As an Early Career Research fellow, I still don't have my own lab space here at UWA, so I have been collaborating a lot with Joe Tomkins and using his lab (photo below) to run my 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!

Current(ish) crew at Joe Tomkin's lab -> left to right: Bruno Buzatto (me!), Joe Tomkins, Kyana Pike, Charles Darwin (as a poster!), Danica McCorquodale, Huon Clark and Hannah Busey


Current members




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 phenoma 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.