Louise McKenzie got her PhD examiners’ reports back today. Some wonderful comments on a sparkling thesis. Well done Louise.
We are conducting a world-wide study on what makes an attractive body. Visit www.bodylab.biz to rate male or female bodies. Your ratings will be used to choose the most attractive bodies, from which we will “breed” new bodies for the next generation. The bodies evolve in 25 different measures independently, allowing us to explore how bodies become integrated over many generations.
This is the first popular article I ever published – in a South African newspaper when I was doing my PhD. Written in 1996. It is a little dated as the arms race has moved on. But the evolutionary principles and the anti-theft principles remain sound.
The evolutionary war between animals and their parasites can teach us a lot about how to foil car thieves. But it is important to remember that no device, however ingenious, is foolproof forever – small victories are the best one can hope for.
I am amazed at the short-sightedness of motorists who claim to own the ultimate anti-theft device. A lesson from biology will show why an ultimate device is a fallacy.
Mike and Beth Kasumovic had a beautiful son on Monday 1 November 2010. Congratulations. Welcome to little Ethan Matthew, brother of Tomas.
CAIRNS, KM; WOLFF, JN; BROOKS, RC; et al. Evidence of Recent Population Expansion in the Field Cricket Teleogryllus Commodus. Australian Journal of Zoology Volume: 58 Issue: 1 Pages: 33-38 Published: 2010
This article was based on a talk I gave at a symposium of the Royal Zoological Society of NSW in late 2008. The Society has never published the proceedings so I thought I would put the article out there for anyone who want to read it. It has not been peer-reviewed.
It is hard to imagine, in the first decade of the 21st Century, the sensation that the discovery of the gorilla caused in Victorian London. The first western accounts and formal description (based on a skull and partial skeleton) of a large new ‘indescribably fierce’ ape from West Africa introduced the western gorilla (Gorilla gorilla) to science. Public interest in this new ape was stoked both by astounding tales of the beast’s ferociousness and by an increasingly radicalised working class intent on overturning establishment views of human uniqueness and a divine social order Continue reading Threats to our only science of life: evolution and the battles over meaning
Megan Head (PhD 2005) has recently moved to the University of Exeter at Cornwall to take up a new postdoctoral research position.