Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP200102880 [ 2020-06-19 - 2023-06-20 ]

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Researchers: Prof Steven Cooper (Chief Investigator) A/Prof Michael Gardner (Chief Investigator) Dr Stephanie Godfrey (Partner Investigator) Prof Robert Miller (Partner Investigator) Prof Andrew Sih (Partner Investigator)

Brief description Can parasites cause host population divergence? . Parasites have been proposed to be drivers of population divergence, and ultimately speciation, yet the dynamics of this process are not well understood. This project will utilise new genomic techniques, novel hybrid zone analyses, and data on mate choice, to investigate the hypothesis that parasites drive population divergence through an interaction with immune response genes in the sleepy lizard Tiliqua rugosa. This species provides an unprecedented system, backed by 37 years of long term host-parasite and behavioural data, and recent genetic analyses. This project intends to produce significant data to allow an examination of the early stages of host-parasite evolution in action, providing novel insights into the speciation process.

Funding Amount $401,030

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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Dr Terry Bertozzi

orcid : 0000-0001-6665-3395

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