• The University of Western Australia (M085), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I studied marine biology at the University of Liverpool, UK, before moving to the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, to do a PhD on the behaviour and conservation of fishes. Since moving to Australia I've held Postdoctoral Research Fellowships from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, and The University of Western Australia, Perth. I am currently an ARC Future Fellow at UWA based in the School of Biological Sciences.

Research interests

A core theme of my research is to understand the evolution and function of animal colour patterns, with a particular focus on camouflage. My research is highly interdisciplinary, incorporating techniques in animal behaviour, vision science, optics, human visual psychology and computer imaging. My current project explores the problem of how to camouflage a 3D body shape (animals are thought to do this using 'countershading' patterning). I am keen to apply my research where possible, and I have collaborated with NFP organisations, as well as with the mining industry.

Teaching overview

Teaching and co-coordination:

BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology



Behavioural Ecology (ANIM3365)

Evolutionary Ecology (ANIM5502)

Funding overview

UWA Research Development Award (2009): Colour vision and communication in rainbowfish

Previous positions

Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, UWA (2016-2018)

Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, UWA (2013-2016)

UWA Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences (2007-2013)

Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences (BEES), University of New South Wales (2005-2007).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Industry keywords

  • Defence
  • Mining and Resources
  • Not for Profit
  • Oceans
  • Bioengineering

Research expertise keywords

  • Behavioural ecology
  • Freshwater fish ecology
  • Predator–prey interactions
  • Animal colouration
  • Visual ecology
  • Camouflage


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