Francesca Strutt

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Senior Officer

Bachelor of Applied Science (Ecology) 2010-2012

Bachelor of Applied Science (Ecology) Honours, 2012-2013

Francesca Strutt graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Ecology) in 2012 from QUT before completing Honours at QUT in 2013. The focus of her Honours project was a study of Australian freshwater fishes using multiple molecular markers to identifying signatures of selection associated with evolutionary patterns.

Francesca has experience in using molecular tools to support population genetics studies, and to uncover species relationships. She previously worked on the next generation national fruit fly diagnostics and handbook project,  validating novel diagnostic molecular markers to assist with species identification.

Currently Francesca is employed as a Senior Research Assistant, working under the ARC Discovery project.


Krosch*, M.N., Strutt*, F., Blacket, M.J., Batovska, J., Starkie, M., Clarke, A. R., Cameron, S. L., & Schutze, M. K. (2018). Development of internal COI primers to improve and extend barcoding of fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae: Dacini). Insect Science, doi: 10.1111/1744-7917.12612

Krosch, M., Schutze, M., Newman, J., Strutt, F., Bryant, L., McMahon, J., & Clarke, A. R. (2018). In the footsteps of Wallace: population structure in the breadfruit fruit fly, Bactrocera umbrosa (F.) (Diptera: Thephritidae), suggests disjunction across the Indo-Australian Archipelago. Austral Entomology doi: 10.1111/aen.12375

Krosch, M. N., Schutze, M.K., Strutt, F., Clarke, A. R., & Cameron, S. L. (2017). A transcriptome-based analytical workflow for identifying loci for species diagnosis: A case study with Bactrocera fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae). Austral Entomology, doi: 10.1111/aen.12321

Krosch M. N., Cranston P. S., Bryant L. M., Strutt F., McCluen S. R. (2017) Towards a dated molecular phylogeny of the Tanypodinae (Chironomidae, Diptera). Invertebrate Systematics 31, 302-316.