Team research projects
Exploring the Biodiscovery Potential of Natural History Collections
Valuable new compounds and enzymes with bio-engineering potential are often discovered from natural products. By uncovering the chemical diversity of our collections, we will contribute to the exploration of the biodiscovery potential of little-known organisms.
I spy with my little hive: area-wide bio-surveillance with honeybees
This project will optimise eDNA sampling from bee hives and create a early detection surveillance system for weeds and pathogens.
The dartR package: a platform for population genomics
dartR is an open source platform that provides user‐friendly functions that enables analysis of large genomics datasets.
The National Biodiversity DNA Library
We are working with partners to create a National Biodiversity DNA Library.
Harnessing the versatility of target capture in natural resource management
We will be refining the bioinformatic and molecular aspects of miniaturised target capture.
Algae bioprospecting prediction through ‘omics characterisation and machine learning
This project will develop a platform to predict algae species most likely to yield bioproducts.
Next-Generation Surveillance: Building affordable non-invasive “AIR-borne DNA and RNA tRAP” (AIRDRAP) technology
Research to develop technology to collect airborne eDNA and RNA.
Biomarkers for animal life history
Developing biomarkers to identify significant life history traits and creating cost-effective assays for their use in managing fisheries and wildlife.
Optimising metagenomic bioprospecting in microbiomes for novel enzymes and proteins
This work will aim to identify a complete list of microorganisms in soil microbiome communities.
Development and application of environmental indicators; beyond compliance targeted metrics, toward causative understanding
This research will make location and/or environment specific evaluations of ecosystem health.
Gearing high-throughput collection genomics to production
This research will generate cost-efficient, large-scale DNA Sequence libraries from vouchered reference collections.
Seafood provenance through population-specific DNA methylation
The project will provide an exciting opportunity to examine variation in DNA methylation at a population level and will provide insight into the usefulness of this biomarker in provenance applications.
Estimating animal abundance by genotyping single cells from the environment
In this project, we will be collecting whole cells shed by animals naturally into the water to develop an estimate of animal abundance.