Dr Emily Roycroft

Postdoctoral Fellow
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Biogeography And Phylogeography 060302
  • Population, Ecological And Evolutionary Genetics 060411
  • Molecular Evolution 060409
  • Genomics 060408
  • Evolutionary Biology 0603
  • Phylogeny And Comparative Analysis 060309

Research interests

My research is driven by questions about the evolutionary and demographic history of species, and the environments in which they live. Using genomics, my work investigates evolutionary relationships, molecular evolution, historical biogeography, population and conservation genomics. I am especially interested in the ways we can use museum collections as a resource for understanding biodiversity loss. My work focuses on Australian mammals and reptiles - especially rodents, marsupials and geckos.

Available student projects

I'm available to supervise honours, masters or PhD students commencing from 2023. Below is a brief description of currently available student projects. I also welcome students who have their own project ideas. Please get in touch.

Project 1: Historical demography and population dynamics in Gehyra geckos. This project uses whole genome data to investigate the population size across a diverse group of lizards in northern Australia. If you are strong in bioinformatics - or are keen to learn - and are interested in questions related to detecting population size change in the genome, this project might be for you.

Project 2: Detecting chromosome rearrangements with comparative Hi-C. New approaches in chromosome conformation capture (e.g. Hi-C) now allow for high-resolution reconstruction of chromosome structure, and chromosome evolution across diverse species. This project applies cutting edge genomic approaches, combined with direct karyopte data, to investigate genomic evolution and rearrangements in one of the most chromosomally-diverse Australian vertebrate radiations.

Project 3: Comparative phylogeography of Australian rodents. This project investigates phylogeographic patterns of rodents across northern Australia using genomic data, especially in the delicate mouse (Pseudomys delicatulus), western chesnut mouse (Pseudomys nanus), and rock rat (Zyzomys argurus).



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