My BSc (Hons) was completed in the School of Australian Environmental Studies, Griffith University, and I completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Nick Davies. My thesis research involved field experiments that evaluated the costs, benefits and role of communication among group foraging house sparrows. I was awarded an SERC Postdoctoral Fellowship to work on comparative studies at the University of Oxford with Paul Harvey, during which time I initiated research into the evolution of mating behaviour in invertebrates. I pursued this interest while holding a University Fellowship and then a QEII Fellowship at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. I joined the Department of Zoology at Melbourne in 1991 and was promoted to my current position in 2005. I am a former Editor-in-Chief of the journal Behavioral Ecology, and am currently Associate Editor of the journals Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, International Journal of Ecology, and Psyche, and am a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Ethology. I am a former member of the University Council.Research
My research takes an experimental and comparative approach to investigating the evolutionary significance of social and mating behaviour, mostly in terrestrial invertebrates. Specific areas of interest include the evolutionary outcomes of sexual conflict, especially in sexually cannibalistic species; cryptic female choice and sperm competition; chemical communication; and the evolution of receptor organ diversity.Students & Postdocs
Melanie Archer (VIFM); Marie Herberstein (Macquarie); Therésa Jones (Melbourne); Jutta Schneider (Hamburg); Matt Symonds (Deakin); Tom Tregenza (Exeter); Nina Wedell (Exeter); Ellen van Wilgenburg (New York); Bob Wong (Monash)
Yasaman Alavi, Clare D'Alberto, Rebecca Featherston, Sarah Garnick, Lisa Hodgkin, Tamara Johnson, Clare Kinnear, Leonor Ceabllos Meraz, Eunice Tan, Qike Wang, Bernadette Wittwer, André Walter.
Xue Bian, Jessica Henneken, Haley Lambert, Nicole Quittner, John Sharp, Samantha WalkerTeaching
Chair, Melbourne Custom Programs Committee, University of Melbourne
Ceballos Meraz L, Hénaut Y, Elgar MA (2012) Effects of male size and female dispersion on male mate-locating success in Nephila clavipes. Journal of Ethology 30: 93–100
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