Dowton, Mark P. Prof.

Head of Students (Science)

  • Centre for Medical and Molecular Bioscience
  • Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
  • School of Biological Sciences

Overview


My research uses DNA sequences to discover the evolutionary relationships among groups of organisms.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Much of my research has been directed towards understanding the evolution of a very large and biologically diverse group of insects, the Hymenoptera (wasps, bees, ants). The main source of data has been DNA sequences from mitochondria, and I am recognized as an expert in the evolution and biology of the mitochondrial genome. I am particularly interested in how this genome evolves, and how changes in both the sequence and arrangement of genes within it can inform us about evolutionary relationships.

Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy The evolution of sociality in habitat-sociality coral reef fishes Hing, Martin
    Doctor of Philosophy Integrative systematics of Australian flesh flies Johnston, Nikolas
    Doctor of Philosophy Landscape genetics of spotted tailed quoll populations in NSW: are current levels of population connectivity and adaptive potential enough to ensure their long term survival? Knipler, Monica
    Doctor of Philosophy The evolution and variability of social behaviour in anemonefishes (genus Amphiprion) Heatwole, Siobhan
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigating the Causes and Consequences of Sociality in the Coral-Dwelling Gobies (genus Gobiodon) Froehlich, Catheline

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Much of my research has been directed towards understanding the evolution of a very large and biologically diverse group of insects, the Hymenoptera (wasps, bees, ants). The main source of data has been DNA sequences from mitochondria, and I am recognized as an expert in the evolution and biology of the mitochondrial genome. I am particularly interested in how this genome evolves, and how changes in both the sequence and arrangement of genes within it can inform us about evolutionary relationships.

Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy The evolution of sociality in habitat-sociality coral reef fishes Hing, Martin
    Doctor of Philosophy Integrative systematics of Australian flesh flies Johnston, Nikolas
    Doctor of Philosophy Landscape genetics of spotted tailed quoll populations in NSW: are current levels of population connectivity and adaptive potential enough to ensure their long term survival? Knipler, Monica
    Doctor of Philosophy The evolution and variability of social behaviour in anemonefishes (genus Amphiprion) Heatwole, Siobhan
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigating the Causes and Consequences of Sociality in the Coral-Dwelling Gobies (genus Gobiodon) Froehlich, Catheline
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