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Senior Lecturer and ARC Australian Research Fellow, Zoology, University of Melbourne

I am an evolutionary biologist, focusing on coloration and behaviour in reptiles. I study how and why we see such a spectacular diversity of animal colours and ornaments in nature. One of my areas of expertise is colour change in lizards (chameleons and other lizards). I am also interested in animal vision becuase animals see the world very differently to humans - and to understand the function and significance of colours and ornaments, we need to understand them from the perspective of the animals themselves.

I have been lucky enough to have worked on a range of animal species in different parts of the world including chameleons in South Africa, Schreiber's green lizards in Portugal, gliding lizards in Borneo, Lake Eyre dragons, bearded dragons and other lizards in Australia.

My research is funded by the Australian Research Council, Hermon Slade Foundation and the National Geographic Society.


  • 2011–present
    Senior Lecturer, The University of Melbourne
  • 2007–2011
    Lecturer, The University of Melbourne
  • 2003–2006
    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of the Witwatersrand


  • 2003 
    The University of Queensland, PhD