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People at ACAD

Management, researchers and support staff at ACAD

Professor Alan Cooper, Director

AlanPh: +61 8 8313 5950
Fax: +61 8 8313 4364
Darling Building, Rm 209b

Research interests: One of the leaders in the field of ancient DNA, Alan works between the fields of earth sciences, evolutionary genetics, archaeology and medical sciences.

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A/Professor Jeremy Austin, Deputy Director

Jeremy AustinPh: +61 8 8313 4557
Fax: +61 8 8313 4364
Darling Building, Rm 213

Jeremy has a long career working on the genetics of Australian biota and the impacts of climate change.
Research interests:
evolutionary and conservation biology, human and wildlife forensics, ancient DNA, phylogeography, conservation genetics.

Ms Maria Lekis, Centre Coordinator

Maria LekisPh: +61 8 8313 3952
Fax: +61 8 8313 4364
Darling Building, Rm 209a

Area: Centre administration (marketing, financial matters, reporting, web, PR and communication).

Mr Kevin Vergin, Lab Coordinator

Kevin VerginPh: +61 8 8313 5282
Fax: +61 8 8313 4364
Darling Building, Rm 209a

Area:
Coordination of all laboratory functions, including quarantine, lab supplies, lab induction.

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Dr Bastien Llamas, ARC Research Associate

BastienPh: +61 8 8313 5565
Fax: +61 8 8313 4364
Darling Building, Rm 205c

Research area: Human evolution (ancient human DNA), phylogeography, immunogenetics, epigenetics.

Open, ARC Research Associate

ArrivingPh: +61 8 8313 xxxx
Fax: +61 8 8313 4364
Darling Building, Rm 205b

Research area: Aboriginal Heritage - using genetics to recover Australia's lost history

Dr Laura Weyrich, ARC DECRA Fellow

Laura WeyrichPh: +61 8 8313 5565
Fax: +61 8 8313 4364
Darling Building, Rm 205c

Research Area: Microbiomes and Dental Calculus.

Dr Julien Soubrier, ARC Research Associate

Julien SubrierPh: +61 8 8313 xxxx
Fax: +61 8 8313 4364
Darling Building, Rm 209a

Researh Area:
Bioinformatics

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Dr Vicki Thomson, ARC Research Associate

Vicki ThomsonPh: +61 8 8313 8242
Fax: +61 8 8313 4364
Darling Building, Rm 205b

Research area: Investigating evolutionary and ecological responses to environmental change in the Australian context.

Dr Jessica Wadley, ARC Research Associate

Jessica WadleyPh: +61 8 8313 8242
Fax: +61 8 8313 4364
Darling Building, Rm 205b

Research area: Phylogeography and Conservation Genetics.

Dr Denice Higgins, ARC Research Associate

Denice HigginsPh: +61 8 8313 8242
Fax: +61 8 8313 4364
Darling Building, Rm 205b

Research area: Human Forensics.

Dr Jennifer Young, Research Assistant

JenniferPh: +61 8 8313 5148
Fax: +61 8 8313 4364
Darling Building, Rm 205d

Research area: Soil Forensics

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Dr Kieren Mitchell, ARC Research Associate

Kieren MitchellPh: +61 8 8313 8242
Fax: +61 8 8313 4364
Darling Building, Rm 205b

Research area: Megafauna extinction.

Dr Holly Heiniger, Technical Officer

Holly HeingerPh: +61 8 8313 3698
Fax: +61 8 8313 4364
Darling Building, Rm 205e

Research area:

Dr Jimmy Breen, ARC Research Associate co-joint with the School of Agriculture, Food & Wine

JimmyPh: +61 8 8313 8242
Fax: +61 8 8313 4364
Darling Building, Rm 205b

Research area: Bioinformatics

Corinne Preuss, Technical Officer

PerePh:+61 8 8313 3698
Fax: +61 8 8303 4364

Research area: Ancient cereals

PhD Candidates at ACAD

Luis Arriola

Luis Arriola
Ph: +61 8313 5148| Darling Building, Rm 205a

Research Area: Bioinformatics

Felicia Bardan

Felicia Bardan
Ph: +61 8313 5148 | Darling Building, Rm 205a

Research Area: Human Forensics

Alex Boast

Alex Boast
Ph: +61 8 8313 5148 | Darling Building, Rm 205d

Research Area: Conservation biology

Paul Czechowski

Paul Czechowski Co-joint with the Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology & Biodiversity (ACEBB)
Ph: +61 8313 8245 | Darling Building, Rm 205d

Research Area: Antarctic Soil biodiversity/environmental genomics.

Raphael Eisenhofer

Raphael Eisenhofer
Ph: +61 8313 5148 | Darling Building, Rm 205a

Research Area: Using ancient dental calculus to trace human migration and disease in Polynesia.

Andrew Farrer

 Andrew Farrer
Ph: +61 8313 5148 | Darling Building, Rm 205a

Research Area: Identification of factors causing oral microbiotal change through time.

Michael Herrera

Michael Herrera
Ph: +61 8 8313 8245| Darling Building, Rm 205d

Research Area: Domestication

Jennifer Shaw

Jennifer Shaw
Ph: +61 8 8313 8245 | Darling Building Rm 205d

Research Area: Environmental genomics/ DNA assessment of freshwater systems (quality & health)

Guido Valverde

Guido Valverde
Ph: Remote Candidature

Research Area: Pre-columbian human genetic diversity in South America using ancient DNA

Ayla van Loenen

Ayla van Loenen
Ph: +61 8313 8245, Darling Building, Rm 205d

Research Area: Epigenetics

Oliver Wooley

Oliver Wooley
Ph: +61 8 8313 8245 | Darling Building, Rm 205d

Research Area: Developing methods to process, interpret and present NGS data for end users using the Geneious platform.

Tim Rabanus-Wallace

Tim Rabanus-Wallace
Ph: +61 8 8313 5148 | Darling Building, Rm 205a

Research Area:

Lauren White

Lauren White
Ph: +61 8 8313 5148 | Darling Building, Rm 205a

Research Area: Wildlife and conservation genomics

Affiliates and visiting researchers

Dr Wolfgang Haak, Max Planck Institute, Jena, Germany

Research Area: Human evolution

Pere Bover Arbos, Marie Curie Fellowship (EU)
Spain

Research Area: Insular fossil vertebrates

Dr Guilian Sheng, China
Research Area: phylogeography, phylogenetics

Dr Jamie Wood, Research Fellow
Landcare ResearchLtd, New Zealand
Project: Moa coprolites

Dr Kyle Armstrong
Ph: +61 8 8313 1484| Darling Building, Rm 115
Research Area: phylogeography, taxonomy, landscape genetics, conservation, bioacoustics

Dr Jessica Metcalf, USA
Research Area: evolution, phylogeography, population genetics, and climate envelope models

Dr Linh Nguyen
ARC Super Science Fellow
Oliphant Building
School of Physical Sciences
 

 

PhD Graduates from ACAD

Steve Richards: Investigation and Application of Methods for Ancient DNA Research (2015).

Denice Higgins: Post-mortem degradation on the ability to retrieve DNA from ancient & forensic tooth speciems (2014).

Jennifer Young: Forensics investigation of soil samples (2014).

Jessica Wadley: Population Genetics and Phylogeography of Antilopine Wallaroo Using Degraded DNA from Scats and Museum Specimens (2014).

Vicki Thomson: Using ancient DNA as an essential tool to explore past Australian biodiversity (2013).

Julien Soubrier: What ‘molecular’ time is it? – Use of ancient DNA to refine estimates of molecular timescales (2012).

Christina Adler: Dental Calculus (2012).

Clio Der Sarkissian: Mitochondrial DNA in Ancient Human Populations of Europe. This project is also part of the National Geographic Society's 'Genographic Project' (2012).

Sarah Bray: The evolution and genetic diversity of ancient bears (2012).

Nic Rawlence: Palaeoecology and population demographics of the extinct New Zealand Moa (Aves: Dinornithiformes) (2011).

Trevor Worthy: Tertiary Fossil Waterfowl (Aves: Anseriformes) of Australia and New Zealand (2008).

Australian Centre for Ancient DNA
School of Biological Sciences
Darling Building
North Terrace Campus

The University of Adelaide
South Australia 5005
Australia

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