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 because they are the animals I know the most about. My research interests and those of the group are quite broad. We 'concentrate' on four main research areas: molecular phylogenetics at all scales, comparative evolutionary biology, behavioural and molecular ecology, and natural history and conservation biology. Of course there is overlap between these research themes, particularly in some of the molecular methods used to tackle questions. What we do in each of these areas are described on my lab web site and have a look through our publications to get a better feel for what my group does.

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The most up to date list of our publications can be found on our Keogh Lab web site.  You can also go to a complete list of publications on the ISI website.

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E&E PhD Exit Seminar: Micro- and macro-evolution of micro- and macro-lizards

Event | Fri 27 November 2020
Why do organisms look the way they do? Why do they live where they do? Wy are some groups more diverse than others? These basic questions are often addressed at different scales using a particular set of methods.

Polyploidy and adaptation in Australian burrowing frogs Neobatrachus

Event | Mon 20 May 2019

Polyploidy is rare in animals, and most polyploid animals reproduce asexually.

E&E PhD Exit Seminar: Old World Serpents and New World Dragons: the Evolutionary Dynamics of Pythons and Liolaemid lizards

Event | Fri 12 April 2019

Current patterns of biodiversity, whether its species richness or phenotypic diversity, need to be understood in the context of the past.

E&E PhD Exit Seminar: Macroevolution across a changing Australian landscape

Event | Fri 22 February 2019

Over geological time, the earth’s surface and climate have changed, rearranging continental plates and oscillating between a hothouse and snowglobe

Moths eating your clothes? It's actually their hungry little caterpillars: here's how to get rid of them

Story | Tuesday 4 January 2022
Have you opened your post-lockdown wardrobe, only to discover some of your beautiful summer clothes have holes in them? You’re probably blaming clothes moths but the real culprits are the larvae (caterpillars).

Study reveals surprising history of world’s largest lizard

Story | Tuesday 2 March 2021
The unusual breeding history of the Earth's largest living lizard - the Komodo dragon - has been laid bare in a new study from The Australian National University.

Study plots pythons’ hisss-tory in Australia

Story | Thursday 3 December 2020
Pythons first arrived in Australia from Asia around 23 million years ago and then adapted to their new home by becoming incredibly diverse, according to new research.

Study shows how Australia’s burrowing frogs handle the heat

Story | Friday 19 June 2020
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.