Owen Holland

PhD Candidate

Owen is a PhD candidate conducting genetic, physiological and ecological research on Australian blacklip abalone (Haliotis rubra) with a focus on the commercial fisheries and aquaculture sector. Owen is working closely with industry collaborators, with the end goal of improving the long term resilience, sustainability and biosecurity of the abalone industry in Australia. Specifically, Owen’s research is focused on a) characterising spatio-temporal and environmental influences on diet variability, b) attempting to identify potential historically selected AVG (abalone viral ganglioneuritis) resistant genotypes and c) determining the relative thermal tolerances of abalone stocks spanning major thermal habitat gradients. Additionally, Owen works alongside an extended group of collaborators applying technical genetic skills to multiple fields within the ecological sciences.


Address: School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Princes Hwy, Warrnambool VIC 3280