Ph.D. Australian National University
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Dave is an evolutionary biologist whose research focuses on squamate reptiles, predominantly lizards. He completed his PhD at the Australian National University in 2005 on the molecular phylogenetics and social behaviour of a group of skinks. This sparked a long-standing interest in lizards, and so Dave moved to New Zealand to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution (based at Victoria University of Wellington) on the origin and evolution of New Zealand skinks.
He returned to Australia in mid-2007 to work at Museum Victoria as a postdoctoral fellow, this time working on an invasive lizard, the delicate skink. In mid-2009, Dave took a lectureship at Monash University in the School of Biological Sciences, and now runs a productive research group. His group uses several different invasive species as model systems to investigate key ecological and evolutionary processes.