Dr Florian Pichlmueller
Research | Current
My research integrates genetic, genomic, ecological and statistical tools for a better understanding of invasive species and their effects on island ecosystems.
Many species in New Zealand, especially birds, evolved without the pressure of mammalian predators. They therefore often lack defence strategies, which makes them very vulnerable against predators, and consequently are facing a higher risk of extinction. My research focus are wild black rats (Rattus rattus), also called ship rats and house mice (Mus musculus). Using genomic tools, I try to understand the connectivity between populations, which helps to inform the management of invasive species. I also use whole genome sequencing to better understand what makes these species such successful invaders.
Areas of expertise
- dynamics and demography of natural rat populations in space and time
- over invasion, interaction and connectivity
- evolutionary processes and population dynamics
- rodent genetics and genomics
- comparative genomics
Genomics Aotearoa, Postdoctoral Fellow
Royal Society of New Zealand, Member
New Zealand Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NZSBMB), Member
Software Carpentry Instructor - teaching data science skills
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Pichlmueller, F., & Russell, J. C. (2018). Survivors or reinvaders? Intraspecific priority effect masks reinvasion potential. Biological Conservation, 227, 213-218. 10.1016/j.biocon.2018.09.020
Other University of Auckland co-authors: James Russell
- Straub, C., Pichlmueller, F., & Helfer, V. (2015). Population genetics of fire salamanders in a pre-Alpine urbanized area (Salzburg, Austria). SALAMANDRA, 51 (3), 245-251.
- O'Sullivan JM, Doynova, M. D., Antony, J., Pichlmuller, F., & Horsfield, J. A. (2014). Insights from Space: Potential Role of Diet in the Spatial Organization of Chromosomes. NUTRIENTS, 6 (12), 5724-5739. 10.3390/nu6125724
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Justin O'Sullivan
- Pichlmüller F, Straub, C., & Helfer, V. (2013). Skin swabbing of amphibian larvae yields sufficient DNA for efficient sequencing and reliable microsatellite genotyping. Amphibia Reptilia, 34 (4), 517-523. 10.1163/15685381-00002909