My research utilizes genetic data (mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequence data as well as microsatellite genotypic data) to infer population dynamics of seabirds. Specifically I am examining the contemporary and historical dynamics of Providence Petrel (Pterodroma solandri) and Flesh-footed Shearwater (Puffinus carneipes) breeding colonies. We are also using ancient DNA recovered from subfossil remains from currently extinct colonies to examine the effects of colony extinction on contemporary population dynamics and genetic diversity.
Previously I studied genetic variation and phylogenetics in the Mealy Amazon species complex, a parrot species found in the Neotropics. We recovered two undescribed ‘cryptic’ lineages, an important finding for this species and more broadly for understanding avian diversification in the Neotropics.
▪ PhD candidate in Zoology at the University of Tasmania, Australia (2011-present)
▪ MSc in Biotechnology from New Mexico State University, USA (2011)
▪ BSc in Biology from New Mexico State University, USA (2010)
▪ BSc in Agriculture from New Mexico State University, USA (2010)
▪ BSc in Conservation Ecology from New Mexico State University, USA (2010)
Wenner T, Russello M, Wright T (2012) Cryptic species in a Neotropical parrot: genetic variation within the Amazona farinosa species complex and its conservation implications. Conservation Genetics.
Wenner T (2012) Observation of a gopher snake (Pituophis catenifer) constricting a red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis). Journal of Raptor Research.
▪ Paddy Pallin Foundation & Humane Society International Marine Science Grant (2012)
▪ Royal Zoological Society of NSW Ethel Mary Read Research Grant (2012)
▪ Birdlife Australia Stuart Leslie Bird Research Grant (2012)
▪ Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment Research Grant (2012)
▪ World Parrot Trust Species Action Grant (2011)