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Dr Mervyn Shepherd

Merv Shepherd

Research Fellow

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Assoc.Dip in Rur.Tech, (Queensland Agricultural College)
BSc (1st Hons) Botany (University of Queensland)
PhD Botany (University of Queensland)

Research interests/background

Dr Shepherd's research interests are in the application of molecular genetics to forest species to support improvement or management of forest resources.

Current research projects include genetic mapping and marker-trait cosegregation analysis of vegetative propagation characters in Corymbia (formerly Eucalyptus) hybrids, population structure and diversity of in the spotted gums, gene pool management and risk assessment in Corymbia spp., and to study molecular variation in genes involved in lignin biosynthesis.

A focus of Dr Shepherd's work over the past 13 years has been the use of species' hybrids to elucidate the genetic architecture of traits of interest to forestry and as a system to study genome organisation and evolution.

Other activities

  • Invited paper to Eucalypt Comparative Genomics workshop at the International Botanical Conference, Melbourne, July 2011
  • Invited workshop facilitator, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Kebangsaan, Malaysia, Nov 2004
  • Invited workshop facilitator at Conifer microsatellite Workshop, Institute of Plant Genomics, Texas A&M University, 2001
  • 2009- Member of scientific committee for Australian Forest Genetics Conference Perth April 2009
  • 2007- Present Southern Cross University's Education representative for the CRC for Forestry
  • 2000- Present Member of Southern Cross University's Institutional Biosafety Committee.

Research grants awarded in past 5 years

  • 2007 Internal, University funded, Graduate Research College grant for MSc Student $10,000AUD
  • 2016 SCU/ATTIA seed grant "Chiral ratio diversity in tea tree chemotypes" $19,700
  • 2017 Commonwealth/ATTIA/SCU CRC-P "Enhanced market agility for Australian Tea Tree $2.1 million



Selected Works - Dr Mervyn Shepherd