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Dr Rebecca Jordan

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How can we manage our natural areas to support adaptability to environmental change? As a conservation geneticist, I endlessly curious about exploring how variation within organisms is linked to the environment they grow in and how we can harness this knowledge for biodiversity conservation.

Building on 10 years’ conservation genetics experience across a wide range of organisms, I employ the latest (landscape) genomics approaches to understand how climate and environment have shaped genetic variation in trees and use this to predict how they may respond to changing climates. Working with colleagues across Australia and overseas, my research works to inform restoration efforts – guiding where to source seed to capture variation resilient to future climates; and to predict the vulnerability of natural trees stands to climate change, helping to highlight priority areas for conservation.

I am also passionate about science communication, connecting science with end-users and the broader public, and have presented to academic, industry and the general public.

Current Roles

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    Climate adaptation and future adaptability in eucalypts

Academic Qualifications

  • 2017

    University of Melbourne

  • 2001

    B. Antarctic Studies (Hons)
    University of Tasmania

  • 2000

    B. App. Biol. (App. Biology / Biotechnology)
    RMIT University

Professional Experiences

  • 2017-2017

    Biodiversity Conservation Consultant (Genomics)
    Cesar Consulting

  • 2016-2016

    Research Assistant (Bioinformatics)
    University of Queensland

  • 2011-2013

    Research Assistant (Conservation Genetics)
    Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

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