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Research Biography

I am a behavioural and evolutionary ecologist, fascinated by sexual selection and biodiversity of arthropods, especially insects and arachnids.

My PhD (at the University of Western Australia) dealt with alternative reproductive tactics and male weapons in terrestrial arthropods, and since then I've been studying the evolution of mating systems and phenotypic plasticity in these animals, often using experimental evolution. I worked as a postdoctoral research associate at UWA for five years, where I studied dung beetles, earwigs, bulb mites and Australian quacking frogs, always focusing on these amazing animals' reproductive biology.

I then moved to Macquarie University, where I was based for two years, convening a first year biology unit. More recently, before starting at Flinders University, I spent two years working part-time as an environmental consultant, focusing on the biodiversity of short-range endemic invertebrates and subterranean fauna of the Pilbara and Goldfields regions of Western Australia, which steered some of my research towards the conservation of terrestrial invertebrates. One of the highlights of my research in this area was the discovery of the first true millipede — a species with more than 1,000 legs.

Finally, I also have an ongoing project, funded by National Geographic, on the movement ecology of the famous Sydney Funnel-Web Spider.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The evolution of male dimorphism in arthropods, University of Western Australia

Award Date: 17 Sept 2013

Master of Science, Reproductive biology of the harvestman Acutisoma proximum (Arachnida: Opiliones): alternative mating strategies among males and maternal care by females, Universidade Estadual de Campinas

Award Date: 2 Jun 2008

Bachelor of Science (Honours), Universidade Estadual de Campinas

Award Date: 25 Feb 2005

External positions

Research Associate, Western Australian Museum

Mar 2021 → …

Honorary Lecturer, Macquarie University

Aug 2018 → …

Adjunct Research Fellow, University of Western Australia

Jan 2013 → …


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  • Ecology and conservation


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