I'm interested in understanding what causes variation in ageing and lifespan among people and animals

A list of my academic publications can be found here.

 

Northern quoll - photo from ABC

Northern quoll - photo from ABC

How does the environment drive ageing?

What an individual does - and where they do it - has a dramatic impact on their lifespan. Our experiences affect the way our bodies use energy and modify the DNA we were born with, continually changing us. I want to understand more about how an individual's environment, choices, and behaviours affect the molecular and physiological mechanisms that determine longevity.  


Current research topics and collaborations:

- Rates of ageing relative to reproductive output in the Dasyurid marsupials
- Multidimensional animal performance in complex habitats
- Lifetime and sex-based variation in telomere length
- Relative performance and longevity of Dasyurid sperm
- Predicting speed choice in wild animals

Antechinus in the lab

Antechinus in the lab


Collecting eggs

Collecting eggs

I'm fascinated by the differences in physiology and behaviour between males and females of a species.

Over the years, I've studied avian migration and amphibian metamorphosis, run experiments and designed models, and done fieldwork in Australia, Patagonia, western Alaska, Canada, and the US Midwest.