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Education

2016 – 2020: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), The University of Melbourne [conferred March 2021]
Thesis: “Phylogenomics, molecular evolution and extinction in the adaptive radiation of murine rodents” [link]
2014 – 2015: Bachelor of Science (Honours), First Class Honours, The University of Auckland
Thesis: “Population structure and sex-biased dispersal in the short-tail stingray”
2010 – 2013: Bachelor of Science, Monash University, GPA 3.85/4.0, Major: Genetics, Minor: Zoology
2010 – 2013: Bachelor of Arts, Monash University, GPA 3.85/4.0, Major: Archaeology, Minor: Geography and Environmental Science

Academic appointments

Current: Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Moritz Lab), The Australian National University

Teaching

2017 2019: Demonstrator, The University of Melbourne.
‘BIOL10004 – Biology of Cells & Organisms’ (2 semesters)
‘BIOL10005 – Genetics & The Evolution of Life’ (1 semester)
‘BIOL20001 – Evolution: Making Sense of Life’ (2 semesters)

2014 2015: Demonstrator, The University of Auckland.
‘BIOSCI 322 – Evolution of Genes, Species and Populations’ (2 semesters)
‘BIOSCI 733 – Molecular Ecology and Evolution’ (1 semester) – Masters Level

2013: Sessional Teacher, The Yulendj Indigenous Engagement Unit, Monash University.
Provided weekly, university-funded academic tutoring and mentoring for Indigenous students enrolled in Archaeology and Ancient History subjects at Monash University.

Publications

See my Publications page

Invited Talks/Award Presentations

2021: Roycroft E et al., ‘Museum genomics unlocks a historical record of extinction in Australia’. 2021 Evolution Meeting, SSB Ernst Mayr Award Symposium. 25th June [online due to COVID-19].

2020: Roycroft E et al., ‘Museum genomics unlocks a historical record of extinction in Australia’. 2020 SMBE Walter Fitch Award Symposium. 30th June [online due to COVID-19, YouTube link here].

2019: Roycroft E et al., ‘Museum genomics and the catastrophic extinction of Australia’s rodents’. Student plenary speaker. 2019 Australasian Evolution Society Conference, 25 – 27th November, Sydney, Australia.

2019: Roycroft E et al., ‘Adaptive evolution during the diversification of murine rodents revealed by whole exomes’. Invited symposium speaker; Murinae as a Model System. 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, 28th Jun – 2nd July, Washington DC, USA.

2018: Roycroft E, ‘Decoding the evolution of native rodents’. Invited speaker. 2018 Soroptimist International South West Pacific Conference of Clubs, 4 – 6th May, Melbourne, Australia.

Contributed Presentations

2021: Roycroft E et al., ‘Remnant genetic diversity in the New Holland mouse’. New Holland Mouse National Forum, Zoos Victoria. 15-16th February [online due to COVID-19].

2020: Roycroft E et al., ‘Unravelling the complex biogeography of Australo-Papuan rodents’. 2020 Australasian Evolution Society Conference. 3rd-4th December [online due to COVID-19].

2020: Roycroft E et al., ‘Museum genomics unlocks a historical record of extinction in Australia’. Oral presentation. Global Resources Symposium, 2020 Biodiversity Genomics Conference. 5-9th October, Wellcome Sanger Institute [online due to COVID-19].

2020: Roycroft E et al., ‘Continental-scale phylogenomics unravels the complex biogeography of Australo-Papuan rodents. Evolutionary Biogeography symposium, Humboldt Day 2020. 17th September, International Biogeography Society [online due to COVID-19].

2020: Roycroft E, et al., ‘Museum genomics reconstructs the catastrophic extinction of Australian rodents’. Oral presentation. 2020 Victorian Biodiversity Conference. 6-7th February, Melbourne, Australia. [First prize, best presentation]

2019: Roycroft E et al., ‘Linking genomics and ecology: increased rates of adaptive molecular evolution in dietary specialists’. Oral presentation. 5th Annual BioSciences Postgraduate Symposium (The University of Melbourne), 15th December, Melbourne, Australia.

2019: Roycroft E et al., ‘Genomics of adaptation and convergence in the diversification of murine rodents’. Oral presentation. Evolution 2019, 21-25th June, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

2019: Roycroft E et al., ‘Phylogenomics of Australo-Papuan rodents’. Oral presentation. 2019 Oz Mammals Genomics Meeting, 5-6th March, Melbourne, Australia.

2018: Roycroft E et al., ‘Genomics of convergent evolution: carnivory in Indo-Australian rodents’. Poster presentation. Evolution 2018 – II Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology, 19-22nd August, Montpellier, France.

2018: Roycroft E et al., ‘Genomics of convergent evolution: carnivory in Indo-Australian rodents’. Poster presentation. 2018 Conference of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, 8-12th July, Yokohama, Japan.

2017: Roycroft E et al., ‘Conflict and confidence in phylogenomics: an example from a recent and rapid radiation’. Oral presentation. 3rd Annual BioSciences Postgraduate Symposium (The University of Melbourne), 8th December, Melbourne, Australia. [Runner up, best presentation]

2017: Roycroft E et al., ‘Conflict and confidence in phylogenomics: an example from a recent and rapid radiation’. Oral presentation. 2017 Conference of the Australasian Evolution Society and ‘Phylomania’, 4-8th December, Hobart, Australia.

2017: Roycroft E et al., ‘Murid rodents as a model for decoding the genomic basis of adaptive radiations across Indo-Australia’. Oral presentation. Systematics 2017, Conference of the Society of Australian Systematic Biologists, 27-29th November, Adelaide, Australia.

2017: Roycroft E et al., ‘Phylogenomics to adaptation: exon capture of extant and extinct Australian rodents’. Oral presentation. Genomics and Collections: Adaptation to Macroevolution, 2017 Joint Conference of the Centre for Biodiversity Analysis and CSIRO NRCA, 12-14th September, Canberra, Australia.

2016: Roycroft E et al., ‘Population structure and sex-biased dispersal in the short-tail stingray’. Poster presentation. 2016 Joint Conference of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution and the Genetics Society of Australasia, 3-7th July, Gold Coast, Australia.

2015: Roycroft E et al., ‘Sex-biased dispersal in the short-tail stingray’. Oral presentation. 2015 Joint Conference of the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society and the Oceanic Chondrichthyan Society, 6-9th July 2015, Auckland, New Zealand.

Seminar Presentations

2019: Roycroft E, ‘Museum genomics and the catastrophic extinction of Australia’s rodents’. Royal Society of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.

2019: Roycroft E, ‘Genomics of adaptation and convergence in the diversification of murine rodents’. Melbourne Cell and Developmental Biology Seminar Series, Melbourne, Australia.

2018: Roycroft E, ‘Phylogenomics, adaptation and extinction in the diversification of murine rodents’. Museums Victoria’s monthly ‘Science Interaction Seminar’, Melbourne, Australia.

Awards

2021    Ernst Mayr Award Finalist, Society of Systematic Biologists
2020    Walter M. Fitch Prize (shared), Society of Molecular Biology & Evolution ($500 USD)
2020   
Best presentation (First prize), 2020 Victorian Biodiversity Conference
2019    Young Scientist Research Prize, The Royal Society of Victoria ($1250 AUD)
2019    Student Research Award, Australasian Evolution Society (registration + special AES conference talk)
2017
   Best Presentation (Second Prize), BioSciences Symposium, University of Melbourne ($100 AUD)
2015    Joint Graduate School in Coastal & Marine Science Award, University of Auckland ($285 NZD)
2014    First in Course Award, The University of Auckland
2014    Sir John Monash Medal for Outstanding Achievement, Monash University
2013    Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution Summer Scholarship ($5000 NZD)
2013    Chris Maher Prize, Geography & Environmental Science, Monash University ($250 AUD)
2013    Sir John Monash Community Leaders Scholarship, Monash University ($4000 AUD)
2013    School of Biological Sciences Summer Research Scholarship, Monash University ($1000 AUD)
2012    Summer Research Scholarship, The Australian National University (~$4000 AUD total value)
2010-13 Dean’s List Fellowship, Faculty of Science, Monash University

Fellowships & Research Grants

2021    Ignition Grant, Centre for Biodiversity Analysis ($10,000 AUD)
2019    Alfred Nicholas Fellowship, The University of Melbourne ($14,771 AUD)
2019    Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment, The Ecological Society of Australia ($5830 AUD)
2019    Special Research Award, Graduate Women Victoria ($1000 AUD)
2018    Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment, The Ecological Society of Australia ($5525 AUD)
2018   
Margaret Catto Scholarship, The University of Melbourne ($700 AUD)
2018    Michael Mavrogordato Award, Native Australian Animals Trust ($3000 AUD)
2018    Dame Margaret Blackwood Soroptimist Scholarship, The University of Melbourne ($7500 AUD)
2017    Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment, The Ecological Society of Australia ($5665 AUD)
2017    1854 Student Scholarship, Museums Victoria ($1500 AUD)
2017    Jasper Loftus-Hills Memorial Award, The University of Melbourne ($2288 AUD)
2017    Grant-in-Aid of Research, The American Society of Mammalogists ($1500 USD)
2017    Dame Margaret Blackwood Soroptimist Scholarship, The University of Melbourne ($7000 AUD)
2016-20    Research Training Program Scholarship (previously Australian Postgraduate Award) ($30,000 p.a.)

Travel Grants

2019    Theo Murphy Initiative Travel Grant, Australian Academy of Science ($700 AUD)
2019    F.H. Drummond Travel Award, The University of Melbourne ($1000 AUD)
2019    ABRS Travel Grant, Australian Government National Taxonomy Research Program ($1650 AUD)
2019    Student Travel Award, American Society of Mammalogists ($500 USD)

2018   
Young Investigator Travel Award, Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution ($2000 USD)
2017    Student Conference Grant, The Australasian Evolution Society ($120 AUD)
2017    Centre for Biodiversity Analysis Travel Grant, The Australian National University ($750 AUD)

2017    Science Abroad Travelling Scholarship, The University of Melbourne ($1500 AUD)
2017    ‘Taming the BEAST’ Travel Grant, Biomatters Inc ($750 NZD)
2016    Conference Registration Award, Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution ($500 USD)

Other courses and training

2021    slimr: Using R to integrate data and tailor-make population genomic simulations (University of Canberra)
2020   HLTAID001/002 – Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation and basic emergency life support
2019   ‘Genomes and Biodiversity’ Research & Career Development Workshop (Australian Academy of Science)
2019   Denovo Assembly of Mammalian Genomes (American Society of Mammalogists)
2019   New Developments in Phylogenetics and Evolution (Society of Systematic Biologists)
2019   Population Genomics in dartR (University of Canberra)
2018   CompBioFest II (Research School of Biology, Australian National University)
2017   Museum Genomics in Practice (Australian National University & Centre for Biodiversity Analysis)
2017   Bodega Applied Phylogenetics Workshop (University of California, Davis)
2017   Taming the BEAST in the South Pacific (University of Auckland & Biomatters Inc.)
2017   Introduction to Population Genomics (Australian National University & Centre for Biodiversity Analysis)
2016   Best Practice Workshop: Animal Data Life-Cycle (EMBL Australian Bioinformatics Resource)
2016   Best Practice Workshop: Non-Model Organism Annotation and Curation Cycle (EMBL Australia Bioinformatics Resource)
2016   Introduction to Unix (Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative)
2015   Science Media SAVVY Workshop (Science Media Centre, New Zealand)
2012   Mental Health First Aid Training (Monash University)
2012   Short Course in Public Speaking (Holmesglen Institute)

Professional Service

Early and Mid-Career Research Committee Member: Research School of Biology, ANU (2021 – )

Reviewer: Systematic Biology, Molecular Ecology, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Ecology and Evolution, Conservation Genetics Resources, Journal of Fish Biology, Australian Journal of Zoology

Expert Advisory Panel (mammals): Genetic assessment of bushfire-impacted vertebrate species, Threatened Species Recovery Hub (2020 – )

New Holland mouse National Forum: Develop research and conservation management priorities for the New Holland mouse (Pseudomys novaehollandiae) at a national level (2021)

Science Outreach

‘Curious Minds’ Coach: Australian Government-funded extension program to ignite girls’ passion for STEM
In2Science Peer Mentor: Facilitated in-classroom STEM experiences for Year 9 students

In the media

Check out my recent article, published in The Conversation;
This adorable mouse was considered extinct for over 100 years — until we found it hiding in plain sight

Follow this link to hear me talking with ABC Radio‘s Paul Turton about how we discovered that Gould’s mouse is not extinct, or read about our discovery in ABC News: Gould’s mouse was declared extinct, but DNA tells another tale

My research has also featured in a variety of media outlets, including The Guardian, Canberra Times, CNN, BBC, The Times UK, New Scientist, Cosmos Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, VICE, 7news, About Regional, The Daily Mail, Yahoo News, CNET, IFLScience, as well as a variety of local Australian and international outlets, see more here. I’ve been interviewed live on ABC Radio Melbourne (Drive with Sarah Hall), ABC Radio Perth (Breakfast with Russell Woolf), ABC Radio Newcastle (Drive with Paul Turton), ABC Radio Canberra (Afternoons with Georgia Stynes), 2CC Canberra (Live with Leon Delaney), 2CC Canberra (Sunday Roast with Ian Meikle and Rod Henshaw), and TripleU Shoalhaven (Community Access with Jane).

Museums Victoria:Ressurected: native Australian mouse back from extinction

CNN International:Before humans, Australia was colonized by rats

Science Media Centre, New Zealand: “Understanding dispersal of short-tail stingrays”.
Watch: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRIdH1tqN7E

Society memberships

Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (2016 – present)
Society for the Study of Evolution (2017 – present)
Society of Systematic Biologists (2017 – present)
Genetics Society of Australasia (2019 – present)
American Society of Mammalogists (2017 – 2020)
Society of Australian Systematic Biologists (2017 – 2020)
Royal Society of Victoria (2019 – 2020)