Dr Lukoschek's research focuses on using molecular genetics and genomics to understand the evolution and maintenance of species and genetic biodiversity in the marine environment.

Her research encompasses a broad range of topics including; the evolutionary history of marine taxa; the molecular ecology, population genetics and mating systems of species; patterns of connectivity among geographically dispersed populations; and how these interacting factors impinge on the conservation of marine biodiversity.

  • Seascape genetics in reef-building corals
  • Larval dispersal, recruitment and recovery of coral reefs after cyclone Yasi
  • Development of novel genetic markers for corals using cutting-edge genomics approaches
  • Molecular ecology of Australasian sea snakes using population genetics, phylogeography and phylogenetics
  • 2010 - Australian Academy of Science - Endangered Species Fund
  • 2013 - ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2013-2016)
  • 2010 - Smart Future Fellowship (2010-2013)

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Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 34+ research outputs authored by Dr Vimoksalehi Lukoschek from 2000 onwards.

Current Funding

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Great Barrier Reef Foundation - Contract Research

Using genetic connectivity to improve source reef model outputs and predictions of recovery

Indicative Funding
The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is under threat from a range of pressures including climate change, crown of thorns starfish, cyclones and terrestrial run-off. In 2016 the GBR experienced the most severe coral bleaching event to date, with some reefs in the northern ection loosing up to 90% of hard coral cover. Key information in understanding the capacity for recovery involves identifying the spatial distribution of reefs that contribute larvae to replenish degraded reefs. This project will use population genomics to map connectivity patterns on the GBR and validate predictions fro larval dispersal models to inform spatial conservation planning.
Vimoksalehi Lukoschek (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Acropora tenuis (Acroporidae); Population Genomics; connecivity; Climate Change; Resilience; larval dispersal modelling

Australian Research Council - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Larval dispersal: the critical connection in coral reef recovery

Indicative Funding
$374,805 over 3 years
This project investigates the extent to which the nearly 3000 individual reefs of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area are connected through the dispersal of coral larvae. Larval connectivity is critical to many ecological processes, including the ability of reefs to recover after major disturbances. This project uses a two-pronged approach that combines novel genomic tools with numerical models to provide a thorough understanding of the extent and direction of larval exchange for broadcast-spawning corals on the Great Barrier Reef. The results will be tested by genetically tracking the recovery of coral populations on reefs destroyed by Cyclone Yasi and will provide important data required for the optimal design of no-take areas.
Vimoksalehi Lukoschek (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Coral reefs; Population genetics; Larval dispersal

Australian Museum - Peter Rankin Trust Fund for Herpetology

Western Australia's endemic true sea snakes: an evaluation of their taxonomy, population connectivity and habitat selectivity between Shark Bay and Broome

Indicative Funding
Marked declines in sea snakes species within marine protected areas in Western Australia have raised serious concerns about extinction risk, particularly for species with small ranges. This research aims to fill critical knowledge gaps about the biology and ecology of sea snakes in order to assess their conservation status and provide data to support the management and conservation of potentially dwindling sea snake populations. Sea snakes will be studied using molecular genetics and habitat surveys.
Blanche D'Anastasi and Vimoksalehi Lukoschek (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
True sea snakes; Genetics; Molecular Ecology; Habitat selectivity; Ecology; Threatened Species

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