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+64 3 479 7413
Department of Anatomy
BSc(Hons) PhD
Research summary
Evolutionary genetics and genomics, molecular ecology, conservation biology


Professor Gemmell holds the Chair for AgResearch Centre for Reproduction and Genomics

Professor Gemmell's research blends ecology, population, conservation and evolutionary biology with recent technological spin-offs from the various genome projects. A recurring theme in his research is that of reproduction, with past and current projects spanning mating systems and mate choice, sperm-egg interactions, sperm function, sex determination, sex allocation, and inter-sexual genomic conflict. Professor Gemmell 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.

Research interests:

  • Analysis of mating systems
  • The implications of the asymmetric fitness effects of mtDNA mutations
  • The evolution of microsatellites


Pearman, W. S., Duffy, G. A., Gemmell, N. J., Morales, S. E., & Fraser, C. I. (2024). Long-distance movement dynamics shape host microbiome richness and turnover. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/femsec/fiae089 Journal - Research Article

Scriver, M., von Ammon, U., Pochon, X., Arranz, V., Stanton, J.-A. L., Gemmell, N. J., & Zaiko, A. (2024). Environmental DNA–RNA dynamics provide insights for effective monitoring of marine invasive species. Environmental DNA, 6, e531. doi: 10.1002/edn3.531 Journal - Research Article

Pearman, W. S., Morales, S. E., Vaux, F., Gemmell, N. J., & Fraser, C. I. (2024). Host population crashes disrupt the diversity of associated marine microbiomes. Environmental Microbiology, 26, e16611. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.16611 Journal - Research Article

Scriver, M., von Ammon, U., Youngbull, C., Pochon, X., Stanton, J.-A. L., Gemmell, N. J., & Zaiko, A. (2024). Drop it all: Extraction-free detection of targeted marine species through optimized direct droplet digital PCR. PeerJ. Advance online publication. doi: 10.7717/peerj.16969 Journal - Research Article

Bhattarai, U. R., Poulin, R., Gemmell, N. J., & Dowle, E. (2024). Genome assembly and annotation of the mermithid nematode Mermis nigrescens. Genes Genomes Genetics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/g3journal/jkae023 Journal - Research Article

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