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Megan Head

Megan L. Head is a research scientist at the Australian National University.

Born and raised in Canberra, I moved to James Cook University to begin my undergrad in marine biology. During my degree I quickly realised that my passion lay in understanding biodiversity, so I moved to the ANU where I completed my degree with a focus on ecology and evolution. I conducted my honors with Prof Scott Keogh on chemical communication in water skinks. I then moved to the University of New South Wales to conduct my Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof Rob Brooks looking at the evolutionary consequences of the costs of mate choice. After my Ph.D., I spent two years at the University of Wisconsin investigating the role of sexual selection in speciation of three-spine sticklebacks. During this time I got to spend considerable time in the field on an island off the coast of British Columbia - what a beautiful place! After my time in the states I then spent 6 years as a post-doc in the UK - there, I worked on a range of animals and questions including maternal effects in dung beetles at QMUL, nesting behavior in sticklebacks at Uni of Leicester, and the evolution of parental care in Burying beetles at the University of Exeter. In 2013 I moved back to Australia and the ANU to take up a post-doc with Prof Michael Jennions, looking at all things mosquitofish and reproducibility in science. In 2017 I took up an ARC Future Fellowship to investigate how sexually transmitted infection influence the evolution of mating behavior.

The Case For Accurate Reporting Of “Nonsignificant” Results

Empirical research based on experiments and data analysis requires an objective measure of the pre-experimental difference between treatment groups. The common way to measure such a difference is to use P-values. They are the outcome of statistical tests based on […]