I grew up in South Africa. My MSc was on sperm competition in frogs, which involved designing a frog condom (yes, a plastic bag works). I was then lucky to get funding for a PhD at Oxford University. I studied sexual selection in a range of animals and plants, which gave me a wide range of experience, but no technical or taxonomic specialty. In early 1996, Patricia Backwell and I headed off to Panama (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute). I learned the pleasures of sundowners, how to fall off a motorbike, travelled to Barbados and Trinidad, and discovered the virtue of wearing boxer shorts when living in the tropics. In late 1997 my unemployment ended when I received a STRI Fellowship. I continued my tradition of working on new taxa: parental care and mate desertion in cichlids and life history evolution in a live-bearing fish. I arrived in Australia in 2001. Here I have worked on crickets, beetles, meta-analyses, publication bias, and occasionally helped with fieldwork on fiddler crabs. The current main study animal in our lab is the mosquitofish, Gambusia holbrooki. Think of a colourful tropical freshwater fish. Now remove all the colour - that's Gambusia! On the other hand, they mate a lot and they are very active which makes them ideal for behavioural studies. Please see the group web site for info on my students, post-docs and collaborators who do all the real work.
Check out Michael's Google Scholar Page or - for everyone in the Lab's papers - go to the lab website. Meanwhile, here are a few high profile papers from the lab that have appeared in the last few years:
Fromhage L, Jennions MD. 2019. The strategic reference gene: an organismal theory of inclusive fitness. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B 286: 20190459
O'Dea R, Lagisz M, Jennions MD, Nakagawa S. 2018. Gender differences in individual variation in academic grades fail to fit expected patterns for STEM. Nature Communications 9:3777
Fromhage L, Jennions MD. 2016. Coevolution of parental investment and sexually selected traits drives sex role divergence. Nature Communications 7:12517
Booksmythe I, Head ML, Keogh JS, Jennions MD. 2016. Fitness consequences of artificial selection on relative male genital size. Nature Communications 7: 11597
Head ML, Holman L, Lanfear R, Kahn AT, Jennions MD. 2015. The extent and consequences of P-hacking in science. Public Library of Science, Biology 13: e1002106
Kahn AT, Kokko H, Jennions MD. 2013. Adaptive sex allocation in anticipation of changes in offspring mating opportunities. Nature Communications 4:1603
- Vision and hearing in BIOL1003 Evolution, Ecology & Genetics
- Parasitology, and I helped with the field component for BIOL 2112 Marine Biology.
- Guest lectures in BIOL 2111 Australian Vertebrates
- Guest lectures in BIAN 2124 Human & Animal Society