Environomics in practice

An isect standing on the yellow centre of a white-petal flower

Using bees to monitor environmental change

We are using bees to survey flowering plants and monitor changes to vegetation. You can read about this new technology called pollen DNA metabarcoding.

Reading nature’s DNA library

We are developing new ways to access the genomic information locked inside natural history collections. You can read about our fast, inexpensive way to process DNA sequences from millions of preserved specimens.

Counting fish without looking

We’re using traces of DNA left behind in the environment to transform environmental monitoring and species detection. Read about our eDNA research.

A small sea turtle swimming underwater.

How long do marine turtles live

Estimating lifespan is difficult for most wild species. Read about our method which can predict the lifespan of a species if we know the DNA sequence of its genome.

A specimen of an insect called a spiderwasp.

Insect collection or pharmaceutical warehouse?

We are collecting venom from spider wasps and working with the University of Queensland to discover the hundreds of compounds it contains.

Two Australian lungfish lying side by side above pebbles.

A DNA ageing test to improve fish population management

Our FSP researchers developed a DNA‑based method of fish ageing that is a harmless and cost-efficient alternative to examining otoliths.