My research interests are in evolutionary quantitative genetics.
My primary research focus is on the evolution of mate recognition in the Drosophila serrata species complex. Members of this species complex are found in rainforest along the east coast of Australia. Chemical communication is used by males and females to choose mates and for species recognition. I use a combination of techniques from experimental evolution, quantitative genetics and genomics to determine how mate recognition evolves under natural and sexual selection.
More generally, I am interested in how genetic variances and covariances change under selection and different environmental conditions, and how multivariate quantitative genetics can be used to predict the direction of evolutionary responses in laboratory and field populations. We work on a variety of experimental systems, including Drosophila, birds, frogs, fish and humans. I'd be happy to hear from potential students interested in applying quantitative genetics to answer important questions in evolutionary biology.