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Bachelor (Hons) - 2012, University of Otago, New Zealand
My research interests are mainly focused around the evolution and adaptation of animals using molecular biology approaches. Currently, my research focuses on population dynamics and evolution of the four extant species of hyena alongside one extinct hyena morphotype using data produced by NGS. Research methods I implement in my research include, DNA isolation, NGS sequencing and bioinformatic processing and analyses of data produced from both modern and aDNA.
Michael Westbury, Fredrik Dalerum, Karin Norén & Michael Hofreiter (2017) Complete mitochondrial genome of a bat-eared fox (Otocyon megalotis), along with phylogenetic considerations, Mitochondrial DNA Part B, 2:1, 298-299, DOI: 10.1080/23802359.2017.1331325
Westbury, M. Prost, S. Seelenfreund, A. RamírezJ,M. Matisoo-Smith,E,A. Knapp,M. First complete mitochondrial genome data from ancient South American camelids - The mystery of the chilihueques from Isla Mocha (Chile). Sci. Rep. 6, 38708; DOI: 10.1038/srep38708 (2016).