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Evolution of viviparity in fish


My lab offers a range of opportunities to build on our research program examining the evolution of reproductive complexity in fish, especially seahorses and sharks. Please see our website for examples of the work we do.


Dr Camilla Whittington, Professor Christopher R Murphy.

Research location

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Program type



Depending on the interests of the student, the focus will include genetics and genomics, light and electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry, and physiological techniques, which will deepen our understanding of the processes that take place during fish reproduction and the evolution of pregnancy.

Additional information

The ideal candidates will have a strong academic record and a graduate degree in Biology, Zoology, Physiology, Genetics/Genomics, or a related field.

We also offer other opportunities to examine the reproductive biology of reptiles and mammals, and welcome students with their own research proposals in areas related to our work. Please email me for more information.

In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:

  • Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
  • Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
  • Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
  • Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
  • Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
  • Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;
  • Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
  • Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
  • Hold a current scuba diving license;
  • Hold a current Working with Children Check;
  • Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)

You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 2454

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