I thought I would share this little design I made as a favour for my supervisor. She was doing a presentation on the limitations of relying on model species research and wanted to draw attention to the role species like Drosophila have played in testing many different biological paradigms. Model species are great but we … Continue reading Species of the Century
The orchid mantis: a tale of natural history and standing on the shoulders of giants. By James C. O'Hanlon Few animals, especially insects, have earned as mythical a reputation as the orchid mantis. Scattered amongst centuries old books, hidden away in musty library basement compactors, are a handful of tales of an impossible insect, more … Continue reading A tale of natural history and standing on the shoulders of giants.
I am off on a new adventure! I was offered an Endeavour Research Fellowship by the Australian Government to conduct research in Singapore. For the next few months I will be based at the National University of Singapore conducting research in Daiqin Li's Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology Lab. What will I be researching? Why the … Continue reading Endeavour Research Fellowship
Here is some extra footage of the orchid mantis catching prey mid air. Enjoy! Next time I will have to get my hands on a high speed camera!
This summer Anthony Stanton, a student at Macquarie University, will be conducting a research project on egg dispersal in stick insects. The eggs of certain stick insects appear to be attractive to ants and often end up being collected and taken into the ants nests. Why ants do this is not clear, however this research … Continue reading Stick insects using ants as dispersal agents
For the first time the orchid mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) has been shown to deceptively lure pollinators as prey. Check out this research in the American Naturalist available now online ahead of print.
Welcome to my new website! I'll be posting updates about ongoing research and anything else that tickles my fancy.