The Threatened Species Initiative (TSI) aims to improve conservation practices through the use of cutting-edge genomics technology and advanced computational biology to transform the way the conservation industry manages wildlife recovery programs.
To do this, we are 1) creating a national library of threatened species genomic data, and 2) deploying this alongside fit-for-purpose tools and training materials that together create a systematic approach to integrating genomics into species recovery.
How is genomics used in species recovery?
The TSI aims to support the integration of genomics information in hands-on species recovery actions through an end-to-end systematic framework. The key TSI steps are highlighted in the diagram below. This framework is currently being deployed across more than 60 TSI-supported projects – for more information on these, please see this summary spreadsheet.
Acknowledgement of Country
Australia is home to many unique and culturally important species. TSI pays respects to the Traditional Custodians of the many lands and communities where these animals and plants occur and pay respect to the Elders past and present.
The project is supported by Bioplatforms Australia through the Australian Government National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), in partnership with the University of Sydney, Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, WA Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions, Amazon Web Services, NSW Saving Our Species, Australian Wildlife Conservancy and the Zoo and Aquarium Association.
If you have any questions or are interesting in joining the TSI collaboration, please contact the Project Manager, Sarah Richmond.