Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology)
Dr. Matt Krosch graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Biotechnology) in 2005 from QUT before embarking on his research career beginning with Honours (2006) and PhD (2010) degrees from QUT. Both projects investigated patterns of genetic diversity in chironomid non-biting midges at varying levels of evolutionary scale, from fine-scale population genetics, to regional phylogeography, to among-continent phylogenetics and systematics within and among species from the Gondwanan landmasses of Australia, New Zealand and South America. This approach allowed Matt to develop more holistic understandings of the evolution of these groups, from divergence from a common ancestor to the present day.
After completing his PhD, Matt worked as a postdoctoral research fellow for Prof. Tony Clarke at QUT on a variety projects that addressed questions regarding the evolution of dacine fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) at multiple levels of scale. This included an investigation of an ‘out-of-India’ hypothesis for the origins of the Tribe Dacinae, and testing species boundaries in taxonomically uncertain species complex in southeast Asia. Matt’s research contributed to a major change in the understanding of the evolution of this economically important group of fruit flies and will have major impacts on trade, biosecurity and quarantine control throughout the Asia-Pacific.
In 2013, Matt won a prestigous UQ Postdoctoral Fellowship based in the Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry through the University’s competitive Fellowship scheme. Matt’s research focused on using an evolutionary perspective via molecular phylogenetic data, in combination with knowledge of species ecologies and distributions, to better understand susceptibilities of species to aquatic impact. Matt also investigated the response of species to aquatic impact using next-generation transcriptomic approaches.
In 2014 Matt returned to QUT on a 3 year contract with Prof. Clarke. Matt’s current role as Research Fellow in Fruit Fly Genetics involves research into the systematics, diagnostics and invasion pathways of many of Australia’s most economically important fruit fly pests as well as those that threaten our shores. Further, Matt, Tony and the broader fruit fly research group at QUT are developing targeted research programs to explore the mechanisms underlying speciation and host use evolution in tephritids.