About

Dr Peter Cowman is an ARC DECRA Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. He is a previous recipient of the prestigious Donnelley Postdoctoral Environmental Fellowship (2014-2016) administered by the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies (YIBS). Dr Cowman is a leading authority on the phylogenetic systematics and evolutionary origins of coral reef-associated fishes. 

His research focuses on reconstructing the evolutionary history of diverse groups of fishes and corals that are associated with tropical reefs habitats and uses those phylogenetic hypotheses to explore macroevolutionary questions on topics ranging from the origins of trophic novelty, processes driving biodiversity patterns, and the ancestral biogeography of reef-associated lineages. In a parallel research theme, he explores the causative relationships between genomic change, processes of diversification and life history traits across the tree of life.

Experience
  • 2014 to 2016 - Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University (New Haven (USA))
  • 2012 to 2014 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Australian National University (Canberra)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2009 - Virginia Chadwick Award for Excellence in Publication
  • 2017 to 2020 - ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)
Fellowships
  • 2017 to 2020 - ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
  • 2014 to 2016 - Donnelley Environmental Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies
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Australian Research Council - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Biodiversity, biogeography and molecular evolution on tropical reefs

Indicative Funding
$372,000 over 3 years
Summary
This project aims to uncover how biodiversity patterns are driven by evolutionary processes, biogeography and molecular change. Coral reefs support over 800,000 plant and animal species on <0.1% of the ocean. How was this biodiversity formed? This project aims to answer this question by generating genomic data for a group of reef building corals and reef associated fishes to reconstruct their evolutionary history. It plans to use new methods to compare models of speciation, extinction and range change among regions to determine how those processes contribute to the formation of biodiversity gradients and regional assemblage differences. The project intends to improve understanding of evolutionary dynamics to inform conservation priorities.
Investigators
Peter Cowman (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Keywords
Coral Reefs; Molecular Evolution; Biogeography; Acroporidae; diversification; Labridae
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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

Current
  • How Do Coral Reef Fish Develop Into Athletes (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Regulators of Coral Reef Diversity Through Space and Time (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Gene Expression of Sex Change in Ctenactis Echinatar and Fungia Fungites Corals (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Evolution, Biogeography and Ecological Significance of Colour in Coral Reef Fishes (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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