Professor Mike Bunce 

Trace and Environmental DNA lab, Department of Envoironment and Agriculture, Curtin University, Perth, WA

My research interests revolve around using ancient DNA to study evolutionary processes and using ancient DNA profiles to investigate past biodiversity. I have worked on a diverse variety of projects with the common theme of extracting and amplifying degraded DNA, these include studies of New Zealand’s extinct birds and obtaining DNA profiles from ice/sediment cores. The research in this lab are focused around using ancient DNA as a tool to profile past biodiversity and extinction events. Conservation and restoration of biodiversity is best achieved if we understand the past composition and function of the ecosystems we are trying to restore. 

Mike is a member of the Society for Wildlife Forensic Science. More details about's Mike's research activities can be found at

Mike can be contacted at Michael.Bunce “at”

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