Position
Research Scientist (Conservation Genetics)
Address
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fraser Avenue
West Perth Western Australia 6005
Email
Phone
(+61 8) 9480 3655
Fax
(+61 8) 9480 3641

Research interests

  • Molecular Ecology
  • Phylogeography
  • DNA barcoding
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Restoration Genetics.

Academic background

I started at Kings Park in February 2009 after completing my PhD at the University of Melbourne. In my thesis, I examined genetic variation across the range of Mountain Ash Eucalyptus regnans, the world’s tallest angiosperm.

Using nuclear and chloroplast genetic markers I examined: 1) range-wide population genetic structure in E. regnans; 2) changes in the species distribution in response to past climate change; and 3) geographic patterns of hybridization between E. regnans and other co-occurring eucalypt species. A major aim of my thesis was to provide molecular data to improve gene pool management guidelines for VicForests and Forestry Tasmania.

I am interested in both fundamental and applied research. I use molecular tools to study the evolution of plant species and also use the data to develop guidelines for the management of species. I am particularly interested in studying the response of species to past and present climatic changes and how we should manage our plant genetic resources under changing environments.

2010 Adjunct Lecturer, School of Plant Biology, University of Western Australia

2009 Research Scientist, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority

2005-2010 PhD, School of Forest and Ecosystem Science, University of Melbourne (Assoc Prof Gerd Bossinger and Dr Peter Ades).

2001-2004 B NRM 1st class Honours, University of Melbourne
(Dr Rebecca Ford and Dr Steve Hamilton).

Current research projects

  • The assessment of population genetic variation and structure of Acacia karina, and its phylogenetic relationship to other Acacia species.
  • The delineation of local provenance for effective restoration of three key tree species (Eucalyptus camaldulensis, Eucalyptus victrix and Melaleuca argentea), in the Pilbara region.
  • Whole chloroplast genome sequencing for conservation genomics.

Potential student projects

Spatial patterns of root diversity revealed by DNA barcoding and next generation sequencing Determining the distribution of plant roots in natural soils is a necessary first step in exploring plant requirements for reconstructed substrates, and understanding the underground limitations for root growth that impact on plant establishment during ecological restoration. Consequently, you will examine the spatial distribution of plant diversity below ground on the three main community types impacted by mining in the Karara/Blue Hills/Mungada area. DNA barcoding will allow, for the first time, the identification of rooting patterns, and will provide valuable information as to these species water/nutritional foraging behaviour for restoration. The specific objectives of this project are: 1) to assess the effectiveness of DNA barcoding for discriminating species based on root fragments; 2) to characterise how the taxonomic diversity of roots varies in vertical and horizontal substrate space.

Supervisors: Dr Paul Nevill and Dr Siegy Krauss.

Students

Current

PhD students
  • Anna Williams (2012- ). (Associate supervision). Conservation genetics of mid-west Western Australian Acacia species using whole-genome sequencing. University of Western Australia, Australia.
  • Majda Suleiman (2012- ). (Associate supervision). Restoration ecology of Acacia pachyceras in the state of Kuwait. University of Western Australia, Australia.
  • Alison Ritchie (2010- ). (Associate supervision). A genetic assessment of ecological restoration success of Banksia woodlands. University of Western Australia, Australia.
  • Jessica Stingemore (2009- ). (Associate supervision). The effect of plant density on genetic variation, realized mating and dispersal: implications for ecological restoration. University of Western Australia, Australia.
Honours
  • Caitlin Pascov (2013-). Realized pollen and seed dispersal inferred from parentage analysis in the banded iron stone endemic Acacia karina. University of Western Australia, Australia

Past

Honours
  • Rachel Wheeler (2012). Interspecific hybridisation in Eucalyptus gomphocephala: a conservation management issue? University of Western Australia, Australia.
  • Anna Williams (2011). Comparative phylogeography of mid-west Acacia species. University of Western Australia, Australia.

Publications

Refereed Publications

Williams, AV., Nevill, PG., Small, I., Krauss, SL. Next-generation restoration genetics: applications and opportunities (in prep).

Wheeler, R., Nevill, PG., Renton, M., Krauss, SL. Interspecific hybridisation in Tuart (Eucalyptus gomphocephala, Myrtaceae): a conservation management issue? (in press).

Worth, JRP., Williamson, G., Sakaguchi, S., Nevill, P., Jordan, GJ. Incongruence between paleodistribution modelling and genetic evidence: shifts in climatic niches during Pleistocene climatic change? (submitted).

Stingemore, J., Nevill, PG., Gardner, MG., and Krauss, SL. Development of microsatellite markers for two Australian Persoonia (Proteaceae) species using two different techniques (submitted Applications in Plant Sciences).

Nevill, PG., Bradbury, D., Williams, A., and Krauss, SL. Genetic evidence for widespread persistence during the Last Glacial Maximum in Eucalyptus gomphocephala (Myrtaceae), a tree species with a narrow coastal distribution (submitted Annals of Botany).

Nevill, PG., Despres, T., Bayly, MJ., Bossinger, G., and Ades, PK. Signals of shared genetic patterns and widespread chloroplast haplotype sharing in Eucalyptus species with different ecological tolerances (submitted Tree Genetics and Genomes).

Ritchie, A, Krauss, SL, Nevill, P, Sinclair, EA and Dixon, KW (in press) The birds and the bees and the Banksia mating trees: measuring the success of Banksia woodland restoration using genetic and ecological markers. Royal Society of Western Australia.

Nevill, PG., Despres, T., Bayly, MJ., Bossinger, G., and Ades, PK. Comparative phylogeography of three south-east Australian Eucalyptus species with different ecological tolerances: signals of shared responses to past climate change and chloroplast introgression during recolonisation (submitted to New Phytologist).

Nevill, PG., Williams, A., Krauss, S., Bradbury, D., Samaraweera, S., & Gardner, MG (2013). Development of Microsatellite Loci for the Riparian Tree Species Melaleuca argentea (Myrtaceae) Using 454 Sequencing. Applications in Plant Sciences, 1: 1200401.

Nevill, P. G., Bradbury, D., Jørgensen, T., Krauss, S., Samaraweera, S., & Gardner, M. G. (2013). Microsatellite Primers Identified by 454 Sequencing in the Floodplain Tree Species Eucalyptus victrix (Myrtaceae). Applications in Plant Sciences 1: 1200402.

Nevill, PG., Wallace, MJ., Miller, JT. and Krauss, SL (2013). DNA barcoding for conservation, seed banking and ecological restoration of Acacia in the Midwest of Western Australia. Molecular Ecology Resources.

Pollock, LJ., Bayly, MJ., Nevill, PG., and Vesk, PA (2013). Chloroplast DNA diversity associated with protected slopes and valleys for hybridizing Eucalyptus species on isolated ranges in south-eastern Australia. Journal of Biogeography 40: 155–167.

Bloomfield, JA., Nevill, PG., Potts, BM., Vaillancourt, RE., and Steane, DA. (In press) Genetic variation in a widespread, morphologically variable forest tree species, Eucalyptus obliqua (Myrtaceae). Australian Journal of Botany.

Nevill, PG., Anthony, J., and Krauss, SL (2010). Isolation and characterization of microsatellite markers for the banded ironstone endemic Acacia karina (Leguminosae: Mimosaceae) and cross-species amplification with A. stanleyi and A. jibberdingensis. Conservation Genetic Resources 2: 321-323.

Nevill, PG., Bossinger, G., and Ades, PK (2010). Phylogeography of the world’s tallest angiosperm, Eucalyptus regnans: evidence for multiple isolated Quaternary refugia. Journal of Biogeography 37: 179-192.

Nevill, PG., Reed, A., Bossinger, G., Vaillancourt, RE., Larcombe, M., and Ades, PK (2008). Cross-species amplification of Eucalyptus microsatellite loci. Molecular Ecology Resources 8: 1277-1280.

Popular articles

Nevill, PG and Krauss, SL (2010). Barcode of Life. Issue 69, p20-21. Friends of Kings Park. Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, West Perth.

Nevill, PG and Krauss, SL (2009). Plants not planes bring research scientist back to Perth. Issue 65, p12-13. Friends of Kings Park. Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, West Perth.

Unrefereed reports

Nevill, PG., Commander, L., and Krauss, SL (2013). Genetic composition of key tree species at Weeli Wolli Creek. May 2013 3rd Annual project progress report. 
BGPA Science Directorate. Report prepared for Rio Tinto Hammersley Iron Pty Ltd.

Nevill, PG., Commander, L., and Krauss, SL (2012). Genetic composition of key tree species at Weeli Wolli Creek. Dec 2012 Six monthly project progress report. 
BGPA Science Directorate. Report prepared for Rio Tinto Hammersley Iron Pty Ltd.

Nevill, PG., Commander, L., and Krauss, SL (2012). Genetic composition of key tree species at Weeli Wolli Creek. May 2012 2nd Annual project progress report. 
BGPA Science Directorate. Report prepared for Rio Tinto Hammersley Iron Pty Ltd.

Nevill, PG., Commander, L., and Krauss, SL (2011). Genetic composition of key tree species at Weeli Wolli Creek. Dec 2011 Six monthly project progress report. 
BGPA Science Directorate. Report prepared for Rio Tinto Hammersley Iron Pty Ltd.

Nevill, PG., Commander, L., and Krauss, SL (2011). Genetic composition of key tree species at Weeli Wolli Creek. May 2011 Ist Annual project progress report. 
BGPA Science Directorate. Report prepared for Rio Tinto Hammersley Iron Pty Ltd.

Nevill, PG., Commander, L., and Krauss, SL (2010). Genetic composition of key tree species at Weeli Wolli Creek. Nov 2010 Six monthly project progress report. 
BGPA Science Directorate. Report prepared for Rio Tinto Hammersley Iron Pty Ltd.

Nevill, PG and Krauss, SL (2010). The assessment of population genetic variation and structure of Acacia karina, and its phylogenetic relationship to other Acacia species. BGPA Science Directorate. Jul 2010 Eighteen month project progress report. Report prepared for Karara Mining Pty Ltd.

Nevill, PG., Commander, L., and Krauss, SL (2010). Genetic composition of key tree species at Weeli Wolli Creek. May 2010 Six monthly project progress report. 
BGPA Science Directorate. Report prepared for Rio Tinto Hammersley Iron Pty Ltd.

Nevill, PG and Krauss, SL (2010). The assessment of population genetic variation and structure of Acacia karina, and its phylogenetic relationship to other Acacia species. Jan 2010 Six monthly project progress report. BGPA Science Directorate. Report prepared for Karara Mining Pty Ltd.

Nevill, PG and Krauss, SL (2009). The assessment of population genetic variation and structure of Acacia karina, and its phylogenetic relationship to other Acacia species. Jul 2009 Six monthly project progress report. BGPA Science Directorate. Report prepared for Karara Mining Pty Ltd.

Professional Associations

Member of the Australian Barcode of Life Network (ABOLN) steering committee.

Reviewer for

Journal of Biogeography, Australian Journal of Botany, Conservation Genetics, Molecular Ecology, Austral Ecology, Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society, Annals of Botany, Silvae Genetica, Molecular Ecology Resources, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Evolution.