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Dr Quinton Burnham

Quinton is a Lecturer in the School of Science.

Current Teaching

  • SCI1193 Introduction to Environmental Science
  • SCI2112 Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • SCI2117 Genetics
  • SCI1187 Form and Function in Biology
  • SCI1182 Case Studies in Science

Research Area and Interests

  • Taxonomy, biogeography and conservation status of aquatic invertebrates.
  • Biogeography of the south west of Australia
  • eDNA
  • Molecular evolution and population genetics
  • Metabolomics


  • Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences), Edith Cowan University.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2014.


Recent Research Grants

  • Development of non-lethal methods to assess stress and reproductive status of the hairy marron, Cherax tenuimanus: a critically endangered freshwater crayfish.,  Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development,  Grant,  2017 - 2019,  $14,250.
  • Field studies into the biology and conservation requirements of Engaewa species in the South West and Warren DEC regions,  Department of Environment and Conservation WA,  Grant,  2006 - 2008,  $37,500.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Furse, J., Burnham, Q., Dawkins, K., Richardson, A., (2016), Oceania: The Freshwater Crayfish of the Oceania Region. Freshwater Crayfish: A Global Overview, 485-582, Boca Ranton, USA, CRC Press, DOI: 10.1201/b18723-9.

Journal Articles

  • Gan , H., Tan, MH., Lee, YP., Schultz, M., Horwitz, P., Burnham, Q., Austin, C., (2018), More evolution underground: Accelerated mitochondrial substitution rate in Australian burrowing freshwater crayfishes (Decapoda: Parastacidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 118(January 2018), 88-98, DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2017.09.022.
  • Richman, N., Bohm, M., Adams, S., Alvarez, F., Bergey, EA., Bunn, J., Burnham, Q., Cordiero, J., Coughran, J., Crandall, K., Dawkins, K., Distephano, R., Doran, N., Edsman, L., Eversole, A., Fureder, L., Furse, J., Gherardi, F., Hamr, P., Holdich, D., Horwitz, P., Johnston, K., Jones, C., Jones, J., Jones, R., Jones, T., Kawai, T., Lawler, S., Lopez-Mejia, M., Miller, R., Pedraza- Lara, C., Reynolds, J., Richardson, A., Schultz, M., Schuster, G., Sibley, P., Souty-Grosset, C., Taylor, C., Thoma, R., Walls, J., Walsh, T., Collen, B., (2015), Multiple drivers of decline in the global status of freshwater crayfish (Decapoda: Astacidea). Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, 370(1662), Article No. 20140060, London, UK, Royal Society of London, DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2014.0060.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  Biodiversity monitoring using environmental DNA: Can it detect all fish species in a waterbody and is it cost effective for routine monitoring?
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