People/Contacts

The TrEnD laboratory has a number of academic staff, technical staff, PhD & honours students that work across a variety of project areas. If you are interested in joining our team as a student or post-doc feel free to drop us a line. Information about domestic and international scholarships can be found on the Curtin University website. Likewise there is post-doctoral funding through the Curtin Research Fellowship scheme and the Australian Research Council’s DECRA and Future Fellowship schemes.

Academic Staff:

Prof. Mike Bunce (Head of TrEnD lab)
ARC Future Fellow
Trace and Environmental DNA (TrEnD) laboratory,
& Australian Wildlife Forensic Services (AWFS) 
Department of Environment and Agriculture,
Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, 6102, Australia.
em: michael.bunce “at” curtin.edu.au
http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=YPoEsJcAAAAJ&hl

     > My research interests and expertise revolve around using DNA sequencing technologies on trace, environmental and forensic substrates to address a variety of biological questions. I have worked on a diverse variety of projects with the common theme of extracting and amplifying degraded DNA - these include studies of extinct species, DNA from ice/sediment cores and characterising DNA in herbal medicines and environmental DNA (eDNA) (see Our Research for more details). 


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Dr. Nicole White
Trace and Environmental DNA (TrEnD) laboratory,
& Australian Wildlife Forensic Services (AWFS) 
Department of Environment and Agriculture,
Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, 6102, Australia.
em: nicole.white “at” curtin.edu.au
http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=fUfMYoAAAAAJ&hl

> Nicole’s research focuses on the use of cutting-edge and traditional molecular approaches for the conservation and protection of Australia’s unique vertebrates from Cockatoos and snakes to Ghost Bats. Nicole has a keen interest in the use of DNA technology to address the genetic factors that affect threatened species, the conservation genetic management regimes required to safeguard wild populations and assisting enforcement officers with wildlife forensic investigations. Nicole is a Research Fellow with the Trace and Environmental DNA (TrEnD) Laboratory. In 2012, Nicole obtained her PhD in Biological Sciences and her research program focused on tthe management and protection of Western Australia’s endangered white-tailed black-cockatoos. Nicole co-founded Australian Wildlife Forensic Services and she has been actively involved in over 30 wildlife forensic cases for which DNA analyses were required. 


Dr. Megan Coghlan
https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=HTutpfcAAAAJ&hl=en
Trace and Environmental DNA (TrEnD) laboratory,
& Australian Wildlife Forensic Services (AWFS) 
Department of Environment and Agriculture,
Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, 6102, Australia.
em: megan.coghlan “at” curtin.edu.au

> Megan is a postdoctoral research associate working in the TrEnD Lab at Curtin University. She completed her undergraduate studies in 2007 from Murdoch University and worked for two years as a research assistant in Childhood immunology and allergy research through the University of Western Australia and the Telethon Kids Institute. She then went on to complete her PhD in wildlife forensics focussing on the development of molecular techniques, through Murdoch University in 2014. She is now working primarily on the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) project in the TrEnD Lab, using next generation DNA sequencing to determine the plant and animal composition of a range of freely available medicines within Australia. 



Dr. Michael Stat
Trace and Environmental DNA (TrEnD) laboratory
Department of Environment and Agriculture,
Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, 6102, Australia.
em: 
michael.stat “at” curtin.edu.au
https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=dLmx_lEAAAAJ&hl=en



Dr. Joey DiBattista
Trace and Environmental DNA (TrEnD) laboratory and the Fish Ecology group
Department of Environment and Agriculture,
Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, 6102, Australia.
em: 
josephdibattista “at” gmail.com
https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=VSN8cXsAAAAJ&hl=en

> Joseph is an Early Career Postdoctoral Research Fellow working closely with Prof. Mike Bunce in the TrEnD laboratory at Curtin University. Joseph completed his Ph.D. in Biology at McGill University on the evolutionary potential of tropical shark populations using pedigree-based genetics approaches. He has worked at both the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology (2009-2012) and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (2012-2015), leading studies on biogeographic patterns of Indo-Pacific fishes. His current research is focused on understanding the origins of fish biodiversity and how it is maintained in the unique marine systems of Western Australia using a combination of traditional and next generation sequencing approaches.


Dr. Zoe Richards

Trace and Environmental DNA (TrEnD) laboratory and the WA Museum
Department of Environment and Agriculture,
Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, 6102, Australia.
em: 
Zoe.Richards ‘at’ museum.wa.gov.au
 https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=xTpbTPgAAAAJ&hl=en

> Zoe Richards is a coral biologist (molecular and morphological expertise) and is joining thr TrEnD laboratory on a Curtin Research fellowship in 2016.



Adjunct Staff:

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Prof. M Thomas P Gilbert
Natural History Museum of Denmark
Visiting Adjunct Prof. in the TrEnD lab at Curtin University.
em: mtpgilbert “at” gmail.com
http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=3LFRpqYAAAAJ&hl

      > Marcus Thomas Pius Gilbert (also known as Tom Gilbert, and publishing as MTP Gilbert) is an evolutionary biologist. He received a BA at Oriel College, Oxford University, and a D.Phil (Doctor of Philosophy) in the Zoology Dept and at New College. Subsequently, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, at the University of Arizona. He is currently Professor of Palaeogenomics at the University of Copenhagen's Natural History Museum of Denmark, and a member of the Centre for Geogenetics at Copenhagen University. He is also Adjunct Professor in the TrEnD lab at Curtin University where he spends ~1 month per year.


Prof. Giff Miller
University of Colorado
Visiting Adjunct Prof. in the TrEnD lab at Curtin University.
em: gmiller “at” colorado.edu



Students:

Dáithí Murray

Dáithí C. Murray (Ó Muirí) (B.Sc. Hons.), PhD Candidate
e-mail: d.murray ‘at’ postgrad.curtin.edu.au
> Dáithí is undertaking his PhD research at the TrEnD Lab under the supervision of Michael Bunce and Joe Dortch (UWA). After completing his undergraduate studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, he moved to Perth. He joined the lab in 2010 as a casual researcher working primarily on environmental DNA metabarcoding projects. Currently, his focus is on developing and applying ancient DNA and next-generation sequencing techniques to fossil bone and sediment excavated from several archaeologically significant cave sites in south-west Australia to explore past biodiversity shifts in this internationally renowned biodiversity hotspot.



Alicia Grealy (BSc. Hons.), PhD candidate
e-mail: alicia.grealy “at” uqconnect.edu.au or a.grealy ‘at’ student.curtin.edu.au
> Alicia Grealy is a PhD candidate under the primary supervision of Prof. Mike Bunce in the TrEnD laboratory at Curtin University. She completed her undergraduate and honours at the University of Queensland in 2011, studying barriers to gene flow in native daisies. She worked as a research assistant at Monash University, Melbourne before moving to Perth to start a PhD in 2013. Alicia is using ancient DNA extracted from novel substrates (bulk bone and eggshell), and next-generation sequencing approaches to investigate past biodiversity at sites within Australia and internationally. 


Tina Berry (BSc. (molecular biology). Hons. BSc. (forensic biology and toxicology), LLB, BNg), PhD candidate.

Email: t.berry ‘at’ postgrad.curtin.edu.au
Tina Berry is a PhD candidate under the primary supervision of Prof Mike Bunce.  Tina completed her latest undergraduate studies and honours at Murdoch University in 2013, investigating the diet of the Australian Sea Lion. Tina’s present studies involve extracting DNA from environmental samples such as water, faeces and plankton, to develop methods to examine the biodiversity  inherent within the sample, and assess the usefulness of both the samples and methods for biodiversity and species richness studies.








Dalal Haouchar


Leanda Mason
leanda.denise.mason “at” gmail.com

Jeff John








Technical Staff:

Matthew Power. Matt is an experienced molecular biologist and is employed on the NHMRC project to determine the composition of species within complementary and alternative medicines. In his spare time Matt likes to manage the TrEnD lab primer database.

James Taylor. James (JT) facillities the day-to-day running of the TrEnD laboratory - from ordering to OH&S. JT plays a key role in organising workflows in the lab and providing technical assistance to students and visiting scientists. 


Former students & staff

Dr. James Haile
ARC DECRA Fellow (Now at Oxford University)
em: drjameshaile “at” gmail.com
http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=v6nXOVkAAAAJ&hl

Dr. Morten Allentoft
Completed his PhD in 2012 (enrolled at Canterbury University)
Now a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Copenhagenen.
morten.allentoft “at” gmail.com
https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=VBfIN9sAAAAJ&hl=en

Dr Charlotte Oskam
Completed her PhD in 2013
Murdoch University
https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=yj2co4cAAAAJ&hl=en

Dr Silvana Tridico
Completed her PhD in 2015.

Brendan Chapman
Former honours student

Helen Hunt
Former honours student

Elizabeth Compton
Former Masters student

Elizabeth Baker
Former honours student

Emma McLay
Former honours student

Liza Parkinson
Former technician

Jayne Addison
Former technician




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