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Katherine Harrisson Postdoctoral Research Officer, Ecology, Environment & Evolution

My primary research interest is applying genetic and genomic approaches to help answer conservation questions and improve how we manage biodiversity under human-driven environmental change.

Much of my early research focused on understanding dispersal, gene flow and population structure in a variety of wildlife species. My current research extends this earlier work and uses genomic tools and biodiversity modelling to understand how the environment shapes the persistence of native freshwater fish populations across large spatial regions. This research also directly targets specific management questions relevant to the conservation of native freshwater fish in south-eastern Australia.

By improving our understanding of key population processes (dispersal, gene flow, mating systems), local adaptation and evolutionary potential, genomics is a tool that can be used to help inform effective management strategies that will maximise the ability of populations to adapt to environmental changes and promote long-term population persistence.

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