Assoc. Prof. Jennifer Donelson

Leader of the Marine Ecology & Environmental Change Lab
James Cook University


Associate Professor Jenni Donelson is currently an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Principal Research Fellow at James Cook University in Townsville. Jenni received her doctorate from James Cook University in 2012 for research on the potential for thermal acclimation within and across generations in a common coral reef damselfish. Following her PhD, she was a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney, and then returned to the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University in 2016. Jenni’s research focuses on exploring the impacts of ocean warming to reef fish, and the capacity to acclimate and adapt to environmental change. Much of her work takes advantage of the state-of-the-art research aquarium on campus at James Cook University to simulate complex future climate change scenarios. Jenni is particularly interested in how the environmental experience of previous generations influences the phenotype of the current generation through transgenerational plasticity and parental effects. Her work helps informs our understanding of how marine species will respond to future environmental change.