• Population genomics
  • Antarctic benthic ecology and evolution
  • Antarctic ice sheet collapse
  • 2018 to 2022 - PhD, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2016 to 2018 - Research Assistant, University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
  • 2012 to 2016 - MSci Marine Biology, University of Southampton (Southampton, United Kingdom)
  • 2021 - AeRO Cloud Grants Program
  • 2019 to 2021 - Antarctic Science International Bursary
  • 2018 to 2021 - Promoting Environmental Research (David Pearse Bequest)
  • 2018 to 2021 - James Cook University Postgraduate Research Scholarship
  • 2020 - Antarctic Science Foundation PhD student support grant
  • 2016 - The Undergraduate Awards: Highly Commended Entrant
  • 2016 - University of Southampton Tyler Prize for the Best MSci Marine Biology Project

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Securing Antarctica's Environmental Future - SAEF Biddable Research Funds

On the evolutionary rescue of Antarctic marine fauna ? did the IPCC AR6 get it right?

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$50,000 over 2 years
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report (IPCC-AR6) proposed Southern Ocean biodiversity to be rescued under designated refugia with assisted migration. These arbitrary refugia are defined by areas south of 70?S in West Antarctica, and Prydz Bay in East Antarctica. The decisions should instead be informed via species? current genetic fitness across the Southern Ocean, a direct measure of extinction risk and success potential for assisted migration. By quantifying genetic fitness, this project 1) demonstrates whether IPCC-AR6?s conservation proposal accelerates species extinction, and 2) establishes genetic-informed refugia and translocation pathways that ensures animal evolutionary resilience under climate change.
Sally Lau and Jan Strugnell (College of Science & Engineering)
Genetic rescue; Evolutionary biology; Refugia; Southern Ocean; Benthic; Genome simulations

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research - INSTANT Fellowship

Reconstructing past grounded ice extent over time around Wilkes Land margin, East Antarctica, using animal genomes

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$7,391 over 2 years
The marine-based margins of the Antarctic Ice Sheet are vulnerable to collapse based on current trajectories in temperature rise. A deep uncertainty remains on whether the marine-based margin of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet (EAIS) (ie, Wilkes Land) is sensitive to climate change. This project applies an innovative, genomic approach to reconstruct past configurations of the marine-based EAIS to inform its future stability.
Sally Lau (College of Science & Engineering)
Population genomics; East Antarctic Ice Sheet; Climate Change; Whole genome sequencing; Global sea level rise; Pleistocene

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  • A genetics perspective: dispersal of benthic invertebrates in the southern ocean (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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