Personal profile

Research interests

Paul's research mainly concerns how the population biology, ecology and evolution of Australian native wildlife is impacted by human-induced changes to environments, and approaches to reducing those impacts. He works with many excellent collaborators on a broad array of natural systems, spanning many vertebrate and invertebrate groups, and some plants. Research methods include ecological genomics, molecular ecology, field biology. Research systems include bush birds, freshwater fish, arid zone fish and invertebrates, log-dwelling forest invertebrates, mammals.

Supervision interests

See research interests.

I am keen to hear from highly-motivated, dedicated potential PhD candidates who are committed to work on interesting conservation-related biology and aspire to publish excellent work in strong international journals.

Monash teaching commitment

I have taught in diverse undergraduate biology units.


Conservation Biology BIO2040

Evolutionary Ecology BIO2022

Trends in Ecology BIO3070



  • evolutionary processes in conservation
  • population genetics and genomics

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Projects 2003 2020

Research Output 2000 2017

De novo genome assembly and annotation of Australia’s largest freshwater fish, the Murray cod (Maccullochella peelii), from Illumina and Nanoporesequencing read

Austin, C. M., Hua, T. M., Harrisson, K. A., Lee, Y. P., Croft, L. J., Sunnucks, P., Pavlova, A. & Gan, H. M. 2017 In : GigaScience. 6, 8, p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access

Evolutionary divergence in freshwater insects with contrasting dispersal capacity across a sea of desert

Razeng, E., Smith, A. E., Harrisson, K. A., Pavlova, A., Nguyen, T., Pinder, A., Suter, P., Webb, J., Gardner, M. G., Brim-Box, J. C., Thompson, R., Davis, J. & Sunnucks, P. 1 Aug 2017 In : Freshwater Biology. 62, 8, p. 1443-1459 17 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Integrative approaches for studying mitochondrial and nuclear genome co-evolution in oxidative phosphorylation

Sunnucks, P., Morales, H., Lamb, A. M., Pavlova, A. & Greening, C. 3 Mar 2017 In : Frontiers in Genetics. 8, 12 p., 25

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access

MHC class II β exon 2 variation in pardalotes (Pardalotidae) is shaped by selection, recombination and gene conversion

Balasubramaniam, S., Mulder, R. A., Sunnucks, P., Pavlova, A. & Melville, J. 2017 In : Immunogenetics. 69, 2, p. 101-111 11 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Monitoring ecological consequences of efforts to restore landscape-scale connectivity

Watson, D., Doerr, V. A. J., Banks, S. C., Driscoll, D. A., van der Ree, R., Doerr, E. D. & Sunnucks, P. 1 Feb 2017 In : Biological Conservation. 206, p. 201-209 9 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewComment / Debate