhurst N, King H, Elizur A, 'Estrogen therapy offsets thermal impairment of vitellogenesis, but not zonagenesis, in maiden spawning female Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)', PeerJ, 5 Article e3897. ISSN 2167-8359 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.7717/peerj.3897 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2


2017Anderson K, Pankhurst N, King H, Elizur A, 'Effects of GnRHa treatment during vitellogenesis on the reproductive physiology of thermally challenged female Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)', PeerJ, 5 Article e3898. ISSN 2167-8359 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.7717/peerj.3898 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2


2016Goncalves P, Anderson K, Thompson EL, Melwani A, Parker LM, et al., 'Rapid transcriptional acclimation following transgenerational exposure of oysters to ocean acidification', Molecular Ecology, 25, (19) pp. 4836-4849. ISSN 0962-1083 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/mec.13808 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 33Web of Science - 35


2015Anderson K, Taylor DA, Thompson EL, Melwani AR, Nair SV, et al., 'Meta-analysis of studies using suppression subtractive hybridization and microarrays to investigate the effects of environmental stress on gene transcription in oysters', PloS ONE, 10, (3) Article e0118839. ISSN 1932-6203 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118839 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 29Web of Science - 42


2012Anderson K, King H, Pankhurst N, Ruff N, Pankhurst P, et al., 'Effect of elevated temperature on estrogenic induction of vitellogenesis and zonagenesis in juvenile Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)', Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology, 45, (1) pp. 1-15. ISSN 1023-6244 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10236244.2012.670472 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7


2012Anderson K, Swanson P, Pankhurst N, King H, Elizur A, 'Effect of thermal challenge on plasma gonadotropin levels and ovarian steroidogenesis in female maiden and repeat spawning Tasmanian Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)', Aquaculture, 334-337 pp. 205-212. ISSN 0044-8486 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2011.12.026 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 21Web of Science - 23


2012Anderson KC, Elizur A, 'Hepatic reference gene selection in adult and juvenile female Atlantic salmon at normal and elevated temperatures', BMC Research Notes, 5 Article 21. ISSN 1756-0500 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/1756-0500-5-21 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10


2011Pankhurst NW, King HR, Anderson KC, Elizur A, Pankhurst PM, et al., 'Thermal impairment of reproduction is differentially expressed in maiden and repeat spawning Atlantic salmon', Aquaculture, 316, (1-4) pp. 77-87. ISSN 0044-8486 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2011.03.009 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 23

Co-authors: Elizur A


2010Anderson K, Burnell F, Roiko A, Andrew M, O'Connor W, et al., 'Development of a method for identifying elevated vitellogenin gene expression in the Sydney rock oyster (Saccostrea glomerata) as an indicator of endocrine disruption on the Sunshine Coast', Ecological Management and Restoration, 11, (2) pp. 143-146. ISSN 1442-7001 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-8903.2010.00534.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10


Grants & Funding

Project: Identifying the cause of Oyster Oedema Disease (OOD) in pearl oysters (Pinctada maxima), and developing diagnostic tests for OOD. FRDC Project No 2013/002.

Investigators: Priscila Goncalves, David Raftos, David Jones, Kelli Anderson, Brian Jones & Michael Snow

2013 – 2017, $754,000

Competitive Travel Grant, The Australian Seafood CRC, 2010, $5000

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



The impact of culture condition on biochemical egg content in Tasmanian Atlantic salmon (2020)$5,856
In an aquaculture setting, female Tasmanian salmon (Salmo salar) broodstock may be managed using one of two strategies in the lead up to manual strip spawning (egg collection). The first strategy utilises indoor recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), which allows fine control of water quality parameters, including temperature. For the second strategy, fish are maintained in outdoor flow-through (FT) systems where it is not possible/practical to control water temperature. While there are many advantages to using RAS, the significant initial investment required, and the ongoing cost of maintaining these systems has been a barrier to achieving 100% RAS during the (freshwater) FW phase in Tasmania. While the running costs are lower for FT systems, the downside is that fish may be exposed to higher-than optimal temperatures in summer, which has a deleterious impact on physiology and subsequent reproductive performance.Despite the importance of egg quality for offspring survival and performance, egg content at spawning/stripping is a relatively under-explored area of fish biology. For example, significant differences in egg protein and fatty acid abundance and diversity have been noted for some fish species between batches of high and low quality eggs, yet there have been no studies characterising the impact of high maternal temperature on these parameters in fish. Without detailed information regarding deficiencies or imbalances in egg content, development of mitigation strategies (e.g. diet optimisation) would largely be guesswork. Therefore, the overarching aim of this project is to understand how culture conditions impact Atlantic salmon egg protein and fatty acid content.
Petuna Aquaclture Pty Ltd ($5,856)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Anderson KC; Adams LR; Adams MB; Wilson RR

Research Supervision

Kelli is currently recruiting honours (and soon PhD) students who have an interest in molecular biology, bioinformatics, and biotechnology. Proficiency in, or willingness to learn Linux, R, and other bioinformatics tools may be required depending on the project, and a basic understanding of molecular biology is essential. Please contact Kelli directly if you are interested in postgraduate training in finfish or invertebrate physiology and production.




PhDImmunotoxicology of The Fourhorn Sculpins (Myoxocephalus quadricornis) Living in a Lead-Zinc Mine Site in North East Greenland2019
PhDEngineering Haptophyte Microbiomes for Maximum Gowth and Production2019
PhDTowards a Better Understanding of the Interaction Between Elevated Water Temperature, Respiratory Physiology and Cardiac Performance and their Effects on Atlantic Salmon2020
PhDConservation strategies for Red handfish2021