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Ancient DNA from extinct fauna

Adzebill skeleton on display in the Canterbury Museum, New Zealand

Honours project: Analyse genomic data from animal remains that are hundreds to tens-of-thousands of years old.

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Slender skinks: The evolution of elongated and limbless lizard bodies

Gronovi's Dwarf Burrowing Skink (Scelotes gronovii)  Image by Marius Burger (Public Domain)

Honours project: Learn cutting-edge morphometric methods to examine the vertebral column diversity using sphenomorphine skinks.

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Activity of novel xylanases from a new Australian crop, Plantago ovata (psyllium)

Plantago ovata (psyllium) by Stan Shebs (CC by 3.0)

Honours project: Study the biology of psyllium, a plant whose seeds are used as a key ingredient in the gluten-free food industry.

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Where does the acid in wine come from?

Viticulture and oenology students in Waite vineyard

Honours project: Can you help find the missing link in grape berry biochemistry?

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Diving in the dark: Morphological diversity of subterranean beetles

subterranean beetles from the Sturt Meadows (SM) calcrete

Honours project: Explore a whole new world of living creatures below the surface of the earth.

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Sensory drivers of food intake

Zinc rich foods

Honours project: Does a personalised approach based on sensory drivers of food intake improve diet quality?

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What hare is it there? Genetic diversity of Australia’s invasive hares

Lepus europaeus by Jean-Jacques Boujot from Paris, France

Honours project: Help uncover the morphological variation that allows rapid adaptive evolution in two invasive species, the rabbit and hare.

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Genomic consequences of major ecological transitions in evolution

Olive sea snake

Honours project: Undertake a comparative analysis of whole genome sequences for terrestrial and marine snakes.

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Can graphene and cement stop PFAS from contaminating our environment?

Australia PFAS map

Honours project: Evaluate the leaching behaviour of PFAS from contaminated soil stabilised and solidified with cement and graphene.

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Grape berry responses to extreme heat

Viticulture and Oenology students Waite campus vineyard

Honours project: Discover how the biochemistry and physiology of grape berries respond to extremely high temperatures.

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