Dr. Anne Winters
PhD project: "Understanding colour and chemical diversity in nudibranchs"
Australia is home to some of the most exquisitely coloured animals on the planet, many of which are possessors of deadly toxic chemicals. These animals use their bright body patterns to warn predators that they are chemically defended. I am studying the evolution of these visual warning signals using nudibranchs as a model system. I aim to provide unique insights into the way warning signals affect the development of new species and contemporary biodiversity, and how warning signals are maintained in the environment using visual modelling techniques, toxicity assays, and phylogenetic analysis.
Supervisors: Dr. Karen Cheney, Prof. Mary Garson and Dr Simon Blomberg.
2006-2010 BSc Environmentally Biology, University of Southern Mississippi, US
2010-2011 MSc Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology, University of Exeter, UK
Research Interests: Coral reef ecology, behavioural ecology, aposematism
2011 Endeavour Postgraduate Award (PhD)
2013 Advisory Committee Research Scholarship
2013 Australian Geographic Sponsorship
Winters, A. E. and Yee, D. A. (2012), Variation in performance of two co-occurring mosquito species across diverse resource environments: insights from nutrient and stable isotope analyses. Ecological Entomology, 37: 56–64.
Mudianta, I. W., Challinor, V. L., Winters, A. E., Cheney, K. L., De Voss, J. J., & Garson, M. J. (2013). Synthesis and determination of the absolute configuration of (−)-(5R, 6Z)-dendrolasin-5-acetate from the nudibranch Hypselodoris jacksoni. Beilstein journal of organic chemistry, 9(1), 2925-2933.
Winters, A. E., Stevens, M., Mitchell, C., Blomberg, S. P., & Blount, J. D. (2014). Maternal effects and warning signal honesty in eggs and offspring of an aposematic ladybird beetle. Functional Ecology
Cheney, K. L., Cortesi, F., How, M. J., Wilson, N. G., Blomberg, S. P., Winters, A. E., ... & Marshall, N. J. (2014). Conspicuous visual signals do not coevolve with increased body size in marine sea slugs. Journal of Evolutionary Biology.