People

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Scott Keogh - Professor in Evolutionary Biology, Head - Evolution, Ecology & Genetics, CEO of the Keogh Lab

I split my time between molecular phylogenetics, biogeography and molecular and behavioral ecology. My group mostly work on reptiles and frogs and we tolerate fish. I teach first and second year vertebrate zoology and evolution. I am Head of the Division of Ecology & Evolution and I run a detailed advice web site for postgradaute students and postdocs.  If you need to get a life but are not able to do so right this minute then you can check out my staff profile and here are my ResearchID profile, ResearchGate profile and Google Scholar profile.  I prefer Google Scholar because it says I have more citations than the other two. This picture shows what I looked like in 1999, I’ve hardly changed.  

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Dr. Maxine Piggott - ARC DECRA Postdoctoral Fellow

Maxine recently started her ARC fellowship in our lab (co-hosted by Prof. Craig Moritz), working on environmental DNA and fish phylogeography.  Maxine is a pioneer in environmental DNA work in Australia and is building on this foundation to develop new methods and answer cool questions in Australian biodiversity and conservation.  Visit her web site.  



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Dr. Mitzy Pepper - Postdoctoral Research Associate (2011 - 2018)

Mitzy has been part of the lab since she was an undergrad.  Mitzy did Honours with me in 2005, then worked for me for a while, then completed her PhD in 2011 and she is now working with me again as a postdoc.  Mitzy has done a wide variety of projects, mostly on the comparative phylogeography of arid-zone geckos and she is a real expert on the Pilbara. She is currently working on several big multi-locus reptile phylogeny projects on Australian and African lizards. Visit her web site and you can also watch her in a YouTube video talking about her research.  


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Dr. Paul Oliver - ARC DECRA Postdoctoral Fellow

Paul (co-hosted by Prof. Craig Moritz) has spent most of the last ten years investigating the systematics and evolution of a number of Australasian frog and lizard groups (especially geckos). He is now expanding these datasets in order to examine how broadscale processes (environmental change, mountain building, migration) have shaped evolution across Australasia (with a particular focus on northern Australia and New Guinea), as well continuing to describe lots of new species. 

Dr. Marta Vidal-Garcia - Endeavour Postdoctoral Fellow (2017)

Marta is originally from Spain but now she is as Aussie as a platypus.  Marta is working on the evolution of body size and shape in Australian frogs - all of them.  She is doing a lot of CT scanning work and geometric morphometrics to study the tempo of morphological diversification in the three big groups of Australian frogs. Marta did her PhD in my lab from 2012-2015 and did a Masters with me before that and a postdoc after that.  She is curently doing an Endeavour Postdoc split between my lab and Conrad Hoskin (JCU).   Visit Marta's web site


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Damien Esquerre - PhD student (2015 - onward)

Damien is from Chile but now he is as Aussie as a BBQ. He recently finished Masters thesis in our lab where he istudied the evoluton of head shape morphology in the pythons and boas of the universe with geometric morphometrics and phylogeny.  Visit Damien's web site and check out this video proposal of his project. He is now doing his PhD in the lab on the phylogenomics of pythons and their phenotypic evolution.  



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Ian Brennan - PhD student (2015 - onward)

Ian is from the USA where he recently finished his Masters at Villanova University with Aaron Bauer.  He has been here for a couple of years so now he is already as Aussie as a ute. Ian is working on various projects associted with the macroevolution and macro ecology of the exceedingly fascinating legless lizards. Visit Ian’s web site


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Carlos Joaquin Pavon Vazquez - PhD student (2017 - onward)

Carlos is from Mexico where he recently finished his Masters at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He hasn’t been here long but he’s already as Aussie as a didgeridoo.  Carlos is working on various projects to with macroevolutionary patterns in varanid lizards. Visit Carlos’ web site.


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Sarah Stock - Honours student (2017/8)

Sarah is originally from South Africa but now she is as Aussie as gum tree. Sarah is working on risk of extinction in Australian frogs and is co-supervised by Marta Vidal-Garcia.  


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