IamA Toxinologist (a dude that works with venomous animals) at james cook univeristy in australia AMA!
My short bio: I'm affectionately known as “Jelly Dude from Nemo land” and havebeen researching and working with venomous and dangerous animals for over 20 yrs . My real passion (at least at the moment) is “Why do animals have venom?” Based in Cairns, in Northern Australia, an area that has an over abundance of venomous animals,(read heaps of thinsg that can kill you!) I'm sort of uniquely placed to study the ecology and biology of Australia’s venomous species. I teach at all levels at James Cook University, one of the top 5% of research universities in the world with my favourite subject being “Venomous Australian Animals”, a subject designed and taught by myself (with a little help from the odd friend!).
I have been successfully involved in programs designed to decrease the envenomings of humans by jellyfish, namely in Australia, Timor Leste (for the United Nations), Thailand and Hawaii. My research has been directly responsible for changes in the present treatment protocol for Australian jellyfish stings. I also established and am the director of the Tropical Australian Venom Research Unit (TASRU) which is now recognised as one of the premier research groups in the world for the studies of the ecology and biology of box jellyfish and research into medical treatment of box jellyfish envenomings.
My Proof: http://imgur.com/Tp9P9Db
ok, sorry folks, I have to go take a breather :-) have a grant proposal due in like 3 days and I so need to work on it, unless some one wants to make a donation to my research :-) Having said that, I'll get back to the other questions later tonight or tomorrow morning. Thanks for the questions, its been fun keep smiling jellydude [email protected] or
hi all, I know I said i would get back to everyone in like 24 hrs, well obviously that did not happen. I got snowed under with a grant proposal, got absolutely inundated with emails (which i am still attemtping to reply to) and (this is starting to sound like the dog ate my homework!).... so, my apologies and I'm back attempting to answer the qyestions. Still trying to get my head around what reddit actually does is :-) As my son affectionately said, "Dad, you are like a dinosaur! Get with the program :-)"