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    Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Animal Behaviour, School of BioSciences, Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne

  1. 9 November 2017 - Science Matters

    Genes don’t always dictate that ‘boys will be boys’

    New University of Melbourne evolutionary biology research finds that genes don't always dictate that 'boys will be boys' in the animal world, just like humans.

  2. 26 May 2017 - Science Matters

    Darwin was right: Females prefer sex with good listeners

    University of Melbourne researchers prove one of Charles Darwin's theories about sexual selection; in moths - larger antennae can better detect female signals.

  3. 9 February 2017 - Science Matters

    The science behind love songs

    Valentine's Day is full of love songs. This is how love works on our mind, body and soul ... and why we want to write beautiful music about it.

  4. 21 October 2016 - Go Figure

    Why we show the whites of our eyes

    Of all the animals, only humans obviously show the whites of our eyes, making it easier for us to communicate and deceive with just glance.

  5. 11 March 2016 - Go Figure

    Some newborns hit the ground running – and why others don’t

    Giraffes start running with the herd the same day they are born but humans can take a year or more just to start walking. The answer is economic.

  6. 7 December 2015 - Go Figure

    Why flies and mosquitoes are irritating little pests

    Summer is here and so are the little buzzing flyers that make your life around the BBQ a misery. This is why they love you so much.

  7. 4 September 2015 - Science Matters

    Happy Father’s Day: Five best dads in the animal kingdom

    For Father’s Day, we celebrate dads of all kinds. From cuckoos to seahorses, toads to beetles, these dads are the best.

  8. 17 August 2015 - Science Matters

    How to train your dinosaur

    Steven Spielberg's Jurassic World is a fun movie to watch, but the plot doesn't make a lot of sense - and it's scientifically implausible.