evolutionary biology flora conservation gene flow marine connectivity phylogeography population genetics


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+61 8 9219 9076

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+61 8 9334 0327
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17 Dick Perry Avenue, Technology Park, Western Precinct, Kensington WA 6151, Australia
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Locked Bag 104, Bentley Delivery Centre WA 6983, Australia

Profile

Rachel is a research scientist in flora conservation for the Science Division of the Dept of Parks and Wildlife with a broad background in population genetics and evolutionary biology. Her research involves understanding patterns of genetic diversity, gene flow and connectivity in a range of Western Australian native flora, with aims to clarify taxonomic boundaries, assess conservation status, perform impact assessments or inform appropriate management actions for conservation or habitat rehabilitation at the appropriate spatial scales. 


Expertise

- population and conservation genetics in marine and terrestrial systems

- bioinformatic processing of genomic data

- intraspecific morphological variation and morphometric analyses

- molecular lab techniques

 


Brief CV

 

Academic Qualifications

2011  Doctor of Philosophy, University of Western Australia: "The evolutionary significance of morphological variation in the Australian sea urchin Heliocidaris erythrogramma".

2005  Bachelor of Science, 1st Class Honours, University of Western Australia: "Exploring the consequences of translocation - long term effects upon genetic structure within a 12 year old population of the marine gastropod Bembicium vittatum".

2004  Bachelor of Science, University of Western Australia: Majoring in Marine Biology and Zoology

 

Positions Held

2012 - Current  Research Scientist, Dept of Parks and Wildlife

2007 - 2012  Guest lecturer, lab tutor and field demonstrator for various undergraduate units, University of Western Australia

2006  Graduate Research Assistant, Murdoch University


Projects

Assessment of genetic diversity, population structure and clonality for Lepidosperma sp. Mt Caudan and Lepidosperma sp. Parker Range

Investigation of genetic entities and hybridisation within the Acacia microbotrya species complex

Development of seed provenancing strategies for mine rehabilitation using several common Pilbara species

Assessment of genomic variation in the widespread and highly variable, Calothamnus quadrifidus species complex

Using genomic variation to define cryptic lineages within Eucalyptus salubris

Investigating patterns and drivers of connectivity in Avicennia marina along the Western Australian coastline

 

 

 

 


Publications (13)

Departmental Publications (6)

Found 6 items

2015

Binks RM, Millar MA, Byrne M (2015). Contrasting patterns of clonality and fine-scale genetic structure in two rare sedges with differing geographic distributions. Heredity 115, pp. 235–242

Binks RM, Millar MA, Byrne M (2015). Not all rare species are the same: contrasting patterns of genetic diversity and population structure in two narrow-range endemic sedges. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 114, pp. 873–886

Binks RM, O’Brien M, MacDonald B, Maslin B, Byrne M (2015). Genetic entities and hybridisation within the Acacia microbotrya species complex in Western Australia. Tree Genetics and Genomes 11, pp. 1–13

2014

Binks RM, Gardner MG, Millar MA, Byrne M (2014). Characterization and cross-amplification of novel microsatellite markers for two Australian sedges, Lepidosperma sp. Mt Caudan and L. sp. Parker Range (Cyperaceae). Conservation Genetics Resources 6, pp. 333–336

2013

Binks R, Millar M, Byrne M (2013). Progress report for assessment of genetic processes in Lepidosperma sp. Parker Range and Lepidosperma sp. Mt Caudan: report submitted to Botanica Consulting and Cazaly Iron Ore Pty Ltd. Department of Environment and Conservation, Kensington, WA. 11 p.

2012

Binks R, Millar M, Byrne M (2012). Progress report for assessment of genetic processes in Lepidosperma sp. Parker Range and Lepidosperma sp. Mt Caudan: report submitted to Botanica Consulting and Cazaly Iron Ore Pty Ltd. Department of Environment and Conservation, Kensington, WA. 9 p.

Additional Publications (7)

(“In press” and draft publications, or those published while employed elsewhere.)

2012

Binks RM, Prince J, Evans JP, and Kennington WJ (2012) More than bindin divergence: reproductive isolation between sympatric subspecies of a sea urchin by asynchronous spawning. Evolution 66 (11): 3545-3557.

2011

Binks RM, Evans JP, Kennington WJ, and Prince J (2011) Spatial patterns of variation in color and spine shape in the sea urchin Heliocidaris erythrogramma. Invertebrate Biology 130 (2): 161-174.

Binks RM, Evans JP, Prince J, and Kennington WJ (2011) Fine-scale patterns of genetic divergence within and between morphologically variable subspecies of the sea urchin Heliocidaris erythrogramma (Echinometridae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 103: 578-592.

2009

Binks RM, Lukehurst SS, Garcia-Gonzalez F, and Evans JP (2009) Characterization of microsatellite loci for the Australian sea urchin Heliocidaris erythrogramma. Molecular Ecology Resources 9 (4): 1259-1261.

2008

Shaw JA, Macey DJ, Clode PL, Brooker LR, Webb RI, Stockdale EJ, and Binks RM (2008) Methods of sample preparation of radula epithelial tissue in chitons (Mollusca: Polyplacophora). American Malacological Bulletin 25: 35-41.

2007

Binks RM, Kennington WJ, and Johnson, MS (2007) Rapid evolutionary responses in a translocated population of intertidal snail (Bembicium vittatum) utilise variation from different source populations. Conservation Genetics 8: 1421-1429.

2013

Binks RM, Gardner MG, Millar MA, and Byrne, M (2013) Characterization and cross-amplification of novel microsatellite markers for two Australian sedges, Lepidosperma sp. Mt Caudan and Lepidosperma sp. Parker Range (Cyperaceae). Conservation Genetics Resources DOI:10.1007/s12686-013-0087-2