My Research

I am interested in how genomics research can benefit and be incorporated into the conservation of nature. 

 

During my PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK, and the EMBL - European Bioinformatics Institute, I applied and developed methodology in the fields of statistical genomics and single-cell genetics. I am now combining this expertise in genomics with my background in both applied and theoretical ecology to investigate how these approaches can be combined with established applications from population and evolutionary genomics to inform the fledgeling field of conservation genomics.

 

As a Research Fellow, I currently concentrate on two critically endangered avian species endemic to New Zealand, the takahē and the kākāpō. I further benchmark different environmental DNA approaches to obtain information about species presence, population structure and demography as well as fitness and disease susceptibility from environmental samples such as soil and water. 

Featuring of

our Nature papers 

Some highlights

Lara has joined the

ERGA council

Nanopore sequencing collaboration published

Using nanopore sequencing

to monitor the River Cam

Freshwater monitoring using nanopore sequencing

Takahē conservation

Tuatara mitochondrial

genomes

Funding for kākāpō

eDNA project

Funding for takahē

genomics project

Discussing global

biodiversity loss

Assessing marine

biodiversity

My PhD research on

cancer genomics