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 (we also helped with the SRSM webpage) and comparative analysis. Further, we promote scientific transparency and reproducibility, especially in the field of Ecology and evolution (see TEE).
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
Nov 2020: Erin's bog post.
Nov 2020: Josh submitted his Honours.
Nov 2020: We got papers accepted in eLife and BMC Biology.
Nov 2020: Dony's bog post.
Aug 2020: Sammy's blog post.
Aug 2020: Laura won Future Fellowship and a job at ANU - congratulations!
Aug 2020: Dom completed his Honours.