Dean Jerry is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture and the Head of the Aquaculture Discipline at James Cook University. He has worked with aquaculture species for 15 years and the genetics of aquatic organisms for 20. Before coming to James Cook University he undertook his PhD at Southern Cross University on a project that used mitochondrial DNA and allozyme markers to understand the population genetics of an important recreational and conservation species of interest, that of the Australian Bass Macquaria novemaculeata. Following this he worked with CSIRO Livestock Industries on the designand conduct of a selective breeding program for the freshwater crayfish Cherax destructor. He joined James Cook University in 2003 and since then has built an internationally recognised research group with a major focus on the development of genetic tools and knowledge to inform selective breeding programs for aquaculture species.