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Mr Matthew Christmas

Telephone +61 8 8313 1706
Position ARC Research Associate
Fax +61 8 8313 4634
Building Schulz Building
Floor/Room 12
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit Ecology and Environmental Science

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Biography/ Background

Currently a post-graduate researcher in Professor Andy Lowe’s lab, I am working towards a PhD in population and adaptation genomics. I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Bristol, UK (2006) and went on to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at King’s College, London (2008) before entering into a career in secondary science teaching. I moved to Australia in 2012 and began my post-graduate research.

My current research interests are in using genomics and transcriptomics to explore questions regarding plant adaptation along environmental clines. I am currently investigating adaptation in the narrow-leaf hopbush, Dodonaea viscosa ssp. angustissima, along an environmental gradient in South Australia. To address such questions I am using population-level genomic data via transcriptome sequencing, reduced-representation libraries, and hybrid-capture target-enrichment. I am also developing bioinformatic skills for the analysis of these data.


PGCE Secondary Science King's College, London, UK

BSc. Hons. Biology University of Bristol, Bristol, UK


Research Funding

2014: PhD Research. Field Naturalists Society of South Australia - Lirabenda Endowment Fund ($2K)


Breed MF, Christmas MJ, Lowe AJ. 2014. Higher Levels of Multiple Paternities Increase Seedling Survival in the Long-Lived Tree Eucalyptus gracilis. PLoS One 9:e90478.

Guerin GR, Martín-Forés I, Biffin E, Baruch Z, Breed MF, Christmas MJ, Cross HB, Lowe AJ. 2014. Global change community ecology beyond species-sorting: a quantitative framework based on mediterranean-biome examples. Global Ecology and Biogeography:

Aleksiev AS, Longdon B, Christmas MJ, Sendova-Franks AB, Franks NR. 2008. Individual and collective choice: parallel prospecting and mining in ants. Naturwissenschaften 95:301-305.

Aleksiev AS, Longdon B, Christmas MJ, Sendova-Franks AB, Franks NR. 2007. Individual choice of building material for nest construction by worker ants and the collective outcome for their colony. Animal Behaviour 74:559-566.



Entry last updated: Wednesday, 4 May 2016

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