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Michael Shackleton Macro-invertebrate Biologist, Murray Darling FRC

My research interests are primarily ecologically based and encompass a broad range of topics. My background is in freshwater macroinvertebrates and their ecology and taxonomy. My work on the systematics of caddisflies led me into the realm of DNA and much of my post PhD work has involved using DNA to identify organisms, including the use of eDNA and next generation sequencing for rapid biological assessment. I apply my skills in genetics to investigate ecological questions around food webs and population dynamics, and have worked on organisms ranging from insects to fish. My research also involves exploring ecological data and I am a keen user of R. I have an interest in species distributions and have worked on projects mapping and predicting the distributions of fish and frog species.

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