Eleanor Dormontt

Dr Eleanor Dormontt

Researcher in DNA Identification & Forensics

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I’m interested in how scientific approaches can be used to promote legal and sustainable utilisation of the world’s forest resources. Primarily this involves the application of DNA identification technologies but I’m also involved with the broader application and integration of complementary visual, genetic and chemical analysis methods. How scientific methods developed in an academic framework can be usefully translated and prepared for use as forensic tools, is another area of focus. Within the Lowe lab Group I manage the Timber Tracking activities, including a diverse suite of research and commercial projects, as well as ad-hoc forensic case work.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2013 External Consultant on Mission United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
    2013 - 2015 Postdoc and Timber ID Service Manager University of Adelaide
    2011 - 2013 Biospatial Integration Officer Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN)
  • Language Competencies

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

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2007 - 2013 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2001 - 2004 University of Bristol United Kingdom BSc (Honours)
  • Research Interests

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Developing a DNA Timber Tracking System for South East Asian Timber Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Melita Caroline Low
    2018 Co-Supervisor Leptospermum Selection for South Australian Bioactive Honey Production. Genetic Diversity, Environmental Interaction and Plant Improvement Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Tate Jason James Hancox
    2018 Co-Supervisor Stable isotope approaches for provenancing and authentication of agricultural products and timber Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Ellyse Bunney
    2015 Co-Supervisor Genetic techniques for monitoring illegal logging of valuable timber species Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Duncan Iain Jardine
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Conservation of sandalwood (genetics, biogeography and population modelling) The University of Adelaide BSc (Hons) Honours Full Time Marlee Crawford
  • Position: Researcher in DNA Identification & Forensics
  • Phone: 83132187
  • Email: eleanor.dormontt@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: The Braggs, floor 2
  • Room: 2 28
  • Org Unit: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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