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Dr Clare Holleley

Senior Research Scientist


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Dr Clare Holleley joined the Australian National Wildlife Collection (CSIRO) in 2016, where she works as an evolutionary geneticist. There she leads Team GEEC -- Genomics, Ecology, Evolution, Collections. She is a member of several large research consortia conducting ground-breaking genomic research (Environomics Future Science Platform CSIRO, Oz Mammal Genomes initiative, Koala Genome Consortium) and is an investigator on two recently awarded ARC Discovery Grants (totalling $1.4 million). Prior to her ANWC appointment, she gained her PhD at UNSW and completed extensive postdoctoral training (Macquarie University, National Cancer Institute USA, Institute for Applied Ecology at the University of Canberra).

Achievements and Awards

  • 2019-2019

    The Women in Science Career Award
    CSIRO Digital, National Facilities & Collections

  • 2014-2014

    ACT Young Tall Poppy Award
    Australian Institute of Policy and Science. For research excellence, public engagement and scientific leadership in Australia.

  • 2013-2013

    Breakthrough Scientist Award.
    Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra. For significant achievement through research.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2009

    Doctor of Philosophy
    University of New South Wales

  • 2003

    Bachelor of Advanced Science Honours Class I
    University of Sydney

Professional Experiences

  • 2016-Present

    Senior Research Scientist
    Australian National Wildlife Collection, CSIRO Australia

  • 2011-2015

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra, Australia

  • 2009-2011

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Laboratory of Genomic Diversity, National Cancer Institute, USA

  • 2008-2009

    Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Centre for the Integrative Study of Animal Behaviour, Macquarie University, Australia


  • 2018-2020

    ARC Discovery Grant $424,192. Does coevolution drive speciation? Naomi Langmore; Rebecca Kilner; Clare Holleley

  • 2017-2020

    ARC Discovery Grant $1,006,500. Sex determination in dragons: Genetics, epigenetics and environment. Arthur Georges; Janine Deakin; Stephen Sarre; Tariq Ezaz; Paul Waters; Lisa Schwanz; Jennifer Graves; Clare Holleley.

  • 2016-2017

    Centre for Biodiversity Analysis Ignition Project Grant $10,000. Biogeography of sex reversal and the effects of climate change on reptile sex determination. Clare Holleley, Dan Rosauer, Craig Moritz, Kerensa McElroy.

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2018-Present

    CSIRO Enterprise Systems Improvement Reference Group Participant

  • 2017-Present

    Co-ordinator of NRCA Summer Vacation Scholar Program

  • 2016-2017

    Committee member for NRCA Summer Vacation Scholar Program

  • 2014-2014

    Sponsored ACT representative at the Science in Australia Gender Equality forum (SAGE). Australian Academy of Science.

  • 2014-2014

    Scientific Presenter Australian Academy of Science Initiative:

  • 2014-2014

    Workshop convenor and keynote speaker. Early Career Researchers Workshop. University of Canberra. Empirical investigations of gender equity in science disciplines.

  • 2013-2014

    Committee member. Women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics. University of Canberra.

  • 2013-2014

    Scientific expert for sugar glider pet-owners and enthusiasts.

  • 2010-2011

    Full-Time Mentor for the Werner H. Kirsten Student Intern Program. A National Cancer Institute & Frederick County High-School Partnership.