I am a molecular evolutionary biologist. I combine molecular, morphological and ecological data with bioinformatic tools to investigate the evolution and systematics of plants. My main interest is the plant genus Acacia but I work on many plants including orchids, Eucalyptus and the whole flora of Australia. My overall goal is to use my research and management skills to inform and guide public policy for better environmental outcomes.
I have been investigating Acacia evolution for 15 years. Current focus is on a 700 species phylogeny.
PhyloJIVE and its successor are internet tools that link webservices to phylogenetic trees. They bring an evolutionary perspective to biodiversity data.
For the past year our group has developed novel metrics to identify and quantify areas of paleo and neo-endemism.