Dr Lisa Gershwin

Jellyfish Guru

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Lisa is a research scientist with the Marine Resources & Industries group in CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere. She has extensive experience with all aspects of jellyfish science, including their biology, ecology, evolution, toxinology, and safety, as well as broad knowledge of pelagic invertebrates and bioluminescence. In particular, she has a strong interest in marine invertebrate taxonomy, pest dynamics, and beach safety, with expertise on nine classes in three phyla of jellyfish. In her last 25 years of research, she has discovered over 200 new species in 6 phyla (mostly jellyfish and other pelagic invertebrates, plus one species of dolphin(!); about 70 of these species are published already, with the rest in various stages of preparation). In this time, she has also published over 70 peer-reviewed papers (plus more currently in press or in review), plus two best-selling books, four field guides, and dozens of industry reports; secured nearly $1m in funding; given two invited TEDx talks; and built a portfolio of extensive media experience. Lisa's work is strongly stakeholder- and community-focused, and she is passionately committed to inspiring young scientists and communicating the 'wow' of the natural world to non-scientists.

Other Interests

Writing, Science Communication, solving jellyfish problems, jellyfish safety and identification

Academic Qualifications

  • 2005

    James Cook University

Achievements and Awards

  • 1998-1999

    Fulbright Fellowship
    Australian-American Fulbright Foundation

Other highlights

  • 2013

    Author of the book Stung! On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean

  • 2014

    Senior author of the Guide to Pelagic Invertebrates of Southeastern Australia

  • 2016

    Author of the book Jellyfish: A Natural History


We have publications by Dr Lisa Gershwin
For more publications, please see Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?hl=en&pli=1&user=uwCBzVsAAAAJ Researcher ID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/J-6273-2012 ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1254-725X