Academic Staff

A/Professor Sureshkumar Balasubramanian 
Suresh is interested in deciphering the molecular mechanisms underlying phenotypic variation that shapes evolution in plants.

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Dr Jeremy Barr
Jeremy studies bacteriophage and their interactions with the human body. His focus is on the mucosal surface and the antimicrobial effect that bacteriophage exert at these critical barriers.

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Professor John Bowman
John researches the genetic and molecular basis of pattern formation in plant development and the evolution of land plant morphology.

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Dr Rowan Brookes
Education Director

Rowan's primary focus is improving educational outcomes in science education. Her research focuses on educational technology, curriculum design and assessment in the higher education sector.

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A/Professor Robert Bryson-Richardson
Research Training Director

Robert researches the genetic causes, disease mechanisms, and potential therapies for a range of neuromuscular diseases using the zebrafish as an in vivo model system.

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A/Professor Martin Burd
As an evolutionary biologist Martin researches plant evolutionary ecology as well as behaviour and social organisation in ant colonies.

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Dr Richard Burke
Richard is using the experimental advantages of the vinegar fly Drosophila to investigate the genetic regulation of ion transport and metabolism in animal development and disease.

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A/Professor David Chapple
Dave's research spans invasion biology, behavioural and evolutionary ecology, population and conservation genetics, phylogenetics and phylogeography.

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Professor Steven Chown
Steven is engaged in biogeographic and macroecological studies, macrophysiology, spatial ecology, and invasion biology. Translation of science into policy is a major focus.

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Dr Rohan Clarke
Rohan's research seeks to secure biodiversity, especially as it relates to restoration of natural systems and recovery of threatened vertebrate species.

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Dr Tim Connallon
Tim is interested in the conceptual links between theory and data in evolutionary biology. Topics of interest include sexual dimorphism, genome evolution, and genetic constraints to adaptation.

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Dr Carly Cook
Carly is interested in improving the use of scientific information in environmental decisions by applying a range of applied research questions and development of decision-support tools.

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Professor Mauro D'Amato
Commencing January 2019.

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A/Professor Damian Dowling
Damian's research focuses on the dynamics of life-history evolution. A core goal is to understand the evolutionary processes that shape our energy producing genes.

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A/Professor Alistair Evans
Al’s research explores the many aspects of biology that influence the shape or morphology of animals – evolution, development and function – in embryos, adults and fossils.

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Professor Ros Gleadow
Ros investigates the effect of environmental variables such as drought and elevated carbon dioxide on the partitioning of resources between growth and defence in plants.

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Dr Chris Greening
Chris' research explores the metabolic processes that enable environmental and pathogenic bacteria to persist in deprived environments and adapt to ecosystem changes.

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Dr Matt Hall
Matt's research focuses on the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster to investigate the molecular mechanisms that mediate these effects, with the goal of understanding these processes in humans.

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Dr Susie Ho
Susie investigates educational technology and multidisciplinary perspectives in science education. Collaborative and immersive learning in ecology and environmental science is a focus.

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Dr Kay Hodgins
Kay researches plant evolution in human altered environments, plant adaptation to climate change, crop evolution and the evolution of plant sexual systems.

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Dr Travis Johnson
Travis' research explores the genetic and molecular control of cell communication during development using the fruit fly as a model.

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Dr Saw Hoon Lim
Saw Hoon is interested in educational techniques that motivate students to learn effectively in a large cohort environment, in particular in her field of Genetics.

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Dr Francine Marques
Francine's research interests include finding new therapies and early markers to prevent cardiovascular disease, in particular high blood pressure and heart failure.

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Professor Dustin Marshall
Dustin is an evolutionary ecologist who is seeking to improve our understanding of how energy moves through biological systems.

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Dr Michael McDonald
Mike and his research group evolve populations of microbes in a variety of laboratory environments, with the goal to understand how organisms adapt to better fit their environment.

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Dr Matt McGee
Matt’s research utilizes experimental studies of behaviour in conjunction with modern genomic techniques to understand the phenotypic and genotypic dynamics of ecological speciation, evolutionary innovation, and convergent evolution in fish communities.

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Professor Melodie McGeoch
Deputy Research Director

Melodie is interested in spatial patterns in biodiversity, how these are impacted by global change and how biodiversity can most effectively be estimated and monitored.

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Dr Christen Mirth
Christen's research explores the regulation and evolution of developmental plasticity,focussing on how environmental conditions alter body size and shape, life history traits, and patterns of foraging behaviour.

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Dr Keyne Monro
Keyne's research explores how selection and evolution shape biological diversity, and the evolutionary consequences of environmental change in marine ecosystems.

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Dr Joslin Moore
Joslin's research uses ecological theory and models to solve and inform applied ecological problems that will aid in the conservation and sustainable management of natural resources.

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Professor Moira O'Bryan 
Head of School

Moira's research studies sperm development and function and the causes of human male infertility.

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A/Professor Anne Peters
Deputy Research Training Director

Anne's research area is behaviour and ecology of wild birds, with a focus on physiological mechanisms and implications of life-history trade-offs.

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Dr Matt Piper
Matt's research focuses on the mechanisms by which nutrition shapes lifelong health and ageing using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as model for understanding human health.

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A/Professor Richard Reina
Deputy Education Director
Richard investigates ecophysiology of animals, and is interested in their responses to environmental challenge with application to conservation.

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A/Professor Carla Sgrò
Carla researches the genetic basis of adaptation to environmental change. How evolutionary processes can be incorporated into biodiversity conservation is a focus.

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Professor Paul Sunnucks
Paul's group applies field biology, ecological genomics/genetics and spatial environmental analysis to the population biology of animals under natural and human-impacted conditions.

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Dr Reid Tingley
Commencing January 2019.
Reid studies how species traits and environmental change influence the dual processes of invasion and extinction at macroecological scales.

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Dr Sonika Tyagi
Sonika is a bioinformatician who applies data science skills and implements computational methods to uncover knowledge from biological data.

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Professor Craig White
Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Science
Craig is an evolutionary physiologist interested in describing and understanding the causes and consequences of physiological variation in animals.

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A/Professor Bob Wong
Deputy Head of School
Bob is interested in the evolution of animal mating systems and behaviour, and how investment in sex influences reproductive strategies and biological diversity.

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