My research uses genetic and epigenetic data to examine population and evolutionary processes. Specifically, my research group investigates the molecular mechanisms underlying rapid evolution often seen in invasive populations and provides information used to improve the management of invasive and conserved species.
Our invasive species research is focused on cane toads, starlings, and deer but we also have projects on a variety of species in the context of conservation.
I am the Director of the Evolution & Ecology Research Centre at UNSW and the Deputy President of Academic Board at UNSW.
PhD Conservation Genetics, UNSW, 2009
Master of Marine Science, UNSW, 2001
Bachelor of Arts, University of Virginia, 1987
My Research Supervision
Soleille Miller, PhD Candidate (Jointly supervised with Russell Bonduriansky), “Utilizing population genetics to investigate genetic diversity and heterozygosity between all-female and mixed sex populations of the Australian Stick Insect, Megacrania batesii.”
Kelton Cheung, Scientia PhD candidate (Jointly supervised with Rich Edwards), “Developing genomic resources to advance the molecular ecology of invasions.”
Adi Nugroho, PhD Candidate, “Genetics insights into the rusa deer invasion across Oceania.”
Tsering Chan, PhD Candidate, “Host-parasite effects on gene expression in invasive cane toads and their co-introduced lungworms.”
Lucy Ockert, PhD Candidate, "Evolutionary processes and conservation genetics of little penguins in Australia”.
Maddison Howie, Honours Candidate, “Does lungworm infection affect gut microbiome in invasive cane toads?”