Staff profile: Dr Greta Frankham

Position title:
Head (Acting), Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics
Section:
DNA Laboratory
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Profile

My scientific research interests include:

  •  Molecular systematics
  • Phylogeography/biogeography
  • Conservation genetics
  • Population genetics
  • DNA applications for Wildlife forensics

I started at the museum as a PhD student studying the patterns of genetic diversity in a small marsupial – the long nosed potoroo – to improve the conservation management of this threatened species. Since joining the Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics (ACWG) as staff I’ve continued to work on genetic management of Australian species, including the koala, as part of the Koala genome project, as well as captive populations in collaboration with Zoos and other related agencies.


I am also a certified wildlife forensic scientist and carry out research into improving DNA tools to track and identify wildlife trade items. I also carry out case work for state and federal government departments and the police to provide evidence in cases involving wildlife. The case work that the ACWG carries out usually focuses on:  

  • Using DNA to provide species identification of seized wildlife body parts including fresh and dried body parts, skins, eggs, bones, horns, ivory and fins.
  • Using DNA tools to locate the source population for a seized item
  • Using DNA tools to identify captive bred individuals from wild caught individuals.
  • Using DNA to provide identification of animals that hit aeroplanes/airplanes for Australian Airports (Wildlife Airstrikes)

 

Qualifications

Ph.D University of Melbourne, 2012

BSc (Hons) University of Melbourne, 2006

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