Vanessa Messmer, PhD

Vanessa’s roots are in France and Germany. In 2000, she moved to Townsville, where she completed a BS with Honors in marine biology in 2003. After working at the University of Perpignan (France), she returned to James Cook University and obtained her PhD in 2010. She is a research fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies at JCU in Townsville. Her research focuses on the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss from a genetic to ecosystem level in coral reef fish assemblages and the effects of climate change on reef organisms.


  • PhD, James Cook University
Vanessa Messmer, PhD

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