I am an evolutionary ecologist and ecophysiologist interested in understanding the role that phenotypic plasticity plays in evolutionary and ecological processes. My research combines detailed experimental manipulations of early developmental environments with large-scale meta-analyses to understand how the environment orchestrates changes in physiology to subsequently affect behaviour, performance and life-history. I completed my PhD at Macquarie University in 2014, studying the evolutionary ecology of alternative reproductive tactics in lizards. In 2015, I took up an ARC DECRA fellowship at the University of New South Wales, where I have been investigating how maternal effects and offspring environments affect phenotypic development through experimental manipulations of early thermal environments using a widespread lizard species, Lampropholis delicata. I have also been exploring the impact thermal environments have on phenotype and survival across reptiles using meta-analysis in combination with large trait databases (e.g. Reptile Development Database). While much of my research has focused on lizards, I am also keen to work on other systems that lend themselves well to tackling important empirical questions (e.g. fish, water fleas) and I am passionate about developing new statistical and computational approaches to aid empirical and meta-analytic work.
Dan's website is: http://nob