Joseph Tomkins

Dr, BSc Sheff., PhD Liv.

  • The University of Western Australia (M092), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 2.15, Zoology Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • 3364 Citations
  • 32 h-Index
19952020

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Personal profile

Biography

I have an Honours degree in Zoology from the University of Sheffield, and a PhD from the University of Liverpool. I have held research fellowships in Australia and the UK. In the UK I spent 2000-2005 at the University of St Andrews (BBSRC David Philips fellowship) and one year at the University of Exeter (Royal Society URF). At the University of Western Australia I was employed on fellowships from 1997 - 2000 (Royal Society/ UWA Fellowship) and again from 2005 to 2011 (ARC ARF) I was an ARC Future Fellow from 2011-2015.

Roles and responsibilities

Seminar Series Coordinator 2007-2009

Health and Safety Committee Chair 2013

Honours coordinator 2011-2014

Graduate Research Cordinator 2014-2016

Teaching and Learning Committee 2014-2018

Research Committee 2018 - 

Future research

I have ARC funding (DP 2017) to develop an empirical understanding of anisogamy. I am intrested in a breadth of subjects mostly centred around sexual selection, mutations adaptation and threshold evolution.

This combination of research is leading towards applied evolutionary biology, we are using experimental evolution to improve algal production and to understand adaptation to changing climate.

Teaching overview

Honours supervision

3rd Year Behavioural Ecology

3rd Year Evolutionary Processes

1st Year 'The Darwinian Revolution'

Research

My research began verymuch focussed on sexual selection. As a consequence I remain particularly interested in the genetic architecture of sexually selected and life-history traits, allometry, phenotypic plasticity and developmental integration. However I have I have a broad interest in threshold traits and their evolutionary quirks, that has lead me to study the evolution of human twinning by using simulations and mathematical models. I also used the threshold modelling approach to understand climate the behaviour of ticks that are becoming a major vector for disease as climate changes. I am currently developing methodologies for experimentally manipulating anisogamy in single celled algae. As a byproduct of the algal research we are exploring using experimental evolution to improve algal productivity. Please contact me if you would like to join in on any aspect of this diverse research enterprise!

Research expertise keywords

  • Allometry
  • Alternative reproductive tactics
  • Alternative strategies
  • Genetic variation
  • Inbreeding
  • Sexual selection
  • Threshold traits

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Research Output

An age-dependent ovulatory strategy explains the evolution of dizygotic twinning in humans

Hazel, W. N., Black, R., Smock, R. C., Sear, R. & Tomkins, J. L., 11 May 2020, In : Nature Ecology and Evolution.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Experimental evidence for accelerated adaptation to desiccation through sexual selection on males

    Gibson Vega, A., Kennington, W. J., Tomkins, J. L. & Dugand, R. J., 21 Apr 2020, In : Journal of Evolutionary Biology.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Males adjust their manipulation of female remating in response to sperm competition risk

    Moschilla, J. A., Tomkins, J. L. & Simmons, L. W., 9 Sep 2020, In : Proceedings. Biological sciences. 287, 1934, 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Evaluating the genetic architecture of quantitative traits via selection followed by inbreeding

    Dugand, R. J., Kennington, W. J. & Tomkins, J. L., 9 Apr 2019, In : Heredity. 123, p. 407–418 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Datasets

    Data from: Towards an evolutionary understanding of questing behaviour in the tick Ixodes ricinus

    Tomkins, J. (Creator), Aungier, J. (Creator), Hazel, W. N. (Creator) & Gilbert, L. (Creator), Dryad Digital Repository, 21 Oct 2014

    Dataset

    Chlamydomonas flow data files

    Seed, C. (Creator) & Tomkins, J. (Creator), Dryad Digital Repository, 4 Oct 2016

    Dataset

    Projects

    Press / Media

    Older Women more likely to concieve twins due to evolution

    Joseph Tomkins

    12/05/20

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Impacts

    Conversation Article

    Joseph Tomkins (Participant)

    Impact: Other forms of decision making and behavioural change impact