treeMegan Supple

ANU Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D. Biomathematics, North Carolina State University
M.S. Biomathematics, North Carolina State University
B.S.E Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan



Research Interests
I am interested in using genomics tools to understand the evolution of adaptive traits in natural populations, particularly with applications to the conservation of biodiversity.

Current Projects
My current projects focus on understanding the spatial distribution of genomic variation, both neutral and adaptive, in Eucalyptus, focusing on two species–Eucalyptus melliodora (yellow box) and Eucalyptus marginata (jarrah).  This knowledge can be applied to reforestation efforts, enabling assisted migration of genotypes which are more likely to survive future predicted climates.


Bragg JG, Supple MA, Andrew RL, and Borevitz JO. 2015. Genomic variation across landscapes: insights and applications. New Phytologist. doi:10.1111/nph.13410.

Supple MA, Papa R, Counterman BA, and McMillan WO.  2014.  The genomics of an adaptive radiation: Insights across the Heliconius speciation continuum. In C. Landry and N. Aubin-Horth (editors), Ecological Genomics: Ecology and the Evolution of Genes and Genomes.  Springer, New York, NY.

Supple MA, Hines HM, Dasmahapatra KK, Lewis JJ, Nielsen DM, Lavoie C, Ray DA, Salazar C, McMillan WO, and Counterman BA. 2013. Genomic architecture of adaptive color pattern divergence and convergence in Heliconius butterflies. Genome Research. doi:10.1101/gr.150615.112.

The Heliconius Genome Consortium. 2012. Butterfly genome reveals promiscuous exchange of mimicry adaptations among species. Nature 487: 94-98.