Professor David Lambert

Griffith University
David is currently the Dean of Research in the Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology group at Griffith University. He is the inaugural Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Griffith University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, a Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences and was recently awarded a Queensland Smithsonian Fellowship. David’s research has focused on aspects of evolutionary theory and evolutionary genetics. His research group pioneered the use of ancient DNA to estimate rates of molecular change in animal populations. Since 1986, he has worked in Antarctica on modern and ancient populations of Adélie penguins. His research team has measured changes in DNA over time using these populations, together with parallel studies of the unique tuatara of New Zealand. His research group has also conducted a series of studies on a number of extinct animal species including the large flightless moa.