Kawinwit Kittipalawattanapol

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Kawinwit Kittipalawattanapol

PhD Candidate

Room 334 , Life Science

Evolutionary ecology of black rats, a super-invasive species

Black rats are considered among the top 100 most destructive invasive species worldwide. While less is known in Tasmania, studies suggest that there are three subspecies of black rats on mainland Australia: the Chinese subspecies, the Indian subspecies, and the Indonesian subspecies. The project will use genomic and morphometric analyses to determine which subspecies of black rats occur in Tasmania, their pattern of spatial phenotypic and genetic variation and to assess evolutionary adaptations to the Tasmanian environment through genomic investigations and comparisons against the native Australian Rattus species in Tasmania, swamp rats.

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