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Principle Investigator

Dr. Daniel Noble – I try to steer the group towards cool ideas, but often find they end up taking them in even cooler directions!

You can check out more about my research interests here

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Essie Rodgers – Ecophysiology and Conservation Physiology of all things big (crocodiles to be exact) and small (lizards, fish and insects!)

Essie received her Ph.D. from The University of Queensland in 2017, where she investigated the thermal constraints on crocodilian diving physiology and behaviour. From there, she accepted a postdoctoral position at the University of California Davis, where she ran several projects which examined the effects of environmental stressors on developmental trajectories in sturgeon. After this, Essie moved to the University of Antwerp to study how eutrophication and heat waves interact to cause mass fish mortality events. Her research interests span conservation physiology, comparative physiology, multi-stressor assessments, meta-analytics, thermal biology and mechanistic niche modelling.

PhD Students

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


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.

MSc Students

Ophia Zhang – 2019 – ANU – Co-advised with Dr. Megan Head – Impact of developmental environments on acclimation responses in seed beetles

I’m now doing a master project with Dan. I will explore how acclimation ability is affected by developmental environmentby manipulating the thermal environment of seed beetles. I aim to test two questions: Does developmental temperature constrain acclimation abilities? If so, what are the physiological mechanisms by which developmental temperatures constrain acclimation responses?

Past Students


Birgit Szabo – PhD 2016 – 2019 – Macquarie University – Co-advised with Dr. Martin Whiting – Comparative cognition accross in lizards with diverse social structure

Kirke Munch – PhD 2014- 2018- University of Tasmania – Co-advised with Dr. Geoff While – Sociality, personality and learning in a family living lizard, Egernia whitii


Emily Rayner (2017) –  Hons 2017 – University of New South Wales – Studying the impact of incubation temperatures on learning in Delicate skinks

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