Chalene and lizard

Position: Research Assistant
Phone: 02 9351 5608
Location: Office 207, Heydon-Laurence Building A08, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia

Current Research

I joined the Shine lab in 2012 doing my Masters project with Rick Shine and Joshua Amiel looking at how invasive skinks (Lampropholis spp) perform in a maze. I was lucky enough to be employed by Rick whilst studying and have continued in my position since graduation.

As a Research Assistant I have many tasks, most of which involve assisting with the current research projects happening around the lab. I have had to opportunity to assist Melanie Elphick continue the long-term project on the evolutionary ecology of the 3-lined alpine skink (Bassiana duperreyi), visiting the Brindabella Ranges to monitor nest temperatures and collect eggs and adults for laboratory studies.

Chalene Brindies

Earlier in this year I was lucky enough to spend 3 amazing months in Kakadu National Park doing cane toad tadpole research. The main aim of the project was to assess the best method to reduce tadpole numbers in various waterbodies around the park. By reducing tadpole numbers we hope to significantly reduce cane toad numbers. This research was based on earlier work done by the Shine lab and collaborators looking at toxin cues and the attraction of these to toad tadpoles.

Chalene in Kakadu


# Publication
1. Gaby MJ, Besson AA, Bezzina C, Cosgrove S, Caldwell AJ, Haresnape S, Cree A, Hare KM (2011) Thermal dependence of locomotor performance in two cool-temperate lizards. Journal of Comparative Physiology 197:869-875.
2. Elphick MJ, Pike DA, Bezzina C, Shine R (2013) Cues for communal egg-laying in lizards (Bassiana duperreyi, Scincidae).  Biological Journal of the Linnean Society: in press.
Chalene and python