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.
Optimizing the management of tropical reef fish through the development of an integrative approach and indigenous scientific capability
This project is funded by the Australian Government through the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation to work on the stock structure of commercially exploited coastal reef fish. This is a collaborative project involving Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland governments, Charles Darwin University and RIEL, North Australia Research Alliance, Molecular Fisheries Laboratory (The University of Queensland), C2O Fisheries and the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture. In this project, Laura looked at the genetic structure of the species of interest using analytical tools for the de novo discovery and development of microsatellite markers, genotyping and downstream population genetics analysis. Those genetic results were combined to other parasites and otolith data to assess stock structure in these commercially exploited fish. This work will provide guidance to fisheries managers and policy makers.
Finding an appropriate genomic tool to understand the population connectivity of the catadromous fish Lates calcarifer across Van Diemen Gulf: RAD-sequencing and STACKS pipeline
This project was initiated in collaboration with David Crook (Charles Darwin University, Darwin), Thor Saunders (Northern Territory Fisheries, Darwin), Jane Hughes and Daniel Schmidt (Griffith University, Brisbane). The barramundi is a catadromous and hermaphrodite fish that inhabits coastal waters. The commercial and recreational fishing activities put this fish under anthropic pressure. Previous genetic studies have shown a strong regional structure. However, they used scarce sampling and only few markers (mtDNA & microsatellites). Only little is know about the small geographic and individual scale in that species. The aim of the project is to provide a fine-scale genetic study focusing on Van Diemen gulf area using a RAD-seq approach to understand the biology and population connectivity of barramundi.
For further information on Laura’s research, visit her Google Scholar profile at: https://scholar.google.fr/citations?hl=fr&user=ZnW3v9QAAAAJ or her ResearchGate account at: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Laura_Taillebois2