Phylogenetics, population genetics and biodiversity

Bugs on a mangrove leaf

Molecular genetics forms the basis for much of what we do in this research area. Research at the Research School of Biology spans the continuum of population genetics and phylogenetics of bacteria, fungi, plants and animals. Our researchers are at the forefront of new methods in molecular ecology, population genetic analysis and molecular evolution. The results of our work are used to better understand biogeographic history, macroevolutionary patterns, evolution of traits and to inform conservation.

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Highlights

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...

Craig Moritz

Group research focus We study the evolution of diversity of terrestrial vertebrates in relation to environmental history and with a focus on tropical...

Early career researcher - Thomas Wallenius

Research Background I completed my PhD in 2013 with a research focus on the obligate pollination mutualism between weevils and cycad host plants. The...

National Geographic Young Explorer: Mark Wong

Former RSB Honours Student, Ecologist/Invertebrate Zoologist, and National Geographic Young Explorer Grantee
Mark Wong, who completed Honours with the Rowell Group last year, has been featured in National Geographic as a 2014 Young Explorer Grantee for his...

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 secret sanctuaries of Ningaloo reef

You might think seaweed is the annoying stuff that washes up on beaches, and gets caught in your boat motors, paddle or fishing gear. But ANU marine...

News

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Jul
2017
Due to a continued growth in commitments, Justin Borevitz has stepped aside from the formal directorship of the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF) ANU node. Dr Tim Brown...
04
Apr
2016
Sylvain Foret was the only Australia-based researcher to be awarded a Young Investigators grant from the Human Frontier Science Program (HSFP) in 2016.  The grants are highly...
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Sep
2015
Scientists studying funnel-web spiders at Booderee National Park near Jervis Bay on the New South Wales south coast have found a large example of an unexpected funnel-web species...
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Jul
2015
The ANU and CSIRO have joined forces in a new collaborative precinct to help build a sustainable future for the environment, agriculture and global food supplies. The National...
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Jun
2015
A paper by Ryan Phillips, Bjorn Bohman, Rod Peakall (Peakall Group, EEG) and colleagues and published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology has been featured in online media. The...
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Oct
2014
Penny Gullan and Peter Cranston, Emeritus Professors in EEG, have received advance copies of their new 5th edition of 'The Insects: An Outline of Entomology' (Wiley-Blackwell,...
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Jul
2014
When a massive road project connected the ports of Brazil to the shipping docks of Peru (2011), spanning the Sth American continent, conservationists predicted widespread impacts...
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Mar
2014
Hanna Kokko and Craig Moritz from the Research School of Biology's Division of Evolution, Ecology and Genetics have been elected Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science, in...
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Feb
2014
The way indigenous cultures around the globe use traditional medicines and pass on knowledge developed over centuries is directly linked to the natural environment, new research...
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Oct
2013
An exciting new third year course is offered in Semester 2 2014. BIOL3193 Bacteria and Health: An Ecological and Evolutionary Perspective. This course will describe how ecological...

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