• The University of Western Australia (M092), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

2017-present: Research Associate, UWA

2014-2017: PhD in Evolutionary Biology, UWA

2013: Biologist, Bennelongia Environmental Consultants

2009-2012: BSc (Hons) in Zoology, UWA

Roles and responsibilities

Key roles of current research position:

(i) Characterising multivariate sexual selection on ejaculate traits
(ii) Describing the biochemical mechanisms underlying differential sperm chemotaxis
(iii) Uncovering patterns of gene expression that underpin these processes

Funding overview

2017: Australasian Evolution Society student conference grant, supporting oral presentation at AES 2017 conference.

2015: Australasian Evolution Society Student Award supporting oral presentation place at Behaviour 2015 conference

Teaching overview

Guest Lecturer:
Sex in the Sea (BIOL5504)

Research

My research focuses on sexual selection and the evolution of sperm-egg interactions. I am currently studying these processes in broadcast-spawning marine invertebrates, using a variety of experimental and molecular approaches. In particular, I am interested in patterns of multivariate selection on ejaculate traits, and gamete-level mate choice through the chemical attraction of sperm by eggs (sperm chemotaxis). I am also exploring the molecular processes controlling sperm behaviour and function.

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