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Students

Current Students

Alex Aloy – PhD 2018 start – University of New South Wales – Co-advised with A/Prof. Shinichi Nakagawa – Thesis TBA

My study will continue and develop previously established experimental protocols on zebrafish rearing, genetic selection and behavioural phenotype assays at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. However, I will be focusing more on environmental epigenetics. This research aims to produce empirical basis and elucidate the epigenetic mechanisms of changes in phenotypes (i.e. behavioural, physiological) in response to developmental exposure to environmental stressors or toxicants. Consequently, the long-term goal is to determine whether these epigenetic effects are transgenerational.  In broad perspective, this study will contribute to better understanding of a variety of questions in theoretical evolutionary biology and practical considerations into the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD).

Fonti Kar – PhD 2016 – Present – University of New South Wales – Co-advised with A/Prof. Shinichi Nakagawa – Phenotypic plasticity and pace-of-life in a widespread lizard, Lampropholis delicata

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I graduated from Macquarie University with my Masters of Research earlier this year! I am doing my PhD with Dan and Shinichi at UNSW in the I-DEEL Lab. I will be exploring phenotypic plasticity in the context of ‘pace-of-life’ theory in a widely distributed lizard. ‘Pace-of-life’ theory states that suites behavioural and physiological traits coevolved with certain life-history strategies to give rise to different ‘paces-of-life’. There are several aims I would like to fulfil in my PhD: 1) test whether ‘pace-of-life’ syndromes exist across reptile species, 2) quantifying behavioural and metabolic reaction norms at the population level to understand how these traits covary and change at increasing temperatures, 3) investigate how selection operates on these reaction norms using agent-based modelling techniques.

Kirke Munch – PhD 2014- present- University of Tasmania – Co-advised with Dr. Geoff While – Sociality, personality and learning in a family living lizard, Egernia whitii

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Birgit Szabo – PhD 2016 – present – Macquarie University – Co-advised with Dr. Martin Whiting – Comparative cognition accross in lizards with diverse social structure

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Honours Students

Emily Rayner (2017) – Studying the impact of incubation temperatures on learning in Delicate skinks

 

Past Students

Kyleen Lopez  – Hons 2017 – University of New South Wales – Studying the effect of diet on behaviour in Delicate skinks

Fonti Kar – MSc 2015- Macquarie University – Co-advised with A/Prof. Martin Whiting – Predictors of male dominance and its role in social information use in Eastern Water Skinks (Eulamprus quoyii)

Kerrie Wechmann – Hons 2012 – Macquarie University – Co-advised with A/Prof. Martin Whiting

Ben Clark – Hons 2012 – Macquarie University – Co-advised with A/Prof. Martin Whiting