Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology

Ecology

Further Information

Contact a supervisor for detailed information on student research projects

Assistant Professor Cyril Grueter 
Asst/Prof Cyril Grueter


Associate Professor Debra Judge 
Assoc/Prof Debra Judge

The School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology offers a diverse range of student research topics.


Evolutionary Ecology

Projects
  • For highly motivated students there is potential to undertake field studies of family well-being in East Timor involving questions of family structure, ecology, social networks and child growth. Some language study before commencing will be required.
  • Intergenerational relationships in terms of help provided to adult offspring by mothers and fathers
  • Database development and statistical analyses of patterns of ecology and life history traits across species
  • Behavioural studies of captive mammals (especially primates) at the Perth Zoo
  • Behavioural studies of sex differences in humans
  • Family composition effects on development and reproductive strategies (survey work in Australia or Timor-Leste).
  • If you have another idea or new and interesting questions in the area of evolutionary ecology, please contact supervisor Assistant Professor Debra Judge.
Project suitable for

Honours, Masters, PhD

Supervisor
Associate Prof Debra Judge
Essential qualifications

For Honours: An appropriate undergraduate major with a human biology, zoology or biological anthropology emphasis, and a minimum weighted average of 65% in the level 3 subjects that comprise the relevant major from an approved institution. Applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

 

For Masters or PhD: An appropriate honours degree with a human biology, zoology or biological anthropology emphasis or equivalent research experience from an approved institution. Applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.  

Desirable skills/experience
Knowledge of basic statistical analyses is helpful but can be learned during the project. Ability to learn a further language is a requirement for some international research projects


Ecology and Evolution

Project outline

Projects on primate socioecology in China (snub-nosed monkeys) Rwanda (chimpanzees).

Project is suitable for

PhD

Supervisor
Cyril C. Grueter
Essential qualifications

For Honours: An appropriate undergraduate degree with a minimum weighted average of 65% in the level 3 subjects that comprise the relevant major, from an approved institution. Applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

For Masters or PhD: An appropriate Honours degree or equivalent research experience from an approved institution. Applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

For All: Knowledge of statistical methods and Skills/Experience preferably also ArcGIS; candidate needs to be willing to work in a different cultural environment; candidate also needs to be  physically fit.

 

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Ecology and Evolution

Project outline

Primate behavioural ecology research:

Examples
  • Comparative study on aspects of primate socio-ecologicy (using literature data) .
  • Observational research on primate behaviour/cognition at the Perth Zoo

Project is suitable for

Honours and Masters

Supervisor
Cyril C. Grueter
Essential qualifications

None

Desirable Skills/Experience:

None

 

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Ecology and Evolution

Project outline

Human behavioural ecology research:

Examples
Questionnaire-based and experimental research on social networks, mate choice and altruism in humans

Project is suitable for

Honours and Masters

Supervisor
Cyril C. Grueter
Essential qualifications

None

Desirable Skills/Experience:

Basic knowledge of statistics (especially regression analyses) would be desirable.

 

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