PhD (Griffith University)
Position: Associate Professor

Room: 221 Goddard Building 8
Phone: +61 7 3365 2188


Research Interests

Our lab aims to test fundamental hypotheses in genetics and evolutionary biology.

Principally, we are interested the relationship between genotypic and phenotypic change during adaptive evolution. This line of inquiry requires an understanding of both the type of selection acting on traits as they evolve and also ultimately the functional polymorphisms available for selection to act upon. At the present time we are interested in studying phenotypes that have behavioral consequences such as mating display traits because of the very different kinds of selective processes that they experience compared with other traits. We presently use both native and exotic species of Drosophila in our work but will consider collaborative study of non-model organisms that represent examples of recurring ecological and evolutionary phenomena.

We are equipped to use a broad range of techniques in our investigations including experimental evolution, field-based selection studies, quantitative genetics, molecular population genetics, genomics and advanced quantitative methods in statistics and computational biology. The broad range of techniques available to our group provides students with a unique opportunity to broaden their skill sets as they address fundamental questions.

Current Projects

  • How can sexual dimorphism evolve when males and females share a genome?

  • The genetic basis of reproductive character displacement

  • Dissecting the genetic architecture of a mate recognition system

  • Why does mutual mate choice evolve?

  • The evolution of clines in sexual display traits


Funded Projects

The Genetic Basis of Differences Between the Sexes
Grant Body: ARC
Grant Period: 2007-2011
Value: $838 000

Professional Associations

  • The American Society of Naturalists

  • Society for the Study of Evolution

  • The Australasian Evolution Society

  • Genetics Society of Australia

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