Integrative Ecology Lab

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We strive to maintain an active and friendly atmosphere in the lab. This includes encouraging an inclusive approach to involvement with each other's projects to gain the breadth of experiences and develop the range of skills you need to succeed in biology. I strongly encourage any prospective lab members to contact any of the current group and learn of life in the lab, my expectations and my idiosyncrasies. Our weekly lab meetings are held on Wednesday mornings at 9am in the Quadrangle room S422 and lab members often help out with each other's projects.

I'm interested in discussing ideas for projects that may fall outside my specific research areas, but the work we do is usually ecologically based. Projects should ideally have an experimental component, feature arthropods as main the study taxa, and are situated in the terrestrial environment. The research interests and current projects pages are a good indication of the sorts of projects I am keen to pursue.

Most students undertaking PhDs support themselves with an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA). To gain this funding you will usually need to have first class honours or a good research MSc. Australian funding is not generally available for overseas students, the International Office at the University has more details on this. Several postgraduates in my laboratory are supported by industry-based awards (APAI) won in a competitive ARC scheme. The deadline for APA applications is generally at the end of October. Prospective honours students should speak to me directly about the range of projects that could be undertaken in the lab.

Any students interested in pursuing postgraduate work in my lab must contact me well before deadlines for applications. Postgraduates typically choose their research topics and develop their projects in collaboration with me. Most students are co-supervised with various collaborators.

I would also encourage you to look at Scott Keough's terrific web page at A.N.U. He lists a range of fabulous resources for anyone starting out in science to use.