Genetics & Genomics Projects


male mountain katydid ( Acripeza reticulata ) Photo by Kate Umbers

male mountain katydid (Acripeza reticulata) Photo by Kate Umbers

Conservation genomics and speciation in mountain katydids (Acripeza reticulata)

Collaborators: Renee Catullo and Rob Lanfear, Australian National University

Mountain katydids are a charismatic species of Australian orthopteran found across the high-country and from time-to-time in some lowlands across the entire east coast of Australia. This monotypic genus has a fragmented distribution from Cairns to Hobart and has never been taxonomically or genetically revised to determine whether it harbours several cryptic species.

 
G rasshoppers from two populations of  Kosciuscola tristis.  Photos by Nikolai Tatarnic

Grasshoppers from two populations of Kosciuscola tristis. Photos by Nikolai Tatarnic

Speciation in the mountains: phylogenomics of the alpine grasshopper genus Kosciuscola

Collaborators: Rachel Slatyer University of Wisconsin, Nikolai Tatarnic Western Australian Museum and Hojun Song, Texas A&M

Funded by the Hermon Slade Foundation, we are collaborating with Rachel Slatyer and Hojun Song on a project led by Nikolai Tatarnic, on the population genomics of Kosciuscola across their montane range. For more information you can visit our project's Hermon Slade website here.