Researcher | Data analyst | Biologist | Research Support, Administration and Management
I am an evolutionary biologist, with a broad interest ranging from behavioural ecology, to disease ecology, to conservation and population dynamics. I have worked on a number of different species, including Eurasian lynx, Red squirrels, Siberian jays (birds), Australian field crickets and fruit flies.
The common denominator for everything I have done to date is a keen interest in evolution and ecology, and in exploring the factors that influence the evolutionary process.
My current research revolves around how environmental and intrinsic stresses influence life-history traits expression. My recent projects have primarily explored these questions in the context of ecological immunity, specifically addressing how perceived or real pathogen exposure impact life-history, within and across generations. Much of this work is in collaboration with A/Prof Damian Dowling. Recently, I have also explored the effect of dietary protein on organismal fitness and metabolism, specifically homing in on cross-generational and cross-development patterns. This work is in collaboration with Dr Matt Piper and A/Prof Damian Dowling.
To answer these questions, I have taken a lab-based experimental approach, using Drosophila melanogaster as the study organism.