Academic staff

Sureshkumar Balasubramanian
Balasubramanian, Sureshkumar
Suresh is interested in deciphering the molecular mechanisms underlying phenotypic variation that shapes evolution in plants.
Hodigins
Beardall, John
John researches metabolic processes in microscopic photosynthetic organisms. His focus is cyanobacterial and algal ecophysiology and ecology, especially in relation to global change.
 
John Bowman
Bowman, John
John researches the genetic and molecular basis of pattern formation in plant development and the evolution of land plant morphology.
Rowan Brookes
Brookes, Rowan
Rowan’s primary focus is improving educational outcomes in science education. Her research focuses on educational technology, curriculum design and assessment in the higher education sector.
 
Martin Burd
Burd, Martin Deputy Research Training Director
As an evolutionary biologist Martin researches plant evolutionary ecology as well as behaviour and social organisation in ant colonies.
Rob Bryson-Richardson
Bryson-Richardson, Rob
Robert researches the genetic causes, disease mechanisms, and potential therapies for a range of myopathies using the zebrafish as an in vivo model system.
 
Richard Burke
Burke, Richard
Richard is using the experimental advantages of the vinegar fly Drosophila to investigate the genetic regulation of metal ion metabolism in animal development and disease.
David Chapple
Chapple, David
Dave’s research spans invasion biology, behavioural and evolutionary ecology, population and conservation genetics, phylogenetics and phylogeography.
 
Steven Chown
Chown, Steven Head of School
Steven is engaged in biogeographic and macroecological studies, macrophysiology, spatial ecology, and invasion biology. Translation of science into policy is a major focus.
Rohan Clarke
Clarke, Rohan
Rohan’s research focusses on movement ecology, with interests in conservation management of marine and terrestrial birds, and pathogen transmission pathways in avian migration corridors.
 
Tim Connallon
Connallon, Tim
Tim is interested in the conceptual links between theoretical models and experimental data in evolutionary biology. Specific topics of interest include sexual dimorphism, genome evolution, and genetic constraints to adaptation.
Carly Cook
Cook, Carly
Carly is interested in improving the use of scientific information in environmental decisions by applying a range of applied research questions and development of decision-support tools.
 
Damian Dowling
Dowling, Damian
Damian’s research focuses on the dynamics of life-history evolution. A core goal is to understand the evolutionary processes that shape our energy producing genes.
Alistair Evans
Evans, Alistair
Alistair researches mammal morphological evolution, particularly of teeth, using techniques such as 3D imaging and analysis.
 
Ros Gleadow
Gleadow, Ros
Ros investigates the effect of environmental variables such as drought and elevated carbon dioxide on the partitioning of resources between growth and defence in plants.
Hall Matt
Hall, Matt
Matt is an evolutionary biologist who studies the genetics of host-parasite interactions, life-history tradeoffs and ageing using Daphnia as a model system.
 
Hodgins Kay
Hodgins, Kay
Kay researches plant evolution in human altered environments, plant adaptation to climate change, crop evolution and the evolution of plant sexual systems.
Dustin Marshall
Marshall, Dustin
Dustin is an evolutionary ecologist who uses marine invertebrates as a model for understanding the phenotypic links among life-history stages and the eco-evolutionary dynamics of marine communities.
 
Beth McGraw
McGraw, Beth Research Training Director
Beth researches the genetics and evolution of insect:microbe associations, specifically the use of endosymbiotic bacteria for biocontrol against the mosquito that transmits dengue fever.
Melodie McGeoch
McGeoch, Melodie Deputy Research Director
Melodie is interested in spatial patterns in biodiversity, how these are impacted by global change and how biodiversity can most effectively be estimated and monitored.
 
Miller, Joel
Miller, Joel 
Broad interests in mathematical biology, network properties, and network dynamics. Usually Joel’s research has application to spread of infectious diseases, invasive species, ideas, or other processes.
Moore, Joslin
Moore, Joslin 
Joslin’s research uses ecological theory and models to solve and inform applied ecological problems that will aid in the conservation and sustainable management of natural resources.
 
Scott ONeill
O’Neill, Scott Dean of Science
Scott’s research group is focusing on the bacterial symbiont Wolbachia, and its development as a novel method to interfere with the transmission of the dengue virus by mosquitoes to humans.
Anne Peters
Peters, Anne
Anne’s research area is behaviour and ecology of wild birds, with a focus on physiological mechanisms and implications of life-history trade-offs.
 
Gerry Rayner
Rayner, Gerry Deputy Education Director
As an education-focused academic, Gerry’s research focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning in tertiary science.
Richard Reina
Reina, Richard Education Director
Richard investigates ecophysiology of animals including sharks, penguins, turtles and frogs, and is interested in their responses to environmental challenge with application to conservation.
 
Carla Sgrò
Sgrò, Carla Research Director
Carla researches the genetic basis of adaptation to environmental change. How evolutionary processes can be incorporated into biodiversity conservation is a focus.
Paul Sunnucks
Sunnucks, Paul 
Paul’s group applies field biology, ecological genomics/genetics and spatial environmental analysis to the population biology of animals under natural and human-impacted conditions.
 
Coral Warr
Warr, Coral Deputy Head of School
Coral uses the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, to investigate cellular and developmental genetics, with a focus on how cells respond to signals from their environment.
Bob Wong
Wong, Bob
Bob is interested in the evolution of animal mating systems and behaviour, and how investment in sex influences reproductive strategies and biological diversity.
 

Emeritus Professors

Margaret Clayton
Clayton, Margaret Emeritus Professor
Margaret’s research focussed on the reproductive biology of marine algae, the importance of phenolic compounds in brown algae and the biology of polar macroalgae.
Sam Lake
Lake, Sam Emeritus Professor
As a researcher at the School Sam mainly investigated the ecology of freshwater systems, particularly the effects of disturbances and the responses to restoration.
 
Bruce Holloway
Holloway, Bruce Emeritus Professor
Geneticist Bruce Holloway played an integral role in the establishment of the Department of Genetics and Developmental Biology at Monash University.
David Smyth
Smyth, David Emeritus Professor
David investigates how genes regulate the morphogenesis of flowers using Arabidopsis thaliana as a model.
 
James Warren
Warren, James Emeritus Professor
Palaeontologist and evolutionary biologist James Warren was Head of the School of Biological Sciences from 1968-1994.
 

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