Associate Professor Jennifer Ovenden

Principal Research Fellow

School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 334 60806


Jennifer Ovenden is an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia) and head of the Molecular Fisheries Laboratory. Her undergraduate honours degree was from the Australian National University in Canberra and PhD from the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Over more than 30 years, Jennifer has worked on the genetics of populations of wild animals. The majority of projects have focussed on species harvested (or impacted) by fisheries in Australia and other nations in the southern hemisphere. Species include molluscs, crustaceans, bony fish, sharks and rays. Jennifer has worked with allozyme loci, mitochondrial DNA, microsatellites and lately genomic data. Jennifer worked for the Queensland government as a research scientist for many years, as well as at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Tasmania. Jennifer is Associate Editor – “Marine and Freshwater Research” and “Fish and Fisheries” as well as a member of the scientific advisory board of the Australian SeaWorld Research and Rescue Foundation. Jennifer was a sponsored visiting scientist at the Museum of Natural History in Paris in 2011, 2012 and 2013.


  • Bachelor of Science (Hons 1), Australian National University
  • PhD, University of New South Wales


  • Holmes, Bonnie J., Pope, Lisa C., Williams, Samuel M., Tibbetts, Ian R., Bennett, Mike B. and Ovenden, Jennifer R. (2018) Lack of multiple paternity in the oceanodromous tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier). Royal Society Open Science, 5 1: 1-9. doi:10.1098/rsos.171385

  • Williams, Samuel M., McDowell, Jan R., Bennett, Mike, Graves, John E. and Ovenden, Jennifer R. (2018) Analysis of whole mitochondrial genome sequences increases phylogenetic resolution of istiophorid billfishes. Bulletin of Marine Science, 94 1: 73-84. doi:10.5343/bms.2017.1078

  • Bernatchez, Louis, Wellenreuther, Maren, Araneda, Cristin, Ashton, David T., Barth, Julia M. I., Beacham, Terry D., Maes, Gregory E., Martinsohn, Jann T., Miller, Kristina M., Naish, Kerry A., Ovenden, Jennifer R., Primmer, Craig R., Suk, Ho Young, Therkildsen, Nina O. and Withler, Ruth E. (2017) Harnessing the power of genomics to secure the future of seafood. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 32 9: 665-680. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2017.06.010

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