Genetic rescue of the Southern Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby: is there genomic evidence it is reducing inbreeding?

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CBA-supported Honours project (2019/20)

The Southern Brush-tailed Rock- Wallaby (sBTRW) is a critically endangered lineage of a species threatened across its range.

The aim of this project is to evaluate the effectiveness of the genetic rescue at the genomic level. It will also facilitate genetic monitoring of the captive breeding program in an informative manner that will contribute to adaptive management decision-making (see here for a full project description).

This project will suit a student with an interest in and knowledge of genetics. It will primarily involve lab-based work at the Institute of Applied Ecology (IAE) at the University of Canberra, with the opportunity to participate in sBTRW fieldwork at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve (ACT Government).

Information on studying at the IAE can be found here. Potential start dates: Sem 2 2019, Sem 1 2020 or Sem 2 2020.

Please get touch with supervisors Janine Deakin (, 6206 8663) or Jennifer Pierson (, 6205 3880) if you would like to apply and/or receive more information.

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