Cooperative breeding and cognition
In late 2019, I will be joining Prof. Masanori Kohda’s lab as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biology at Osaka City University in Japan.
We will be investigating associations between cooperative breeding and cognition in Tanganyikan cichlids, in both the lab and in the wild.
Life-history evolution in Killifishes
Here, I investigated associations between environment, behaviour, physiology, secondary sexual traits and life-history strategies in annual and non-annual killifish (Aplocheilidae).
Behavioural and morphological variation in Neotropical cichlid fishes
I looked into how behavioural and phenotypic variation is generated and maintained in Neotropical cichlids. Broadly, I found significant variation in the phenotypic response of cichlid individuals when introduced to a novel environment, clear behavioural and morphological variation between distinct colour morphs, and significant sex differences in the level and timing of parental investment.
My thesis is available open access here.
I completed my undergraduate (BSc Hons) at Monash University. For my Honours thesis I investigated the impact that introduced salmonids have on patterns of preferred habitat selection in native galaxiids. I was supervised by Bob Wong and Ross Thompson.
Conference presentations and seminars
Visimposio Nacional de Medioambiente y Biologia de la Conservacion, Managua, Nicaragua, 2013: Attended
International Society of Behavioural Ecology Congress, New York, USA, 2014: Poster (Winner of best poster)
Animal Behaviour Society Conference, Princeton, USA, 2014: Presentation
BioInfoSummer 2014 Conference, Melbourne, AUS, 2014: Attended
Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid, Spain, 2014: Invited Seminar
University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 2014: Invited Seminar
34th International Ethological Conference, Cairns, AUS, 2015: Presentation
Monash University, AUS, 2015 and 2018: Guest Lecturer (Animal Behaviour)
International Society of Behavioural Ecology Congress, Exeter, UK, 2016: Presentation
Stockholm University, Sweden, 2016, 2017, 2018: Guest Lecturer (Fish and Fisheries Biology)
Behaviour 2017 Conference, Estoril, Portugal, 2017: Presentation
European Society for Evolutionary Biology Conference, Groningen, Netherlands, 2017: Presentation
Evolution in Sweden, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden, 2018: Presentation
Monash University, AUS, 2018: Invited Presentation
International Society of Behavioural Ecology Congress, Minneapolis, USA, 2018: Presentation
Second Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology, Montpelier, France, 2018: Presentation
European Society for Evolutionary Biology Conference, Turku, Finland, 2019: Poster
Osaka City University, Japan, 2019: Invited Seminar
30th Japanese Ethology Conference, Osaka, Japan, 2019: Attended
Grants and Awards
Australian Postgraduate Award: 2012-2015 (~AUD $25,000 per annum)
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment: 2012-2014 (AUD $11,000; $11,000; $7,000)
Linnean Society of New South Wales Small Grant: 2012 (AUD $500)
ISBE Travel Grant: 2014, 2016, 2018 (USD $1,000; GBP £400; USD $700)
Best Poster Award, International Society for Behavioural Ecology: 2014
Monash Science Faculty Award (Nominated): 2015
Monash University Travel Award: 2015 (AUD $1,300)
Monash Postgraduate Publication Award: 2015-2016 (Additional 3 months scholarship)
The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour Research Grant: 2016 (GBP £ 4,500)
The Fisheries Society of the British Isles Research Grant: 2017 (GBP £1,200)
The Fisheries Society of the British Isles Travel Grant: 2017 (GBP £250)
Alice and Lars Siléns Fund Research Grant: 2017 (SEK 10,000)
European Society of Evolutionary Biology GH Mobility Award: 2018 (EUR €1,020)
Styrelsen för Helge Ax: son Johnsons Stiftelse: Travel Award 2018 (SEK 9,000)
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2019-2021 (~YEN 4,334,000 per annum)