Associate Professor Jeremy Austin
|Org Unit||Genetics & Evolution|
|Telephone||+61 8 8313 4557|
My research uses "ancient" DNA techniques in two very different fields of genetics and evolution. The first focuses on using DNA sampled through space and time to understand the evolutionary history of living and extinct animals and birds, to assess the impacts of past environmental change on animal and bird populations, and to provide valuable genetic data for conservation and management of threatened species. The second utilises ancient DNA techniques to allow forensic identification of highly degraded human remains - murder victims, missing persons and war dead. In this area Jeremy's group is developing new "genomics" techniques for human identification as well as providing a service to the Australian Defence Force, Australian Police and humanitarian agencies to assist with the identification of human remains.
QualificationsBSc (Hons), University of Tasmania, 1991
PhD, University of Tasmania, 1995
RESEARCH STUDENTS AND PROJECTS
Current postgraduate/honours students
• Lauren White, PhD
• Felicia Bardan, PhD
• Duncan Jardine, PhD
• Felicity Coulson, Hons, (Griffith University)
• Michael Herrera, PhD
• Anna Bruniche-Olsen, PhD (University of Tasmania)
Completed postgraduate/honours students
Alex Anderson, Honours – James Cook University, Population genetics of grey-headed
robins in the Australian Wet Tropics, (co-supervisor).
James Nicholls, PhD – University of Queensland, Call and genetic variation in the satin
bowerbird, (principal supervisor).
Gaynor Dolman, PhD – University of Queensland, Speciation in Wet Tropics fauna:
Carlia skinks, (principal supervisor).
Conrad Hoskin, PhD – University of Queensland, Evolution in a secondary contact zone
between two lineages of the Green-eyed Tree Frog Litoria genimaculata, (principal
Sherryn Ciavaglia, Honours – University of Adelaide, Ancient human DNA, (principal
Michelle Roberts, Honours – University of Adelaide, Morphological and molecular
analysis of diet in the arrow squid, Nototodarus gouldi, (principal supervisor).
Jessica Wadley, Honours – University of Adelaide, Phylogeography and conservation
genetics of Wedge-tailed Eagles, (principal supervisor).
Sarah Bray, PhD – University of Adelaide, Evolution and demography of giant shortfaced
bears and brown bears, (principal supervisor).
Nicolas Rawlence, PhD – University of Adelaide, Population demographics of moa in
New Zealand during the late Pleistocene and Holocene, (co-supervisor).
Josh Hale, PhD – University of Melbourne, Human induced changes in the genetic
structure of amphibian populations, (co-supervisor).
Xiaodan Ding, Honours – University of Adelaide, Variation in sperm morphology
among Australian hopping mice, Notomys, and its possible significance, (cosupervisor).
Lindi Olivier, Honours – University of Adelaide, Conservation genetics of Wedgetailed
Eagles, (principal supervisor).
Andrew Hugall, PhD – University of Adelaide, Wet Tropics land snail phylogeography,
Katie Smith, PhD – University of Melbourne, A temporal investigation of hybridisation
in south-eastern Australian tree frogs, (co-supervisor).
Shelann Webb, Honours – University of Adelaide, Extraction and Quantification of
Human DNA from Skeletal Remains, (principal supervisor).
Brett Homes, Honours – University of Adelaide, Phylogeography of Australian
rainforest birds, (principal supervisor).
Lauren White, Honours – University of Adelaide, Conservation genetics of northern
hairy-nosed wombats, (principal supervisor).
Katrina Morris, PhD – University of Sydney, Genetics of the Tasmanian devil and
immunology of the devil facial tumour disease, (co-supervisor).
Denice Higgins, PhD – University of Adelaide, A study of post-mortem degradation of
teeth to advance forensic DNA analysis as a tool for human identification, (principal
Jessica Wadley, PhD – University of Adelaide, Population genetics and phylogeography
of antilopine wallaroo using degraded DNA from scats and museum specimens,
Caitlin Morrison, Honours – University of Adelaide, Conservation genetics of northern
hairy-nosed wombats, (principal supervisor)
• Total publications: 95 (peer-reviewed), 24 (popular science and commissioned reports)
• Total citations: 2900
• Average number of citations/article: 23.76 (ISI)
• h-index: 28
Science Communication to the Wider Community
2009 Public lecture on ancient DNA - Museum Victoria, Melbourne (http://museumvictoria.com.au/about/mv-news/2009/ancient-dna-lecture/)
Public lecture on ancient DNA - Research Tuesdays, University of Adelaide (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/researchtuesdays/2009/jaustin.html)
Palaeontology Week – public lecture at the South Australian Museum
Public lecture on ancient DNA - Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston
2008 Can You Believe It – popular science article for the Advertiser newspaper
Maths Science Life Impact – ancient DNA presentation and activity for high school students
2007 Science@Adelaide - ancient DNA presentation to high school students
Can You Believe It – two popular science articles for the Advertiser newspaper
2006 National Science Week – CSIRO Cutting Edge Science Lecture, University of Adelaide
CONASTA – National Science Teachers Conference, University of Adelaide
2004 National Science Week, Museum Victoria – public presentation on ancient DNA
2003 National Science Week, Museum Victoria – public presentation on ancient DNA
Owl Genetics Project - with Australian Geographic magazine – co-ordinator of this public participation research project, and associated media coverage (TV, news and radio).
DNA Lab – live laboratory-based public display at Museum Victoria which received
widespread media coverage and won the 2004 Museum Australia – Museum Industry
2010 Totally Wild, Channel 10 – Yellow-eyed penguins
2009 Catalyst, ABC TV (http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/2501080.htm) – Ancient DNA Monsterquest, The History Channel (http://www.history.com/minisites/monsterquest) – Isle of the Lost Tiger
The Age, Education Section (http://www.theage.com.au/national/education/cracking-the-dna-code-20090306-8qln.html) – Ancient DNA
ABC TV (http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/11/04/2409352.htm?section=justin), The Advertiser (http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sa-help-in-tasmanian-devil-cancer-fight/story-e6freol3-1111117932009), Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,446348,00.html), Science Daily (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/11/081103164725.htm) - Tasmanian Devils
Readers Digest “The Hunt for the Unknown Sailor” Helen O’Neill – HMAS Sydney DNA identification
Stateline, ABC TV (http://www.abc.net.au/stateline/sa/content/2006/s2184782.htm) - HMAS Sydney DNA identification
BBC News (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7276943.stm), ABC News (http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2008/03/05/2181122.htm?site=science&topic=latest) - Hobbit debate
Reuters (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE4AJ1SD20081120), BBC News (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7735500.stm), Sydney Morning Herald (http://news.smh.com.au/national/research-identifies-new-penguin-species-20081119-6b8i.html), ABC News (http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/11/19/2423903.htm?section=justin) - Yellow-eyed penguins.
2007 The Bulletin Magazine “The Bone Sailor” Cheryl Jones – HMAS Sydney DNA identification
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