phylogenetics / molecular systematics / symbiont evolution
If we were to replay the emergence of the diverse lifeforms that inhabit Earth would they be recognisable to us or strange, alien beings? Is evolution a predestined—or at all predictable—process? My work in the Molecular Ecology, Evolution, and Phylogenetics (MEEP) lab at The University of Sydney seeks to answer such questions, particularly in the context of "parallel" evolutionary events in insects. My current research focuses on the evolution of underground lifestyles in cockroaches and how microbial symbionts respond to evolutionary transitions in these hosts. If you have any questions about my research or just want to get in touch, feel free to contact me.