News & events

Professor Loeske Kruuk awarded Australian Laureate Fellowship

Professor Kruuk will receive $3.3 million in funding from the ARC to pursue research into the effects of changing environments on wild animal populations.

Study shows how Australia’s burrowing frogs handle the heat

The unique genetic make-up of a group of Australian frogs could be the key to their survival, allowing them to better withstand our harsh climate.

Beetle mania! PhD student Lauren is reshaping the family tree of longhorn beetles

Why judging a book by its cover has led to a tangled family tree for the longhorn beetle.


E&E Seminar: Sexual deception and its reversibility

12–1pm 13 Aug 2020
Native Australian orchids have featured strongly in Rod's research, where he has explored a range of fascinating ecological, biochemical, molecular and evolutionary questions.

E&E Webinar: Science Fictions: Some Cautionary Tales from the Replication Crisis

4–5pm 20 Aug 2020
Why is there a Replication Crisis? That is, why are there so many findings in the published scientific literature that can't be replicated, or are exaggerated far beyond reality?

E&E Webinar: Darwin comes to Town: evolution in Urban environments

4–5pm 27 Aug 2020
Menno Schilthuizen is a Dutch ecologist and evolutionary biologist.

E&E Webinar: Metascience should not be defined by its methods

12–1pm 3 Sep 2020
Metascience, or metaresearch, is a field of research that has grown out of the replication crisis. Amongst other things, metascience evaluates and monitors open science initiatives and other interventions to improve scientific practices and cultures.

E&E Webinar: Modelling life history evolution under cancer risk: what can we learn from elephants and dinosaurs?

4–5pm 24 Sep 2020
Each cell division comes with the risk of mutations that could eventually lead to cancer. How do organisms attain their mature sizes without succumbing to cancer? What happens when large-bodied lineages shrink in size? Can cancer risk constrain body size evolution?

E&E Webinar: Wings, feathers, flight: the PhyloG2P approach to understanding bird biology

10–11am 1 Oct 2020
Scott Edwards is an acclaimed evolutionary biologist specialising in molecular evolution in birds. 

E&E Webinar: Title TBA

4–5pm 8 Oct 2020

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4–5pm 15 Oct 2020

E&E Webinar: Title TBA

10–11am 22 Oct 2020

E&E Webinar: The Red Queens and the evolution of sex

4–5pm 29 Oct 2020
Any antagonistic interaction has the potential of favouring sex, just as predicted by the "Red Queen hypothesis" in the case of host-parasite interactions. Is it really the case?

Event recordings

6 August 2020

Jonathan Losos, Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, USA

Jonathan Losos will speak on his career-long experimental research program manipulating the presence of lizards on small islands in the Bahamas to test ecological and evolutionary...

30 July 2020

Lucy Aplin, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behaviour, Konstanz, Germany

There is an increasing body of evidence for the existence of animal cultures. Recent work has also suggested cultural traits can be subject to selection, changing in form,...

23 July 2020

Vivek Nityananda, Newcastle University

Praying mantises are the only insects known to have stereo vision. We used a comparative approach to determine how the mechanisms underlying stereopsis in mantises differ from...

9 July 2020

Rob Lanfear, E&E, RSB

Having spent much of the last 15 years trying to improve molecular phylogenetics, I had formed the fairly firm view that my research was very interesting (of course!!!) but rather...

9 July 2020

Stephanie Courtney Jones, Nicotra Group, E&E, RSB

The central islands of Indonesia, between Java, Bali and Kalimantan (Borneo) on the west and Papua on the east - are a living laboratory for the study of evolution, known as the...

2 July 2020

Douglas J. Emlen, The University of Montana

Every animal has a weapon of one sort or another, but the overwhelming majority of weapons stay small. Yet, sprinkled through the tree of life are species where weapons become...

11 June 2020

Michael J Ryan, University of Texas & Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama

Choosing a mate is one of the most important decisions an animal can make. The fitness costs and benefits of mate choice have been analysed extensively in the context of sexual...

4 June 2020

Associate Professor Athena Aktipis, Arizona State University

Athena Aktipis discusses how an evolutionary approach to understanding and treating cancer can transform it from being a disease that threatens our lives to one we can live with.

14 May 2020

Professor Bob Wong, Monash University

Bob Wong considers the role that behaviour plays in determining the fate of species under human-induced environmental change.