Meet our team

Simon GriffithProfessor Simon Griffith

ARC Future Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia

Avian Behavioural Ecology Group


Monica AwasthyDr Monica Awasthy

Research Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia


Samuel AndrewSamuel Andrew

PhD Candidate, Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia

For my PhD research, I will be collecting DNA samples and morphometric measurements from house sparrow populations across Australia and New Zealand with the help of SparrowNet team members and collaborators. We will use the DNA samples to look at population structure across this wide distribution by using microsatellites. We also aim to do SNP discovery using the Genotyping-by-Sequencing (GBS) method which will genotype 1000s of SNP’s across the genome of multiple individuals from each sample population. This will allow us to look at differentiation between populations due to selection which could be driven by the wide range environmental conditions this species has adapted to.