Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Peri Bolton

Department / Division

B.S. (Honours), Australian National University

PhD, Biological Sciences, Macquarie University

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Research Interests

My research interests include: 1) neurogenomic mechanisms of social behaviour in lekking manakins; 2) conservation and population genetics; 3) evolution in captivity; 4) taxonomy and systematics. My primary study organisms are birds and squamate reptiles.


Bolton, P.E., Rollins, L.A., Brazill-Boast, J., Maute, K.L., Legge, S., Austin, J.J., Griffith. S.C. 2018. Genetic diversity through time and space: diversity and demographic history from natural history specimens and serially sampled contemporary population of the threatened Gouldian finch (Erythrura gouldiae). ​Conservation Genetics, 19: 737-754. DOI: 10.1007/s10592-018-1051-1

Bolton, P.E., Rollins, L.A., Brazill-Boast, J., Kim, K-W, Burke, T., Griffith, S.C. 2017. The colour of paternity: extra-pair paternity in the wild Gouldian finch does not appear to be driven by genetic incompatibility between morphs. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 30: 174-190. DOI: ​10.1111/jeb.12997

Bolton, P.E., West, A.J, Cardili, A.P.A, Clarke, J.A., Maute, K.L., Legge, S., Brazill-Boast, J., Griffith, S.C., Rollins, L.A. 2016. ​Three molecular markers show no evidence of population genetic structure in the Gouldian finch (Erythrura gouldiae). Plos One. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0167723

Bolton, P.E., Rollins, L.A., Griffith, S.C. 2015. The danger within: the role of genetic, behavioural, and ecological factors in population persistence of colour polymorphic species. Molecular Ecology . 24: 2907-15. DOI: 10.1111/mec.13201