My research activities focus on combining evolutionary and genetic approaches to human behaviour. This involves experiments, twin studies, and statistical genetics. Broadly, I want to know what evolutionary processes gave rise to the various characteristics of our extraordinary species, and why there are wide, heritable individual differences in these characteristics despite selective pressures favouring only the most advantageous genetic variants.
I'm particularly interested in mate preferences and choices, physical attractiveness (face and body), intelligence, personality, masculinity-femininity, and sexual behaviour and orientation.
Current PhD students under my primary supervision are James Sherlock, Jo-Maree Ceccato, and Liza van Eijk. Dr Karin Verweij also works part-time on this project under my supervison. I work closely with Prof Bill von Hippel's research group, as well as the Genetic Epidemiology Laboratory at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Evolutionary and genetic approaches to human behaviour and individual differences. Personality, mate preferences, mate choice, sexual dimorphism (masculinity and femininity), female orgasm, disgust sensitivity, cognitive psychology.