Post Docs

Ben Halliwell (2017 – 2018): Ben joined the group following his PhD. Bens post doc continued to develop the large comparative data base of social traits across lizards that he established during his PhD. Specifically, Ben was focused on understand the role that life history traits and climate have played in the emergence of social grouping within lizards and the extent to which these factors differ depending on whether social grouping emerged from a back ground of oviparity vs viviparity. Following on from his post-doc Ben move to Lund University in Sweden where he continued to work on this project with Associate Professor Charlie Cornwallis. Ben recently returned to the University of Tasmanian to apply his comparative skill set to questions of a more floral nature.

Sozos Michalides (2016): Sozos joined the group in 2016 following completion of his PhD at University of Oxford under the supervision of Tobias Uller. Sozos worked as a post-doc with Tobias and Geoff on a research project examining the phylogeography of Liopholis whitii. He also contributed his molecular ecology knowledge to a range of other projects within the BEER group. Sozos is currently working on reconstructing the colonisation dynamics of Anolis lizards in the US as a post-doc with Jason Kolbe (see here for more information).

Jo McEvoy (2013 – 2014): Jo completed her PhD within the BEER group in 2013. Following this she worked as a Post-Doc with Erik and Elissa Cameron on their ARC funded project aimed at unifying proximate and ultimate explanations for mammalian sex allocation. Jo now applies her fundamental knowledge of the research process as a grants administration officer with the University’s research office.


PhD Students

Tiana Pirtle (2020): Sex-biased studies of sex bias: re-introducing fathers into sex allocation models

Tom Botterill-James (2019): Sibling cooperation and the evolutionary origins of complex sociality

George Cunningham (2018): Degrees of change: varying patterns of plasticity across warming climatic landscapes in a viviparous lizard

Kirke Munch (2018): Learning from lizards: the causes and consequences of plasticity

Hannah MacGregor (2017): The consequences of sexual selection in the common wall lizard: insights following secondary contact and non-native introductions

Ben Halliwell (2017): Behaviour, Ecology and Social Organisation in Liopholis whitii: Insights into the Evolutionary Origins of Sociality

Mandy Caldwell (2016): Can Snow Skinks Survive Climate Change? The potential for behaviour, physiology and competition to mitigate and enhance climate change impacts on snow skink life history, distribution and persistence

Yuni Eswaranti (2016): Thermal Biology of the Spotted Snow Skink, Niveoscincus Ocellatus, in a Warming World

Amy Edwards (2016): Constraints on maternal ability to adjust sex ratios in mammals

Sarah Tassell (2014): The effect of the non-native superb lyre bird (Menura novahollandiae) on Tasmanian forest ecosystems

Laura Parsley (2014): Routes and mechanisms of embryonic hormone exposure and endocrine disruption in a viviparous lizard

Jo McEvoy (2013): Population and evolutionary dynamics of in a free living reptile population with respect to behavioural variation.

Chloe Cadby (2012): An approach to understanding the role of maternal effects in adjusting to changes in environmental conditions

Kesiuke Itonaga (2011): Maternal effects on offspring fitness in Pseudemoia entrecasteauxii: selective advantages and physiological mechanisms

Jemina Stuart-Smith (2007): Size Dimorphism in the Agamid Rankinia Diemensis: Patterns, Adaptive Significance and Evolutionary Pathway

Natalia Atkins (2007): Parental Effects in Two Species of Viviparous Lizards: Niveoscinus micropidotus and N. ocellatus


Masters Students

Matt Russell (2012): Mating strategies in the spotted snow skink


Honours Students

Zach Borthwick (2020): The patterns and processes underpinning temperature mediated sexual selection in White’s skinks (Liopholis whitii)

Amy Wing (2020): Genetic and environmental mediators of variation in manna quality.

Beck Schober (2019): Causes and consequences of the Forty-spotted Pardalote decline

Mary McVarish (2019): Does maternal basking influence cognition in a viviparous lizard?

Deirdre Merry (2018): Unearthing the mechanisms of asynchronous birth

Barnaby Freeman (2018): Insights into the family home: Burrow construction and its consequences in a social lizard

Heather Bryan (2018): Tasmanian snow skink distributions and persistence under climate change

Dana Maxwell (2017): Consequences of maternal social stress, behaviour and physiology on offspring behavioural traits

Inala Swart (2017): Manna farming behaviour in forty-spotted pardalotes and its consequences for community composition

Tim Gibbons (2016): Attributing physiology to behaviour: Influence of androgens on personality and cognition in mice

Kerry Thomasson (2016): The effects of oxytocin in managing stress in a  clinical setting

Peta Hill (2016): Intraspecific differences in sex determination in a temperate reptile – a molecular investigation

Victoria Russell (2016): Genetic and environmental effects on development in an introduced lizard

Jacinta Sillince (2016): Sibling cooperation and conflict in lizard families

Rachel Lewandowsky (2015): Variation in pheromone composition across a hybrid zone in the common wall lizard, Podarcis muralis

Tania Zufiky (2015): The role of oxytocin in mediating the strength of social affiliations

Kaely Kreger (2015): Divergence and dispersal in a cool-climate reptile: phylogeography of the metallic snow skink Niveoscincus metallicus

Simon McKeown (2015): The ecological and social causes of birthing asynchrony

EJ Yeoh (2015): Past and current environmental effects on the nutritional requirements of a widespread lizard

Emily Barnes (2014): Cause and consequence of social stability in a lizard

Tom Botterill-James (2014): The ecological context of parental care

Renate Weisman (2014): Maternal and offspring stress in a laboratory mouse

Lauren Richards (2013): Mechanisms and consequences of late gestational maternal effects in mammals

Hannah Cliff (2012): Phylogeography of Tasmanian snow skinks

Nina deVreeze (2012): The role of glucocorticoids in sex allocation in mice

Amber Demir (2012): Kin recognition and its links to social organsiation in Egernia whitii

Jodi Gruber (2011): Maternal Effects and sex allocation in snow skinks

Jo Randall (2009): Phenological responses of Blue Fin Tuna to climate change

Joe Duggan (2009): Life history characteristics of cockles through their range: implication for fisheries

Tanaz Junalwalla (2009): The effects of climate change on the distribution of the Tasmanian lizard fauna

Tom Fabian (2009): Influences on anti-predator responses behaviour in a native rodent

Amanda Smith (2008): Tasmanian small mammal responses to predator cues

Katrina O’Connor (2007): Predicting effects of climate change in reptiles

Genevieve Bordogna (2007): Genetic Structuring of lizard communities, Egernia whitii

Jo McEvoy (2006): Individual behavioural phenotypes in a native rat, Rattus lutreolus

Kat Mazurek (2006): Climate effects on the spotted snow skink, Niveoscincus ocellatus

Amelia Hall (2005): The adaptive significance of maternal effects: a study of two populations of the spotted snow skink

Hayley Ricardo (2005): Distribution and ecology of Chytrid within Tasmania