About the Gemmell Lab

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:

Our lab also runs the sequencing and genotyping services at the University of Otago, through the Genetic Analysis Service (GAS).

Among our collaborators are Landcare Research, Department of Conservation, NIWACawthron and AgResearch.

Are you a BSc (Hons), MSc, or PhD students with an interest in molecular biology, evolution and ecology? Check our Research opportunities page, and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

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.