Genetic rescue of Australian wildlife

  • Sunnucks, Paul (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Lintermans, Mark (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Morgan, John (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Beitzel, Matthew (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Coates, David J (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Kilian, Andrzej (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Magrath, Michael (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Sinclair, Steven (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Young, Andrew (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This project aims to test genetic rescue as an efficient recovery technique for threatened plants and animals.
Genetic rescue is under-utilised, even though it is overwhelmingly beneficial. The project will convert management
actions on five Endangered/Critically Endangered species into rigorous experiments that measure the fitness
benefits of genetic rescue, and demonstrate genome-wide consequences. Anticipated outcomes include
innovative genetic rescue protocols and a framework for genetic rescue, with excellent science and leading-edge
conservation training. The expected benefits will be increased persistence of species that are otherwise
unresponsive to management, and aims to provide a new path to saving endangered species.
Effective start/end date2/12/1631/12/22


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$476,000.00
  • Monash University
  • University of Canberra
  • La Trobe University: A$15,000.00
  • Zoological Parks and Gardens Board (trading as Zoos Victoria): A$94,288.00
  • Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) (Victoria): A$140,000.00
  • Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (Western Australia): A$20,000.00
  • Diversity Arrays Technology Pty Ltd: A$80,000.00
  • Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) (Australian Capital Territory): A$32,000.00