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Senior Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology, UNSW Sydney

I have a PhD in Biology and have held 2 postdoc positions since 2009.
My research is on the mechanisms that induce plasticity in biological materials, structures and phenotypic traits. My research bridges the gaps between biology and materials science. I use spider orb-webs and silks as biological models as they are extended phenotypes that are variable at genome, proteome and phenome levels. I use cross-disciplinary techniques, incorporating physics, chemistry and fiber science, to investigate the different variables that act on on silk properties.


  • –present
    DECRA Research Fellow in Evolutionary Biology, UNSW Australia
  • 2016–present
    Senior lecturer, UNSW Australia


  • 2007 
    University of Sydney, PhD in Biology


  • 2017
    Physico-chemical property variation in spider silks: ecology, evolution and synthetic production, Annual Review of Entomology
  • 2017
    Diet-induced covariation between architectural and physicochemical plasticity in an extended phenotype, Journal of Experimental Biology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Primary Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • International Society of Arachnologists

Research Areas

  • Evolutionary Biology Not Elsewhere Classified (060399)
  • Materials Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified (091299)
  • Invertebrate Biology (060808)