We study biodiversity in northern Australia and the broader region, applying research approaches in genomics and landscape ecology.
Terrestrial mammals are a focus but we gladly make exceptions for cool species like crocodiles, sharks, turtles etc.
A strong research interest is in the application of molecular, field and computation ecology to questions in applied conservation biology. Major current and recent projects include work on the conservation genomics of threatened mammals across Northern Australia, ARC_funded research on the application of landscape genetics to study mammal population dynamics in fire-prone landscapes on the Tiwi Islands, ARC-funded work with Larrakia Nation, Kakadu National Park, NT Parks and Wildlife, Gumurr-Marthakal Rangers and many others on seascape genetics and movement ecology of turtles and coastal dolphins to inform monitoring and conservation planning, and combining drone-based monitoring with landscape genomics to better understand the distribution and population connectivity of feral pigs for informing management and potential pathogen spread modelling.
Specialist expertise and tech
- Newly-established laboratory for generating population genomics data.
- Trace DNA facilities and equipment.
- Vertebrate tissue/DNA sample archive from extensive fieldwork across northern Australia.
- Expertise in empirical and simulation-based research in landscape genetics and population ecology of vertebrates.
- Strong collaborative links with other research institutions and environmental management stakeholder groups.