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 Beardall
John researches metabolic processes in microscopic photosynthetic organisms. His focus is cyanobacterial and algal ecophysiology and ecology, especially in relation to global change.

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

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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 myopathies using the zebrafish as an in vivo model system.

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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 focusses on movement ecology, with interests in conservation management of marine and terrestrial birds, and pathogen transmission pathways in avian MGEation corridors.

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Dr Tim Connallon
Tim is interested in the conceptual links between theoretical models and experimental data in evolutionary biology. Specific 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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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
Alistair researches mammal morphological evolution, particularly of teeth, using techniques such as 3D imaging and analysis.

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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 alike to persist in deprived environments and adapt to ecosystem changes.

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Dr Matt Hall
Matt is an evolutionary biologist who studies the genetics of host-parasite interactions, life-history tradeoffs and ageing using Daphnia as a model system.

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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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Professor Dustin Marshall
Dustin is an evolutionary ecologist who uses marine invertebrates as a model for understanding the phenotypic links among life-history stages and the eco-evolutionary dynamics of marine communities.

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Dr Michael McDonald
Mike is interested in the genetics of adaptation. His lab propagates populations of yeast (and other microbes) for1000's of generations 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 leads the Male Infertility and Germ Cell Biology Laboratory, which studies sperm development and function and the causes of human male infertility.

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Dr Matt Piper
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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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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A/Professor Richard Reina
Deputy Education Director
Richard investigates ecophysiology of animals including sharks, penguins, turtles and frogs, 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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A/Professor Coral Warr
Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Science

Coral uses the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, to investigate cellular and developmental genetics, with a focus on how cells respond to signals from their environment.

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Professor Craig White
Research Director
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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