Dr Tara-Lyn Camilleri

Research Interests

My pronouns are she/her


I am an evolutionary biologist/ecologist generally interested in how changing ecological conditions of parents can affect the life history of their offspring. My PhD work at Monash University explored how the interacting effects of maternal and paternal diets can shape offspring lifespan, reproduction, and health. To do this, I used the humble fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, an excellent model organism that allows multi-generational experiments in a relatively short time. My PhD studies highlight how important both parents’ and grandparents’ nutrition is to offspring and grand offspring lifespan and reproductive output. Now, as a Postdoctoral researcher I am working to uncover the consequences of paternal age and diet on offspring life history. I am also interested in the cross-generational effects of parental age and diet on olfactory learning. In future, I would like to incorporate the study of sexual selection into my transgenerational work. I would also like to work with other organisms to investigate whether some of the cross-generational effects I have found in Drosophila are generalizable to other species.

Please reach out if you are interested in working with me. I am always willing to assist students.