Lab Head

  • Dr Kylie Robert

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Post-doctoral Research fellow

  •  Dr Amy Edwards – Dear old dad: returning to parental sex allocation


Honorary Research fellow

  •  Dr Kerry Fanson – broadly interested in the interaction between physiology and behaviour, and understanding the ecological and evolutionary implications of this interaction. Much of my research focuses on stress and reproduction.


Current students

  • Danielle Eastick (PhD candidate) – Sex in the city: Reproductive ecology of Gould’s wattled bats. Supervised by Kylie Robert (La Trobe), Amy Edwards (La Trobe) & Katherine Harrison (La Trobe)


  • Lauren Tworkowski (PhD candidate) – Thermoregulatory capabilities of Little penguins in relation to anthropogenic climate change. Supervised by  Kylie Robert (La Trobe), Ursula Ellenberg (University of Otago), & Peter Dann (Phillip Island)


  • Emily Richardson (PhD candidate) – Human disturbance effects on Little penguins: providing baseline data for anticipatory management decisions. Supervised by Kylie Robert (La Trobe), Ursula Ellenberg (University of Otago), & Peter Dann (Phillip Island)


  • Alicia Dimovski (PhD candidate) – Artificial light pollution: quantifying and mitigating the ecological and health consequences in Australian mammals. Supervised by Kylie Robert (La Trobe) & Amy Edwards (La Trobe)


  • Millie Scicluna (PhD candidate) – Using personality and cognitive assessment of individuals as a conservation tool for improving reintroduction/translocation success. Supervised by Kylie Robert (La Trobe), Richard Peters (La Trobe) & Marissa Parrott (Zoos Victoria)


  • Erika Zaid (PhD candidate) – Reproductive sleeplessness in Dasyurid marsupials. Supervised by John Lesku (La Trobe) & Kylie Robert (La Trobe)


  • James Buxton (PhD candidate) – The functional significance of ant colouration. Supervised by Heloise Gibb (La Trobe), Mark Elgar (University of Melbourne) & Kylie Robert (La Trobe)
  • Melissa von Moger (Honours candidate) – DNA-based diet analysis in fat-tailed dunnarts. Supervised by Kylie Robert (La Trobe) & Nick Murphy (La Trobe)
  • Kelly Williams (Honours candidate) – Female mate choice in Spinifex hopping-mice (Notomys alexis): Influence of male body condition and Testosterone levels. Supervised by Kylie Robert (La Trobe), Richard Peters (La Trobe), Kerry Fanson (Deakin University), & Prof. Bill Breed (Uni of Adelaide)


  • Murraya Rose (Honours candidate) – Response of scorpions to mammal predator olfactory cues. Supervised by Heloise Gibb (La Trobe) & Kylie Robert (La Trobe)
  • Katherine Best (Honours candidate) – Assessing the efficacy of chainsaw hollows as supplementary habitat for Victorian fauna. Supervised by Steve Leonard (La Trobe), Steve Griffiths (La Trobe) & Kylie Robert (La Trobe)

Lab Manager

  • Dash (Chief morale booster) Completed training under the guidance of Molly (the best dog in the world)


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