School of BioSciences - Theses
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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 ...
Interspecific hybridization as a tool for enhancing climate resilience of reef-building corals
The world’s coral reefs are facing unprecedented changes in temperature and carbonate chemistry caused by the increasing concentration of atmospheric CO2. Recent massive loss of corals across the world suggests that their ...
The bryophyte flora of Lord Howe Island: taxonomy, diversity and biogeography
Before this study the known Lord Howe Island bryophyte flora (mosses, liverworts and hornworts) totalled 173 species, consisting of 131 mosses, 40 liverworts and 2 hornworts. For this study I conducted one month of ...
Targeted gene flow for conservation: northern quolls and the invasive cane toad
Global biodiversity is declining at an unprecedented rate. Within declining populations, however, there are some individuals who are able to survive the threat. Unfortunately in many cases these adaptive traits are not ...
Understanding how extreme heat events affect the heat budgets of Australian flying-foxes (Pteropus spp.): roles of morphology, physiology and behaviour
Heatwaves have increased in intensity, duration and frequency in the recent years as a result of climate change. Australian flying-foxes (Pteropus spp.) have been gravely affected by these extreme heat events with mass ...