Natural history collections are vast biodiversity reference libraries, used for hundreds of years to help identify, understand and manage biodiversity.
Rapid assessment of environmental stress will provide information that is important for managing and conserving Australian plants in rapidly changing environments.
Environmental changes cause stress to our biodiversity, increasing the chances of disease outbreaks, extinctions, waves of invasive species and other environmental problems that can occur in stressed ecosystems.
Biodiversity and food security both depend on pollination of native plants and crops. But pollinators are in decline due to threats such as land clearing, habitat fragmentation, pesticides and climate change.
Environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis is an emerging molecular technique for DNA-based identification of organisms.
We are investigating the relationship between microbial diversity and ecosystem health in marine environments.
Our bioinformatics team is developing ways to solve the unique data analysis challenges created by high throughput sequencing of environmental samples and biological collections.