Recent advances in DNA sequencing technology let us rapidly sequence whole genomes at relatively low cost, allowing us to answer an unprecedented range of questions. The accessibility of DNA information means that it can now be used to help conservation of endangered species.
Dr Attard’s research has used DNA tools to ensure only unrelated individuals were bred in captive breeding programs of endangered species, thereby maintaining genetic health. Catherine’s research team have bread fish using this methodology, leading to the successful reintroduction of an endangered fish species in the Murray River.
Catherine’s engagement has spanned TV, radio, and print media, including ABC News 24, Scope, and Australiasian Science. She has also advised various governments on the conservation and management of endangered fish and mammal species. Dr Attard was awarded her PhD from Macquarie University in 2014, and she is currently a lecturer at Flinders University.