Hail and welcome to my website!
I'm Amy and I'm a Zoologist-in-training from New Zealand. That means I'm a PhD Candidate in Dr. Anne Gaskett's lab at The University of Auckland. I'm currently in the last 6 months of writing up my thesis, with the help of my co-supervisors James O'Hanlon and Hanna Kokko!
There, I spend my time researching the evolution and consequences of sexual deception. I work primarily on the intriguing and costly relationship between the sexually deceptive Australian and New Zealand Tongue Orchid Cryptostylis, and their pollinator, the Orchid Dupe Wasp.
I don't spend all my time looking at orchids though, I swear! I'm generally interested in the behavioural ecology, evolution and natural history of all sorts of plants and animals. I enjoy drawing cartoon summaries of talks I attend at conferences, which you can find on my twitter. I also like working on computers, and I'm doing some mathematical modelling as part of my thesis. So, I've picked up some skills in MatLab, R and Python, and I've purchased a "Calculus for Dummies" book.
I'm also involved in modelling colour vision, looking at how perception of colour varies between animals. Mostly I have done this work for New Zealand species of birds. I published one paper on seabird vision during my undergrad, and I've got another one on Kea vision hopefully coming soon!
If you have any questions, or just want to get into contact, feel free to email me using the contact form. But I don't like spam, so be prepared to prove you're not a robot!
I think that's it for now, enjoy the website!