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

    6009 Perth


  • 357 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
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Personal profile


I am currently a Research Scientist with the Western Australian Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. My chief responsibilities are to conduct research that contributes to the circumscription, conservation and management of Western Australian flora. I utilise a range of molecular genetic techniques to examine the evolutionary processes that maintain genetic diversity and shape patterns of genetic structure in native taxa. My work contributes to understanding long term evolutionary influences on the persistence and phylogeographic structure of native taxa as well as the effects of current anthropogenic disturbances such as fragmentation and the requirements for succesful long term restoration. I am the current Secretary for the Australian Network for Plant Conservation.

Education/Academic qualification

Genetics, PhD, University of Adelaide

Biology, Honours, Murdoch University

External positions

Research Scientist, WA Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions DBCA

2008 → …


  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental
  • Population genetics
  • Population genetics and evolution
  • population and evolutionary genetics
  • Population structure analysis
  • population ecology
  • Molecular biology and genetics
  • molecular ecology
  • Molecular markers
  • flora conservation
  • genetic strucutre
  • gene flow
  • pollen dispersal
  • Phylogeography
  • Ecological restoration
  • Agroforestry
  • Restoration ecology
  • Restoration genetics
  • Life history traits
  • Provenance
  • Seed collection
  • Inselbergs
  • Genetic divergence

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Research Output 1998 2019

life history trait
semiarid region
Western Australia
genetic structure
life history
Acacia cyclops
mating systems
reproductive strategy
genetic variation
11 Citations (Scopus)

Persistence and stochasticity are key determinants of genetic diversity in plants associated with banded iron formation inselbergs

Byrne, M., Krauss, S. L., Millar, M. A., Elliott, C. P., Coates, D. J., Yates, C., Binks, R. M., Nevill, P., Nistelberger, H., Wardell-Johnson, G., Robinson, T., Butcher, R., Barrett, M. & Gibson, N., 1 Jun 2019, In : Biological Reviews. 94, 3, p. 753-772 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

genetic variation
indigenous species
2 Citations (Scopus)

Phylogeographic analyses of Acacia karina (Fabaceaea) support long term persistence of populations both on and off banded iron formations

Funnekotter, A. V., Millar, MA., Krauss, SL. & Nevill, PG., 28 Nov 2018, In : Australian Journal of Botany. 67, 3, p. 194-204

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

banded iron formation