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James Buxton Graduate Researcher, Ecology, Environment & Evolution

Ants are of immense ecological importance and can be strikingly colourful, ranging from diaphanous yellows to intense reds.
I am exploring the colour diversification of ants from a functional perspective in order to identify associations between colour traits and environmental variables. I have employed a broad variety of approaches, including field comparisons, multispectral photography, manipulative experiments, ultrastructural investigations, Raman spectroscopy, and visual modelling. This will potentially enable the development and application of colour-related traits in trait-based ecological studies, as well as contribute to our understanding of animal colouration more generally.

Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Heloise Gibb, Dr Kylie Robert, Dr. Matthew Bulbert (Macquarie University) and Prof. Mark Elgar (University of Melbourne)

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