Dr Tim Connallon
T: +61 3 9905 0899
The main goal of Tim's research is to develop and improve conceptual links between evolutionary theory and observable biological patterns to better understand the processes that generate and maintain biodiversity. Research in the lab includes both theoretical and empirical components, with each component stimulating the other. The theoretical work seeks to develop clear, quantitative, and experimentally testable predictions about the relationship between specific evolutionary processes, and observed biological patterns. This theory is then used to motivate new lab experiments and analyses of publicly available data.
Current topics of interest in the Connallon lab include: The evolution of sexual dimorphism, the maintenance of genetic variation in quantitative traits and fitness, the genetic basis of adaptation, the evolution of genome structure, sex chromosome evolution, the interaction between dispersal and local adaptation, and the evolutionary significance of genetic constraints.