Ecological Genomics & Wildlife Conservation
The Centre for Ecological Genomics & Wildlife Conservation is a molecular research laboratory based at the Department of Zoology, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Aquatic Division uses genetic and genomic tools to study marine and freshwater animals in southern Africa and elsewhere. Our main focus areas are biogeography, phylogeography, phylogenetics, population genetics, genomics/transcriptomics, conservation biology and invasion biology.
Contact: Prof. Peter Teske, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park 2006, Johannesburg, South Africa; Email: email@example.com
Some of the research conducted in our lab has challenged long-established paradigms. Some of these are relevant to a handful of taxonomists, while others affect how large numbers of scientists interpret their data. Please click on this LINK for details.
Current research projects
Genomic and physiological evidence for regional adaptation explains speciation without dispersal barriers. In some cases, incipient species are not yet identifiable on the basis of DNA barcoding. LINK
Connectivity between coastal sites can be surprisingly limited because most larvae never reach the offshore boundary currents. Combined evidence from high-resolution genetic data and larval connectivity simulations. LINK
Numerous coastal species in temperate southern African and Australia that occur in more than one marine biogeographic province constitute two or more species that are difficult to distinguish using morphological characters. LINK