PhD - Drivers of speciation in Homalictus: past climate cycles provide an alternative to the ‘Taxon Cycle’ in island biogeography theory
How has the species diversity of the native Australian bee genus, Homalictus arisen? How do different climates impact the distribution and species richness of different native bee genera? These are some of the questions that I will answer using phylogenetics, ecology and zoology over the next few years of my PhD
Bachelor of Science (Honours) - The evolution of Fijian bees
Could past climate cycles explain the cryptic bee diversity found in Fiji and if so, how? This is the question that my supervisors and I at Flinders University and the South Australian Museum asked in 2017. The project involved a three month field trip to Fiji, a whole bunch of hiking, genetic analysis and a touch of taxonomy. The results are yet to be published.
Mantispid biology: Drepanicine
Often misidentified as praying mantis, mantispids are actually a type of lacewing (Neuroptera). Lacewings are of interest to gardeners as one of the "good guys"; this is because they are a predatory insect in both their larval and adult stages often attacking other insect pests such as aphids. While much is known of more common Neuroptera such as the lacewings, mantispids are poorly studied and so poorly understood. Very little is known about their life-cycles or biology. What began as me photographing these lovely animals in an unusual mass emergence has turned into a publication that is you can view and read here.
Bees of Australia: A Photographic Exploration and trip
A 3.5 month trip around Australia in 2015/16 to collect and photograph as many native bee species as I could manage has resulted in a photo book with written contributions from many of Australia's leading bee researchers. The book will be released with CSIRO Publishing OCTOBER THIS YEAR! In the mean time feel free to check out the short blog that I kept for my friend's and family while on the trip. Pre-order your copy from CSIRO now by clicking here!