School of BioSciences - Theses
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Tools and techniques for single-cell RNA sequencing data
RNA sequencing of individual cells allows us to take a snapshot of the dynamic processes within a cell and explore differences between cell types. As this technology has developed over the last few years it has been rapidly ...
The function of female and male ornaments in the lovely fairy-wren
Ornaments like plumage colours or complex song are generally regarded as male traits that are shaped by sexual selection. By contrast, the factors that shape female elaborate traits have often been overlooked, though they ...
Predicting ectotherm life cycles under a variable climate: physiological diversity of matchstick grasshopper eggs and their ecological and evolutionary implications
Understanding the processes underlying the phenology and distribution of species is a key problem in ecology. These relationships are important for predicting the responses to species to environmental change. Phenology and ...
Investigating membrane lipid responses of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) roots under salt stress
Over the last few decades, soil salinisation has become one of the most severe abiotic stresses that adversely affect agricultural productivity in Australia. Understanding the molecular basis of salinity tolerance mechanisms ...
Group culture of preimplantation embryos creates a microenvironment that determines development, viability, and response to external stressors
Over 400,000 babies worldwide are born following in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment every year and millions of babies have been born from IVF over the last 40 years (Adamson et al. 2018, Niederberger et al. 2018). ...
A systems approach to understanding allergy, asthma and childhood wheeze
In Australia, asthma is a common respiratory disease with a significant health burden. Our current understanding of the biological mechanisms behind asthma is incomplete. It is not clear what makes a person more susceptible ...
Who to trust? Assessing and improving expert judgement in ecological domains
Managing ecosystems and species involves estimation and prediction of complex ecological interactions and their response to management intervention. While data are invaluable for informing management decisions, often the ...
Investigation of the distribution of metabolites involved in the salinity response of barley roots using MALDI-MSI
Australia’s soils are prone to degradation due to increases in soil salinity. Soil salinity results in a gradual loss of farm and grazing land. Most of the 2.5 million hectares of land affected by salinity corresponds to ...
Testing the decline of the threatened New Holland Mouse (Pseudomys novaehollandiae)
Delineating the distribution of a threatened species is critical for identifying threats and guiding conservation management. The process is challenging, however, especially when a species is rapidly declining, and so ...
Hormone-responsive networks influence urethral closure and phallus growth
Phallus development in mammals is androgen-dependent but can be affected by oestrogen. Many genes that are important in regulating phallus development in mice are also androgen and/or oestrogen responsive. The balance ...