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.
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
The University of Queensland 2003
The University of Queensland 1998
The University of Queensland 1996
Awards and honors
University Medal for Academic Achievement, University of Queensland,