Ayla Van Loenen

Ayla Van Loenen

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences


Ayla's research focuses on using a variety of molecular and bioinformatics techniques to understand population genetics and evolutionary patterns and processes of species over time. Her current research project based at the University of Adelaide (Australia) investigating the evolutionary history of European bison (Bison bonasus), involves working on an integrated approach which combines ancient DNA data from samples across a broad geographical and temporal range with other available associated sample metadata (including historical climate and environmental data, modern DNA data, isotope analysis and radiocarbon dating). This project aims to provide information on a detailed view of population history as a species (almost) becomes extinct, and answer key questions about the response of megafaunal populations to periods of rapid environmental and climatic changes.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2014 - 2015 Research Assistant University of Canterbury
    2013 - 2015 Research Assistant University of Otago
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2016 Award Registration reimbursement award Society for Molecular Biology & Evolution
    2015 Scholarship Faculty of Sciences PhD Scholarship University of Adelaide
    2012 Award UC Internation Mobility Outbound Exchange Award University of Canterbury
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Dutch; Flemish Can read, speak and understand spoken
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2013 - 2013 University of Canterbury New Zealand BSc with Honours (First Class): Evolutionary Biology
    2012 - 2013 University of Leicester United Kingdom Full Year Exchange - 3rd year BSc (Genetics)
    2010 - 2013 University of Canterbury New Zealand BSc: Biological Sciences
  • Phone: 83138245
  • Email: ayla.vanloenen@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Darling, floor 2
  • Room: 2 05d
  • Org Unit: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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