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 current main interdisciplinary collaborator is the Hesselson lab at the Metabolism & Diabetes Division, the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney.
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.
Assoc Prof Shinichi Nakagawa
Room 5102, Biological Sciences Building (E26)
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of New South Wales
Sydney NSW 2052, Australia
Jun 2017: Rose won the best student talk (The Jack Ward Memorial Prize) at EEEF2018 conference.
Jun 2017: Fonti came as a runner up for The Outstanding Evolution and Ecology Presentation at BEES Postgraduate Research Forum.
Jun 2018: Gihan's blog post.
May 2018: Hamza's blog post.
Apr 2018: Rose explaining our zebrafish work on the National radio show (Canada).