Linette Umbrello 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., Cooper, N.K., Adams, M., Travouillon, K.J., Baker, A.M., Westerman, M. & Aplin, K.P. 2023. Hiding in plain sight: two new species of diminutive marsupial (Dasyuridae: Planigale) from the Pilbara. Australia. Zootaxa 5330 (1), 001-046.

Baker, A.M., Eldridge, M.D.B., Fisher, D.O., Frankham, G.J., Helgen, K.M., Jackson, S.M., Potter, S., Travouillon, K.J. & Umbrello, L.S. (2023). Taxonomy and diversity of living Australasian marsupials In: Cáceres, N.C. & Dickman, C.R. (Eds.) American and Australasian Marsupials: an evolutionary, biogeographical, and ecological approach. Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 1‒85.

Westerman, M, Umbrello, L.S. & Woolley, P.A. (2023). On the composition of Antechinomys (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae): how many species? Australian Journal of Zoology 70, 95–103.

Umbrello, L.S., Potter, L., Woolley, P.A. & Westerman, M. (2022). First record of Pseudantechinus macdonnellensis (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae) in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Australian Mammalogy 44, 404–406.

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