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Developing optimised workflows for phylogenomic and population genomic analyses of Australian species

Using genomic data to inform conservation of native plant and animal species is a new and evolving field. While bioinformatics pipelines are more or less established for research programs involving model species (humans, domesticated animal and crop species), the same types of analyses present greater challenges for non-model species (native plants and animals, invasive pests) where, more often than not, no existing genomic resources are available. Furthermore, downstream specialised analyses used for conservation genetic research are only now being re-written to encompass genomic data, which presents additional computational challenges surrounding handling and processing such large amounts of data. In this project we will develop efficient bioinformatics pipelines to automate the application of a suite of phylogenomic and population genomic analysis software for a supercomputing environment.

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