Our research team

Leader, Environomics Future Science Platform

  • A unifying theme in Olly’s research is the use of DNA and “genomics” to provide scientific insights that support environmental management.

    Over the past 15 years Olly has researched such diverse topics as the ecology of fox control, change in marine food-webs, the evolution of bizarre subterranean creatures, the relationship between farming and biodiversity and more.

    Olly’s work has provided several important technical innovations in applied ecological research, has been featured in university textbooks, and informed government policy.

    The highlight of Olly’s role as director of the Environomics FSP is working with a motivated, collaborative, diverse and multidisciplinary team – and seeing their hard work and clever thinking pay off with the creation of innovative new ways to do environmental science.

Project Lead: Museum epigenomics

  • 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.

Project Lead: High-throughput collection genomics of highly variable DNA samples

  • 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'.

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.

Project Lead: The CSIRO Stopwatch: A Pan-Animal Epigenetic Clock

  • 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.

Project Lead: Measuring animal age with DNA methylation

  • Benjamin Mayne is molecular biologist/bioinformatician with expertise in epigenetics and next generation sequencing. Benjamin's PhD research focused on DNA methylation an epigenetic modification, known for its regulation of gene expression and association with aging.

    Currently, Benjamin is working on developing non-invasive aging assays using DNA methylation in a broad variety of vertebrates. This project will focus on reducing cost and efficiency of aging assays in a wide variety of species and has the potential to improve wildlife management.