Nathan W Burke | Evolutionary Ecologist

I am a PhD Candidate in the Evolution & Ecology Research Centre in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. My research investigates why costly sexual reproduction is so common in the animal kingdom. I am particularly interested in understanding how ecological factors (including mate rejection, sexually antagonistic coevolution, and mate scarcity) shape the evolution of facultative strategies that incorporate both sexual and asexual reproduction.

I use the facultatively parthenogenetic spiny leaf stick insect (Extatosoma tiaratum) and Hurricane Larry stick insect (Sipyloidea larryi) as model organisms to investigate these ideas empirically, and individual-based modelling to generate new theory.