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Join us!

I am interested in supervising students, and collaborating with postdoctoral fellows, in the area of the evolutionary ecology of environmental change, and particularly the conservation ecology of threatened and Data Deficient Australian skink species. Check out the research page for more information about possible research projects.

The Chapple Lab has access to a mobile field lab (a custom built caravan), fieldwork equipment, molecular ecology lab, constant temperature rooms, lizard housing rooms, outdoor enclosures in the Jock Marshall Reservemicro-imaging facilities, and 4WD vehicles.

Prospective honours students

I generally take on 1-2 honours students each year. Check out the information and entry requirements for honours within the School of Biological Sciences.

Prospective PhD students

Monash University offers scholarships for both domestic (Australians & New Zealanders) and international PhD students. You will need to have a First Class honours degree, or equivalent, to be competitive for these scholarships. Scholarships are competitive and are awarded based on previous academic performance (i.e. undergraduate record, honours/Masters result, awards, and publications).



Prospective Post-docs

I am interested in discussing potential postdoctoral research projects with high-quality PhD graduates. There are several postdoctoral fellowship schemes that can be hosted by my research group in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University.


Firstly, the Australian Research Council (ARC) operates several postdoctoral fellowship schemes (e.g. DECRA). In addition, depending on where you are from, there are several international postdoctoral fellowships that can be hosted by Monash University (e.g. US- National Science Foundation, Canada- NSERC, Europe- Marie Curie Fellowship, Sweden- Swedish Research Council, Switzerland- Swiss National Science Foundation, Netherlands, Norway- The Research Council of Norway, and several others).

Where are my former students employed?

My students have gained employment in a wide range of areas, including:

  • environmental consultant

  • Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA)- various roles

  • Life Sciences Manager, Healesville Sanctuary (Zoos Victoria)

  • professional writing company (Mind Your Way)

  • science communicator (Questacon)

  • high school science teacher

  • nurse

  • researcher/associate producer for a TV show (Gardening Australia, The Chase Australia)

  • education officer (Melbourne aquarium)

  • research assistant

  • technician in an agricultural science laboratory

  • collection manager at a museum

  • PhD student

  • postdoctoral researcher

  • university lecturer

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