Plants and animals communicate with a range of visual, chemical and auditory signals. But these signals are not always honest. The ‘flower-like’¬†orchid mantis Hymenopus coronatus is a predatory insect that lures in pollinators as prey. Cryptostylus orchids give off wasp-like scents that trick male wasps into trying to mate with the flower and collecting the…

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Behavioural Landscapes

Animal behaviour can have landscape¬†scale impacts on the formation of ecosystems. Foraging ants will pick up tree seeds and insect eggs and carry them into their nests. My research looks at whether this small scale behavioural interaction can have large scale impacts on the distribution and evolution of the trees and insects that are dispersed…

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Animal Signalling

Understanding how animals communicate and perceive the world around them requires an understanding of the structure and function of their sensory systems. By studying how animals perceive information on colour, shape and smell we can ask questions about how they interact with their environment and other animals.

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Natural History

I am generally interested in the behavioural ecology and natural¬†history of all sorts of animals. By studying little known, ‘non-model’ organisms we can uncover new paradigms in biology and greatly increase our understanding of the world around us. I generally work on invertebrates such as insects and spiders and am drawn to elusive, charismatic and…

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Science Communication

I am a passionate science communicator and aim to integrate outreach and public engagement into research. Science cannot exist in isolation and only reaches its full potential once discoveries make their way into the public eye. Conducting science communication actively as part of the research process is essential for improving scientific literacy and public perception…

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