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Dr Michael Shackleton - Macro-Invertebrate Biologist




Michael Shackleton is the project leader for the MDBA Genetic Barcoding project based at The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre in Wodonga, Victoria, Australia.

His main research interest is molecular taxonomy.

Michael’s research topics of special interest include:

  • Taxonomy of Caddisflies (Trichoptera)
  • Using molecular techniques to investigate taxonomic issues
  • Developing a DNA barcode library for aquatic fauna
  • Developing molecular biological assessment techniques


Prior to commencing at MDFRC Michael held positions at:

  • 2009 – 2012 undertook a PhD on the taxonomy and systematics of a caddisfly family (Calocidae)
  • 2006 – 2009 Freshwater Scientist for the Environment Protection Authority Victoria

Michael joined MDRC in May 2012 as a casual technician before beginning a full-time position in January 2013. He moved into the role of Macro-Invertebrate Biologist in July 2014.

Academic qualifications

  • Ph.D. La Trobe University, under the supervision of Dr J. Webb and Dr P Suter Thesis Titled "A Morphological and molecular revision of the taxonomy and phylogeny of Calocidae (Trichoptera: Insecta)"2013
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Environmental management and Ecology 2006
  • B.Sc. Environmental Management and Ecology, La Trobe University, 2005

Professional activities and committee memberships

  • 2009 Developing Water Quality Guidelines for Estuarine Systems Working Group, EPA Victoria
  • 2008 Environmental Risk Assessment Working Group, EPA Victoria

For access to Michael Shackleton's publications visit our electronic library or google scholar