Dr Kylie Cairns

Dr Kylie Cairns

Research Fellow
Field of Research
Conservation Genetics and Biology, Population Genetics, Canids, Evolutionary Genetics
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I am an early career researcher specialising in molecular biology and conservation genetics. My undergraduate (BSc) and postgraduate (PhD) training was completed at the University of New South Wales. Between 2012 and 2014, I managed a genetic testing service to estimate domestic dog introgression in dingoes, after being trained by the late A/Prof Alan Wilton. In 2017, I started working at the Centre for Ecosystem Science as a postdoctoral research. This has enabled me to start an independent research project continuing and developing my PhD studies on biogeographic variation in dingoes. Together with Professor Mike Letnic and A/Prof Mathew Crowther, partnering with the Australian Dingo Foundation, we are investigating the utility of next-generation SNP technology to estimate admixture in dingoes. This data will drive research into important scientific questions concerning the origin, biogeography and conservation of dingoes.

 

I am actively involved in scientific communication, to disseminate the findings of research about dingoes to the public and stakeholders. I am a scientific advisor to the New Guinea Singing Dog Conservation Society, New Guinea Highland Wild Dog Foundation and Australian Dingo Foundation. I am also a board member of the Colong Foundation for Wildlife. 

 

Research Activities

I am interested in using genetics and genomics to investigate patterns of diversity, adaption, evolutionary history and demography. My main research interests include population genetics, conservation genetics, hybridisation and biogeography. 

Email
k.cairns@unsw.edu.au
Office

(G14) Samuels Building, Centre for Ecosystem Science, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences , UNSW Australia, Sydney NSW 2052, ,