Linette Umbrello (graduated 2019) Postdoctoral Fellow, QUT

Research Associate - Mammalogy

Terrestrial Zoology

BSc (Hons), PhD (UWA)

Linette Umbrello


  • Documenting the diversity of Australia's smallest marsupial carnivores (Planigale, Sminthopsis, Antechninomys)
  • Phylogeography and population genetics of dasyurid marupials in the Pilbara and adjacent bioregions.
  • Understanding the drivers of genetic differentiation and structure resulting from aridification during the Pleistocene.
  • Investigating the morphological distinctiveness of isolated Pilbara dasyurid populations (Planigale and Dasyurus species).


  • Slipping through the cracks: documenting the diversity of declining marsupial carnivores (Planigalinae and Sminthopsinae) in northern and central Australia [ABRS]
  • Net Conservation Benefits Project: Conservation Systematics of the small ground-dwelling marsupials of the Pilbara Fauna.

Selected Publications

Umbrello, L.S., Didham, R.K., How, R.A., & Huey, J.A. 2020. Multi-species phylogeography of arid-zone sminthopsinae (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae) reveals evidence of refugia and population expansion in response to quaternary change. Genes 11 (9), 963
Umbrello, L.S., Woolley, P.A., & Westerman, M. 2018. Species relationships in the dasyurid marsupial genus Pseudantechinus (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae): a re-examination of the taxonomic status of Pseudantechinus roryi. Australian Journal of Zoology 65 (4), 240-247