DNA extractions molecular markers plant molelcular genetics

Email Bronwyn

+61 8 9219 9087

+61 8 9334 0327
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17 Dick Perry Avenue, Technology Park, Western Precinct, Kensington WA 6151, Australia
Postal Address
Locked Bag 104, Bentley Delivery Centre WA 6983, Australia


Technical Officer and Laboratory Manager of Genetics Laboratories Science Division


  • Technical skills in plant molelcular genetics including DNA Extractions and implementation of molecular markers


  • Genetic studies to determine the level of differentiation in Calothamnus quadrifidus
  • Genetic studies to determine the taxonomic identity of populations in the Synaphea stenoloba complex

Publications (27)

Departmental Publications (27)

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Nistelberger HM, Binks RM, van Leeuwen S, Coates DJ, McArthur SL, Macdonald BM et al. [Hankinson M, Byrne M] (2020). Extensive genetic connectivity and historical persistence are features of two widespread tree species in the ancient Pilbara region of Western Australia. Genes 11,


Binks R, Gibson N, Ottewell K, Macdonald B, Byrne M (2019). Predicting contemporary range-wide genomic variation using climatic, phylogeographic and morphological knowledge in an ancient, unglaciated landscape. Journal of Biogeography 46, pp. 503–514


Llorens TM, Yates CJ, Byrne M, Elliott CP, Sampson J, Fairman R et al. [Macdonald B, Coates DJ] (2018). Altered soil properties inhibit fruit set but increase progeny performance for a foundation tree in a highly fragmented landscape. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 6, pp. 1–16


Byrne M, Coates D, Macdonald B, McArthur S, Zhou M, Millar M et al. [van Leeuwen S] (2017). Refining expectations for environmental characteristics of refugia: two ranges of differing elevation and topographical complexity are mesic refugia in an arid landscape. Journal of Biogeography 44, pp. 2539–2550

Quinlan K, MacDonald B, Ottewell K, Pinder A (2017). Trialling the use of eDNA to detect the invasive redclaw crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus) in and around Karijini and Millstream national parks. Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Kensington, WA. 13 p.


Bradbury D, Grayling PM, Macdonald B, Hankinson M, Byrne M (2016). Clonality, interspecific hybridisation and inbreeding in a rare mallee eucalypt, Eucalyptus absita (Myrtaceae) and implications for conservation. Conservation Genetics 17, pp. 193–205

Byrne M, Coates DJ, Macdonald BM, Hankinson M, McArthur SM, van Leeuwen S (2016). High nuclear genetic differentiation, but low chloroplast diversity in a rare species, Aluta quadrata (Myrtaceae), with a disjunct distribution in the Pilbara, Western Australia. Australian Journal of Botany 64, pp. 687–695

Levy E, Byrne M, Coates DJ, Macdonald BM, McArthur S, van Leeuwen S (2016). Contrasting influences of geographic range and distribution of populations on patterns of genetic diversity in two sympatric Pilbara acacias. PLoS One 11, pp. 1–18


Binks RM, O’Brien M, MacDonald B, Maslin B, Byrne M (2015). Genetic entities and hybridisation within the Acacia microbotrya species complex in Western Australia. Tree Genetics and Genomes 11, pp. 1–13

Llorens TM, Macdonald B, McArthur S, Coates DJ, Byrne M (2015). Disjunct, highly divergent genetic lineages within two rare Eremophila (Scrophulariaceae: Myoporeae) species in a biodiversity hotspot: implications for taxonomy and conservation. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 177, pp. 96–111


Levy E, Byrne M, Coates DJ, van Leeuwen SJ, McArthur S, Macdonald B, Gardner MG (2014). Isolation via 454 sequencing and characterisation of microsatellite markers for the Pilbara endemic Acacia atkinsiana (Fabaceae). Conservation Genetics Resources 6, pp. 585–587

Nistelberger H, Gibson N, Macdonald B, Tapper, S-L, Byrne M (2014). Phylogeographic evidence for two mesic refugia in a biodiversity hotspot. Heredity 113, pp. 454–463

Sampson JF, Byrne M, Yates CJ, Gibson N, Thavornkanlapachai R, Stankowski S et al. [MacDonald B] (2014). Contemporary pollen-mediated gene immigration reflects the historical isolation of a rare, animal-pollinated shrub in a fragmented landscape. Heredity 112, pp. 172–181


Byrne M, Coates D, Macdonald B, McArthur S, Zhou M, Millar M et al. [van Leeuwen S] (2012). Local provenance and identification of historical refugia in Eucalyptus leucophloia in the Pilbara (ABSTRACT). In Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia Conference: Perth, Western Australia, Australia, 28-30 November 2012: Program and Conference Abstracts p. 42

Coates D, Byrne M, McArthur S, Macdonald B (2012). Patterns of genetic diversity in two key understorey species, Allocasuarina humulis and Kennedia coccinea, used for forest rehabilitation in Western Australia: implications for seed sourcing (ABSTRACT). In Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia Conference: Perth, Western Australia, Australia, 28-30 November 2012: Program and Conference Abstracts p. 46


Walker E, Byrne M, Macdonald B, Nicolle D, McComb J (2009). Clonality and hybrid origin of the rare Eucalyptus bennettiae (Myrtaceae) in Western Australia. Australian Journal of Botany 57, pp. 180–188


Byrne M, Macdonald B, Brand J (2003). Phylogeny and divergence in the chloroplast genome of Western Australian sandalwood (Santalum spicatum). Heredity 91, pp. 389–395

Byrne M, Macdonald B, Broadhurst L, Brand J (2003). Regional genetic differentiation in Western Australian sandalwood (Santalum spicatum) as revealed by nuclear RFLP analysis. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 107, pp. 1208–1214


Byrne M, Macdonald B, Coates D (2002). Phylogeographical patterns in chloroplast DNA variation within the Acacia acuminata (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae) complex in Western Australia. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 15, pp. 576–587


Byrne M, Macdonald B, Francki M (2001). Incorporation of sodium sulfite into extraction protocol minimizes degradation of Acacia DNA. Biotechniques 30, pp. 742–743

Byrne M, Tischler G, Macdonald B, Coates DJ, McComb J (2001). Phylogenetic relationships between two rare acacias and their common, widespread relatives in south-western Australia. Conservation Genetics 2, pp. 157–166


Byrne M, Macdonald B (2000). Phylogeography and conservation of three oil mallee taxa, Eucalyptus kochii ssp. kochii, ssp. plenissima and E. horistes. Australian Journal of Botany 48, pp. 305–312


Byrne M, Macdonald B (1999). Phylogenetic patterns and mating system variation in the oil mallee Eucalyptus kochii complex (ABSTRACT). In ESA99, Ecological Connections: Handbook of the 1999 Meeting of the Ecological Society of Australia, Inc.: Fremantle, Western Australia, 26 September to 1 October 1999 p. 45

Byrne M, Macdonald B, Coates D (1999). Divergence in the chloroplast genome and nuclear rDNA of the rare Western Australian plant Lambertia orbifolia (Proteaceae). Molecular Ecology 8, pp. 1789–1796

Coates DJ, Byrne M, Macdonald B, Hankinson M, Ward J (1999). Genetic structure in the priority one species genus sp. Yalgoo (J.M. Ward s.n. 11/7/1999). Department of Conservation and Land Management, Kensington, WA. 9 p.

Maslin B, Byrne M, Coates D, Broadhurst L, Coleman H, Macdonald B (1999). The Acacia acuminata (jam) group: an analysis of variation to aid sandalwood (Santalum spicatum) plantation research: report to the Sandalwood Business Unit. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 60 p.


De Tores P, Himbeck K, Dillon M, Cocking J, MacArthur B, Rosier S (1998). Large scale fox control in the northern jarrah forest of southwest Western Australia. In Programme and Proceedings: 11th Australian Vertebrate Pest Conference: Bunbury, Western Australia, 3-8 May 2002 Promaco Conventions, Perth. pp. 275–281