Dr Janet Lanyon

Senior Lecturer

School of the Environment
Faculty of Science

Senior Lecturer

School of the Environment
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 54416


Conservation, biology and ecology of large marine vertebrates

Current research interests:

  • Population ecology of dugongs and coastal dolphins
  • Population genetics of dugongs
  • Physiology, functional morphology and ecology of dugongs
  • Health assessment of inshore marine mammals, particularly dugongs


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Lucke, Klaus, Lanyon, Janet M. and Ketten, Darlene R. (2023). Measuring Hearing Sensitivity of Wild Dugongs in Moreton Bay, Australia. The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life. (pp. 1-9) Cham: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-10417-6_94-1

  • Lanyon, Janet M., Kirkwood, Roger J. and Bell, Ian P. (2022). Research methods for marine mammals and reptiles. Wildlife research in Australia. (pp. 233-256) edited by Bradley P. Smith, Helen P. Waudby, Corinne Alberthsen and Jordan O. Hampton. Clayton South, VIC, Australia: CSIRO.

  • Lanyon, Janet M., Noad, Michael and Meager, Justin (2019). Ecology of the marine mammals of Moreton Bay. Moreton Bay Quandamooka and catchment: past present and future. (pp. 415-430) edited by Ian R. Tibbetts, Peter C. Rothlisberg, David T. Neil, Tamara A. Homburg, David T. Brewer and Angela H. Arthington. Brisbane, QLD Australia: The Moreton Bay Foundation.

  • Lanyon, Janet M. (2019). Management of megafauna in estuaries and coastal waters: Moreton Bay as a case study. Coasts and estuaries: the future. (pp. 87-101) edited by Eric Wolanski, John W. Day, Michael Elliott and Ramesh Ramachandran. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-814003-1.00006-X

  • Lanyon, Janet M. and Burgess, Elizabeth A. (2019). Reproductive science methods for wild, fully-marine mammals: Current approaches and future applications. Reproductive Sciences in Animal Conservation. (pp. 363-411) edited by Pierre Comizzoli, Janine L. Brown and William V. Holt. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-23633-5_13

  • Walsh, M., Lanyon, J.M. and Blyde, D. (2018). Sirenian health assessment. CRC Handbook of Marine Mammal Medicine. (pp. 857-870) edited by L.A. Dierauf and F.M.D. Gulland. Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press.

  • Lanyon, J.M. (2017). Dugong. A nature guide to North Stradbroke Island Minjerribah. (pp. 121-122) edited by M. Barram and S.E. Carew. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Friends of North Stradbroke Island.

  • Lanyon, Janet M. and Burgess, Elizabeth A. (2014). Methods to examine reproductive biology in free-ranging, fully-marine mammals. Reproductive sciences in animal conservation: Progress and prospects. (pp. 241-274) edited by William V. Holt, Janine L. Brown and Pierre Comizzoli. New York, NY, United States: Springer New York. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-0820-2_11

  • Lanyon, Janet M. (2011). The dugong. Wild guide to Moreton Bay and adjacent coasts. (pp. 154-155) edited by P. Davie. Brisbane, QLD Australia: Queensland Museum Press.

  • Lanyon, Janet M., Limpus, Colin J. and Marsh, Helene (1989). Dugongs and turtles: grazers in the seagrass system. Biology of seagrasses: a treatise on the biology of seagrasses with special reference to the Australian region. (pp. 610-634) edited by A. W. D. Larkum, A. J. McComb and S. A. Shephard. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Lanyon, Janet M., Sneath, Helen L., Blyde, David, Long, Trevor and Bonde, Robert (2009). Physiological response of wild dugongs (Dugong dugon) to sampling for health assessment. Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria Conference (ARAZPA, 2009), Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, 22- 26 March 2009. Sydney, Australia: Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria.

  • Burgess, Elizabeth Ann, Blanshard, Wendy H., Keeley, Tamara and Lanyon, Janet M. (2009). Reproductive hormone monitoring of captive dugongs. Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria (ARAZPA) Conference, Gold Coast, Australia, 22-26 March 2009. Sydney, Australia: ARAZPA Qld Division.

  • McMaster, S., Lanyon, J. M., O'Neil, J. M. and Limpus, C. (2003). Interactions between Lyngbya majuscula and green turtles (Chelonia mydas) in Moreton Bay, Australia. Marine Biocomplexity: The 2003 Annual Conference of the Australian Marine Sciences Association, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, 9 - 11 July 2003. Brisbane, Australia: Australian Marine Sciences Association.

  • Burgess, E., Booth, D. T. and Lanyon, J. M. (2003). The effect of incubation temperature on morphology and swimming performance of the green sea turtle hatchling. 22nd Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation, Miami, Florida, USA, 4 - 7 April 2002. Miami, Florida, USA: NOAA Technical Memorandum.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision