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Jules Freeman

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

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Dr Jules Freeman is a post-doctoral research fellow in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Jules works in the eucalypt genetics group, specialising in molecular genetics. In particular, the application of molecular techniques to study population genetics, biogeography, and genomics. At present much of his work focuses on capitalising on the recently released eucalypt genome sequence to gain new insight into genome organisation and evolution, comparative genomics, the role of meiotic recombination in eucalypt evolution, as well as the genetic basis of phenotypic variation.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeThesis titleUniversityCountryDate of award
PhDThe Application of Molecular Markers to Eucalyptus globulus Tree ImprovementUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia2007
BSc (1st Class Hons)Phylogeography of Eucalyptus globulusUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia2000

Biography

Jules completed his PhD at UTAS in 2007. Since then he has worked  as a postdoc based at UTAS, including consultancy work for the Tasmanian Government, working at the French National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA) and joint employment by the University of the Sunshine Coast from 2012-2014.

Research Themes

Jules' research fits within the University's theme of Environment, Resources and Sustainability. Understanding the genomic basis of variation in complex traits, how this variation is distributed in nature and its adaptive significance, has potential implications both for the conservation of natural forests as well as sustainable plantation forestry.

Teaching

Forest Genetics, Genomics, Eucalyptus, Linkage Mapping, Quantitative Trait Loci Analysis (QTL), Meiotic Recombination

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Expertise

  • Eucalyptus
  • Molecular genetics
  • Linkage mapping
  • Comparative genomics
  • Quantitative trait loci (QTL) analysis
  • Plant disease
  • Community genetics

Collaboration

Jules is involved in collaborative projects in three main areas of research: Eucalypt recombination; Resistance to Myrtle rust; and Corymbia genomics. These projects involve collaboration with world leaders in their field, located throughout Australia as well as France, South Africa and Brazil.

Current projects

  • Eucalypt recombination - examines variation in meiotic recombination rate within and between species in eucalypt, using comparison of linkage maps with genome sequences as well linkage disequilibrium approaches.
  • Resistance to Myrtle rust - examines the variation in resistance to myrtle rust across all Tasmanian eucalypts. We are also conducting quantitative trait loci (QTL) studies to dissect the genetic basis of disease resistance in Eucalyptus globulus and Corymbia species as well as collaborating in complimentary Association genetic studies.
  • Corymbia genomics - We are constructing high density genetic linkage maps which will be used to aid assembly of Corymbia genome sequences and for detailed comparative genomic studies between Corymbia and Eucalyptus species.

Research Fields

  • Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics (060411)
  • Quantitative Genetics (incl. Disease and Trait Mapping Genetics) (060412)
  • Tree Improvement (Selection and Breeding) (070507)
  • Terrestrial Ecology (060208)
  • Genetics (060499)
  • Genomics (060408)
  • Molecular Evolution (060409)
  • Evolutionary Biology (060399)
  • Horticultural Crop Improvement (Selection and Breeding) (070602)
  • Genome Structure and Regulation (060407)
  • Plant Systematics and Taxonomy (060310)
  • Plant Physiology (060705)
  • Forestry Sciences (070599)
  • Phylogeny and Comparative Analysis (060309)
  • Forestry Pests, Health and Diseases (070505)
  • Climate Change Processes (040104)
  • Aquaculture (070401)
  • Plant Developmental and Reproductive Biology (060703)
  • Environmental Management (050205)

Research Impact

  • Hardwood Plantations (820101)
  • Native Forests (820104)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production (829899)
  • Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960806)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences (970105)
  • Hops (820204)
  • Softwood Plantations (820105)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences (970106)
  • Climate Change Adaptation Measures (960301)
  • Control of Plant Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Forest and Woodlands Environments (960414)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences (970103)
  • Aquaculture Fin Fish (excl. Tuna) (830102)

Publications

Total publications

27

Highlighted publications

(2 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2008Journal ArticleFreeman JS, O'Reilly-Wapstra JM, Vaillancourt RE, Wiggins NL, Potts BM, 'Quantitative trait loci for key defensive compounds affecting herbivory of eucalypts in Australia', New Phytologist, 178, (4) pp. 846-851. ISSN 0028-646X (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2008.02417.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 27Web of Science - 25

Co-authors: O'Reilly-Wapstra JM; Vaillancourt RE; Wiggins NL; Potts BM

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2008Journal ArticleFreeman JS, Potts BM, Vaillancourt RE, 'Few mendelian genes underlie the quantitative response of a forest tree, Eucalyptus globulus, to a natural fungal epidemic', Genetics, 178, (1) pp. 563-571. ISSN 0016-6731 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1534/genetics.107.081414 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 33Web of Science - 30

Co-authors: Potts BM; Vaillancourt RE

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Journal Article

(19 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Butler JB, Freeman JS, Vaillancourt RE, Potts BM, Glen M, et al., 'Evidence for different QTL underlying the immune and hypersensitive responses of Eucalyptus globulus to the rust pathogen Puccinia psidii', Tree Genetics and Genomes, 12, (3) Article 39. ISSN 1614-2942 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11295-016-0987-x [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Butler JB; Vaillancourt RE; Potts BM; Glen M

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2016Gosney BJ, Potts BM, O'Reilly-Wapstra JM, Vaillancourt RE, Fitzgerald H, et al., 'Genetic control of cuticular wax compounds in Eucalyptus globulus', New Phytologist, 209, (1) pp. 202-215. ISSN 0028-646X (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/nph.13600 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Gosney BJ; Potts BM; O'Reilly-Wapstra JM; Vaillancourt RE; Fitzgerald H; Davies NW

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2016Potts BM, Sandhu KS, Wardlaw T, Freeman J, Li H, et al., 'Evolutionary history shapes the susceptibility of an island tree flora to an exotic pathogen', Forest Ecology and Management, 368 pp. 183-193. ISSN 0378-1127 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2016.02.027 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Potts BM; Li H; Tilyard P

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2016Gion J-M, Hudson CJ, Lesur I, Vaillancourt RE, Potts BM, et al., 'Genome-wide variation in recombination rate in Eucalyptus', BMC Genomics, 17 Article 590. ISSN 1471-2164 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s12864-016-2884-y [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Hudson CJ; Vaillancourt RE; Potts BM

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2015Hudson CJ, Freeman JS, Myburg AA, Potts BM, Vaillancourt RE, 'Genomic patterns of species diversity and divergence in Eucalyptus', New Phytologist, 206, (4) pp. 1378-1390. ISSN 0028-646X (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/nph.13316 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Hudson CJ; Potts BM; Vaillancourt RE

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2014Hudson CJ, Freeman JS, Jones RC, Potts BM, Wong MML, et al., 'Genetic control of heterochrony in Eucalyptus globulus', G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, 4, (7) pp. 1235-1245. ISSN 2160-1836 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1534/g3.114.011916 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Hudson CJ; Jones RC; Potts BM; Weller JL; Hecht VFG; Vaillancourt RE

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2014Thavamanikumar S, McManus LJ, Ades PK, Bossinger G, Stackpole DJ, et al., 'Association mapping for wood quality and growth traits in Eucalyptus globulus ssp. globulus Labill identifies nine stable marker-trait associations for seven traits', Tree Genetics and Genomes, 10, (6) pp. 1661-1678. ISSN 1614-2942 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11295-014-0787-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Ades PK; Stackpole DJ; Vaillancourt RE

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2013Freeman JS, Potts BM, Downes GM, Pilbeam D, Thavamanikumar S, et al., 'Stability of quantitative trait loci for growth and wood properties across multiple pedigrees and environments in Eucalyptus globulus', New Phytologist, 198, (4) pp. 1121-1134. ISSN 1469-8137 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/nph.12237 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 21

Co-authors: Potts BM; Vaillancourt RE

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2013McAdam EL, Freeman JS, Whittock SP, Buck EJ, Jakse J, et al., 'Quantitative trait loci in hop (Humulus lupulus L.) reveal complex genetic architecture underlying variation in sex, yield and cone chemistry', BMC Genomics, 14, (1) Article 360. ISSN 1471-2164 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/1471-2164-14-360 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: McAdam EL; Whittock SP; Vaillancourt RE; Koutoulis A

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2013O'Reilly-Wapstra JM, Freeman JS, Barbour R, Vaillancourt RE, Potts BM, 'Genetic analysis of the near-infrared spectral phenome of a global Eucalyptus species', Tree Genetics and Genomes, 9, (4) pp. 943-959. ISSN 1614-2942 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11295-013-0607-y [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: O'Reilly-Wapstra JM; Barbour R; Vaillancourt RE; Potts BM

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2012Hudson CJ, Freeman JS, Kullan ARK, Petroli CD, Sansaloni CP, et al., 'A reference linkage map for Eucalyptus', BMC Genomics, 13, (1) Article 240. ISSN 1471-2164 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/1471-2164-13-240 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 20

Co-authors: Hudson CJ; Potts BM; Vaillancourt RE

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2012Hudson CJ, Kullan ARK, Freeman JS, Faria DA, Grattapaglia D, et al., 'High synteny and colinearity among Eucalyptus genomes revealed by high-density comparative genetic mapping', Tree Genetics & Genomes, 8, (2) pp. 339-352. ISSN 1614-2942 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11295-011-0444-9 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 16

Co-authors: Hudson CJ; Potts BM; Vaillancourt RE

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2011O'Reilly-Wapstra JM, Freeman JS, Davies NW, Vaillancourt RE, Fitzgerald H, et al., 'Quantitative trait loci for foliar terpenes in a global eucalypt species', Tree Genetics & Genomes , 7, (3) pp. 485-498. ISSN 1614-2942 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11295-010-0350-6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 21

Co-authors: O'Reilly-Wapstra JM; Davies NW; Vaillancourt RE; Fitzgerald H; Potts BM

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2009Freeman JS, Whittock SP, Potts BM, Vaillancourt RE, 'QTL influencing growth and wood properties in Eucalyptus globulus', Tree Genetics & Genomes, 5, (4) pp. 713-722. ISSN 1614-2942 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11295-009-0222-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 41Web of Science - 37

Co-authors: Whittock SP; Potts BM; Vaillancourt RE

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2008Freeman JS, O'Reilly-Wapstra JM, Vaillancourt RE, Wiggins NL, Potts BM, 'Quantitative trait loci for key defensive compounds affecting herbivory of eucalypts in Australia', New Phytologist, 178, (4) pp. 846-851. ISSN 0028-646X (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2008.02417.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 27Web of Science - 25

Co-authors: O'Reilly-Wapstra JM; Vaillancourt RE; Wiggins NL; Potts BM

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2008Freeman JS, Potts BM, Vaillancourt RE, 'Few mendelian genes underlie the quantitative response of a forest tree, Eucalyptus globulus, to a natural fungal epidemic', Genetics, 178, (1) pp. 563-571. ISSN 0016-6731 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1534/genetics.107.081414 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 33Web of Science - 30

Co-authors: Potts BM; Vaillancourt RE

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2007Freeman JS, Marques CMP, Carocha V, Borralho N, Potts BM, et al., 'Origins and diversity of the Portuguese Landrace of Eucalyptus globulus', Annals of Forest Science, 64, (6) pp. 639-647. ISSN 1286-4560 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1051/forest:2007042 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Potts BM; Vaillancourt RE

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2006Freeman JS, Potts BM, Shepherd M, Vaillancourt RE, 'Parental and consensus linkage maps of Eucalyptus globulus using AFLP and microsatellite markers', Silvae Genetica, 55, (4-5) pp. 202-217. ISSN 0037-5349 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 20Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Potts BM; Vaillancourt RE

2001Freeman JS, Jackson HD, Steane DA, McKinnon GE, Dutkowski GW, et al., 'Chloroplast DNA phylogeography of Eucalyptus globulus', Australian Journal of Botany, 49, (5) pp. 585-596. ISSN 0067-1924 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/BT00094 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 62Web of Science - 59

Co-authors: Jackson HD; Steane DA; McKinnon GE; Dutkowski GW; Potts BM; Vaillancourt RE

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Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Freeman JS, 'Molecular Linkage Maps of Eucalyptus: Strategies, Resources and Achievements', Genetics, Genomics and Breeding of Eucalypts, CRC Press, RJ Henry, C Kole (ed), Boca Raton, USA, pp. 58-74. ISBN 9781482254129 (2014) [Other Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(6 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2010O'Reilly-Wapstra J, Humphreys J, Barbour R, Freeman J, Vaillancourt R, et al., 'Genetic analysis of the near infrared spectral phenome of Eucalyptus globulus', Gordon's Research Conference on Plant-Herbivore Interactions, 21-26 February 2010, Galveston, Texas, pp. 1. (2010) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: O'Reilly-Wapstra J; Humphreys J; Barbour R; Vaillancourt R; Potts B

2008Barbour RC, O'Reilly-Wapstra JM, Forster LG, Baker SC, Storer MJ, et al., 'Characterising the 'long arm' of the gene in Eucalyptus globulus: genetic impacts at the community and ecosystem levels', 33rd ESA Annual Conference Scientific Program, 1-5 Dec, Sydney, pp. 57. (2008) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Barbour RC; O'Reilly-Wapstra JM; Storer MJ; Humphreys JR; Vaillancourt RE; Potts BM

2007Potts BM, Barbour RC, O'Reilly-Wapstra JM, Baker S, Schweitzer J, et al., 'The extended phenotype of Eucalyptus globulus', Proceedings of the Australasian Forest Genetics Conference: Breeding for Wood Quality, 11-14 April, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, pp. 1-17. (2007) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Potts BM; Barbour RC; O'Reilly-Wapstra JM; Humphreys JR; Vaillancourt RE

2005Freeman JS, Vaillancourt RE, Potts BM, 'QTL detection for Mycosphaerella leaf disease in Eucalyptus globulus', IUFRO Tree Biotechnology 2005, 6-11November, Pretoria, South Africa, pp. S5.30p. (2005) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Vaillancourt RE; Potts BM

2005Potts BM, McKinnon GE, Steane DA, Jones TH, Foster SA, et al., 'Molecular insights into the gene pool of Eucalyptus globulus', IUFRO Tree Biotechnology 2005, 6-11 November, Pretoria, South Africa, pp. S5.3. (2005) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Potts BM; McKinnon GE; Steane DA; Jones TH; Foster SA; Vaillancourt RE

2003Freeman JS, Milgate AW, Vaillancourt RE, Mohammed CL, Potts BM, 'Genetic control of resistance to Mycosphaerella leaf disease in Eucalyptus globulus', Abstracts and Posters: 19th Genetics Congress, July 6-11, Melbourne, pp. 155. (2003) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Vaillancourt RE; Mohammed CL; Potts BM

Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2006Freeman JS, 'The application of molecular markers to Eucalyptus globulus tree improvement' (2006) [PhD]

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Grants & Funding

Jules has been the recipient of grants from a number of organisations, including: the Department of Industry and Science, under the Collaborative Research Networks program (2012-2014); an ARC linkage project (post-award inclusion; 2014-2017); the University of the Sunshine Coast, Research Futures Project Seed Funding (2012); and UTAS, Research Enhancement scheme (2011).

Funding Summary

Number of grants

4

Total funding

$5,890,000

Projects

Quantitative genetic control of economic traits in Eucalyptus globulus (2014 - 2017)$415,000
Funding
Australian Research Council ($295,000)
Scheme
Grant-Linkage Projects Round 1
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Potts BM; Freeman JS; Costa e Silva Joao; McRae TA; Williams Dean
Period
2014 - 2017
Grant Reference
LP140100506
University of Sunshine Coast Research Futures Project (2012 - 2014)$5,450,000
Description
The USC Research Futures Project is an integrated package of initiatives that will drive increased quantity and quality in USCs research effort. It has two key elements:1. Realising collaboration with strategic research partners.2. Increasing USCs internal research collaboration capacity.The research partners were strategically selected for their leadership in research areasaligned with USCs strengths (water, sustainability, forests, aquaculture), researchdevelopment strategies and their track record for successful collaboration. These partnersare: Griffith University, including the University of Queensland via the Australian Waterand Environmental Research Alliance. University of Tasmania. Queensland University of Technology.
Funding
Department of Industry and Science ($5,450,000)
Scheme
Grant-Collaborative Research Networks
Administered By
University of the Sunshine Coast
Research Team
Maconachie D; Pankhurst N; Koutoulis A; Burnett P; Potts BM; Battaglene SC; Holbrook NJ; Freeman JS; Lyth A; Steane DA; Cobcroft JM
Period
2012 - 2014
Genetics of eucalypt disease tolerance (2012)$20,000
Description
Myrtle rust has recently entered Australia, posing a serious threat to our (myrtaceous) flora including major species from the genera Eucalptus and Corymbia. There is an urgent need to understand how tolerant our vegetation is to the disease in order to better predict its economic and environmental effects. Using quantitative genetic approaches, we aim to elucidate the genetic basis of tolerance in Eucalyptus and Corymbia and compare it with tolerance to native pathogens. This one year project will produce publications and build collaborative links, providing the foundation for further research in comparative genetics/genomics.
Funding
University of the Sunshine Coast ($20,000)
Scheme
Grant-USC Research Futures Project Seed Funding
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Freeman JS; Potts BM; Lee David; Pegg Geoff; Vaillancourt RE; Hamilton MG
Year
2012
The Identification of Traits Relating to Drought Resistance in Eucalyptus Globulus (2011)$5,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($5,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Freeman JS
Year
2011

Research Supervision

Highly motivated candidates with a good academic record are invited to contact Jules to discuss potential PhD projects.

Current

3

Completed

2

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDGenetic Control of Flowering Time in Lentil2013
PhDRecombination in eucalypts2014
PhDProviding a Genetic Framework to Enhance the Success and Benefits from Forest Restoration and Carbon Plantings in Rural Landscapes2015

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDMolecular and Quantitative Genetic Analyses of Hop (Humulus lupulus L.)
Candidate: Erin Louise McAdam
2013
PhDEucalyptus Genomics: Linkage Mapping, QTL Analysis and Population Genomic Studies
Candidate: Corey James Hudson
2012