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Investigating admixture and selection in gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus), saker falcon (Falco cherrug) and their hybrids using comparative whole-genome sequencing analysis

posted on 2021-10-13, 06:57 authored by FAROOQ OMAR MAAN AL-AJLI
Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus) and saker falcon (Falco cherrug) are closely related species and iconic avian apex predators that play crucial ecological roles in their habitats across Eurasia and North America. Both species are threatened and require focused conservation and management programs. This thesis presents a genome-scale approach to understand speciation, hybridisation, adaptation, population structure, phylogeny, and demographic history by producing chromosome-level reference-quality genome assembly for the gyrfalcon, and analyses the genetic differentiation of multiple falcon populations. The results presented in this thesis will aid the conservation efforts of these two birds.


Campus location


Principal supervisor

Sadequr Rahman

Additional supervisor 1

Qasim Ayub

Additional supervisor 2

Song Beng Kah

Additional supervisor 3

Robyn Wilson

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

School of Sciences (Monash University Malaysia)


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Science