Project title: Ancient and Modern genetics of crested penguins (Eudyptes spp.)
Tess’ broad research interests are focused on the evolutionary histories within and between species. She commenced her PhD with Jon Waters in December 2015 in the Department of Zoology at Otago University, and she is also associated with the Long Term Ecology Lab at Landcare Research. Her research examines ancient and modern crested penguins (Eudyptes spp.), with broad aims to explore temporal and spatial evolution across the clade using a combination of genomics and morphology. She is particularly interested in phylogenomics, biogeography, population dynamics and extinction within Eudyptes and the Sub-Antarctic. Tess’ PhD provides her with an excellent framework to use a range of cutting-edge techniques to address diverse evolutionary questions and inform conservation management decisions. Recently, she has also been involved in genetic projects on the southern pygmy perch (Nannoperca australis), Sub-Antarctic Prions (Pachyptila spp.) and ducks (Mergus spp. and Anas spp.), and has dabbled in palaeoecology and metabarcoding techniques.