Past Conference 2014

The 2014 annual GSA conference was held on the 6th - 9th July, at the University of Sydney, Sydney.

Please click here to download a copy of the conference program 

Please click here to download a pdf copy of ALL abstracts. 

Invited Speakers 

Michael Bunce - Curtin University
Professor Michael Bunce is an ARC Future Fellow at Curtin University where he runs the Trace and
Environmental DNA (TrEnD) Laboratory.The TrEnD lab specialises in using next generation DNA sequencing to characterise degraded DNA samples for use in a wide variety of biological applications including paleontology,
archaeology, paleoclimate, forensics and conservation. Mike did his PhD at the Australian National University and post-docs at Oxford (UK) and McMaster (Canada) Universities before moving to Western Australia in 2006. Mike is an internationally recognised researcher in the field of ancient and degraded DNA, with 7 co-authored publications in Nature and Science. 

Aaron Darling - University of Technology, Sydney
Microbes inhabit every surface of the planet and even within the human body they outnumber human cells by a factor of 10. New high throughput measurement technologies including DNA sequencing, metabolomics, and proteomics allow us to digitize information on the state of these biological systems. The Darling lab focuses on translating this wealth of information into knowledge about biological systems. We apply and design computational and statistical algorithms to automate data analysis methods. 

Dianne Gleeson - University of Canberra
Dianne obtained her PhD from ANU in 1996 on the colonisation genetics ofthe Australian Sheep Blowfly. She then established the Ecological Genetics group at Landcare Research NZ and the DNA diagnostic service, EcoGene for which she was awarded the inaugural Woman in Science Entrepreneur Award (2011). Since 2013 she has been based at the Institute for Applied Ecology at the University of Canberra, where she leads a CRC funded project on eDNA technologies for invasive species detection. Her research interests are in the application of DNA technologies for biodiversity conservation outcomes. Specifically this has been applied to population genetics of threatened and invasive species as well as the developing field of wildlife forensics. A particular focus has been facilitating the translation of fundamental research into accessible services for end-users such as conservation management agencies, and environmental regulatory authorities.

Kenji Matsuura - Kyoto University
Professor Matsuura’s research focuses on the social system and evolution of termites. He is primarily interested in understanding the reproductive mechanism and evolution of chemical communication and defensive strategies against various parasites and predators. He has been characterizing the molecular, genetic, physiological, behavioral, and ecological factors that regulate these processes. On the basis of these findings his lab is developing a novel technology to control termites most effectively by using their social behaviour.

Catherine Suter - Victor Chang Caridac Research Institute
Associate Professor Cath Suter is an ARC Future Fellow and head of the Epigenetics Laboratory at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney. She was the first to describe germline epigenetic defects in humans, and her major interest continues to be mammalian germline epigenetic phenomena and their inheritance. Her group focuses on the epigenetic contribution to phenotypic variation and disease risk, with a particular interest in the influence of early environmental factors on epigenetic inheritance.