My main interests are in developing our understanding of the evolutionary processes that shape population genetic diversity, with a particular interest in the adaptive processes that enable species to respond to environmental change. I have a working knowledge of a range of genomic techniques for addressing these issues in non-model organisms,
especially genome partitioning techniques such as RNA-seq and the use of restriction enzyme-based methods. Within the Lowe Lab group, I am working as a post-doctoral researcher looking at Eucalypt adaptation along an environmental gradient within South Australia.
I completed my PhD within the Lowe Lab Group where I developed a range of genomic tools to investigate micro-evolution and adaptation in the narrow-leaf hopbush, Dodonaea viscosa ssp. angustissima, along an environmental gradient in South Australia. This involved the generation of population-level genomic data via transcriptome sequencing, reduced-representation libraries, and hybrid-capture target-enrichment. I, along with co-authors Martin Breed and Andrew Lowe, wrote a review paper looking at the constraints to and conservation implications for climate change adaptation in plants, published in Conservation Genetics.
I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Bristol, UK (2006) and went on to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at King’s College, London (2008) before entering into a career in secondary science teaching. I moved to Australia in 2012 and began my post-graduate research.
University webpage: http://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/profile/matthew.christmas
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=qWSomBkAAAAJ&hl=en