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Mr Kieren Mitchell
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2012-Present PhD in Evolutionary Biology
University of Adelaide
PhD thesis entitled "Phylogenetic perspectives on the origin and macroevolution of major southern hemisphere bird and mammal lineages"
Supervised by Alan Cooper, Mike Lee and Matt Phillips
2008-2011 Bachelor of Science (Evolutionary Biology) - Honours
University of Adelaide
Honours thesis entitled "Molecular phylogenetics of the marsupials: A mitogenomic approach"
Supervised by Alan Cooper
Kieren's research focuses on determining the relationships among different species and groups of animals as a framework for studying broad macroevolutionary processes. His studies encompass the estimation of speciation and extinction rates, biogeography, and the loss and gain of ecological and physiological traits in different animal groups through time.
Current projects involve the extraction and sequencing of DNA from species that became extinct in the last 10-20,000 years, providing access to new data concerning the mechanisms and drivers of evolutionary change.
Wood JR, Mitchell KJ, Scofield RP, Tennyson AJD, Fidler AE, Wilmshurst JM, Llamas B, Cooper A (2014) An extinct nestorine parrot (Aves, Psittaciformes, Strigopidae, Nestoridae) from the Chatham Islands, New Zealand. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 172: 185-199
Mitchell KJ, Pratt RC, Watson LN, Gibb GC, Llamas B, Kasper M, Edson J, Hopwood B, Male D, Armstrong KN, Meyer M, Hofreiter M, Austin J, Donnellan SC, Lee MSY, Phillips MJ, Cooper A (In Press) Molecular Phylogeny, Biogeography, and Habitat Preference Evolution of Marsupials. Molecular Biology and Evolution
Mitchell KJ, Llamas B, Soubrier J, Rawlence NJ, Worthy TH, Wood J, Lee MSY, Cooper A (2014) Ancient DNA reveals elephant birds and kiwi are sister taxa and clarifies ratite bird evolution. Science 344: 898-900
Mitchell KJ, Wood JR, Scofield RP, Llamas B, Cooper A (2014) Ancient mitochondrial genome reveals unsuspected taxonomic affinity of the extinct Chatham duck (Pachyanas chathamica) and resolves divergence times for New Zealand and sub-Antarctic brown teals. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 70: 420-428
Kiwis less Aussie that once thought. (ABC 7pm news)
Rewriting the origin of New Zealand's kiwi bird ancestors. (The Conversation)
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