Going beyond genetics: The shape of marsupial evolution and conservation (2018–2022)
This project aims to explain the past and protect the present biodiversity of endangered marsupial mammals such
as bilbies and koalas. It will generate new knowledge using an interdisciplinary combination of 3D analysis of skull
shape (reflecting a mammal¿s ability to feed and sense its surrounds) with the fast-moving fields of marsupial
conservation and evolutionary genetics. Expected outcomes include improved conservation decisions and
identification of genes underlying the evolution of marsupial skull diversity. Benefits include improved conservation
planning, better understanding of marsupial skull evolution, and building of research capacity by unlocking
museum holdings of iconic threatened marsupials in a public 3D database.