Genetics is a powerful tool for examining the relationships between organisms. By comparing DNA sequences from different species, we can reconstruct their evolutionary history and the history of the environment.
By studying genetic variation within a species and investigating the effects of inbreeding, we're helping to conserve New Zealand's rare and endangered species. We also study how the animals' genes have evolved to give us the vast diversity of animals we see today.
This also helps us discover what the ancestors of all animals looked like.
We use genomics and modern sequencing techniques to study the relationships between animals, reproduction, and behaviour.
Studies by Genetics Otago members also touch on the roles of epigenetics in evolution.