About Me


Practicing the art of lizard fishing. Victory Downs Station, Northern Territory, 2012. Photo by Angus Kennedy.

Practicing the art of lizard fishing. Victory Downs Station, Northern Territory, 2012. Photo by Angus Kennedy.

I am currently working as a postdoctoral fellow under the supervision of Dr. Cecilia Flores in psychiatry at McGill University. I'm not based at either of the McGIll campuses, however, but instead at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre located in the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. Despite working in a psychiatric department located in a psychiatric hospital, my main interests are in basic, rather than applied, neuroscience. I want to know how physiological processes result in complex cognition, emotion, personality and the like. And I want to know how and why these functions evolved.

I did my PhD at The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia on lizard brain anatomy and evolution under the supervision of Prof. Scott Keogh.  I was co-supervised by Assoc. Prof. Martin Whiting at Macquarie University in Sydney. My thesis was titled "Structure and Evolution of Dragon Brains" and can be viewed for free here.

I completed my undergraduate degree at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.  I was passionate about both neuroscience and animal biology throughout my degree and I ended up graduating with majors in both neuroscience and biology.

In my spare time I grow an edible garden on my balcony, watch wild birds and mammals and seek out the rare and unusual ones, scour nooks and crannies for wild reptiles and amphibians, and generally try to embrace my wanderlust as much as possible. It's a nice respite from my windowless office.

My CV, current as of July 2017, is here. My Publons account, where you can find out about my contributions as a reviewer, is here.