Current Work

Advance Queensland Fellow  


Expertise Keywords

  • Biomineralisation
  • Genomics
  • Invertebrate biology
  • Malacology
  • Marine Biology
  • Molecular aquaculture
  • molecular genetics

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 19 (Other: 19)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Learning and Teaching

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship



I am a molecular biologist with a broad interest in evolution and development (evo-devo) and functional genomics, particularly of marine invertebrates. My primary research area is in the field of molluscan biomineralisation, with a focus on identifying the genes involved in controlling shell synthesis, understanding how these genes have evolved, and investigating how variation in these genetic factors leads to differences in shell (or pearl) properties. My research also uses comparative and functional genomics and experimental studies to provide practical outcomes for sustainable aquaculture.

For a full publication list please see my ResearchGate profile (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Carmel_McDougall)

I welcome enquiries from potential HDR (PhD and Masters) candidates interested in joining my research group. Please contact me to discuss potential projects. Expressions of interest for Griffith University scholarship rounds close in April and September annually.

Education and Training

  • DPhil Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Oxford 2005 - 2009
  • BScHons Bachelor Of Science With Honours, The University of Queensland 2000 - 2003

External service roles

  • Treasurer, Malacological Society of Australasia 2015 -

Editorial roles

  • Associate Editor, Molluscan Research 2017 -