Research groups

Backwell Group - Behavioural ecology of fiddler crabs »

We study the behaviour of fiddler crabs in their natural environment (tropical mangrove forests) in Darwin.

Ball (Eldon) Group - The molecular basis of coral biology »

We use molecular tools to investigate many aspects of coral biology including comparative genomics, development, stress responses and calcification.

Borevitz Group - Plant genomics for climate adaption »

We study the population genetics process of adaptation in natural plant populations, using state of the art techniques in a handful of model organisms.

Bromham Group - Macroevolution and macroecology »

We use phylogenetic comparative methods to investigate the characteristics of lineages that influence the pattern and rate of genome evolution.

Cardillo Group - Macroevolution, Macroecology and Biogeography »

We are interested in big-picture questions about biodiversity. Why are there so many species in the tropics? How have some places become biodiversity hotspots?

Cockburn Group - Evolutionary ecology »

Current work focuses on cooperative breeding of superb fairy-wrens and woodswallows.

Cooper Group - Insect physiology, salt and water regulation »

Group research topics include insect physiology, salt and water regulation; locust and grapevine scale biology, and environmental physiology.

Crisp Group - Plant systematics and biogeography »

Our research interests include phylogenetics and classification of Australian plants, origins, biogeography and diversification of flora.

Foley Group - Animal-Plant interactions »

The aim of our research is to understand the ecology and evolution of interactions between plants and animals in the Australian biota.

Gardner Group - Avian ecology and climate change »

We are interested in understanding species’ responses to environmental change.

Gordon Group - Population biology of micro-organisms »

We study the functional role and evolution of bacteriocins, the ecology and evolution of the Enterobacteriaceae, and the ecology and evolution of plasmids.

Head Group – Ecology and evolution of sex »

Research in the Head Group focuses on the evolution, ecology and physiology of sexual reproduction.

Huttley Group - Bioinformatics, molecular evolution of genomes »

We focus on understanding what processes shape the distribution of genetic variation.The nature of our work is largely computational and statistical.

Jennions Group - Behavioural and reproductive ecology »

What do we do? We are interested in whole organism evolutionary biology, especially the evolution of behavioural and morphological reproductive traits.

Keogh Group - Evolutionary biology & ecology of reptiles and amphibians »

My primary research interest is the study and evaluation of evolutionary processes and we work mostly on reptile and frog systems.

Kruuk Group - Evolutionary ecology and quantitative genetics »

Our research aims to understand how genetic and environmental factors shape the diversity of wild animal populations in today's changing environments.

Lanfear Group - Mutation, molecular evolution and phylogenetics »

Our work is motivated by the desire to understand molecular evolution, from the origin of mutations in individuals to their fixation in evolving lineages.

Langmore Group - Avian evolutionary and behavioural ecology »

We study many aspects of evolutionary and behavioural ecology in birds, mainly by using field experiments and observations to test evolutionary theory.

Linde Group - Population genetics, evolution, phylogeography and molecular phylogenetics of fungi »

Our main research interest is in fungal-plant-interactions, both applied and pure research, on a range of important pathogens.

Magrath Group - Behavioural ecology; acoustic communication; ornithology »

We have broad interests in behavioural ecology, particularly acoustic communication and breeding biology in birds.

Mikheyev Group - Evolutionary genomics »

We are a new research group, interested in applying cutting-edge tools in genomics and bioinformatics to fundamental questions in evolutionary biology.

Moritz Group - Evolutionary biogeography & conservation »

Our research focuses on evolutionary biogeography; biodiversity discovery and conservation; biogeography speciation; and biological responses to climate change.

Nicotra Group - Plant physiological ecology, plant evolutionary biology, reproductive ecology »

We are interested in phenotypic plasticity - the range of forms a given genetic individual can exhibit under different environments.

Noble Group - Animal ecophysiology and evolutionary ecology  »

Our research explores how early developmental experiences impact physiology and metabolic function.

Peakall Group - Pollination, evolution and conservation »

Our research spans reproductive ecology, genetics, phylogeny, biochemistry and chemical ecology.

Rowell Group - Population genetics, karyology and phylogeography of terrestrial invertebrates »

We study the mechanisms behind the proximal processes of evolution – those that lead to population differentiation, divergence and ultimately speciation.

Zeil Group - Ecological neuroscience »

We are interested in insect navigation and the sensory, neural and behavioural adaptations that underpin navigational competence in insects.