Dr Edward Narayan

Senior Lecturer

School of Agriculture and Food Sustainability
Faculty of Science
e.narayan@uq.edu.au
+61 7 54601 693
0401697287

Overview

Dr. Edward Narayan: Champion of Animal Welfare and Conservation Physiology

In the vast realm of animal science and conservation, Dr. Edward Narayan stands as a luminary figure, shaping the course of research and championing the cause of wildlife and animal well-being. His remarkable journey, marked by unwavering dedication and groundbreaking contributions, has earned him a place of honor in the world of academia and beyond.

Edward's academic odyssey commenced with a profound commitment to unravel the mysteries of the natural world. Armed with unyielding determination and an insatiable curiosity, he embarked on his educational voyage at the University of the South Pacific, where he earned a prestigious Ph.D. in Biology. Here, he laid the foundation for his pioneering work in non-invasive reproductive and stress endocrinology tools for amphibians. Driven by a relentless pursuit of knowledge, Edward spearheaded the development and validation of non-invasive enzyme immunoassays, unlocking the secrets of the reproductive hormonal cycles and stress hormone responses of these fascinating creatures. His groundbreaking work heralded a new era in our understanding of amphibian physiology.

Edward's academic brilliance was evident from the very beginning, as he was awarded the Gold Medal for his undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree, a testament to his exceptional prowess in both Biology and Chemistry. But Edward's journey was far from over; it was merely the prologue to an illustrious career.

What sets Dr. Edward Narayan apart is his international flair and a global perspective that transcends borders. His postdoctoral research fellowships took him to institutions across four countries: New Zealand, Australia, India, and Canada. Each destination enriched his knowledge and honed his expertise, adding diverse dimensions to his academic repertoire.

In 2010, Edward joined Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, where he began a groundbreaking research program on the Conservation Physiology of wildlife. His dynamic career research platform encompasses a wide spectrum of themes, including comparative vertebrate physiology, stress endocrinology, reproductive endocrinology, animal health and welfare, and conservation biology. Edward's research has yielded remarkable insights into the physiological impacts of pathogenic diseases on amphibians, the effects of environmental stressors on their health, and innovative tools for monitoring stress hormones in marsupials.

Edward's commitment to education and mentorship is equally profound. Over the years, he has supervised over 50 undergraduate special topics, Honours, Masters, and Ph.D. students. His influence transcends national boundaries, as he actively collaborates with researchers worldwide, from India to Spain, from France to Argentina, and from Vietnam to Brazil. His reach extends to diverse fields of animal science, impacting the global community.

In the realm of academia, numbers often speak louder than words. Dr. Edward Narayan's Scopus H-Index of 25, with 1815 citations and 109 scientific publications, is a testament to the profound impact of his research. His insights have reached a broad audience, with contributions in various prestigious journals and magazines.

Edward's current research program seeks to bolster animal resilience through a multifaceted approach, involving physiology, behavior, and management practices. He is at the helm of the Stress Lab and holds the position of affiliate Senior Research Fellow of the Queensland Alliance of Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI). His dedication extends to practical applications, forging connections with livestock farmers and wildlife conservation groups across Australia. Currently, his focus is on Merino sheep and koala welfare improvements through industry-funded research.

Beyond the academic sphere, Edward is a beacon of ethical and humane treatment of animals. He was honored with the 2016 Young Rural Innovator Award, with funding received from Meat and Livestock Australia, for his work on stress and shade in spring lamb meat quality.

As if his academic and research achievements were not enough, Edward's devotion to animal welfare and conservation extends to his role as a Category B member of the UQ Animal Ethics Committee (NEWMA). He also represents the University of Queensland as a LINK member for the Universities Federation of Animal Welfare (UFAW).

Dr. Edward Narayan's life story is one of tireless dedication, boundless curiosity, and unwavering commitment to the well-being of animals. His journey from a curious student in the South Pacific to an internationally renowned figure in the field of animal science is a testament to the power of passion and the pursuit of knowledge. Edward's legacy is etched in the annals of animal science, where he continues to make a profound impact on the world of conservation and animal well-being.

International Engagement

Dr Edward Narayan is leading UQ's engagement through the $13M Euro ClearFarm Research in Europe.

UQ joins €13m project to bring technology to livestock sector

In 2023, Dr Narayan also organised and Chaired the 38th Australia and New Zealand Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry (ANZSCPB) conference at the UQ, Gatton campus.

UQ Gatton hosts successful 38th ANZSCPB Conference

Conversation Articles:

How climate change will affect your pet – and how to help them cope

Testing the stress levels of rescued koalas allows us to tweak their care so more survive in the wild

What does a koala’s nose know? A bit about food, and a lot about making friends

Koalas can learn to live the city life if we give them the trees and safe spaces they need

With the right help, bears can recover from the torture of bile farming

Drop, bears: chronic stress and habitat loss are flooring koalas

Research Interests

  • Animal Welfare, Conservation Physiology & Sustainable Agriculture
    I am keen to recruit postdocs, PhD students with laboratory experience in animal molecular biology (e.g. PCRs) and publications (this will be a plus point). I currently work mainly with sheep and koala research models.

Research Impacts

Dr. Edward Narayan: A Catalyst for Change in Multiple Sectors

Dr. Edward Narayan is more than a scientist; he is a transformative force shaping innovation, conservation, and knowledge dissemination. With unparalleled dedication, he has created a global impact in agriculture, the environment, animal welfare, and education.

Agriculture Sector: Edward's influence spans continents, driving progress in primary industries through collaborations with institutions like the University Putra Malaysia and SARDI. His initiatives secure scholarships, funding, and groundbreaking international projects, setting new standards in agricultural innovation.

Environmental Sector: From leading koala rescue clinics to global partnerships with wildlife organizations, Edward ensures holistic care for animals. His network includes renowned groups like Animals Asia and the International Fund for Animal Welfare, all united in preserving our natural heritage.

Zoo Programs: Edward's commitment extends to captive animals, enhancing zoo programs for Australian marsupials, Big Cats, and Saltwater crocodiles. As a member of the Zoos and Aquarium Association, he advances research opportunities, enriching the lives of animals in captivity.

Science Education: Passionate about education, Edward networks with Pacific Island Countries, sharing knowledge in universities and contributing to scientific growth in developing nations.

Media Engagement: Edward's advocacy reaches millions through BBC Wildlife Magazine, The Conversation, and ABC Rural. His research on Heat Stress Management in Sheep and Koalas, featured globally, emphasizes the urgency of animal welfare and conservation.

Dr. Edward Narayan's legacy resonates in the next generation of scientists, as he mentors Honours, Masters, MPhil, and PhD projects. His holistic approach continues to inspire change, making the world a better place for all.

Edward is available to supervise Honours, Masters, MPhil and PhD research projects.

Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education, C.Sturt
  • Grad Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Ed, Aust.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of South Pacific

Publications

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Supervision

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • Empowering Students at the STRESS LAB

    At the STRESS LAB, our mission is clear: to empower students to engage in innovative research projects focused on animal well-being under human care. We believe in a holistic approach, combining physiological, behavioral, computational, and social science methods to deepen our understanding of animals in various environments.

    Diverse Research Models: Whether you're interested in domesticated animals like sheep and cattle or the fascinating world of wildlife, encompassing frogs, birds, and small mammals, our lab provides a platform for diverse research experiences.

    Global Research Opportunities: Research knows no borders. You have the chance to conduct studies not only in Australia but also in our collaborative national and international field locations, including the renowned HiddenVale Wildlife Facility.

    Exceptional Students Wanted: We are on the lookout for passionate and dedicated students with a strong academic background (first class Honours) to join our team. If you have the drive and curiosity to delve into meaningful research, we invite you to reach out and explore the exciting project opportunities we offer.

    Get in Touch: Ready to embark on a rewarding research journey? Don't hesitate to contact me to discuss how you can contribute to our innovative projects and make a difference in the lives of animals.

    Email: e.narayan@uq.edu.au

    Join us at the STRESS LAB and be part of transformative research that impacts the well-being of animals and the world we share with them.

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Publications

Featured Publications

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Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Empowering Students at the STRESS LAB

    At the STRESS LAB, our mission is clear: to empower students to engage in innovative research projects focused on animal well-being under human care. We believe in a holistic approach, combining physiological, behavioral, computational, and social science methods to deepen our understanding of animals in various environments.

    Diverse Research Models: Whether you're interested in domesticated animals like sheep and cattle or the fascinating world of wildlife, encompassing frogs, birds, and small mammals, our lab provides a platform for diverse research experiences.

    Global Research Opportunities: Research knows no borders. You have the chance to conduct studies not only in Australia but also in our collaborative national and international field locations, including the renowned HiddenVale Wildlife Facility.

    Exceptional Students Wanted: We are on the lookout for passionate and dedicated students with a strong academic background (first class Honours) to join our team. If you have the drive and curiosity to delve into meaningful research, we invite you to reach out and explore the exciting project opportunities we offer.

    Get in Touch: Ready to embark on a rewarding research journey? Don't hesitate to contact me to discuss how you can contribute to our innovative projects and make a difference in the lives of animals.

    Email: e.narayan@uq.edu.au

    Join us at the STRESS LAB and be part of transformative research that impacts the well-being of animals and the world we share with them.