Our work focuses on understanding the origins of biodiversity from the level of local adaptation and limiting gene flow in single landscapes, through the genetics of entire species' ranges, to the causes of diversification of entire clades. We also examine impacts of human activities (e.g. habitat fragmentation, climate change) on species at risk. We work on a range of vertebrates spanning fish through mammals and birds but with particular emphasis on frogs and snakes.

Our Approaches

We use genomics and transcriptomics, environmental DNA surveys, morphometrics and sonographic and colour analyses to quantify variation across the distributions of organisms. We combine these with experimental approaches (phonotaxis, hybridization experiments), GIS and niche modeling, and automated climate measurement to understand the causes and consequences of diversity across geographical and temporal scales, and to assess the impacts of human activities on wild populations. Over the last decades we have worked with Indigenous partners on some outstanding environmental and conservation issues seeking to develop solutions that value rich local Indigenous knowledge together with the latest genomics insights.