The evolution of reproductive isolation during polygenic adaptation

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Supervisor – Associate Professor Daniel Ortiz-Barrientosd.ortizbarrientos@uq.edu.au

This project seeks to understand mathematically, and via computational experiments, the genetic connexion between polygenic evolution and speciation. Theory on how genetic correlations between adaptation and speciation arise are largely lacking, particularly when considering reproductive barriers such as hybrid sterility and inviability. As a student, you will have ample room for exploring this connexion and will have access to empirical data discovering the mechanisms underlying this genetic correlation.  In this project, you will also explore how systems biology can inform the origins of hybrid sterility and inviability and its relation to adaptive traits modulated by complex genetic networks.

Preferred educational background

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

A working knowledge of population genetics, quantitative genetics, linear algebra and using high performing computing would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of evolutionary genetics and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of R and Python programming is highly desirable.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 4, 2022. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.

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