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The evolutionary race between predators and their prey is a never ending one, so when does anything relax enough to rest? In my honours project I will attempt to understand whether heat conserving practices in bird (tucking beak into feathers) has an associated cost to their vigilance. Essentially, are birds who appear less alert actually less alert and therefore more susceptible to predation? My project will focus on common shorebird species that inhabit the wetlands between Melbourne and Geelong. Co-supervisor: Mike Weston

Q&A

Describe yourself in three words or less

Passionate and adventurous

 What is your earliest memory?

Having my toy rabbit glued to my hat for the Easter bonnet parade in kindergarten

 What (or who) inspired your interest in biology?

High school teachers, my older sister and David Attenborough of course

 What was your favourite book as a child?

The ‘who’s behind the door’ series

 Name your three favourite films

The sword in the stone

Hot rod

Without a paddle

 Which do you prefer – Cheese or chocolate?

Cheese

 Who would play you in a film about your life?

Anna Faris

 Which three people would you invite to your dream dinner party?

3 alternate versions of myself from other dimensions where interdimensional travel exists.

 What is your fancy dress costume of choice?

Power ranger

 What would your super power be?

Instant cell regeneration

 What TV programme best describes your personality?

Spaced

 If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would it be?

The dodo bird