Evolutionary and behavioural ecology (natural and sexual selection, animal visual systems, animal signaling and communication, camouflage and mimicry, phylogenetic comparative methods)
I completed a BA in 1996 and BSc (Hons) in 1998 at the University of Queensland. I began my research career with projects on phylogeography and molecular systematics of lizards under the supervision of Craig Moritz, but quickly discovered that I wanted to know what my study animals did. My PhD on natural and sexual selection colour patterns in a group of dragon lizards therefore incorporated a strong behavioural element. I completed my PhD in 2002 at the the University of Queensland under the supervision of Ian Owens, Greg Johnston and Justin Marshall. Having developed a fascination for the evolution of animal visual signals, I chose to do a postdoc with Martin Whiting at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa on signaling in dwarf chameleons. I spent four years (2003-2006) in South Africa and have recently (2007) moved to Melbourne to take up an ARC postdoctoral fellowship and (deferred) lectureship.