We are using microsatellites and candidate gene sequences to study gene flow and local population structure. Maternally inherited chloroplast DNA markers are used to assess the evolutionary significance of hybridization as well as for phylogeographic studies aimed at detecting historical migration routes and refugia.
Both molecular and quantitative genetic approaches are being used in conservation genetic studies and we are undertaking research to assess the risk and impact of hybridization between plantation and native eucalypt species. We are members of the ARC Environmental Futures network "Discovering the past and present to shape the future: networking environmental sciences for understanding and managing Australian biodiversity". Incorporation of our research results into management strategies is facilitated through our involvement in Biodiversity research in the CRC for Forestry that has its headquarters at the University of Tasmania.
NCCARF report, Adaptation to climate in widespread eucalypt species can be accessed here.
Authorised by the Head of School, Plant Science
16 May, 2013