Australia is a unique landscape that houses many strange and exotic creatures. We use the genetic material of terrestrial and aquatic organisms to understand how these animals have evolved and survived past environmental change.
We collaborate with archaeologists in using commensal rodents to answer questions about how and when humans first modified landscapes to grow agricultural products in Island Southeast Asia. This work also leads on to investigating how the undescribed diversity in these same rodents impacts the prevalence of zoonotic diseases infecting humans that live in close proximity to them.
The Donnellan lab group also collaborates with...