In our research, we test a wide range of scientific hypotheses using organisms from different taxa. We work in collaboration with many other researchers from this department, other departments and from other universities all over the world. We strive to publish high quality research papers, both experimental and reviews with particular focus on meta-analysis and comparative analysis. Further, we promote scientific transparency and reproducibility, especially in the field of Ecology and evolution (see TEE and SORTEE). And we are also a part of European Thermal Fertility Network.
The group is a continuation of the SN Behavioural Ecology Group, which was originally founded at the arrival of Shinichi Nakagawa (SN) to the Department of Zoology, the University of Otago, New Zealand, in 2008. Shinichi moved to the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES), the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia, in February 2015.
Because nowadays our research focus is not just on behavioural ecology, and we are constantly crossing boundaries to other related disciplines, we decided to give our group a more appropriate name. Hence I-DEEL: Inter-Disciplinary Ecology and Evolution Lab (How to join I-DEEL?). I-DEEL is a part of the Evolution & Ecology Research Centre (E&ERC).
Our group follows three basic mottos, plus a new one:
1. Questions are more important than organisms*.
2. Think like a scientist and act like one too.
3. Complete the cycle if you are going to do it at all (the cycle = conceiving an idea, carrying out a study and writing results up for publication).
4. Skills have become more important than knowledge; the three "musts" are to learn: 1) how to use Google, 2) how to use R, and 3) how to write (writing is hard, so write every day).
*We do not mean that science is more important than life in any ways. We mean that we study organisms to answer questions, rather than studying organisms for the sake of studying them.
Prof Shinichi Nakagawa
Room 5102, Biological Sciences South Building (E26)
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of New South Wales
Sydney NSW 2052, Australia
Dec 2021: Shinichi's blog post.
Dec 2021: We had our Xmas BBQ for lab and friends.
Dec 2021: Hamza submitted his PhD thesis!
Nov 2021: Jess's blog post.
Oct 2021: Szymek's blog post.
Oct 2021: Lots of new papers by lab members got accepted in the last few months. Congratulations!
Sep 2021: Losia's blog post.
Aug 2021: Erin's blog post.