Macroecology and macroevolution
Macquarie University
John Alroy's lab at Macquarie University

The students currently associated with my lab include:

  • Diego Barneche (macroecology of coral reef fishes; supervisor Josh Madin)
  • Nick Chan (evolution of body mass in flightless birds; supervisor me)
  • Julieta Martinelli (latitudinal gradients in Australian molluscs; supervisor Matthew Kosnik)
  • Silvia Pineda Muñoz (community paleoecology of Old World and Australian mammals; co-supervisors me and Al Evans)

I'm currently looking for both Australian and international graduate students and eager to work with applicants for ARC DECRA postdocs. We have a two-year Master of Research (MRes) program and a three-year PhD program. I have no direct control over student funding at the moment, but I can endorse applications for university-wide PhD scholarships that normally start in January each year.

Although I'm looking for highly self-motivated students who will ultimately choose their own projects and I find any and all taxonomic groups interesting, here are some examples of things that sound interesting to me:

  • Large-scale patterns of variation in community-level diversity
  • Contemporary extinction rates
  • Relationships between body mass distributions and pretty much anything
  • Distributions of ecological attributes across large-scale phylogenies
  • Quantitative assessments of captive breeding programs

Stare very hard at the list if you were expecting to see fossil-something or palaeo-something. But I will very seriously entertain queries from palaeobiology students.

If you are interested in joining our group, please do contact me. Attach a CV and transcripts and describe potential topics for a research project. Because I teach only at the second- and third-year levels, only students already having a strong background in organismal biology and data analysis methods should consider applying.

As a student or postdoc here you would be housed in the Macquarie Palaeobiology Lab along with members of the Glenn Brock and Matthew Kosnik's groups. Although my work is mostly analytical, our shared lab space has standard equipment and facilities for collecting and preparing fossil and Recent specimens. Not to mention the usual computational resources associated with the Fossilworks operations I oversee. And a Rancilio Silvia.

In addition, our department houses faculty members such as Drew Allen, Lesley Hughes, David Nipperess, Mark Westoby, and many others with strong interests in macroecology and macroevolution. With all due respect and no pun intended, our department really rocks!