student profile: Ms Caitlin Morrison


Thesis work

Thesis title: Conservation genomics of the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot (Neophema chrysogaster)

Supervisors: Carolyn HOGG , Catherine GRUEBER , Katherine BELOV

Thesis abstract:

The orange-bellied parrot is a critically endangered Australian parrot, and one of only two obligate migratory parrots in the world. It is currently listed as critically endangered on the IUCN RedList and as endangered or threatened under state and federal Australian legislation. This project will apply conservation genomics techniques to address threats facing the orange-bellied parrot, including loss of diversity through inbreeding, susceptibility to disease, and adaptation to captivity, as well as addressing outstanding questions facing the demographic and phylogenetic history of the species. Genomic techniques to be utilised will include shotgun sequencing, RADseq, and targeted Sanger sequencing, to develop tools for better monitoring and management of this species.

Selected grants


  • Conservation genomics of the orange-bellied parrot: developing genetic resources for management of a critically endangered species; Grueber C, Morrison C; Birdlife Australia Ltd./Stuart Leslie Bird Research Award.
  • Developing toll-like receptor (TLR) markers for studying how disease impacts the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot (Neophema chrysogaster); Grueber C, Morrison C; Linnean Society of NSW/Research Grant.

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