Eunice Jingmei Tan

Science (Environmental Studies)

Assistant Professor


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Dr Eunice Tan graduated with a Life Sciences degree from the National University of Singapore. Her honours project involved studying the paternity of highland moss using microsatellite markers. The project sparked her love for field biology and her Masters’ research studied the functional significance of web decorations of orb-weaving spiders in Yunnan, China and Singapore. For her doctoral research at the University of Melbourne, Dr Tan examined the evolution of colour patterns in Australian chrysomeline leaf beetles using a combination of phylogenetic comparative analyses and field experiments.

Dr Tan’s research interests are in evolutionary and behavioural ecology. She is interested in the contribution of various selection pressures to the evolution of visual signals. Because of continuously improving computational powers, it is possible to analyse large-scale data sets, while taking into account phylogenetic relationships and history. Dr Tan is particularly interested in the evolution of novel traits within broad taxonomic units.

Tan, E. J., Reid, C.A.M., Symonds, M.R.E., Jurado-Rivera, J.A., and Elgar, M.A. (2017). The role of life-history and ecology in the evolution of colour patterns in Australian chrysomeline beetles. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 5, 140.

Tan, E. J., Reid, C.A.M., Elgar, M. A. (2017) Predators, parasites and heterospecific aggregations in chrysomeline larvae. Ethology, 123, 293-306.

Tan, E. J., Reid, C.A.M., Elgar, M. A. (2016) Colour pattern variation affects predation in chrysomeline larvae. Animal Behaviour, 118, 3-10.

Conversano, J., Tan, E. J., van Wilgenburg, E., Elgar, M. A. (2014) Background odour may impair detection of chemical signals for social recognition. Austral Entomology, 53, 432-435.

Tan, E. J., Seah, S. W.H., Yap, L. Y. L., Goh, P. M., Gan, W., Liu, F. and Li, D. (2010) Why do orb-weaving spiders (Cyclosa ginnaga) decorate their webs with silk spirals and plant detritus? Animal Behaviour, 79, 179-186.

Tan, E. J., and Li, D. (2009) Detritus decorations of an orb-weaving spider, Cyclosa mulmeinensis (Thorell): for food or camouflage? The Journal of Experimental Biology, 212, 1832-1839.

Tan, E. J., and Tang, B. L. (2006) Looking for Food: Molecular neuroethology of invertebrate feeding behavior. Ethology, 112, 826-832.

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