My research investigates the role of natural and sexual selection in the evolution of diverse adaptations, in the context of animal mating and social behaviour. A current focus is on chemical communication and the selection pressures favouring the evolution of the diversity of insect antennal morphology.
Current appointments:2018 Member, World Economic Forum Expert Network, World Economic Forum, Switzerland 2014 – Field Chief Editor, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (Frontiers)2005 – Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Ethology (Japan Ethological Society | Springer)
2018 – 2019 Domain Leader (Ecology & Evolution), School of BioSciences, University of Melbourne
2013 – 2016 Member, College of Experts, Australian Research Council
2007 – 2011 Editor-in-Chief, Australian Journal of Zoology (CSIRO Publishing)
2006 – 2011 Editor-in-Chief, Behavioral Ecology (ISBE | Oxford University Press)
2006 – 2009 Associate Dean (Graduate Programs), Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne2004 – 2007 Elected Member, University Council, University of Melbourne
2003 – 2011 Member, Board of Standards, CSIRO Publishing
2003 – 2006 Assistant Dean (Equal Opportunity), Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne
1998 Professeur Visité, Laboratoire d'écologie, Université Pierre-et-Marie Curie, Paris, France 1994 – 2016 Associate Editor, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (Springer)
1989 – 1990 Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellow, School of Biological Science, University of NSW1989, 1993 Visiting Research Fellow, Christensen Research Institute, Madang, Papua New Guinea
1987 – 1989 University Research Fellow, School of Biological Science, University of New South Wales
1985 – 1987 Science & Engineering Research Fellow, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford
1982 – 1985 Research Scholar, Christ's College, Cambridge
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Insect Antennal Morphology: The Evolution of Diverse Solutions to Odorant Perception
Mark A Elgar, Dong Zhang, Qike Wang, Bernadette Wittwer, Thi Pham Hieu, Tamara L Johnson, Christopher B Freelance, Marianne Coquilleau
Journal article | 2018 | Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine
Chemical communication involves the production, transmission, and perception of odors. Most adult insects rely on chemical signals..
Antennal scales improve signal detection efficiency in moths.
Qike Wang, Yidan Shang, Douglas S Hilton, Kiao Inthavong, Dong Zhang, Mark A Elgar
Journal article | 2018 | Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
The elaborate bipectinate antennae of male moths are thought to increase their sensitivity to female sex pheromones, and so should..
The Golden Rule of Reviewing
Mark A McPeek, Donald L DeAngelis, Ruth G Shaw, Allen J Moore, Mark D Rausher, Donald R Strong, Aaron M Ellison, Louise Barrett, Loren Rieseberg, Michael D Breed, Jack Sullivan, Craig W Osenberg, Marcel Holyoak, Mark A Elgar
Journal article | 2009 | The American Naturalist
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Pearson Education UniServe Science Teaching Award
Australasian Evolution Society
International Ethological Congress
International Society for Behavioral Ecology
Entomological Society of Australia
Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour
Australasian Arachnological Society
Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Cambridge
Bachelor of Science (Honours)