Michelle Guzik

Dr Michelle Guzik

ARC Research Associate

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

I am an evolutionary geneticist with over 15 years of practical scientific experience investigating groundwater dependent fauna and ecosystems.

I recognise that Australia’s groundwater reserves are one its most valuable resources and that their appropriate management is of high national importance. My research priorities have been to document biodiversity, and untangle evolutionary history, of groundwater dependent fauna and ecosystems to achieve practical conservation outcomes. My research has helped to overturn preconceived ideas of groundwater biodiversity, especially in Australia’s arid zone (i.e., Great Artesian Basin (GAB) springs in South Australia, calcrete aquifers in the goldfields of Western Australia (Yilgarn) and alluvial aquifers of the Pilbara in Western Australia). 

In the last five years a need has emerged for high quality information on species boundaries and distributions in groundwater ecosystems. In response to this need, our large collaborative research project aims to develop the application of environmental DNA metabarcoding as a long-term monitoring tool for biodiversity assessment in groundwater ecosystems. This work is currently funded for up to five years.


  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 Senior Research Associate University of Adelaide
    2019 - 2014 Senior Research Associate University of Adelaide
    2009 - 2020 Research Associate (affiliate) Western Australian Museum
    2005 - 2014 Post-doctoral Research Associate University of Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2000 - 2004 James Cook University Australia PhD
    1994 - 1998 La Trobe University Australia BSc (Hons)

Contract Research

Chief Investigator contract research project (University of Western Australia): Transforming assessment of subterranean ecosystems using environmental DNA ($105,000)

Research grants

2020: Investigator: BHP-Curtin University Alliance eDNA for Global Environment Studies (eDGES) program project eDNA for subterranean and Great Artesian Basin fauna detection and conservation (funded).

2019: Silent investigator: ARC Linkage Project eDNA underground: transforming assessment of subterranean ecosystems (funded).

2014: Silent investigator: ARC Linkage Project Subterranean invertebrate communities of arid zone Western Australia: diversity, assessment and food-web structure (funded).

2013: Principle Investigator: Mysteries of Lake Eyre Research Grant Scheme (Nature Foundation SA) to investigate Community structure of Great Artesian Basin mound springs of North Western Lake Eyre ($3,500).

2008: ARC Environmental Futures Network (Early Career Researcher) grant to run the National Postgraduate Training Workshop in Systematics ($20,000).

2006: ARC Environmental Futures Network (Early Career Researcher) grant to run the Methodological advances essential for understanding the recent history of the Australian terrestrial Biota: Molecular Dates and Rates Workshop ($20,000).

2006 – 2008: Principal Investigator: Australian Biological Resources Study participatory program grants scheme research project: Systematics of the Australian Parabathynellidae (Crustacea: Bathynellacea) ($30,000).

2020 and 2019: SCIENCE 2300 – Principles & Practice of Research (Advanced) II. Tutorial format introduction to a novel topic of research, including setting and marking of an essay.

2018 and 2019: ENV BIOL 3535 – Research Methods in Evolutionary Biology III. Presentation of novel research methodologies to undergraduate students.

2011 and 2012: The University of Adelaide Summer Scholarship Program. Hosted an undergraduate student for six weeks, during their summer break, to conduct a small research project with laboratory work and analysis followed by write-up of a short report.

2009 – 2011: Evolution and Palaeontology III. Guest lecturer for three formal lectures and setting exam questions for undergraduate students.

2008, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2018: Tutorials for the National Postgraduate Training Workshop in Systematics. Teaching two-day phylogenetics methodology tutorials.

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2019 Co-Supervisor The systematics and biogeographic history of Australian arid zone oniscidean isopods (Philosciidae) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Danielle Nicole Stringer
    2012 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Contributions to the Systematics and Biogeography of the Mygalomorph Spider Families Migidae and Idiopidae in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Sophie Ellen Harrison
    2008 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Phylogenetics and Biogeography of Australian Subterranean Parabathynellidae Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Kym Abrams
  • Position: ARC Research Associate
  • Phone: 83138244
  • Email: michelle.guzik@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4364
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Darling, floor G
  • Room: G 15D
  • Org Unit: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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