Jason Kennington

Dr, BSc PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M092), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 1128 Citations
  • 19 h-Index
1993 …2022
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Personal profile


I received my PhD in population genetics from The University of Western Australia in 1997 and held postdoctoral positions at University College London and La Trobe University before returning to UWA to take up a UWA postdoctoral fellowship in 2003. I became a lecturer in the School of Animal Biology in 2006. My research focuses on the genetics of adaptation and the genetic threats of extinction posed to small populations.




Genetic basis of phenotypic variation in Drosophila
Population genetics of marine species
Population genetic consequences of small population size



Teaching overview

Unit Coordinator

Conservation Genetics (BIOL5542)

Field Studies in Zoology (ANIM2209)

Evolutionary Processes (ANIM3362)



Frontiers in Biology (BIOL1130)

Principles of Inheritance (GENE2250)

Wildlife Conservation & Management (ANIM3353)


  • Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Population genetics
  • Conservation genetics

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Drosophila melanogaster Medicine & Life Sciences
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Body Size Medicine & Life Sciences
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loci Agriculture & Biology

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Research Output 1993 2019

A genome-wide search for local adaptation in a terrestrial-breeding frog reveals vulnerability to climate change

Cummins, D., Kennington, W. J., Rudin-Bitterli, T. & Mitchell, N. J., Sep 2019, In : Global Change Biology. 25, 9, p. 3151-3162 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

A seascape genetic analysis of a stress-tolerant coral species along the Western Australian coast

Evans, R. D., Ryan, N. M., Travers, M. J., Feng, M., Hitchen, Y. & Kennington, W. J., 15 Feb 2019, In : Coral Reefs. 38, 1, p. 63-78 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

genetic analysis
genetic techniques and protocols

Dispersal, philopatry and population genetic structure of the mainland dibbler, Parantechinus apicalis

Thavornkanlapachai, R., Kennington, W. J., Ottewell, K., Friend, J. A. & Mills, H. R., 15 Oct 2019, In : Conservation Genetics. 20, 5, p. 1087-1099 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Genetic Structures
Population Genetics
genetic structure
population genetics

Evaluating the genetic architecture of quantitative traits via selection followed by inbreeding

Dugand, R. J., Kennington, W. J. & Tomkins, J. L., 9 Apr 2019, In : Heredity. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Body Size
Drosophila melanogaster
Gene Frequency

It's not all black and white: Investigating colour polymorphism in manta rays across Indo-Pacific populations

Venables, S. K., Marshall, A. D., Germanov, E. S., Perryman, R. J. Y., Tapilatu, R. F., Gede Hendrawan, I., Flam, A. L., Van Keulen, M., Tomkins, J. L. & Kennington, W. J., 1 Jan 2019, In : Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 286, 1912, 20191879.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle



Data from: High intra-ocean, but limited inter-ocean genetic connectivity in populations of the deep-water oblique-banded snapper Pristipomoides zonatus (Pisces: Lutjanidae)

Kennington, J. (Creator), Keron, P. W. (Creator), Harvey, E. S. (Creator), Wakefield, C. B. (Creator), Williams, A. J. (Creator), Halafihi, T. (Creator), Newman, S. (Creator), Dryad Digital Repository, 15 May 2017


Projects 2003 2022