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

    6009 Perth


  • 973 Citations
  • 16 h-Index
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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.  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 - 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, but also in evolutionary theory, conservation biology and genetics. I have research interests that cover a diverse range of topics including behavioral ecology, female ornamentation, evolutionary stable strategies, the evolution of colour signals, nuptial gift evolution, conservation genetics, developmental integration, selection analysis, mutational load and genetic incompatibility. I have also developed microsatellites and used them to assess population genetic parameters.



  • Evolutionary biology
  • Amphibia and reptiles

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Research Output 2000 2014

  • 973 Citations
  • 16 h-Index
  • 21 Article
  • 2 Letter
  • 1 Review article
15 Citations (Scopus)

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

Parasite Load
parasite intensity
major histocompatibility complex
parasite load
6 Citations (Scopus)
Genetic Structures
genetic structure
14 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
33 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

16 Citations (Scopus)

Projects 2004 2010