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Welcome to the Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics (ACWG) at the Australian Museum.

The ACWG was founded by Professor Rebecca Johnson in 2012, who is the Chief Investigator of projects focussed on wildlife forensics, aviation wildlife strike and a range of conservation genomics projects including the koala genome.

This unit is comprised of NATA accredited (ISO/IEC 17025) DNA laboratories and biological tissue collection.

We support all molecular based research carried out by the Australian Museum Research Institute and offer DNA-based molecular diagnostic services to a wide variety of external partners.

Our primary focus is on ecological applications such as species identification, individualisation, conservation and small population management.

Our specialised DNA services

Captive and wild population management

The ACWG specialises in population genetics/genomics and provides a range of DNA based services that may be of use to wildlife managers and captive population managers.

The ACWG is committed to the conservation of Australian biodiversity and regularly carries out genetic assessments for a variety of government departments and NGOs responsible for the management of wild populations.
The ACWG also has a strong relationship with the zoo community and has a Memorandum of Understanding with The Zoo and Aquarium Association (the peak body representing the zoo and aquarium community throughout Australasia) for the provision of molecular services.

The services provided for captive holders and population manager include:

  • Marker development for population genomic assessment
  • Genotyping for population genetic assessments (diversity, genetic structure, relatedness etc)
  • Paternity testing
  • Breeding recommendations (i.e do not breed lists)
  • Avian Gender Testing (validated across a range of species)
  • Bio-banking – storage of genetic material for current and future analyse.

If you wish to enquire about costs and services please email us.

Accredited for compliance with (ISO/IEC 17025) interpreted for research using CITAC Guide CG2 “Quality Assurance for Research and Non Routine Analysis” (1998)

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Our scientific research

We support AMRI's molecular based research in areas such as conservation, biogeography, taxonomy, systematics and population genetics, to name a few. We also co-lead the Koala Genome Consortium.

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