Evolutionary genetics and genomics

Colour variation in a female and two male Gouldian finches

New methods in genetics and genomics have allowed a rapid expansion of research into the basis of variations in phenotype, development and the epigenetic variations induced by diet and other lifetime experiences. Genetics research in the Research School of Biology spans plants and animals and model and non-model organisms. We have a strong reputation in epigenetics, chromosome evolution, developmental biology and in plant-animal interactions and are well equipped in large scale sequencing facilities.

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Australia and the ‘genomics revolution’

From little things, big things could grow
We have heard about the government’s ‘Ideas Boom’. How about making ideas ‘bloom’? With the right policies, Australia could reap the rewards of an...

Celeste Linde

Group research focus We explore patterns of fungal population diversity and their interactions with plants. This type of work has implications for...

Early Career Researcher profile: Dr Mitzy Pepper

Dr Mitzy Pepper, an evolutionary biologist in the Keogh Group with a background in geology, looks at how historical and environmental factors shape...

Eldon Ball

Lab research The molecular basis of coral biology. Greatest achievement Participation in the discovery and characterization of insect 'muscle...

Maja Adamska

Group research focus Our interests are related to a set of fundamental and interconnected biological questions: How does a complex animal arise from...

Ryszard Maleszka

Lab research focus The Maleszka Lab is investigating diverse epigenetic mechanisms in the context of behaviour and developmental plasticity, mainly...

Scott Keogh

 Group research focus My group works in two broad but largely unrelated, areas.  My bread and butter (funded) research is on the molecular...

The parental arms race

ANU Reporter feature, Winter 2011
Loud cries, late nights and early morning feeds. Being a parent is sometimes hard work and you could be forgiven for occasionally wishing that...

Three tricks orchids use to lure pollinating insects

Orchids are world-class liars, using smells and visual tricks to lure male insects into trying to mate with them.
In the 16th and 17th centuries, wealthy people wore perfumes to mask their nasty body odours. In nature too, some organisms produce smells to...

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Jan
2017
Check out this great video of the December 2016 Functional Ecology undergraduate field trip, made by RSB's own Pip Beale. Pip, a PhD student in the Ecology and Evolution division...
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Nov
2016
Researchers have discovered an ancient species of gecko in the ranges of Central Australia which may shine new light on how and when Australia’s deserts began to form millions of...
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Nov
2016
Congratulations to new RSB Future Fellows Maja Adamska, Megan Head, Rowena Martin, Sasha Mikheyev and Jiayu (Jean) Wen, and to NHMRC Early Career Fellow Rob Summers! Fifteen ARC...
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Jul
2016
David Kainer (Foley group) and Carsten Kulheim (Foley group and Crisp group) have published an article in The Conversation entitled ‘Renewable jet fuel could be growing on...
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Jun
2016
A new study into pythons and boas has for the first time found the two groups of snakes evolved independently to share similar traits, shedding new light on how the reptiles...
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Jun
2016
Scientists studying the genes that enable tropical butterflies to mimic each other's colourful warning markings have been surprised to find an egg-production gene, cortex, also...
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Mar
2016
Plants from all over the globe respond to temperature changes in remarkably similar ways, researchers have found. The finding has important implications for climate modelling. The...
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Feb
2016
Queen bees and ants emit a chemical that alters the DNA of their daughters and keeps them as sterile and industrious workers, scientists have found. “When deprived of the...
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Dec
2015
The Australian National University (ANU) has secured five prestigious Future Fellowships, two of which have been awarded to the Research School of Biology, to research the effects...
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Oct
2015
Scientists have discovered that rock-wallabies living in north east Queensland are sharing genetic material despite belonging to six different species. These results suggest that...

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