I have very recently moved to Macquarie University in Sydney, and I'm only beginning to form a research group here. I am also still involved with some of the research in Joe Tomkins lab at the University of Western Australia (photo below), where I recently ran artificial selection experiments. Below I started adding the profiles of the great people who I had the pleasure to consider part of my incipient group, initially at UWA, and hopefully soon at Macquarie!

Crew at Joe Tomkin's lab in 2015 -> left to right: Bruno Buzatto (me), Joe Tomkins, Kyana Pike, Charles Darwin (!), Danica McCorquodale, Huon Clark and Hannah Busey

Dr. Bruno A. Buzatto
Lecturer at Macquarie University

I am an evolutionary biologist fascinated by behavioural ecology and sexual selection, and my research has mostly focused on insects and arachnids. More recently, I developed a great interest on the evolution of alternative reproductive tactics, male dimorphism and the evolution of phenotypic plasticity. I am currently based at Macquarie University, but also hold an adjunct research fellow position at the University of Western Australia, where I did my PhD (link to my education here) and held an ARC DECRA position until 2017. I also love rock climbing, and Sydney is great for that!

Dr. Huon L. Clark
Research Assistant

Huon did his BSc degree through Monash University, after which he worked as an environmental consultant for about 5 years in the Northern Territory. After deciding to come back to academia, Huon did a PhD on the reproductive biology of fiddler crabs through the Australian National University, under the supervision of Pat Backwell. Moving with his family to Perth in 2016, Huon was recruited by Joe and I to run our morph-specific artificial selection experiment, and he is now a vital part of the 'mighty mite lab'!

Group alumni

Solimary García Hernández
MSc - University of São Paulo (co-supervised with Prof. Glauco Machado)

I was born in Colombia, where I did my undergraduate course in biology. Since the
very beginning of my career I found myself in love with behavioral ecology, specially sexual selection, parental care, and defensive behaviors of arthropods. During my masters in ecology, at University of São Paulo, I studied how sexual dimorphism varies among populations of an earwig. I also studied how variations in the diet of the individuals during development influence the magnitude of sexual dimorphism in the adulthood. I’m currently doing my PhD, also at University of São Paulo. This time I want to understand sex-differences and the implications of tail autotomy for locomotion, reproduction, foraging, and survival of a scorpion.

Kyana N. Pike
BSc - James Cook University (honours through UWA)

I’m interested in a variety of natural phenomena but have a particular enthusiasm for behavioural ecology. I have a research background that concentrates on mating behaviours and related traits. I’ve worked on projects ranging from pheromone use and courtship behaviour in skinks to helping behaviour in cooperatively breeding magpies to the genetic correlations of alternative mating tactics in earwigs and bulb mites. My last project sparked more of a curiosity around combining behavioural ecology and genetics and I’m interest

ed in marrying these topics with research questions pertaining to climate change and species adaptability.

Camille Tribout
BSc - Université Grenoble Alpes

I come from France and I'm currently studying chemistry and biology at University Grenoble Alps (UGA), France, in order to do a master of chemistry and I hoped to work abroad after my studies. Moreover, I am very interested in behavioural ecology and I wanted to learn more about the subject. This is why Bruno was my supervisor during a month when I did an internship at UWA. I worked with him on the passionate subject that is the cost and benefits of fighting legs in the mite Rhyzoglyphus echinopus. This was my first time working for a researcher and I felt well trained and comfortable thanks to Bruno's kindness, so that experience complements my professional orientation.