Evolutionary Biology

Research in the field of evolutionary biology from the Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne.

Researchers

Peter Ades     The population genetics of trees, particularly eucalypts, their evolution and adaption, the genetic basis of disease resistance and how we can manage disease in cultivated populations.

Mike Bayly     Species-level taxonomy, morphometrics, nomenclature, biogeography, phylogeography and molecular phylogenetics.

Jo Birch     Systematics of flowering plants, especially the monocotyledons including Poaceae and Asparagales, Australasian and Pacific biogeography.

Andrew Drinnan     Plant evolution through morphology, development, palaeobotany, systematics and phylogeny.

Mark Elgar     Evolutionary biology and animal behaviour in terrestrial invertebrates, including social behaviour, mating, sexual selection and chemical communication.

Michael-Shawn Fletcher     Studies in the long-term interactions between humans, climate, disturbance and vegetation at local, regional and global scales.

Alex Fournier-Level     How variations in the environment modulate the expression of genetic variation and its impact on genetic diversity.

Irene Gallego Romero     Exploration of how natural selection and evolutionary change have shaped humans and other primates, by combining induced pluripotent stem cell models with functional genomics approaches.

Christy Hipsley     Deep-time patterns of evolution in vertebrates, particularly lizards, snakes and frogs, and the evolutionary impacts of climate change in Australia’s fossil record.

Ary Hoffmann     Integrated invertebrate pest control options for the grains industries, and how landscape changes can be harnessed to provide pest control services.

Luke Holman     The evolution and genetics of sex, sociality and communication, combining empirical work on insects with theoretical models.

Therésa Jones     Behaviour ecology with a focus on understanding the consequences of variability in mating systems, the role of chemical cues and the impact of artificial night lighting on individual fitness and community structures.

Geoff McFadden     The origins of mitochondria and plastids, parasitology, endosymbiosis and molecular evolution.

John Morrongiello     Working in marine and freshwater systems to investigate how aquatic organisms, primarily fish, respond to environmental changes on contemporary and evolutionary time scales.

Ben Phillips     Evolution, ecology, and the influence of spatial processes; mathematical models; pure (theoretical) research, and application of theory to applied problems in conservation.

Charles Robin     Molecular Evolution and population genetics with a focus on adaptation and natural selection.

Devi Stuart-Fox     Research in evolutionary and behavioural ecology focusing on the mechanisms, function and evolution of animal coloration and animal vision.

Heroen Verbruggen     Algal biology, evolutionary biology, macroecology, biodiversity and computational biology.

Research in this area is conducted in the School of BioSciencesSchool of Geography, and School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences.