Lab Leader

Dr John Lesku

Postgraduate students

  • Erika Zaid – Reproductive sleeplessness in antechinus
  • Anne Aulsebrook – Effects of artificial light at night on the circadian rhythms of urban birds (based at The University of Melbourne with Prof Raoul Mulder and Dr Therésa Jones)
  • Michael Kelly – The behavioural and physiological indicators of sleep in sharks (based at The University of Western Australia with Prof Shaun Collin).

Former students

  • Linh Ly  (Honours 2017) - Activity patterns in jellyfish.
  • Shauni Omond (Honours 2016) – Searching for sleep in an evolutionarily simple bilaterian
  • Danielle Eastick (Honours 2014) – The thermoregulatory role of the southern cassowary’s (Casuarius casuarius) casque
  • Michael Kelly (Honours 2014) – Unilateral eye closure as an anti-predator behavior in juvenile saltwater crocodiles (Crocodylus porous)
  • Laura Tieri (Honours 2014) – Absence of local sleep homeostasis-like patterns under isoflurane anaesthesia in the pigeon (Columba livia).

Information for prospective post-docs, post-graduate and honours students

I am interested in talking with prospective undergraduate students who would like to gain research experience (ie, volunteering) or transition to an Honours degree.  Undergraduates that obtained a third year average of 75% and above are encouraged to apply.

I am also interested in talking with prospective PhD students (nationals or internationals).  If you would like to join the Sleep Ecophysiology Group, then please send me an e-mail with a cover letter detailing your interests, experience and career aspirations along with an up-to-date CV.

Lastly, I am very happy to talk with prospective post-doctoral research fellows, but only if you have secured, or will apply, for funding (eg, ARC DECRA).