We blend genomics with ecology, population, conservation and evolutionary biology, to examine a range of interesting, and frequently fundamental questions in organisms ranging from invertebrates to mammals.
Our lab also provides research services to key end users in conservation, biosecurity, fisheries and agricultural areas by working on theory based projects through to applied management driven research projects.
Currently our major research projects focus on:
- Exploring the effects of mtDNA mutations on male fertility, and their utility in biocontrol
- Investigations into the molecular basis of sex reversal in fish
- The basis and consequences of cryptic female choice in salmon
- Population structure of New Zealand fur seal using SNPs and Genotyping by Sequencing (GBS)
- Comparative genetics in the cognitive ability of crows
- The development of genomic tools for aquaculture
- Developing new approaches to measure biodiversity
- Evolutionary and conservation genetics e.g. the Tuatara genome project
- Investigating the genetic basis of inbreeding depression using New Zealand birds
- Low cost sequencing and genotyping services with highest level of efficiency and reliability through the Genetic Analysis Servive (GAS)
We are based in the Anatomy Department of the University of Otago, and have excellent research staff, facilities and strong international collaborations, offering students excellent opportunities to gain a variety of highly pertinent research and technical skills.