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Curriculum Vitae

Research Expertise

Conservation Genetics, Population Genetics, Genomics, Ecological Epigenetics, Bioinformatics

Academic Qualifications

PhD in Genetics, 2016
University of Arizona
Advisor: Dr. Melanie Culver
Dissertation title: Conservation genetics and epigenetics of pronghorn, Antilocapra americana

Bachelor of Science in Biology, 2008
University of New Mexico
Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Ruby
Honors thesis title: Direct interactions between pre-mRNA and the DEAD-box Prp5 protein in the commitment complex of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae spliceosome

Professional Experience

Research Scientist, 2023-present
Australian National Wildlife Collection, The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Postdoctoral Fellow, 2020-2023
Australian National Wildlife Collection, The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Postdoctoral Fellow, 2017-2019
Research School of Biology, Australian National University

Research Technician, 2009 – Jan 2011
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Arizona


Hahn, E.E., M. Alexander, J. Stiller, P.M. Grewe and C.E. Holleley (2024) Hot alkaline lysis gDNA extraction from formalin-fixed archival tissues. PLOS ONE, .

Hahn, E.E., M. Alexander, A. Grealy, J. Stiller, D. Gardiner and C. Holleley (2022) Unlocking inaccessible historical genomes preserved in formalin. Molecular Ecology Resources, doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.13505 .

Hahn, E.E. and M. Culver (2021) Genetic Diversity and Structure in Arizona Pronghorn Following Conservation Efforts. Conservation Science and Practice,

Mead, O. L., E. E. Hahn and M. A. Adamska (2021) Hybrid genome assemblies of marine bacteria isolated from the sponge Sycon capricorn. Microbial Resource Announcements, doi: 10.1128/MRA.00858021

Hahn, E.E., A. Grealy, M. Alexander and C. Holleley (2020) Museum epigenomics: charting the future by unlocking the past. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 35(4), 295-300.

Hahn, E.E., A. Klimova, A. Munguia-Vega, K. Clark and M. Culver (2020) Use of museum specimens to refine historical pronghorn subspecies boundaries. Journal of Wildlife Management, 84(3), 524-533.

Vaughn, E.E., J. F. Dwyer, M. Culver, and J. Morrison (2015) Development and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite markers for the crested caracara, Caracara cheriway. Conservation Genetics Resources 7(2):557-559.

B.M. Hall, E.E. Vaughn, A.R. Begaye and M.H. J. Cordes (2011) Reengineering Cro protein functional specificity with an evolutionary code.  Journal of Molecular Biology, 413, 914-928. 

Professional Development/Traineeships 

Superstars of STEM, 2021/2022 cohort
I am one of 60 women selected to participate in Science and Technology Australia’s Superstars of STEM program.

IGERT in Comparative Genomics, 2011 – 2014
IGERT is an NSF program providing a stipend and training in functional, computational, and evolutionary genomics. I received three competitive one-year fellowships.

College [University] Teaching Certification Program, 2015
I received a graduate certificate in college teaching from the University of Arizona. The program prepares academics for teaching, focusing on the learner-centered teaching philosophy.


Virtual Work Experience Supervisor – CSIRO, 2020-2023
I design and lead work experience programs for Year 10 students.

Honours & HDR Student Co-supervisor – The Australian National University & CSIRO, 2017 – present

I have supervised five Honours students and four PhD students and served on Honours student committees.

Ecological Society of Australia Mentoring program, 2022

I am serving as a mentor in the ESA’s mentoring pilot program

HDR Mentoring Program – The Australian National University, 2017-2019
I regularly met with a PhD student who has selected me as a mentor.

HDR Mentoring Program – The Australian National University, 2017-2019
I regularly met with a PhD student who has selected me as a mentor.

ANU Espresso Course – The Australian National University, 2018                                                                                    I participated in online courses hosted by the ANU’s Espresso course program. I engaged in discussion and reflection on topics including group learning and interactive learning

Outreach & Advocacy

High School visits – STEM Career chats

Science Meets Parliament 2021 & 2022 delegate from STA & CSIRO- Science and Technology Australia

STELR Role Model Series –  Webinar guest

Little Scientists Australia STEM Hour Panelist

Pint of Science Panelist – Fight for planet A

International Day of Women and Girls in STEM – School VisitLyneham Primary School, ACT

Storytime PledgeOffice of Australia’s Chief Scientist                                                                                                             

Prime Minister’s Prize Promotional Video – Department of Industry, Science and Energy Resources

Virtual Work Experience Supervisor for Year 10 students 2020- 2022 – CSIRO

Lead Organiser for the Canberra March for Science, Featured in the Canberra Times

BioBlitz interactive science booth operator – Saguaro National Park

Laboratory tours with year 8 students – Pima County schools                                                                                

Shadow a Scientist – Arizona Science Teacher Advancement and Research Training program                                    

Media Engagement

ABC Radio Canberra – Micro Nature Interview

Article in The Conversation – “Old goopy museum specimens can tell fascinating stories of wildlife history”

Avid Research podcast

Mug of Science interview

The Canberra Times feature – “The Crocodile Hunter leads Dr Erin Hahn to the world of conservation genetics

Science and Technology Australia blog post – “Getting women and girls into STEM”

Her Canberra – Start seeing our Superstars of STEM

Cell Press – featured in Celebrating Women in Science Collection

The Wildlife Society Bulletin interview “Museums hold secrets California’s vanished pronghorn

ABC Radio interview – “Afternoons” with Georgia Stynes – representing March for Science