Anne has broad research interests in the field of behavioural, physiological and evolutionary ecology.
She leads a research program aimed at understanding how animals balance investment in sex (reproduction) and self-preservation (health & survival), and the consequences of this for individual success and population persistence.
Her research takes a holistic approach, studying individuals throughout life in their natural environment focusing on several research areas:
(1) cooperative breeding: the complex behavioural strategies that group living birds employ to advance their success;
(2) sexual selection: how risks and costs prevent inferior males from exaggerating their sex appeal;
(3) health: what factors impinge on immune defense and damage control and how this relates to aging (senescence);
(4) global change: how climate change can affect reproduction and survival.
As a student completing her BSc/MSc in the Netherlands Anne studied mating behaviour and the reproductive ecology of turtles, flatworms and fish in various countries.
Anne completed her PhD at the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, in 2001. The project ('Testosterone and life-history trade-offs in superb fairy wrens, Malurus cyaneus') investigated whether trade-offs between investment in courtship behaviour and ornamentation, offspring care and immune activity might be regulated by testosterone.
She was an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow at the Max Planck Research Centre for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany. From 2004-2011 Anne led a research group at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology.
Anne joined Monash University as a Senior Lecturer in 2011.