We ask: why are social parasites so rare compared to their hosts?
Social parasites of ant nests may influence their hosts nest makeup and perhaps be responsible for generating biodiversity within the host and parasite.
Maintaining genetic diversity in wild fisheries
Restocking sea cucumbers for a sustainable fishery (Seafood CRC funded Project).
Host and Parasite Co-evolution (with Prof. Mike Bull, Prob Rob Miller UNM USA)
I am using lizards within the Egernia group to understand the role of immune gene loci (MHC) in social structuring and interation with parasites
Impacts of climate change (with Ass. Prof. Steve Cooper, SAM)
Using past climate change refugial locations to predict future responses This project aims to use a comparative phylogeographic and population genetics approach to examine species refugia which may be important reservoirs of genetic diversity to enable species to adapt to future climate change.
Repetative element evolution (with Dr Emese Meglecz France, Assoc. Prof. Michael Schwarz)
I am using the data from shotgun sequencing runs that I coordinate to investigate microsatellite motifs across the tree of life. We are investigating if lower effective population size allows for the accumulation of transposable elements.
Molecular and analytical methodological development
With the advent of second generation sequencing machines, marker development for non-model species has become significantly more achievable.
Contact me (email@example.com) if you would like to put a species on our next run.