Melissa Starkie

    Bachelor of Applied Science/Bachelor Business

    Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours)

    Melissa is developing a ‘whole of evidence’ (genetic and morphological) phylogenetic tree of the Australian dacine flies. This information will be used to test different hypotheses about factors which have driven the diversification of our fruit fly fauna, including the different roles of rainforest fragmentation, ecological speciation and repeated incursions from current day PNG. Her work supports the development of robust and comprehensive diagnostics for pest fruit flies.  Melissa is a funded student of the ARC ITTC for Fruit Fly Biosecurity Innovation and is co supervised by Ms Jane Royer of the [Qld] Department of Agricutlure, Fisheries and Forestry.