Terry Ord
Dr Terry Ord
Role: 
Senior Lecturer
Field of Research: 
Behaviour and evolution
Contact details:
Phone: 
+61 2 9385 3264
Office: 
Room 5106, Level 5 West
Biological Sciences South (E26)

UNSW, Kensington 2052

Research & Current Projects

http://www.eerc.unsw.edu.au/ord/index.html 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

I am an evolutionary ecologist who studies how animals colonise and adapt to new environments and form ecological communities. This includes identifying the ecological factors that instigate shifts in habitat, how current and past selection shape the way species respond to novel conditions, and the contribution of both plastic and evolutionary change to adaptation, and stochastic and deterministic processes that underlie evolution and community formation. My work integrates empirical observation, manipulative field experiments, functional/physiological assays and large-scale phylogenetic comparative approaches. Key model systems include gliding lizards and amphibious fish.

CURRENT PROJECTS

  • The evolution of novel adaptations in Southeast Asian gliding dragons
  • The causes and consequences of colonising novel habitats by amphibious fishes
  • Deterministic and stochastic processes in the formation of ecological communities using field mesocosms
  • Foraging networks, colony formation and ant-aphid coevolution
  • The role of play and aggression on social bonds in macropods

IN THE MEDIA

See: https://www.youtube.com/user/terryjord

Secrets of high liz-ibility

Research Team

CURRENT RESEARCH STUDENTS

Tom Summers (PhD candidate) – Sexual selection and the allometry of animal ornaments

Claire Nelson (MPhil candidate) – Species recognition and other hidden functions of contest displays

PAST RESEARCH STUDENTS AND POSTDOCS

Danielle Klomp (PhD, 2016) – The evolution of ornament diversity: sexual selection and natural selection on the social signals of gliding lizards

Richard Platt (MPhil, 2015) – Life history changes with the colonisation of land by fish

Jack Emblen (Honours, 2014) – Experimental test of island biogeography theory

Courtney Morgans (MPhil, 2013) – Studies of natural selection and sexual selection on an unusual tropical land fish

Dr Mattias Hagman (VC Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012-2015)

Dr Georgina Cooke (Research Associate, 2011-2014)

Teaching

BIOS2011 Evolutionary & Physiological Ecology (Course Coordinator)

BIOS3011 Animal Behaviour (Course Coordinator)

Publications

See http://www.eerc.unsw.edu.au/ord/pubs.html