Jamie Seymour is passionate about Australian toxicology, specialising in venomous and dangerous animals. Jamie has a PhD from the James Cook University and has been a lecturer and researcher there since1996. He gained Professorship in 2019. Jamie started his academic career as a lecturer in the School of Tropical Biology at James Cook University.
Jamie, also known as the “Jelly Dude from Nemo land” has been researching and working with venomous and dangerous animals for over 20 years with his present interest being “Why do animals have venom?” He teaches at all levels at James Cook University, and he designed and teaches one of his favourite subjects “Venomous Australian Animals”.
In 1998, Jamie established and became director of the Tropical Australian Venom Research Unit' (TAVRU) which studies the ecology, biology and medical treatment of venomous marine creatures, particularly box jellyfish. This Unit 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.
Jamie has been involved in programs designed to decrease the envenoming of humans by box jellyfish in Australia, East Timor, Thailand and Hawaii. His research has been directly responsible for changes in the present treatment of protocol for jellyfish stings in Australia.
He is currently a member of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine and his research involves examining the biology and ecology of dangerous species found in Australia.