Prof. Neil Gemmell
AgResearch Chair and Director of the Centre for Reproduction and Genomics
Tel: 64 3 479 6824
Neil is the AgResearch Chair in Reproduction and Genomics at the University of Otago and the inaugural Director of the Centre for Reproduction and Genomics.
He leads a research group that blends ecology, population, conservation and evolutionary biology with recent technological spin-offs from the various genome projects.
A recurring theme in Neil’s research is that of reproduction, with past and current projects spanning mating systems and mate choice, sperm function, sex determination, sex allocation, and inter-sexual genomic conflict.
Neil also has interests in several congruent fields of research, particularly the evolution of the mitochondrial genome, the evolution of microsatellite DNA, the evolution of sex determining mechanisms and the processes that lead to speciation.
Sawaya S.M., Lennon D., Buschiazzo E., Gemmell N., Minin V.N. (2012) Measuring microsatellite conservation in Mammalian evolution with a phylogenetic birth-death model. Genome Biology and Evolution 4:636-647.
Johnson S.L., Gemmell N.J. (2012) Are old males still good males and can females tell the difference? BioEssays 609–619.
Fouquet A., Noonan B.P., Rodrigues M.T., Pech N., Gilles A., Gemmell N.J. (2011) Multiple Quaternary refugia in the Eastern Guiana Shield revealed by comparative phylogeography of 12 Frogs Species. Systematic Biology 61 : 461-489.
Buschiazzo E., Beck J., Gemmell N.J. (2011) Design and implementation of degenerate cross-species microsatellite primers for the Mammalian clade. PloS One 6 e29582.
Goldstien S.J., Dupont L., Viard F., Hallas P.J., Nishikawa T., Schiel D.R., Gemmell N.J., Bishop J.D. (2011) Global phylogeography of the widely introduced North West Pacific ascidian Styela clava. PloS One 6:e16755.