How extreme climactic variation affects gene expression and phenotypic variation

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Climate change is resulting in shifts in the length and duration of extreme heating and cooling events. We understand that this results in inadequate developmental periods for animals and therefore leads to the expression of suboptimal phenotypes. However, we have a poor understanding of how extreme temperature fluctuations affect underlying genetic variation and a species’ evolutionary potential. This project will explore how climactic variation affects gene expression, and how this affects the investment trade-offs between different phenotypic domains such as lifespan, behaviour, physiology, and sexually selected traits. This will provide a crucial understanding of how extreme climactic variation affects evolution.

We are looking for a candidate that has an understanding of field and laboratory experimental techniques that include invertebrate collection and husbandry, dissections, and RNA extractions. Skills in experimental design, analysing qPCR results, and the use of R are also advantageous.

Supervisory team
Michael
Kasumovic

Science
Ecology & Evolution Research Centre
Terry
Ord

Science
Ecology & Evolution Research Centre
Russell
Bonduriansky

Science
Ecology & Evolution Research Centre
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m.kasumovic@unsw.edu.au