Our research team
- Olly leads CSIRO's Environomics Future Science Platform. Environomics FSP focuses on the rich interface between genomics and environmental science, and its mission is to develop better scientific tools to support natural resource management in Australia and elsewhere.
Oliver Berry is an applied ecologist and molecular biologist. He has extensive experience in population genomics, spatial ecology, conservation genetics, environmental DNA analysis, and invasive species management.
- Andreas joined CSIRO in 2014, taking on his current research position as research team leader of the Phylogenomics Team at the Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC). In this role he runs the ANIC's molecular laboratory, overseas the research in the Lepidoptera collection and leads the Environomics Future Science Platform project 'Mobilising collections through genomics'.
Dr Alexandra Schmidt-Lebuhn (Project Lead: Accelerating bio-discovery: a collection genomics pipeline for high-throughput target enrichment)
- Alexander's research interests include the systematics and evolution of flowering plants, in particular of Asteraceae (daisy family), biogeography, user-friendly plant identification tools including AI image recognition, and polyploidy.
He uses DNA sequence data to resolve phylogenetic relationships of native Australian plants as well as introduced weeds, in the latter case to assist CSIRO Health & Biosecurity with planning of host specificity tests. His phylogenetic research uses target capture, a lab method that enriches hundreds of genes for sequencing. The Environomics project led by Alexander aims to make this approach more efficient and reduce costs.
Alexander studied biology at the University of Göttingen, Germany, and obtained a doctorate with research on the South American mint genus Minthostachys. After postdoctoral work at the University of Halle and the University of Zürich he joined CSIRO in 2010.
Dr Pierre Feutry (Project Lead: Close-Kin Mark-recapture: widening the scope with new genomics)
- Pierre is an evolutionary ecologist with interests in fisheries management, shark conservation and tropical aquatic systems. He has a background in genetics/genomics as well as fish biology and otolith microstructure/microchemistry.
In recent years his research has mostly focused on developing new tools to better understand population connectivity and population size. This includes improvement of genetic resources for the exciting Close-Kin Mark-Recapture method as well as development of new tools for more classic population genetics.
Dr Yosephine Gumulya (Project Lead: Metagenomic mining of riboswitches for construction of RNA-based biosensors)
- Clare is a Research Scientist at the Australian National Wildlife Collection, within National Research Collections Australia CSIRO. Her research is on sex chromosome genomics and molecular ecology. She has published multiple refereed scientific papers, including cover articles in the journals Nature, Nature Genetics and GigaScience. She received the 2014 ACT Young Tall Poppy Award for research excellence, public engagement and scientific leadership in Australia.
- Yi Jin is currently a Research Scientist in the Molecular Diagnostics Solutions group in CSIRO, attempting to squeeze public datasets for promising cancer biomarkers. He thinks that well-visualised data speaks ten thousand words. Prior to that, he was a postdoc at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, where he studied DNA methylation in corals (and regrets never mastering diving despite working on corals AND living by the Red Sea). He graduated with a PhD in Genetics from the University of Cambridge, but has, over the years, swapped the pipette for a keyboard.
Dr Juanita Rodriguez (Project Lead: Exploring the Biodiscovery Potential of Natural History Collections)
- Juanita Rodriguez is a research scientist at the Australian National Insect Collection.. Her research focuses on the use of morphological, chemical and molecular data to study the diversification, evolution, biogeography and systematics of terrestrial arthropods.
Current projects include the molecular phylogenetics and venom evolution in Australian spider wasps (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae), velvet ants (Mutillidae) and millipedes (Diplopoda) and the exploration of bioactive molecules in natural history collection specimens.
She grew up in Bogotá, Colombia, where she obtained her B.Sc and M.Sc degrees at Universidad Nacional de Colombia. In 2014 she obtained her Ph.D. at Utah State University. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Auburn University between 2014-2016. In August, 2016 she joined CSIRO’s Australian National Insect Collection.