Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP170103227 [ 2017 - 2023 ]

Research Grant

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Researchers Dr Vera Weisbecker; Dr Matthew Phillips

Brief description This project aims to provide high-accuracy methods of evolutionary inference extendable to nearly all other organisms. It aims to research the evolution of animal diversity and calibrate evolutionary timescales on a case study of marsupial mammals, and differentiate between internal and external factors that govern animals’ ability to adapt and diversify. The project will collate a large, open-source three-dimensional catalogue of the evolving marsupial skeleton, which could provide a detailed and publicly accessible narrative of the evolutionary past and future adaptability of Australian marsupials. The proposed development of methods to quantify the effect of past and present biodiversity crises (e.g. environmental change) is expected to inform longer-term conservation planning.

Funding Amount $298,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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