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Conservation Genetics Lab

Associates and Friends

We have many collaborators — most of whom can be identified as authors in our publication lists. A few of our colleagues have provided information on themselves here.

Research Collaborators

Andrew J Beattie

Emeritus Professor

Andrew J BeattieEmail:

Phone: +61 2 9850 8154

Room: E8A323


Until recently I was the Director for the Commonwealth Key Centre for Biodiversity and Bioresources with active research programs in the exploration of invertebrate and microbial diversity and the interactions between arthropods and their microbial pathogens.

Currently my main interest is the role of microbial pathogens in the evolution of sociality, invertebrates as biological resources, the relationships between ecology, evolutionary biology and bioprospecting and biodiversity conservation. I also have a long-term interest in the ecology and evolution of interactions between ants and plants. I currently share the laboratory facilities of my main collaborators, Dr. Adam Stow and Professor Michael Gillings.

Some Recent Publications

S. M. Smith, A. J. Beattie, M. R. Gillings, M. P. Holley, A. J. Stow, C. L. Turnbull, P. D. Wilson, and D. A. Briscoe. An enhanced miniaturized assay for antimicrobial prospecting. Journal of Microbiological Methods, 72(1):103-106, (2008).

D.A. Nipperess, A.N. Andersen, A.J. Pik, R. Bramble, P. Wilson and A.J. Beattie. The influence of spatial scale on the congruence of classifications circumscribing morphological units of biodiversity. Diversity and Distributions, 14: 917-924, (2008).

A. Stow and A.J. Beattie, Chemical and genetic defenses against disease in insect societies. Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 22:1009-1013, (2008). (8th most downloaded article)

A. Stow, D. Briscoe, M. Gillings, M. Holley, S. Smith, R. Leys, T. Silberbauer, C. Turnbull, and A.J. Beattie. Antimicrobial defences increase with sociality in bees. Biology Letters, 3(4):422-424, (2007). (Cited in Faculty 1000).

A.Stow, L. Silberbauer, A. J. Beattie, and D. A. Briscoe. Fine-scale genetic structure and fire-created habitat patchiness in the australian allodapine bee, exoneura nigrescens (hymenoptera : Apidae). Journal of Heredity, 98(1):60-66, (2007).

A.J. Beattie, The evolution of ant pollination systems, Botanische Jahrbucher 127:43-55, (2006).

R.A. Hastings and A.J. Beattie, Stop the bullying in the corridors: Can shrubs make your revegetation more Noisy Miner free? Ecological Management and Restoration, 7:105-112, (2006).

A.J. Beattie and P.R. Ehrlich PR. Wild Solutions, 2nd Edition, Yale University Press and Melbourne University Press, (2005). (Translated into Chinese)

Green JL, Holmes AJ, Westoby M, Oliver I, Briscoe D, Dangerfield M, Gillings M and A.J. Beattie, Spatial scaling of microbial eukaryote diversity. Nature 432: 747-750, (2005).

A.J. Beattie, (with 9 authors), New Products and Industries from Biodiversity. In: Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, Current State and Trends, Chapter 10. Ecosystems and Human Well-Being. Island Press, Washington DC, (2005).

D.A. Nipperess and A.J. Beattie, Morphological dispersion of Rhytidoponera assemblages: the importance of spatial scale and null model, Ecology, 85: 2728-2736 (2004).

Doctor Christine Turnbull

Research Associate

Christine TurnbullEmail:

Phone: +61 2 9850 8154

Room: E8A319

Christine is leading the project analyzing the relationships between levels of social organization, genetic diversity and strengths of antimicrobial compounds in the insects known as thrips in the family Thysanoptera. The project currently involves the extraction of antimicrobials from solitary, sub-social and eusocial thrips and assaying them against a range of microorganisms.


Phoebe DawsonSamantha Dickson Raelene GiffneyFrances GoudieSarah Whitley

From left to right: Phoebe Dawson, Samantha Dickson, Raelene Giffney, Frances Goudie, Sarah Whitley

Past Students

  • Raelene Giffney
  • Stephen J. Hoggard
  • Elizabeth Law
  • Shannon M. Smith
  • Vincenzo P. Repaci
  • Roberto C. Reyes
  • Kate D. Umbers
  • Penny Woodley



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