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

    6009 Perth


  • 1024 Citations
  • 17 h-Index

Research output per year

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Personal profile


I obtained my PhD from the School of Animal Biology, University of Western Australia in 2001. I undertook postdoctoral research in Sweden, Wales and Scotland before taking up a NERC Research Fellowship at the University of St Andrews, UK. I returned to Australia in 2004 to commence an ARC Research Fellowship which I held part-time.  I have been an Adjunct Lecturer since 2012.

Future research

Evolutionary biology and human behaviour.

Funding overview

2010 Collaborative funding (Poland) MHC development $100 000
2009 FNAS Pump prime grant $10 000
2005 ARC Research Grant $185 000
2005 UWA Research Grant $28 730
2003 ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship $285 000
2003 Royal Society of London – Equipment Grant $17 000
2002 NERC Research Fellowship (3 years) $355 000
2002 Leverhulme Research Grant (3 years) – declined $295 000
2002 NERC Research Grant (collaboration Prof’s Thorpe & Ritchie) $86 000
2002 NERC Research Grant (collaboration Dr Tomkins) $84 000

Previous positions

May 2012 - Adjunct Lecturer

Nov 2004 - May 2012  ARC Research Fellow (part-time) - University of Western Australia

Aug 2002 – Oct 2004  NERC Research Fellow – University of St Andrews, UK.

April 2002 – Aug 2002 NERC Postdoctoral Research Associate – University of Wales, UK. 

May 2001 - April 2002 Postdoctoral Research Associate – University of St Andrews, Scotland.

Feb 2001 - May 2001 Postdoctoral Research Associate – University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Teaching overview

PhD student (completion) - Esther Levy


I am an evolutionary biologist who has conducted research in behavioral ecology, conservation biology, evolutionary theory and genetics. I have research interests that cover a diverse range of topics including female ornamentation, conservation, evolutionary stable strategies, mutation loads, the evolution of colour signals, nuptial gift evolution, developmental integration and selection analysis. I have also developed microsatellites and used them to assess population genetic parameters. 



Research expertise keywords

  • Evolutionary biology
  • Amphibia and reptiles

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Research Output

  • 1024 Citations
  • 17 h-Index
  • 21 Article
  • 2 Letter
  • 1 Review article

Parasite load and MHC diversity in undisturbed and agriculturally modified habitats of the ornate dragon lizard

Radwan, J., Kuduk, K., Levy, E., Lebas, N. & Babik, W., Dec 2014, In : Molecular Ecology. 23, 24, p. 5966-5978

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 18 Citations (Scopus)
  • 7 Citations (Scopus)

    Phylogeography and Population Genetic Structure of the Ornate Dragon Lizard, Ctenophorus ornatus

    Levy, E., Kennington, J., Tomkins, J. & Lebas, N., 2012, In : PLoS One. 7, 10, p. 1-11

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    15 Citations (Scopus)

    Habitat complexity drives experimental evolution of a conditionally expressed secondary sexual trait

    Tomkins, J., Hazel, W. N., Penrose, M., Radwan, J. W. & Lebas, N., 2011, In : Current Biology. 21, p. 569-573

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    36 Citations (Scopus)
    17 Citations (Scopus)