I’m an evolutionary biologist, and have a particular interest in sensory ecology and visual communication. I mostly work with invertebrates for their experimental tractability in addressing questions of evolution and behaviour, and for the lesser explored opportunities afforded by non-model organisms. I’m currently a research fellow in Darrell Kemp’s lab at Macquarie University, and have close ties to the Umbers lab at Western Sydney University.
I’ve just wound up my PhD, which dealt with the evolution of colour polymorphism in conspicuous visual lures. I also have a long-standing interest in the biology of structural colouration, particularly the workings of iridescence. Of course to understand the evolution of visual communication we need to ‘see’ the world as animals do, so I also enjoy testing and extending methods for analysing colour traits and their visual perception.