Refereed publications by Mark Eldridge 2005-2016





Refereed publications by Mark Eldridge.

  • Frankham, G.J., Handasyde, K.A. and Eldridge M.D.B. 2016. Evolutionary and contemporary responses to habitat fragmentation detected in a mesic zone marsupial, the long-nosed potoroo (Potorous tridactylus) in southeastern Australia. Journal of Biogeography 43: 653-665. Abstract.
  • Neaves, L.E., Frankham, G.J., Dennison, S., FitzGibbon, S., Flannagan, C., Gillett, A., Hynes, E., Handasyde, K.A., Helgen, K.M., Tsangaras, K., Greenwood, A.D., Eldridge, M.D.B., and Johnson, R.N. (2016). Phylogeography of the koala, (Phascolarctos cinereus), and harmonising data to inform conservation. PLoS ONE 11: e0162207. Abstract.
  • Vermeulen, E.T., Lott, M.J., Eldridge, M.D.B. and Power M.L. 2016. Evaluation of next generation sequencing for the analysis of Eimeria communities in wildlife. Journal of Microbiological Methods 124: 1-9. Abstract.
  • Vermeulen, E.T., Lott, M.J., Eldridge, M.D.B. and Power M.L. 2016. Parasites on the hop: captive breeding maintains biodiversity of Eimeria communities in an endangered marsupial. Biological Conservation 200: 17-25. Abstract.
  • Vermeulen, E.T., Power M.L., Nipperess, D., Beveridge, I. and Eldridge, M.D.B. 2016. Biodiversity of parasite assemblages in the genus Petrogale and its relation to the phylogeny and biogeography of their hosts. Australian Journal of Zoology 64: 61-80. Abstract.
  • Eldridge M.D.B. and Herbert, C.A. 2015. Terrestrial mammal diversity, conservation and management in Australia. Pp. 298-319 in Austral Ark: The state of wildlife in Australia and New Zealand. A Stow, N. Maclean, GI Holwell (eds). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Abstract.
  • Miller, E.J., Eldridge, M.D.B., Morris, K.D., Thomas, N. and Herbert, C.A. 2015. Captive management and the maintenance of genetic diversity in a vulnerable marsupial, the greater bilby. Australian Mammalogy 37: 170–181. Abstract.
  • Potter, S., Moritz, C. and Eldridge, M.D.B. 2015. Gene flow despite complex Robertsonian fusions amongst rock-wallaby (Petrogale) species. Biology Letters 11: 20150731. Abstract.
  • Vermeulen, E.T., Ashworth, D.L., Eldridge, M.D.B. and Power M.L. 2015. Diversity of Cryptosporidium in brush-tailed rock-wallabies (Petrogale penicillata) managed within a species recovery programme. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife 4: 190-196. Abstract.
  •  Vermeulen, E.T., Ashworth, D.L., Eldridge, M.D.B. and Power M.L. 2015. Investigation into potential transmission sources of Giardia duodenalis in a threatened marsupial (Petrogale penicillata). Infection, Genetics and Evolution 33: 277-280. Abstract.
  • Ashcroft, M.B., Cavanagh, M., Eldridge, M.D.B. and Gollan, J.R. 2014. Testing the ability of topoclimatic grids of extreme temperatures to explain the distribution of the endangered brush-tailed rock-wallaby (Petrogale penicillata). Journal of Biogeography. Abstract
  • Cardoso, M.J., Mooney, N., Eldridge, M.D.B., Firestone, K.B. and Sherwin, W.B. 2014. Genetic monitoring reveals significant population structure in eastern quolls – implications for the conservation of a threatened carnivorous marsupial. Australian Mammalogy 36: 169-177. Abstract.
  • Eldridge M.D.B., Meek, P.D. and Johnson R.N. 2014. Taxonomic uncertainty and the loss of biodiversity on Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. Conservation Biology 28: 572-579. Abstract
  • Eldridge M.D.B., Potter, S., Johnson C.N. and Ritchie, E.G. 2014. Differing impact of a major biogeographic barrier on genetic structure in two large kangaroos from the monsoon tropics of Northern Australia. Ecology and Evolution 4: 554-567. Abstract
  • Frankham, G.J., Handasyde, K.A., Norton, M., Murray, A. and Eldridge M.D.B. 2014. Molecular detection of intra-population structure in a threatened potoroid, Potorous tridactylus: conservation management and sampling implications. Conservation Genetics 15: 547-560. Abstract.
  • Frankham, R., Ballou, J.D., Dudash, M.R., Eldridge, M.D.B., Fenster, C.B., Lacy, R.C., Mendelson III, J.R., Porton, I.J., Ralls, K. and Ryder, O.A. 2014. Species concepts for conservation - Reply to Russello and Amato. Biological Conservation 170: 334-335.
  • Hazlitt, S.L., Goldizen, A.W., Nicholls, J.A. and Eldridge M.D.B. 2014. Three divergent lineages within an Australian marsupial (Petrogale penicillata) suggest multiple major refugia for mesic taxa in southeast Australia. Ecology and Evolution 4: 1102-1116. Abstract
  • Potter, S., Rosauer, D., Doody, S., Webb, M.J. and Eldridge, M.D.B. 2014. Persistence of a potentially rare mammalian genus (Wyulda) provides evidence for areas of evolutionary refugia within the Kimberley, Australia. Conservation Genetics 15: 1085-1094. Abstract.
  • Potter, S., Close, R.L., Taggart, D.A., Cooper, S.J.B., and Eldridge, M.D.B. 2014. Taxonomy of rock-wallabies, Petrogale (Marsupialia: Macropodidae). IV. Multifaceted study of the brachyotis group identifies additional taxa. Australian Journal of Zoology 62: 401-414. Abstract.
  • Mason, R.A.B., Price, C., Boles, W.E, Gray, K.-A., Rickard, E., Eldridge, M.D.B. and Johnson, R.N. 2013. Isolation and characterisation of microsatellite loci in the bush stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius), a declining Australian bird. Australian Journal of Zoology 61: 421-423. Abstract
  • Neaves, L.E., Zenger K.R., Prince, R.I.T. and Eldridge, M.D.B. 2013. Paternally inherited genetic markers reveal new insights into genetic structuring within Macropus fuliginosus and hybridisation with sympatric Macropus giganteus. Australian Journal of Zoology 61: 58-68. Abstract


  • Eldridge, M.D.B., Potter, S. and Cooper, S.J.B. 2012. Biogeographic barriers in north-western Australia: an overview and standardisation of nomenclature. Australian Journal of Zoology 59: 270-272.
  • Pearse, A.-M., Swift, K., Hodson, P., Hua, B., McCallum, H., Pyecroft, S., Taylor, R., Eldridge, M.D.B. and Belov, K. 2012. Evolution in a transmissible cancer: a study of the chromosomal changes in devil facial tumour (DFT) as it spreads through the wild Tasmanian devil population. Cancer Genetics 205: 101-112. Abstract
  • Frankham, G.J., Handasyde, K.A. and Eldridge M.D.B. 2012. Novel insights into the phylogenetic relationships of the endangered marsupial genus Potorous. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 64: 592-602. Abstract
  • Frankham, G.J., Reed, R. L., Eldridge M.D.B. and Handasyde, K.A. 2012. The genetic mating system of the long-nosed potoroo (Potorous tridactylus) with notes on male strategies for securing paternity. Australian Journal of Zoology 60: 225-234. Abstract
  • Frankham, R, Ballou, J.D., Dudash, M.R., Eldridge, M.D.B., Fenster, C.B., Lacy, R.C., Mendelson III, J.R., Porton, I.J., Ralls, K. and Ryder, O.A. 2012. Implications of different species concepts for conserving biodiversity. Biological Conservation 153: 25-31. Abstract
  • Lott, M.J., Eldridge M.D.B., Hose G.C. and Power M.L. 2012. Nematode community structure in an Australian marsupial: implications of captive breeding and the translocation of wildlife. Experimental Parasitology 132: 185-192. Abstract
  • Lillie, M., Woodward, R.E., Sanderson, C.E., Eldridge, M.D.B. and Belov, K. 2012. Diversity at the Major Histocompatibility Complex class II in the platypus, Ornithorhynchus anatinus. Journal of Heredity 103: 467-478. Abstract
  • Neaves, L.E., Zenger K.R., Prince, R.I.T. and Eldridge, M.D.B. 2012. Impact of Pleistocene aridity oscillations on the population history of a widespread, vagile Australian mammal, Macropus fuliginosus. Journal of Biogeography 39: 1545-1563. Abstract
  • Potter, S., Eldridge, M.D.B., Taggart, D.A. and Cooper, S.J.B. 2012. Multiple biogeographic barriers identified across the monsoon tropics of northern Australia: phylogeographic analysis of the brachyotis group of rock-wallabies. Molecular Ecology 21: 2254-2269. Abstract
  • Potter, S., Eldridge, M.D.B., Cooper, S.J.B., Paplinska, J.Z. and Taggart, D.A. 2012. Habitat connectivity, more than species' biology, influences genetic differentiation in a habitat specialist, the short-eared rock-wallaby (Petrogale brachyotis). Conservation Genetics 13: 937-952. Abstract
  • Potter, S., Cooper, S.J.B., Metcalfe, C.J., Taggart, D.A. and Eldridge, M.D.B. 2012. Phylogenetic relationships within Petrogale (Marsupialia: Macropodidae) and their biogeographic history within Australia. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 62: 640-652. Abstract
  • Eldridge, M.D.B., Heckenberg, K., Neaves, L.E. Metcalfe, C.J., Hamilton, S., Johnson, P.M. and Close R.L. 2011. Genetic differentiation and introgression amongst Thylogale (pademelons) in eastern Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology 59: 103-117. Abstract
  • Eldridge, M.D.B. 2011. The changing nature of rock-wallaby (Petrogale) research 1980–2010. Australian Mammalogy 33: i-iv.
  • Frankham, R., Ballou, J.D., Eldridge, M.D.B., Lacy, R.C., Ralls, K., Dudash, M.R. and Fenster, C.B. 2011. Predicting the probability of outbreeding depression. Conservation Biology 25: 465-475. Abstract
  • Jones Lennon, M., Taggart, D.A., Temple-Smith, P.D. and Eldridge, M.D.B. 2011. The impact of isolation and bottlenecks on genetic diversity in the Pearson Island population of the black-footed rock-wallaby, Petrogale lateralis pearsoni (Marsupialia: Macropodidae). Australian Mammalogy 33: 152-161. Abstract
  • Mason, R.A., Browning, T.L. and Eldridge, M.D.B. 2011. Reduced MHC class II diversity in island compared to mainland populations of the black-footed rock-wallaby (Petrogale lateralis lateralis). Conservation Genetics 12: 91-103. Abstract
  • Miller, E.J., Eldridge, M.D.B., Morris, K.D., Zenger, K.R., and Herbert, C.A., 2011. Genetic consequences of isolation: island tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii) populations and the conservation of threatened species. Conservation Genetics 12:1619-1631. Abstract
  • Paplinska, J.Z., Taggart, D.A., Corrigan, T., Eldridge, M.D.B., and Austin, J.J. 2011. Using DNA from museum specimens to preserve the integrity of evolutionarily significant unit boundaries in threatened species. Biological Conservation 144: 290-297. Abstract
  • Weeks, A.R., Sgro, C.M., Young, A.G., Frankham, R., Mitchell, N.J., Miller, K.A., Byrne, M., Coates, D.J., Eldridge, M.D.B., Sunnucks, P., Breed, M.F., James, E.A. and Hoffmann A.A. 2011. Assessing the benefits and risks of translocations in changing environments: a genetic perspective. Evolutionary Applications 4:709-725. Abstract
  • Eldridge, M.D.B. 2010. Population and conservation genetics of marsupials. Pp. 461-497 in Marsupial genetics and genomics. J.E. Deakin, P.D. Waters and J.A.M. Graves (eds). Springer: Dordrecht. Abstract
  • Eldridge, M.D.B., Piggott, M.P. and Hazlitt, S.L., 2010. Population genetic studies of the Macropodoidea: a review. Pp. 35-51 in Macropods: the biology of kangaroos, wallabies and rat-kangaroos. G.M. Coulson and M.D.B. Eldridge (eds). CSIRO Publishing: Melbourne. Abstract
  • Hazlitt, S.L., Eldridge, M.D.B. and Goldizen, A.W., 2010. Strong matrilineal structuring in the brush-tailed rock-wallaby confirmed by spatial patterns of mitochondrial DNA. Pp. 87-95 in Macropods: the biology of kangaroos, wallabies and rat-kangaroos. G.M. Coulson and M.D.B. Eldridge (eds). CSIRO Publishing: Melbourne. Abstract
  • Kirsch, J.A.W., Gauthier, O., Campeau-Peloquin, A., Eldridge, M.D.B. and Lapointe, F.-J., 2010. Phylogeny of the rock-wallabies, Petrogale (Marsupialia: Macropodidae). II. Detection of hybridisation among macropodines. Australian Mammalogy 32: 67-75. Abstract
  • Miller, E.J., Eldridge, M.D.B. and Herbert, C.A., 2010. Dominance and paternity in the tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii). Pp. 77-86 in Macropods: the biology of kangaroos, wallabies and rat-kangaroos. G. M. Coulson and M.D.B. Eldridge (eds). CSIRO Publishing: Melbourne. Abstract
  • Miller, E.J., Eldridge, M.D.B., Cooper, D.W. and Herbert, C.A., 2010. Dominance, body size and internal relatedness influence male reproductive success in eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus). Reproduction, Fertility and Development 22: 539-549. Abstract
  • Miller, E.J., Eldridge, M.D.B., Thomas, N., Marlow, N. and Herbert, C.A., 2010. The genetic mating system, male reproductive success and lack of selection on male traits in the greater bilby. Australian Journal of Zoology 58: 113-120. Abstract
  • Neaves, L.E., Zenger K.R., Cooper, D.W. and Eldridge, M.D.B., 2010. Molecular detection of natural hybridisation between sympatric kangaroo species in south-eastern Australia. Heredity 104: 502-512. Abstract
  • Telfer, W.R. and Eldridge, M.D.B., 2010. High levels of mitochondrial DNA divergence within short-eared rock-wallaby (Petrogale brachyotis) populations in northern Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology 58: 104-112. Abstract
  • Cardoso, M.J., Eldridge, M.D.B., Oakwood, M., Rankmore, B., Sherwin, W.B. and Firestone, K.B. 2009. Effects of founder events on the genetic variation of translocated island populations: implications for conservation management of the northern quoll. Conservation Genetics 10: 1719-1733. Abstract
  • Cheng, Y., Wakefield, M., Siddle, H.V., Coggill, P., Herbert, C.A, Beck, S., Belov, K. and Eldridge, M.D.B. 2009. Isolation and characterization of 10 MHC Class I-associated microsatellite loci in tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii). Molecular Ecology Resources 9: 346-349. Abstract
  • Cheng, Y., Siddle, H.V., Coggill, P., Beck, S., Eldridge, M.D.B. and Belov, K. 2009. High levels of genetic variation at MHC class II DBB loci in the tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii). Immunogenetics 61: 111-118. Abstract
  • Neaves, L.E., Zenger K.R., Prince, R.I.T., Eldridge, M.D.B. and Cooper, D.W., 2009. Landscape discontinuities influence gene flow and genetic structure in a large, vagile Australian mammal, Macropus fuliginous. Molecular Ecology 18: 3363-3378. Abstract
  • Paplinska, J.Z., Eldridge, M.D.B., Cooper, D.W., Temple-Smith, P.D.M., Renfree, M.B., 2009. Use of genetic methods to establish male biased dispersal in a cryptic mammal, the swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor). Australian Journal of Zoology 57: 65-72. Abstract

  • Eldridge, M.D.B., Johnson, P.M., Hensler, P., Holden, J.K, and Close, R.L 2008. Distribution of three parapatric cryptic species of rock-wallaby (Petrogale) in north-east Queensland: P. assimilis, P. mareeba and P. sharmani. Australian Mammalogy 30: 37-42. Abstract

  • Bulazel, K.V., Ferreri, G.C., Eldridge, M.D.B. and O’Neill, R.J. 2007. Species-specific shifts in centromere sequence composition are coincident with break point reuse in karyotypically divergent lineages. Genome Biology 8(8): R170. Abstract
  • Burns, E.L., Eldridge, M.D.B., Crayn, D.M. and Houlden, B.A. 2007. Low phylogeographic structure in a wide spread endangered Australian frog Litoria aurea (Anura: Hylidae). Conservation Genetics 8: 17-32. Abstract
  • Eymann, J., Neaves, L., Eldridge, M.D.B., Cooper, D.W. and Herbert, C.A. 2007. Surprise in the pouch – a case of adoption in the common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula). Australian Mammalogy 29: 63-68. Abstract 
  • Metcalfe, C.J., Eldridge, M.D.B., and Johnston, P.G. 2007. Mapping the distribution of the telomeric sequence (T2AG3)n in the Macropodoidae (Marsupialia) by fluorescence in situ hybridization. II. The ancestral 2n=22 macropodid karyotype. Cytogenetic and Genome Research 116: 212-217. Abstract
  • Metcalfe, C.J., Bulazel, K.V., Ferreri, G.C., Schroeder-Reiter, E., Wanner, G., Rens, W., Obergfell, C., Eldridge, M.D.B. and O'Neill, R.J. 2007. Genomic instability targets centromeres in interspecific marsupial hybrids. Genetics 177: 2507-2517. Abstract
  • Siddle, H.V., Kreiss, A., Eldridge, M.D.B., Noonan, E., Clarke, C.J., Pyecroft, S., Woods, G.M. and Belov, K. 2007. Transmission of a fatal clonal tumor by biting occurs due to depleted MHC diversity in a threatened carnivorous marsupial. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 104: 16221-16226. Abstract
  • Bulazel, K., Metcalfe, C.J., Ferreri, G.C., Yu, J., Eldridge, M.D.B. and O’Neill, R.J. 2006. Cytogenetic and molecular evaluation of centromere-associated DNA sequences from a marsupial (Macropodidae: Macropus rufogriseus) X chromosome. Genetics 172: 1129-1137. Abstract
  • Hazlitt, S.L., Sigg, D.P., Eldridge, M.D.B. and Goldizen, A.W. 2006. Restricted mating dispersal and strong breeding group structure in a mid-sized marsupial mammal (Petrogale penicillata). Molecular Ecology 15: 2997-3007. Abstract
  • Hazlitt, S.L., Goldizen, A.W. and Eldridge, M.D.B. 2006. Significant patterns of population genetic structure and limited gene flow in a threatened macropodid marsupial despite continuous habitat in southeast Queensland, Australia. Conservation Genetics 7: 675-689. Abstract


  • Johnson, P.M., Lloyd, S., Vallance, T. and Eldridge, M.D.B. 2005. First record of quadruplets in the musky rat-kangaroo, Hypsiprymnodon moschatus. Australian Mammalogy 27: 95-97.
  • Zenger, K.R., Eldridge, M.D.B. and Johnston, P.G. 2005. Phylogenetics, population structure and genetic diversity of the endangered southern brown bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus) in south-eastern Australia. Conservation Genetics 6: 193-204.
  • Ferreri, G.C., Liscinsky, D.M., Mack, J.A., Eldridge, M.D.B. and O’Neill, R.J. 2005. Retention of latent centromeres in the mammalian genome. Journal of Heredity 96: 217-224.


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