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Research interests

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.

Supervision interests

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

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Projects 2003 2022

Research Output 1993 2020

Evaluating the use of risk-assessment frameworks in the identification of population units for biodiversity conservation

Liddell, E., Cook, C. & Sunnucks, P., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Wildlife Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A Practical Guide for Genetic Management of Fragmented Animal and Plant Populations

Frankham, R., Ballou, J. D., Ralls, K., Eldridge, M. D. B., Dudash, M. R., Fenster, C. B., Lacy, R. C. & Sunnucks, P., 2019, Oxford University Press. 208 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookOtherpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)

Genomic evidence of neo-sex chromosomes in the eastern yellow robin

Gan, H. M., Falk, S., Morales, H. E., Austin, C. M., Sunnucks, P. & Pavlova, A., 18 Sep 2019, In : GigaScience. 8, 9, 10 p., giz111.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Lifetime Fitness Costs of Inbreeding and Being Inbred in a Critically Endangered Bird

Harrisson, K. A., Magrath, M. J. L., Yen, J. D. L., Pavlova, A., Murray, N., Quin, B., Menkhorst, P., Miller, K. A., Cartwright, K. & Sunnucks, P., 1 Aug 2019, In : Current Biology. 29, 16, p. 2711-2717.e4 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Pleistocene-dated biogeographic barriers drove divergence within the Australo-Papuan region in a sex-specific manner: an example in a widespread Australian songbird

Lamb, A. M., Gonçalves da Silva, A., Joseph, L., Sunnucks, P. & Pavlova, A., 1 Jan 2019, In : Heredity. 123, 5, p. 608-621 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access