Andrew Thornhill

Dr Andrew Thornhill

Research Associate

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

I am a research associate in a joint position between The University of Adelaide and The State Herbarium of South Australia. I study various aspects of plant evolution with an emphasis on Australian plants and large phylogenetic studies.

My chief research has been large-scale molecular phylogenetic analyses of plants, across a broad botanical and geographical range. I have pioneered spatial phylogenetics – a "big data" field that combines large-scale molecular phylogenetics, geospatial information obtained from collection data, and randomisation tests to identify unique areas of phylogenetic diversity and endemism to enable evolutionary, ecological, and biogeographic interpretations of these patterns.

I study the evolution, palynology, phylogenetics, systematics, and biogeography of the Myrtaceae and in particular have worked on the phylogenetic relationships of the eucalypts which are a very species rich group in Myrtaceae.

I utilise plant fossils as calibrations in molecular dating analyses as well as study bryophyte (moss, liverwort, and hornwort) phylogenetics. I have also begun developing a bushfire response plant traits database for the South Australian flora so that we can better understand their response to future bushfires.

  • Position: Research Associate
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: The Braggs, floor 2
  • Room: 2.43
  • Org Unit: School of Biological Sciences

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