Professor Pankhurst joined Griffith University "in September 2006 from James Cook University where he had held the position of Pro Vice Chancellor of Science, Engineering and IT since early 2004. After completing his PhD studies on freshwater eels, Professor Pankhurst spent 3 years at the University of Alberta (Department of Zoology) in Edmonton, Canada, as a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow, developing his expertise in fish endocrinology. In 1985 he took up a 2 year Fellowship with New Zealand Fisheries Research Centre in Wellington NZ, following which he was appointed to a lectureship (and 3 years later a senior lectureship) in Marine Biology at the Leigh Marine Laboratory of the University of Auckland, NZ. At Leigh, he developed a program of field endocrinology and behaviour of marine fishes, largely based on animals in their natural habitat. In early 1994, he took up a position of Associate Professor in the School of Aquaculture at the University of Tasmania, and was awarded a Personal Chair in 1996 and was Head of School from 1998 to 2003. His work in Tasmania centred on using the understanding of fish reproductive physiology of fish to manipulate and optimise reproduction of fish in aquaculture.
"Professor Pankhurst's research interests lie in the area of biology of fishes including the reproductive physiology and endocrinology of fishes, broodstock management and induced spawning of fishes in aquaculture, and the development of new marine species for aquaculture. He has published widely in the field of and routinely reviews for international journals and is a member of the editorial board of three journals." 
- Director, International Water Centre
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