Projects per year
Researchers in the Persistence and Adaptation Research Team (PART) apply field biology, ecological genomics/genetics and spatial environmental analysis to the population biology of animals under natural and human-impacted conditions. The research of PART is highly collaborative working with agencies responsible for wildlife and landscape management and other researchers. A major focus is integrating evolutionary processes into conservation biology - how to maintain and restore resilient populations in their ecosystems. This requires appropriately connected populations of large size, with maximal useful genetic diversity.
See research interests.
Monash teaching commitment
I have taught in diverse undergraduate biology units.
Conservation Biology BIO2040
Evolutionary Ecology BIO2022
Global challenges and sustainability ENS5010
Honours and postgraduate training
Research area keywords
- evolutionary processes in conservation
- population genetics and genomics
Evolution of neo-sex chromosomes and their role in climate adaptation in an Australo-Papuan songbird family
10/11/20 → 31/12/21
Fitness consequences of admixture between two locally-adapted lineages in an Australian bird, the eastern yellow robin
1/11/20 → 31/12/21
31/03/20 → 23/04/21
Accounting for cryptic population substructure enhances detection of inbreeding depression with genomic inbreeding coefficients: an example from a critically endangered marsupialZilko, J. P., Harley, D., Hansen, B., Pavlova, A. & Sunnucks, P., Aug 2020, In : Molecular Ecology. 29, 16, p. 2978-2993 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Research › peer-review
Evaluating the use of risk-assessment frameworks in the identification of population units for biodiversity conservationLiddell, E., Cook, C. N. & Sunnucks, P., May 2020, In : Wildlife Research. 47, 3, p. 208-216 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Research › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Genetic rescue: A critique of the evidence supports maximizing genetic diversity rather than minimizing the introduction of putatively harmful genetic variationRalls, K., Sunnucks, P., Lacy, R. C. & Frankham, R., Nov 2020, In : Biological Conservation. 251, 8 p., 108784.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review Article › Research › peer-review
Sunnucks, P., 2019, Oxford University Press. 208 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Book › Other › peer-review
Sunnucks, P. & Pavlova, A., 1 Dec 2019, In : GigaScience. 8, 12, 1 p., giz131.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Comment / Debate › Other › peer-reviewOpen Access