Marine Omics Group

We love to use genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic tools to learn more about marine organisms.  We are interested in blue skies applications, like understanding more about ecological and evolutionary processes driving the patterns of diversity we see in marine taxa today and also more applied questions, like understanding fisheries stock structure to inform management, solving bottlenecks in aquaculture and investigating more about toxins and slimes in cephalopods with real world applications for medicines and biomimetics. We work on organisms from a range of environments – the tropics to Antarctica and coastal waters to the deep-sea.

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Latest News

Congratulations Graduates!

Dr Sally Lau and Prof Jan Strugnell Dr Legana Fingerhut, Dr Ira Cooke and Dr Chloe Boote Team support All ...
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Genomic evidence for West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapse during the Last Interglacial Period

The latest in Antarctic research from the Marine Omics lab, Sally, Ira and Jan used a novel genomic approach to ...
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DNA reveals the past and future of coral reefs

A new paper by Jia in Molecular Biology and Evolution showcases the power of whole genome sequencing to understand adaptive ...
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Emerging biological archives can reveal ecological and climatic change in Antarctica

Jan led a paper with co-authors from Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future (SAEF) to highlight the utility and power of biological ...
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Is the Southern Ocean ecosystem primed for change or at the cliff edge?

New editorial by Sally and Jan in Global Change Biology (full article here), explores the unprecedented environmental risks and consequences ...
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Townsville bulletin news story: Study needs DNA of deer

Matt was recently interviewed by the local newspaper about his PhD project on chital deer. Did you know that the ...
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Evolutionary innovations in Antarctic brittle stars linked to glacial refugia

New paper by Sally, Catarina and Jan in Ecology & Evolution, uses COI sequences to investigate the population genetic patterns ...
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Global drivers of recent diversification in a marine species complex

New paper by Catarina and Jan in Molecular Ecology, (full article here), investigates genome-wide divergence, introgression patterns and inferred demographic ...
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ABC news story: Octopuses are amazing survivors

Jan was interviewed by ABC Science about some of the tricks that octopuses use to help to help them stay ...
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Reference Genome and Population Genomics of coral (Acropora tenuis) on the inshore Great Barrier Reef

New paper by Ira, Jan and Jia in Science Advances (full article here), uses shallow whole genome sequencing to look ...
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