Dr. Linda Neaves
Dr Linda Neaves, Geneticist
My research uses genomic tools to address a range of species management and conservation based problems for plants and animals, including species identification and discrimination, population structure and history as well as phylogenetics. I am also interested in the development of methods to obtain information from degraded samples, such as environmental DNA, herbarium and museum samples and detection of trace DNA to provide new insights into species ecology and interactions. Current projects include understanding the diet of Giant Panda and the bamboos they rely on.
It is often overlooked but linking our detailed understanding of plants to the animals that rely on them is critical to the conservation of biodiversity as a whole. I am a joint researcher with the Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics, Australian Museum Research Institute and work on a range of projects that employ DNA-based methods to understand species. My current work involves developing and using a range of genomic methods to understand the range of different bamboos that occur in giant panda habitat and which of these are fed on my panda. You can find out more here. Other projects I work on involve investigating the genome of koala to help understand its biology and population structure and history, identification of plant tools used by crows, population genetics of a range of wallabies.
- The application of genomic tools to inform wildlife conservation and management.
- Use of environmental and trace DNA to understand and monitor biodiversity and species ecology.
- Molecular ecology, evolution and conservation genetics of terrestrial plants and animals, including dispersal, phylogeography, population structure, gene flow and hybridisation and impacts of habitat fragmentation
- Species interactions, particularly diet and how changes in one species may impact on the survival of another.
- Enhancing the integration of genetic information and genetic tools into conservation and management programs and policy.
Duchêne D, Bragg JG, Duchêne S, Neaves LE, Potter S, Moritz C, Johnson RN, Ho SYW, Eldridge MBD. 2018 Analysis of Phylogenomic Tree Space Resolves Relationships Among Marsupial Families. Systematic Biology: 67(3)400-412
Eldridge MDB, Neaves LE, Farris J, Soderquist T. 2018. Genetic affinities of a remnant population of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby (Petrogale penicillata) in Mt Kaputar National Park, northern New South Wales. Australian Mammalogy: 40(1)112-117.
Eldridge MDB, Neaves LE, Spencer PBS. 2018. Genetic analysis of three remnant populations of the rufous hare-wallaby (Lagorchestes hirsutus) in arid Australia. Australian Mammalogy Early online.
Houston W, Aspden W, Elder R, Black R, Neaves LE, King AG, Major RE. 2018. Restricted gene flow in the endangered Capricorn Yellow Chat. Bird Conservation International 28 (1) 116-125.
Johnson RN, O’Meally D, Chen Z, Etherington EJ, Ho S, Nash WJ, Grueber CE, Dennison S, Cheng Y, Haerty W, O’Neill RJ, Colgan D, Russell T, Attenbrow V, Bragg JG, Chong A, Deakin JE, Di Palma F, Duda Z, Eldridge MDB, Ewart KM, Frankham GJ, Georges A, Gillett AK, Govendir M, Greenwood AD, Hobbs M, Holleley C, Heider T, Jones EA, King A, Marshall Graves JA, Morris KA, Neaves LE, Patel HR, Polkinghorne A, Renfree MB, Salinas R, Tsangaras K, Waters P, Waters SA, Whittington C, Wright B, Wilkins MR, Timms P, Belov K. 2018. Adaptation and conservation insights from the koala genome. Nature Genetics. Early online
Neaves LE, Danks M, Lott M, Dennison S, Frankham G, King A, Eldridge MDB, Johnson RN, Divljan A. 2018. Unmasking the complexity of species identification in Australasian flying-foxes. PLoS ONE. 13 (4), e0194908.
Smith H, Neaves LE, Divljan A. 2018. DNA evidence of grey-headed flying foxes, Pteropus poliocephalus feeding on cicadas. Australian Zoologist. Submitted
Dennison S, Frankham GJ, Neaves LE, Flanagan C, Fiztgibbon S, Eldridge MDB, Johnson RN. 2017. Population genetics of the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) in Northeastern New South Wales and Southeastern Queensland. Australian Journal of Zoology 64 (6), 402-412
Eldridge MDBE, Miller EJ, Neaves LE, Zenger KR, Herbert CA. 2017. Extensive genetic differentiation detected within a model marsupial, the tammar wallaby (Notamacropus eugenii). PLoS ONE. 12 (3), e0172777
Gómez-Gutiérrez MC, Pennington RT, Neaves LE, Milne RI, Madriñán S, Richardson JE. 2017. Genetic diversity in the Andes: variation within and between the South American species of Oreobolus R. Br. (Cyperaceae) Alpine Botany: 127 (2) 155-170.
Hollingsworth PM, Neaves LE, Twyford AD. 2017. Using DNA sequence data to enhance understanding and conservation of plant diversity at the species level. In Plant conservation and Botanic Gardens Eds: S Blackmore and S Oldfield. Cambridge University Press.
Mimura M, Yahara T, Faith DP, Vázquez-Domínguez E, Colautti RI, Araki H, Javadi F, Núñez-Farfán J, Mori AS, Zhou S, Hollingsworth PM, Neaves LE, Fukano Y, Smith G, Sato Y, Tachida H, Hendry AP. 2017. Understanding and monitoring the consequences of human impacts on intraspecific variation. Evolutionary Applications: 10: 121-139.
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