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A/PROF Devi Stuart-Fox


  • 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.   


Member of

  • Australasian Evolution Society. Member of the Australasian Evolution Society 2007 -
  • Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour. Member of the Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour 2007 -
  • Society for the Study of Evolution. Member of the Soceity for the Study of Evolution 2004 -
  • Herpetological Association of Africa. Member of the Herpetological Association of Africa 2003 -
  • Australian Society of Herpetologists. Member of the Australian Society of Herpetologists 2001 -


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • 2005-6 Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of the Witwatersrand (accepted)
    2003-4 Claude Harris Leon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (accepted)
    2003-4 UNESCO-L’Oreal Grant for Women in Life Sciences (US $20,000)
    2001 Graduate School, University of Queensland – Travel Grant ($5,000)
    2000 Alumni Association, University of Queensland - Elisabeth Usher Memorial Travel Scholarship ($2,500)
    2000 Nature Foundation, South Australia, Inc. Research Grant ($4,500)
    2000 Australian Geographic – small grant ($500)
    1999-2002 Australian Postgraduate Award – stipend.


Education and training

  • PhD, The University of Queensland 2003
  • BSc(Hons), The University of Queensland 1998
  • BA, The University of Queensland 1996

Awards and honors

  • University Medal for Academic Achievement, University of Queensland, 1999



Available for supervision

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