Projects can have different emphases – e.g. field observation, collecting laboratory data, or modelling. However, to find a place in the lab you must demonstrate that you have some enthusiasm for, and ability with, numbers and data! (the enthusiasm can be restricted to what we can learn about biology from the numbers – you don’t have to love maths for its own sake).
Also, empirically, the lab is focusing on invertebrate models, specifically grasshoppers and spiders. There are a number of systems (morabines grasshoppers, the Austroicetes grasshopper genus, and wolf spiders) that we will focus on due to the substantial background information available on their taxonomy, ecology and genetics.
I deliberately avoid running too big a group, to ensure I can provide quality supervision. Thus I normally only take on one new graduate and MSc student a year, depending on when others are finishing.
In deciding upon student supervisions, I look for high communication skills (both written and oral), high enthusiasm, strong quantitative skills and the ability to work independently.
Prospective Masters (MSc) Students
The University of Melbourne now has a 2-year MSc Research Scheme in place of the previous Honours year. If you are interested in joining our lab as a MSc student and feel you fit the description above, please get in touch via email and include your CV and undergraduate marks.
I will only take students who can obtain a scholarship (more about scholarships for Australian students and for international students). If you are interested in doing a PhD research in our lab please contact me by email, including your CV.