Sean Buckley


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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile

Research interests

Broadly, my research interests are focused on using genomic data to understand evolutionary processes and apply this information within conservation frameworks. This spans from deep evolutionary (phylogenetic and phylogeographic) to more recent (population genetic) timescales, to provide a holistic overview of species' evolutionary histories and how this informs and drives current conservation research.

I am not limited by taxonomy, and love to dabble with all kinds of critters (great and small).


I am a keen scientific communicator, both within the university setting (as a teacher) but also outside of it. I actively run a scientific blog called The G-CAT, which aims to which aims to disseminate complex aspects of conservation, ecology and the usage of genetics in these fields to a wider (non-scientific) audience.

Current projects

My current research focuses on using a combination of genomic, morphological and demographic data to inform conservation management decisions around the translocation and mixing of threatened mammal populations. Particularly, my research aims to determine which factors most strongly influence the outcome of population mixing as a management tool, to better inform and guide future conservation management programs.

Previous positions

  • Research Associate, Molecular Ecology Lab at Flinders University (2021). Short-term research contract investigating maintenance of genetic diversity in the reintroduction of a small freshwater fish.
  • Research Support and Communication Officer, Marine and Coastal Research Consortium of Flinders University (2020 - 2021). Research support and community engagement, including social media management, workshop planning and as a media liason.
  • Teaching Assistant, Flinders University (2017 - 2021). Teaching assistant, tutor and assessor for 3rd year undergraduate topics "Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology" and "Conservation and Ecological Genetics".

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Phylogeographic history and evolutionary diversification of pygmy perches (Teleostei: Percichthyidae), Doctor of Philosophy, Flinders University

20 Feb 201720 Aug 2020

Award Date: 4 Dec 2020

Animal Behaviour, Bachelor of Science (Honours)

1 Mar 20131 Nov 2016

Award Date: 5 Dec 2016

Research expertise keywords

  • Phylogeography
  • Phylogenetics
  • Population genetics
  • Genetics
  • Evolutionary genomics
  • Biogeography
  • Speciation


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