Peakall Lab - Pollination, evolution and conservation

Sexually-deceptive orchid being pollinated by a wasp. Photo: Rod Peakall

Research in the Peakall Lab is focused on the development and application of DNA based genetic markers for investigating a range of pure and applied questions in evolutionary and conservation biology. The integration of ecological, population genetic and molecular tools allows novel insights that are not possible on their own.

Our study organisms include plants, mammals, birds, insects and fungi. Studies of orchids feature strongly, but by no means exclusively, in greater part because their novel pollination systems are ideal for exploring a range of evolutionary questions. Our research provides exciting opportunities for collaborative multidisciplinary research spanning reproductive ecology, genetics, phylogeny, biochemistry and chemical ecology.

Lab awards



Rod Peakall

Rod Peakall
Rod Peakall completed his BSc (Hons) in 1984 and PhD in 1987, both at the University of Western Australia (UWA), before taking...

Divisional Visitor

PhD Student

Postdoctoral Scientist

Research Officer

Technical Officer

Visiting Fellow


Selected publications


Three tricks orchids use to lure pollinating insects

Research on sexually deceptive orchids by Rod Peakall and Ryan Phillips has been featured by BBC Earth.

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