Melissa Danks

Acting MSU Manager

Molecular Systematics Unit

BSc (Hons); PhD


(08) 9212 3780


  • Net Conservation Benefits Project: Conservation Systematics of the Western Pilbara Fauna
  • Provides technical support to research scientists and students
  • Develops collections of DNA and molecular data
  • Assists in the running and maintenance of the MSU laboratory

Selected Publications


Perina, G., Camacho Pérez, A. I., Danks, M., White, N., & Guzik, M. T. (2023) Two new species of Atopobathynella (Parabathynellidae, Bathynellacea) from the Pilbara region, Australia, Systematics and Biodiversity, 21:1, 2228326, doi: 10.1080/14772000.2023.2228326

Decker, O., Egidi, E., Hopkins, A. J., Danks, M., & Gibb, H. (2023) Reintroduction of Threatened Digging Mammals Influences Soil Microbial Communities Differently Along a Rainfall Gradient. Pedobiologia 150889. doi: 10.1016/j.pedobi.2023.150889

Elliott TF, Travouillon KJ, Warburton NM, Danks MA, Vernes K (2021) New Guinean bandicoots: new insights into diet, dentition and digestive tract morphology and a dietary review of all extant non-Australian Peramelemorphia. Australian Mammalogy doi: 10.1071/AM21015

Danks M, Simpson N, Elliott TF, Paine CETP, Vernes K (2020) Modeling mycorrhizal fungi dispersal by the mycophagous swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor). Ecology and Evolution. 10 (23): 12920-12928. doi: 10.1002/ece3.6873

Ruthrof KX, Hopkins AJM, Danks M, O’Hara G, et al. Rethinking soil water repellency and its management. Plant Ecology 220, 977–984 (2019). doi: 10.1007/s11258-019-00967-4

Phelps CM, Bernasconi R, Danks M, Gasol JM, et al. (2018) Microbiomes of Western Australian marine environments. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 101: 17–43, 2018

Neaves LE, Danks M, Lott MJ, Dennison S, Frankham GJ, et al. (2018) Unmasking the complexity of species identification in Australasian flying-foxes. PLoS ONE 13(4): e0194908. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0194908


Melissa’s full publication list can be found here