Natasha Lebas

Dr, BSc PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M084), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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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 and worked part-time 2004-2012.  I had a career break from 2012, returning as a Research Fellow in 2022.

Funding overview

2022 ARC Discovery Project $563,312

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 UWA, career break for parenting and illness

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 with research interests that cover a diverse range of topics including female ornamentation, conservation genetics, evolutionary stable strategies, mutation loads, the evolution of colour signals, nuptial gift evolution and developmental integration. 



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 15 - Life on Land

Research expertise keywords

  • Evolutionary biology
  • Amphibia and reptiles


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