Using phylogenetic data to quantify hotspots of lizard diversity in Australia's Top End.     Read the paper

I am an ARC DECRA Research Fellow in the Research School of Biology at the Australian National University in Canberra, and a member of the Centre for Biodiversity Analysis.

I analyse spatial patterns in the distribution of biodiversity to answer questions of conservation, biogeography and macroecology. I have a particular interest in techniques for measurement and spatial modelling of phylogenetic diversity, and in the biodiversity informatics techniques which make this possible.

Currently, I am working with Craig Moritz to identify, and ideally predict, locations of evolutionary refugia.  These are places where locally or regionally favourable conditions allowed populations of species through periods of harsh climate, such as the late-Pleistocene glacial cycles and may harbour significant components of endemic diversity at or below species level.  Before starting at ANU is 2012, I was a Donnelley Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University, studying global patterns of phylogenetic endemism in terrestrial mammals with Walter Jetz.

In June 2016 I began a three year ARC DECRA Fellowship, using process models of biological diversification and niche evolution to investigate the causes of biodiversity hotspots. See project details.

Please visit my code repository for scripts to do interesting things with phylogenetic trees and spatial data such as:

  • calculate Phylogenetic Endemism (PE)
  • model the distribution of intraspecific lineages
Biodiversity informatics tools that I have helped to develop include: