2021 Publication updates:
Dr Josh Thia‘s (https://j-a-thia.weebly.com/) second PhD thesis chapter has been published. More fascinating observations of Bathygobius cocosensis, and insights into gene flow and genetic differentiation in a marine species with pelagic larvae.
Genetic and phenotypic variation exhibit both predictable and stochastic patterns across an intertidal fish metapopulation Molecular Ecology, https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.15829
Dr Lucie Malard‘s (https://luciemalard.wixsite.com/website) second paper from her Honours research has finally been published. Congrats Lucie – a stellar effort and super interesting observations.
Skeletal deformities and meristic trait variations are common in the intertidal fish Bathygobius cocosensis (Perciformes- Gobiidae) Journal of Fish Diseases, DOI: 10.1111/jfd.13327
Check out our future-directions article on the contribution of epigenetic variation to adaptation to environment change: https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2020.0119 This paper is part of a special issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, ‘How does epigenetics influence the course of evolution?’ compiled and edited by Alyson Ashe, Vincent Colot and Ben Oldroyd. bit.ly/PTB1826
Erik Svensson & Ana Runemark led this really interesting overview/udpdate covering a range of inter-related evolutionary genetic phenomena and their relationships to correlational selection
APRIL 2021: After delaying for much of 2020 to avoid COVID-19 lockdowns, Lachlan King has arrived to commence his PhD (just in time for the pre-Easter 3 day COVID lockdown!). Welcome Lachaln.
September 2019: The data collection for the MCN experiment that started in late 2016 is done! After 14 generations of mutation accumulation, a total of 60,000 wings have been phenotyped. A massive congratulations to everyone that was involved with the data collection. Rob now gets to have fun and play around with analysing this massive data set.
August 2019: Assoc Prof Joseph Tomkins from The University of Western Australia visits UQ.
As part of the School of Biological Sciences (UQ) seminar series, Joe was invited to present a seminar about his current research.
July 2019: The fish breeding begins…..
It’s about to get hectic in the aquarium room, as we begin the zebrafish breeding phase for Chrissy’s next PhD chapter!
July 2019: Lauren is back from a well-earned break after completing her Honours and is now working in the lab as a research technician.
May 2019: Lauren submits her Honours thesis. Congratulations!
May 2019: Ash begins lab work
Ash, Nick, Rob and Derek collecting Drosophila serrata eggs.
April 2019: Josh’s thesis accepted without change. Congratulations Dr Thia!
March 2019: Julie Collet, Katrina McGuigan, Scott Allen, Steve Chenoweth and Mark Blows awarded ‘Editor’s Choice Award’ by The Genetics Society of America for the journal article ‘Mutational Pleiotropy and the Strength of Stabilizing Selection Within and Between Functional Modules of Gene Expression’.
March 2019: Jenny is awarded the top Honours prize!
February 2019: Ash Kannan joins the lab and begins her Honours project working with Drosophila serrata.
January 2019: Josh submits his thesis. Congratulations Josh!
December 2018: All focal male wings for the MCN project have been measured!
Congrats on a job well done to Alejandro, Cara, Derek, Jack, Nick, Russell and Will.
November 2018: Katrina and Mark secure ARC funding!
Funding! Katrina and Mark Blows are successful with their ARC Discovery Project which they aim to examine the effect of standing genetic variation on the distribution of mutational effects.
November 2018: Carly’s paper is published in Evolution Letters.
Carly’s paper – Go check it out!
October 2018: Jenny submits her Honours Thesis and is awarded Honours Class IA. Congratulations Jenny!
October 2018: New lab member!
Chrissy Miller joins the lab. She will be examining the thermal performance curves of zebrafish for her PhD.
July 2018: Dr Rob Dugand joins the lab, migrating east from The University of Western Australia.
July 2018: Lauren Thornton starts her honours project examining the growth trajectories of zebrafish, Danio rerio.
May 2018: Adam heads to ANU for a new job!
After submitting his PhD thesis, we say goodbye to Adam – and wish him luck with his research where he has been offered a postdoc position in Justin Borevitz’s lab at The Australian National University.