Dr. Tim Connallon
Tim is a lecturer in genetics within the School of Biological Sciences, Monash University. He completed his PhD in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan, under the supervision of Professor Lacey Knowles. Before joining Monash, he was a research associate with Professor Andy Clark, in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, at Cornell University.
Tim is interested in the intersection between evolutionary theory and data, including the specific models that we use to explain biological observations, and similarly, how we can use models and statistics to answer difficult questions in evolutionary biology. His research generally focuses on the evolution of sexual dimorphism, adaptation and evolutionary constraints, sex chromosome evolution, life-history tradeoffs, and the maintenance of genetic variation in populations.
Clem joined the lab in early 2015 after completing her MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity, at the University of Exeter. She is generally interested in genetics and adaptation in populations responding to environmental change.
Clem’s PhD research (co-supervised by Dr. Carla Sgrò) focuses on the evolution of clinal sexual dimorphism and physiological adaptation in Australian Drosophila populations. Her master’s research focused on the effects of temperature variation and male-female interactions on maternal strategies in Blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus).
Shefali is a third-year genetics major at Monash, with strong interests in evolutionary genetics. She is working on theoretical population genetic models of sex-specific adaptation in heterogeneous environments.
Shane began his honours research in early 2015, after graduating with a BSc from Swinburne University of Technology. He has very broad interests in evolutionary biology.
For his honours project, Shane is developing models of mitochondrial variation and evolution, particularly focusing on theoretical predictions for the accumulation of sex-specific phenotypic variation, and the evolution of genetic covariance for fitness between males and females.