Associate Professor Cynthia Riginos

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Associate Professor Cynthia Riginos
School of Biological Sciences


Although I have much less time for snorkelling and diving nowadays, early morning swims off UQ’s Heron Island Research Station are highlights of my year – there is always something new and surprising to see.”

Cynthia Riginos is an Associate Professor at the School of Biological Sciences. Originally from Washington DC, Cynthia studied at the University of Arizona before securing a post-doctoral fellowship at Duke University. She joined UQ 11 years ago where she undertakes research in ecological and evolutionary genetics.

Cynthia co-founded the Diversity of the Indo-Pacific Network (DIPnet), a group of more than 50 scientists from various countries who all undertake genetic-based marine biodiversity research and are committed to principles of open data and mentoring young scientists working in the Indo-Pacific region.

Seeing DIPnet grow and expand beyond any of our initial expectations has been a career highlight”.


Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Arizona
Master of Science, The University of Arizona