Dr Asta Audzijonyte: linking evolutionary dynamics and ecosystem models in a changing world
Dr Asta Audzijonyte aims to develop quantitative models of potential evolutionary responses in marine organisms to human induced environmental changes.
20 April 2010 | Updated 22 April 2013
Dr Asta Audzijonyte is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Marine Ecosystem Modelling group at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
Humans have become a major evolutionary force exerting pressure on marine ecosystems through fishing, climate change and ocean acidification.
Marine species are adapting to their new environment, but there is a limit as to how quickly they can evolve.
Contemporary evolution occurs at decadal time scales, and experimental and theoretical evidence suggests that ecosystem dynamics can only be correctly predicted when evolutionary change is taken into account.
Dr Audzijonyte has studied species diversity, and population and evolutionary genetics of deep sea clams from chemosynthetic communities.
Dr Audzijonyte joined CSIRO in 2009 after working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), California, USA, and Finnish Museum of Natural History, Helsinki, Finland.
At MBARI, Dr Audzijonyte has studied species diversity, and population and evolutionary genetics of deep sea clams from chemosynthetic communities ('cold seeps').
During her doctoral and early postdoctoral studies Dr Audzijonytehas worked on molecular systematics, and evolutionary and biogeographical history of 'glacial relict' crustaceans from Northern Hemisphere lakes and the Caspian Sea.
Dr Audzijonyte completed a:
- Bachelor of Sciences in Biology at the University of Vilnius, Lithuania in 1999
- Master of Sciences in Zoology at the University of Vilnius, in 2001
- Doctor of Philosophy in Biology at the University of Helsinki, Finland in 2006.
Dr Audzijonyte also took part in:
- a tele-course on 'Dynamic Energy and Mass Budgets in Biological Systems' at Vrije University, the Netherlands
- Otto Warburg International Summer School on Evolutionary Genomics organised by the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Germany
- workshop for Nordic doctoral students 'Geometric morphometrics – shape variation in organisms and its covariation with other variables' at Umeå University, Sweden.
Dr Audzijonyte's achievements include recipient of:
- a postdoctoral fellowship grant from David and Lucile Packard Foundation at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
- a postdoctoral researcher's grant from the Finnish Academy
- three research visit grants from the European Commission.
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