Molecular Systematics Unit ManagerMolecular Systematics Unit
B.Sc. (Hons), PhD
Contact(08) 9212 3878 Gaynor.Dolman@museum.wa.gov.au
- Evolutionary processes generating diversification in Australian fauna
- Applies DNA barcoding as a tool to determine distribution and conservation status of short range endemics
- Applies genomic data to long-standing questions concerning the evolution of Western Australian fauna
- Develops and maintains collections of DNA and molecular data (DNA barcoding and genomic data) from fauna in the collection.
- Utilises the collections to research distribution and evolution of Western Australian biodiversity using molecular data.
Services (to other bodies):
- Represents the Western Australian Museum at meetings relevant to molecular data (DNA barcoding and genomics), for example molecular data applied to conservation policy.
- Presents talks and provides media coverage on matters related to collections- based research in molecular systematics and evolution.
Exhibitions and Public Programs
Strategic planning and daily manangement of the Molecular Systematics Unit.
Provides advice to environmental consultants, industry and government agencies on species diversity and relationships based on molecular data from Western Australian fauna.
- Presents talks and provides media coverage on matters related to molecular systematics and evolution.
Dolman G and Joseph L. (Submitted) Multi-locus sequence data illuminate demographic drivers of Pleistocene speciation in semi-arid southern Australian birds (Cinclosoma spp.)
Dolman G, Joseph L (2015) Evolutionary history of birds across southern Australia: structure, history and taxonomic implications of mitochondrial DNA diversity in an ecologically diverse suite of species. Emu 115, 35-48Dolman G, Joseph L (2012) A species assemblage approach to comparative phylogeography of birds in southern Australia. Ecology and Evolution 2, 354-369.
Dolman G, Joseph L (2012) A species assemblage approach to comparative phylogeography of birds in southern Australia. Ecology and Evolution 2, 354-369.
Toon A, Austin JJ, Dolman G, Pedler L, Joseph L (2012) Evolution of arid zone birds in Australia: leapfrog distribution patterns and mesic-arid connections in quail-thrush (Cinclosoma, Cinclosomatidae) Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 62, 286-95.
Dolman G and Stuart-Fox D (2010) Processes driving male breeding colour and ecomorphological diversification in rainbow skinks: a phylogenetic comparative test. Evolutionary Ecology 24, 97-113.
Joseph L, Dolman G, Donnellan S, Saint KM, Berg ML and Bennett ATD (2008) Where and when does a ring start and end? Testing the ring-species hypothesis in a species complex of Australian parrots. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 275, 2431-2440.
Dolman G (2008) Evidence for Differential Assortative Female Preference in Association with Refugial Isolation of Rainbow Skinks in Australia's Tropical Rainforests. Plos One 3 (10).
Dolman G and Hugall AF (2008) Combined mitochondrial and nuclear data enhance resolution of a rapid radiation of Australian rainbow skinks (Scincidae: Carlia). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 49, 782-794.
Hickerson MJ, Dolman G and Moritz C (2006) Comparative phylogeographic summary statistics for testing simultaneous vicariance. Molecular Ecology 15, 209-223.
Dolman G and Moritz C (2006) A multilocus perspective on refugial isolation and divergence in rainforest skinks (Carlia). Evolution 60, 573-582.
Dolman G, Phillips B (2004) Single copy nuclear DNA markers characterized for comparative phylogeography in Australian wet tropics rainforest skinks. Molecular Ecology Notes 4, 185-187.
Wheeler D, Hope R, Cooper SJB, Dolman G, et al. (2001) An orphaned mammalian beta-globin gene of ancient evolutionary origin. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 98, 1101-1106.