Current funding and collaborations

Conservation collaborations

  • Kākāpō Recovery Team [Andrew Digby, Deidre Vercoe, Daryl Eason, Lydia Uddstrom, Jodie Crane, et al.]

  • Takahē Recovery Team [Glen Greaves, Phil Marsh, Andrew Digby, Deidre Vercoe, Daryl Eason, et al.]

  • Ngāi Tahu - Kaitiaki (guardians) of Aotearoa's endangered species

  • South Island kōkako Trust [Inger Perkins, Euan Kennedy, Rhys Buckingham, et al.]

  • Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association [Olivier Nsengimana, et al.]


Scientific collaborations 

  • Developing in-the-field DNA extraction, nanopore sequencing and adaptive sampling approaches for in situ pathogen surveillance, conservation genomics, sexing and parentage analyses [Miles Benton, Marissa Le Lec, Jo Stanton et al., ESR & University of Otago]

  • Creating a high-quality takahē reference genome [Vertebrate Genomes Project, Erich Jarvis, Olivier Fedrigo, et al.]

  • Microbial analyses of endangered species [Annie West & Mike Taylor, University of Auckland]

  • Impact of Aspergillosis on endangered bird species [The Kākāpō Aspergillosis Research Consortium]

  • Impact of Hardy Weinberg filtering on population genomic inferences [William Pearman & Alana Alexander, University of Otago]

  • Creating a high-quality reference genome of the critically endangered Māui dolphin [Alana Alexander, Oxford Nanopore Technologies]

  • Understanding genomic adaptation via evolutionary genomics and forward simulation [Cock van Oosterhout, University of East Anglia & Hernan Eduardo Morales Villegas, University of Copenhagen]

  • eDNA projects [Wilderlab, Wellington]

  • Freshwater monitoring using nanopore sequencing [PuntSeq, Cambridge]

  • Making DNA-sequencing accessible to the developing world [Accessible Genomics, Philippines]

  • Tuatara mitochondrial genomes [Robert Macey, Peralta Genomics Institute]

  • Painted dragon mitochondrial genomes [Mats Olsson, University of Gothenburg]

  • Transposable elements in conservation genomics [Alexander Suh, Ursula Oggenfuss, Valentina Peona, Daniel Croll, Uppsala University & University of Neuchâtel]

  • Human quantitative genetic analyses and adaptive sampling [Sally McCormick & Lamia Ismail, University of Otago]

  • eDNA for assessing marine biodiversity [Miles Lamare, University of Otago]

  • Analysing the endometrial microbiome using nanopore sequencing [Wunschbaby Institute Feichtinger]

  • Whole-genome sequencing of museum specimens using nanopore sequencing [Mario Ernst & Mozes Blom, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin]

  • Otago Genomics Sequencing facility, especially Aaron Jeffs

  • NeSI HPC, especially Dinindu Senanayake

Extra-scientific collaborations

  • Increasing openness, equity and fairness in science [eLife ECAG]

  • Developing novel scientific preprint and publishing approaches [eLife preprint working group]

  • Assessing global inequalities in scientific financing [eLife GICoDS team]

  • Creating a catalogue of reference genomes of European endangered species [ERGA]

  • Developing a framework for access and benefit-sharing of traditional knowledge in genomic research [ERGA ELSI committee]

  • Leveraging genomic approaches for biodiversity credits [Bioeconomy]

  • Using nanopore sequencing in the context of planetary health [Oxford Nanopore Technologies]

  • Co-organising the 1st Australasian eDNA conference

On-going funding [see CV for all funding]

  • Helmholtz Principal Investigator Starting Grant [> € 1.9M]

  • Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation [> € 130k]

  • Grants by the New Zealand Department of Conservation [> NZ$ 30k]

  • Oxford Nanopore Technologies funding [> US$ 10k]

  • Revive & Restore Wild Genomes Catalyst Science Fund [US$ 53,750]

  • University of Otago Research Grant [NZ$ 50,000]

  • Birds New Zealand Research Fund [NZ$ 8,500]