Going beyond genetics: The shape of marsupial evolution and conservation (2018–2022)

Abstract:
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.
Grant type:
ARC Future Fellowships
Researchers:
Funded by:
Australian Research Council