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Behaviour, Evolutionary Ecology & Physiology  (BEEP LAB)


Lecturer in Biological Sciences

(Career Development Fellowship)

School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences (SEALS)
Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
University of Wollongong NSW 2522 Australia 



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cfriesen at uow dot edu dot au

PhD in Zoology, Oregon State University, 2013
BSc in Zoology w/ Chemistry minor, Summa Cum Laude, Oregon State University, 2006

BSc in Philosophy, Summa Cum Laude, Oregon State University, 2006

     Our research questions are inspired by the awe and curiosity engendered by the natural variation in the world and by watching animals do what they do.


Charles Darwin captured this sense of awe in writing: 

     "There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved. ―On the Origin of Species (1859)    

     Our research program integrates lab and field-based behavioural ecology to understand the evolutionary processes that generate and maintain sexually dimorphic and intrasexual polymorphic behaviour, physiology, and morphology (biological function) across the landscape.

Lizard work Oct 2018_ Strzelecki Desert Montecollina bore SA _male painted dragon without


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