Assoc/Prof Joseph Tomkins
Senior Research Fellow/Future Fellow
Evolutionary Biology, Centre for
- Contact details
- Centre for Evolutionary Biology
The University of Western Australia (M092)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
- +61 8 6488 2110
- Personal homepage
- Room 2.15, Zoology Building, Perth campus
- BSc Sheff., PhD Liv.
- I have an Honours degree in Zoology from the University of Sheffield, and a PhD from the University of Liverpool. Since leaving Liverpool I have had Research Fellowships in Australia and the UK. In the UK I spent 2000-2005 at the University of St Andrews and one year at the University of Exeter. At the University of Western Australia I was employed on fellowships from 1997 - 2000 and again from 2005 to 2011. I was an ARC Future Fellow from 2011-2015.
- Key research
- My research is in sexual selection. I am particularly interested in the genetic architecture of sexually selected and life-history traits, allometry, phenotypic plasticity and developmental integration. I have a broad interest in threshold traits and their evolutionary quirks. I am currently developing methodologies for experimentally manipulating anisogamy.
- All of my publications are listed elsewhere:
- Roles, responsibilities and expertise
- Graduate Research Co-ordinator for the School of Animal Biology.
- Future research
- My Future Fellowship Research was on the evolution of threshold traits and covered traits as diverse as mate-choice and polyandry to the spread of disease by ticks. This research is ongoing.
I have received ARC funding (starting 2017) to develop an empirical understanding of anisogamy.
- I speak English; sometimes in hilarious accents. I speak Franglais and Spanglish with equal ease.
- Honours and awards
- I'm still waiting for my Oscar.
- Inflatable thermos cleaner - patent pending.
- 3rd Year Behavioural Ecology
3rd Year Evolutionary Genetics
2nd Year Conservation Biology
1st Year 'The Darwinian Revolution'
- Current external positions