Laura Taillebois

Laura is interested in the ecology and evolution of fish populations and species. She has a background in fish biology and physiology, otolith microstructure and microchemistry, and genetics. She studied her master’s degree at Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris, France) and subsequently undertook her PhD (completed in 2012) at the National Museum of Natural History (Paris, France).

Laura’s PhD dissertation was on the topic ‘Endemism and dispersal in Gobiidae Sicydiinae: life traits and evolutionary history’. Using a combination of genetic and molecular tools as well as otolith microstructure and microchemistry she researched the life history traits, of amphidromous species as well as their phylogenetic relationship. She also used phylogeographic and population genetics focusing on the genus Smilosicyopus to address the question of the origin of biodiversity in that family.

Laura joined Charles Darwin University in 2013 and received a North Australia Marine Research Alliance three years fellowship. She is involved in a project funded by the Australian Government through the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation to work on the genetics of coastal reef fish for management purposes. Additionally, Laura is developing a genomic tool to understand the population structure of the catadromous fish Lates calcarifer at a fine scale across Van Diemen Gulf. This project will improve the understanding of the biology and population connectivity of the iconic barramundi.

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Selected publications

Taillebois L., Dudgeon C., Maher S., Crook D.A., Saunders T., Barton D.P., Taylor J., Welch D.J., Newman S.J., Travers M.J., Saunders R.J., & Ovenden J. 2016 accepted – Characterization, development and multiplexing of microsatellite markers in three commercially exploited reef fish and their application for stock identification - PeerJ

Taillebois L., Crook D., Williams S., Saunders T. & Ovenden J. 2016 - The complete mitochondrial genome of the grass emperor Lethrinus laticaudis (Perciformes: Lethrinidae) – Mitochondrial DNA Part B, 1(1), 277-279.

Taillebois L., Crook D., Saunders T. & Ovenden J. 2014 - The complete mitochondrial genome of the golden snapper Lutjanus johnii (Perciformes: Lutjanidae) – Mitochondrial DNA DOI: 10.3109/19401736.2014.919457

Taillebois L., Crook D., Saunders T. & Ovenden J. 2014 - The complete mitochondrial genome of the black jewfish Protonibea diacanthus (Perciformes: Sciaenidae) – Mitochondrial DNA DOI: 10.3109/19401736.2014.915538