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Sexual selection and colour signals

Elaborate colour displays are often used in sexual selection to attract mates or repel males. We are interested in the function and significance of colour displays in a range of systems, including birds and lizards. One current project is on the crimson finch (locally known as the ‘red devil’), which is a highly aggressive yet highly colonial breeding finch.

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Optimising energy use efficiency to increase wheat yield PhD
Organic components of the coral skeleton Not open to students.
Overcoming limitations in engineering the Rubisco small subunits in higher plant chloroplasts. Not open to students.
Parent-offspring communication under the risk of predation Honours, PhD
Pathways of photosynthetic electron flow under environmental stress Not open to students.
Patterns and correlates of extinction risk Honours, PhD
Peripheral isolates as hotbeds of adaptive diversity Honours
Pest resistance and sustainable plantation management of eucalypts Not open to students.
PhD projects are now available to study a wide range of topics in biosecurity and pathogenesis Masters, PhD
PHD STUDENT RESEARCH - Ecology and ecophysiology in Australian desert and alpine plant species Honours, Masters, PhD
Photoprotection and photoinactivation of Photosystem II Not open to students.
Photoprotective functions of xanthophyll pigments in avocado Not open to students.
Photosynthesis, food security and global change Honours, PhD
Phylogenetics of Eucalypt beetles Not open to students.
Phylogenomic assessment of conservation priorities in two biodiversity hotspots: The Pilbara and Kimberley Bachelor, Honours, PhD
Phylogeny, biogeography and diversification of Australian plants Honours, PhD
Physics of pan evaporation Not open to students.
Physiological and molecular regulation of stomatal movement Honours, Bachelor, Masters, PhD
Phytophthora cell wall degrading enzymes Not open to students.
Phytophthora pathogenicity Not open to students.
Phytophthora zoospore adhesion Not open to students.
Phytophthora zoospore motility Not open to students.
Plasmodium falciparum lipid metabolism as a target for malaria intervention strategies PhD
Potassium nutrition in oil palm Honours, Masters, PhD
Processes of community assembly Not open to students.