Our research has been fortunate enough to be have supported by a number of funding agencies over the past 20 years. Below we graciously acknowledge their support.
The Australian Research Council (ARC) currently funds Geoff’s research projects on plasticity and the evolutionary origins of family living (2018 – 2021; in collaboration with Martin Whiting, Tobias Uller and Charlie Cornwallis) and on the neuromolecular mechanisms underpinning transitions in social complexity (2021 – 2024; in collaboration with Martin Whiting, Dustin Rubenstein and Alex Ophir) as well as Erik’s research project on the mechanisms underpinning transitions between modes of sex determination (2020 – 2023; in collaboration with Chris Burridge, Tariq Ezaz and Oleg Simakov).
The ARC has previously funded Erik’s work on linking the proximate and ultimate causes of sex allocation (2014 – 2017), sex allocation and maternal effects (2008 – 2011), telomere biology (2006 – 2009 and 2011 – 2014), reactive oxygen species and life history evolution (2008 – 2011), amphibian decline (2005 – 2008) and Geoff’s work on female promiscuity and social evolution (2015 – 2018). Geoff was previously supported by an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award (2015 – 2018). Erik has previously been supported by an ARC Future Fellowship (2012 – 2016).
The Hermon Slade Foundation currently funds Geoff’s Research on how females control the timing of birth (2020 – 2023; in collaboration with Camilla Whittington, Martin Whiting, James Van Dyke, Laura Parsley and Deirdre Merry). The Asia Pacific Foundation has previously supported Erik’s work on the mechanisms underpinning transitions in sex determining systems .
Our students have always been very generously being supported by Dr Bill Holsworth and the Holsworth Wildlife Research Fund. Indeed, Dr Holsworth has supported a total of 15 of the BEER groups PhD students over the past 12 years. This has been crucial to the ongoing success of many of the major research themes within the group.
Geoff’s research in Europe has been supported by a European Union FP7 Marie Curie Grant. Ongoing research on those projects is supported by the Swedish Research Council (awarded to Tobias Uller).
We are also grateful to the WV Scott Charitable Trust, Ecological Society of Australia, Australian Society of Herpetologists, Hermon Slade Foundation, Asia Pacific Foundation, Ian Potter Foundation, Foundation for National Parts and Wildlife, Australasian Society for the study of Animal Behaviour, Australian Academy of Science, Company of Biologists all of which have supported out research at various points in the past.