CV

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Education

June 2016 – Present: Doctor of Philosophy (Science), The University of Melbourne. Supervisors: Dr. Kevin Rowe, Dr. Adnan Moussalli & Prof. Andrew Pask
2014 – 2015: Bachelor of Science (Honours), First Class Honours, The University of Auckland. Supervisors: Dr. Shane Lavery & Dr. Agnès Le Port
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

Undergraduate Research

Jan 2014 – May 2015: Population genetics of the short-tail stingray (Dasyatis brevicaudata), The University of Auckland. Supervised by Dr. Shane Lavery & Dr. Agnès Le Port.
Nov 2013 – Feb 2014: Molecular phylogenetics of stick insects. Landcare Research, Auckland. Supervised by Associate Professor Thomas Buckley. Funded by the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution.
Feb 2013 – Jul 2013: Population structure of the Eltham Copper Butterfly. Monash University. Supervised by Professor Paul Sunnucks and Dr. Katherine Harrison.
Feb 2013 – Mar 2013: Novel terminal patterning genes in Drosophila melanogaster. Monash University. Supervised by Associate Professor Coral Warr and Dr. Travis Johnson. Funded by the Monash University School of Biological Sciences.
Nov 2012 – Feb 2013: Phylogenetics and phylogeography of Carlia skinks. The Australian National University. Supervised by Professor Craig Moritz and Dr. Sally Potter. Funded by The Australian National University.

Teaching

2017 – present: 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 Conference Presentations

2019: Roycroft EJ, Moussalli A, Rowe KC, ‘Museum genomics and the catastrophic extinction of Australia’s rodents’. Student plenary speaker. 2019 Australasian Evolution Society Conference, 25th – 27th November, Sydney, Australia.

2019: Roycroft EJ, Achmadi A, Esselstyn JA, Good JM, Moussalli A, Rowe KC, ‘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 EJ, ‘Decoding the evolution of native rodents’. Invited speaker. 2018 Soroptimist International South West Pacific Conference of Clubs, 4-6th May, Melbourne, Australia.

Contributed Conference Presentations

2019: Roycroft EJ, Achmadi AS, Esselstyn JA, Good JM, Moussalli A, Rowe KC ‘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 EJ, Achmadi AS, Esselstyn JA, Good JM, Moussalli A, Rowe KC ‘Genomics of adaptation and convergence in the diversification of murine rodents’. Oral presentation. Evolution 2019, 21-25th June, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

2019: Roycroft EJ, Moussalli A, Rowe KC, ‘Phylogenomics of Australo-Papuan rodents’. Oral presentation. 2019 Oz Mammals Genomics Meeting, 5-6th March, Melbourne, Australia.

2018: Roycroft EJ, Achmadi AS, Esselstyn JA, Good JM, Moussalli A, Rowe KC ‘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 EJ, Achmadi AS, Esselstyn JA, Good JM, Moussalli A, Rowe KC ‘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 EJ, Moussalli A, Rowe KC ‘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 EJ, Moussalli A, Rowe KC ‘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 EJ, Moussalli A, Rowe KC ‘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 EJ, Smissen PJ, Hugall A, Moussalli A, Rowe KC ‘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 EJ, Le Port A, Lavery S ‘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 EJ, Le Port A, Lavery S ‘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 EJ, ‘Museum genomics and the catastrophic extinction of Australia’s rodents’. Royal Society of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.

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

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

Grants & Awards

2019    Young Scientist Research Prize, The Royal Society of Victoria ($1250 AUD)
2019    Alfred Nicholas Fellowship, The University of Melbourne ($14,771 AUD)
2019    Student Research Award, Australasian Evolution Society (registration + special AES conference talk)
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    Special Research Award, Graduate Women Victoria ($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    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)
2018   
Young Investigator Travel Award, Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution ($2000 USD)
2017
   Best Presentation (Runner Up), BioSciences Symposium, University of Melbourne ($100 AUD)
2017    Student Conference Grant, The Australasian Evolution Society ($120 AUD)

2017    Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment, Equity Trustees Charitable Foundation & the Ecological Society of Australia ($5665 AUD)
2017    Centre for Biodiversity Analysis Travel Grant, The Australian National University ($750 AUD)

2017    1854 Student Scholarship, Museums Victoria ($1500 AUD)
2017    Science Abroad Travelling Scholarship, The University of Melbourne ($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)
2017    ‘Taming the BEAST’ Travel Grant, Biomatters Inc ($750 NZD)
2016-20    Research Training Program Scholarship (previously Australian Postgraduate Award) ($30,000 p.a.)
2016    Conference Registration Award, Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution ($500 USD)
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    The Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution Summer Scholarship ($5000 NZD)
2013    The 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

Other courses and training

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 Univeristy & The 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 & The 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)

Relevant technical skills

  • Advanced use of Unix/Linux command line environments on local and remote machines
  • Ability to write bash scripts for data processing, bioinformatics pipelines, and HPC applications
  • Use, and modification, of established bioinformatics pipelines
  • R programming language (read, edit and write code)
  • Python and Perl (read, edit, learning to write code)
  • Extensive experience in the processing and analysis of high-throughput sequence data
  • Extensive experience and depth of understanding in a range of analytical and statistical approaches in phylogenomics, molecular evolution and population genetics/genomics
  • Proven ability to apply my existing analytical skills to new problems, approaches, and packages
  • Custom bait design for targeted in-solution capture experiments
  • Extensive experience in DNA library preparation for NGS applications (prepped >500 exon and whole-exome capture libraries)
  • Proficient in most basic molecular biology laboratory protocols, e.g. DNA/RNA extraction, primer design, PCR, electrophoresis, bead cleanup, DNA quantification, pPCR, Sanger sequencing

Society Memberships

Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE)
Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE)
Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB)

American Society of Mammalogists (ASM)
Society of Australian Systematic Biologists (SASB)
European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB)
Royal Society of Victoria (RSV)
Genetics Society of Australasia (GSA)