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Evolutionary genomics of seasonality in animals


Seasonal breeding in certain mammals restricts their reproductive output. Seasonality is known to be influenced by global latitude and genes impacting melatonin synthesis and catabolism. Canines as a species exhibit varied seasonal breeding patterns. Certain dog breeds are strictly seasonal breeders while others are not. Gaining a better understanding of seasonal breeding strategies in dogs and other mammals may improve our access to control of seasonal breeding in food animals such as goats and fish.


Professor Claire Wade, Associate Professor Roslyn Bathgate.

Research location

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Program type



This project is concerned with exploring the impact of a newly discovered mechanism of seasonal reproductive control. Our goal is to study in depth, the functional effects of the proposed locus and to connect it with the ability of animals to breed at any time of the year. The student will gain skills in the computational analysis of large data sets, the use of high performance liquid chromatography assay techniques and functional genomic analyses.

Additional information

HDR Inherent Requirements

In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:    

  • Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;  
  • Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);  Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;  
  • Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);  
  • Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;  
  • Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);  
  • Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;  
  • Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);  
  • Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;  
  • Hold a current scuba diving license;  
  • Hold a current Working with Children Check; 
  • Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)   

You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 2683

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