Dr Mariella Herberstein (Co-chair)
Professor at Macquarie University
I am gay and a behavioural ecologist. I work on spiders – I look at all aspects of their behaviour, from web-building to sexual cannibalism. I am interested in establishing spiders as significant models in behavioural and evolutionary research, deceptive signals in spiders and orchids, and the mating behaviour and sexual selection in spiders and insects. I combine my research with afternoon tea & scones and Eurovision (www.thescienceofeurovision.website). I have been an ally at Macquarie University, a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and am visible to the students I teach and at the University more broadly.