The lab is committed to equity and diversity, and to provide high quality learning and research support to achieve academic success. Life in academia can be challenging and we try our best to help students and tailor the level and type of support needed for each student to succeed and develop as an individual scientist (see resources below). This also depends on the nature of the research project (lab vs field-based).

Academic success originates from commitments of both parties (the supervisor and the postgrad student) and therefore requires dedication, motivation and independence from all members. The lab is also committed to team work and thus supporting each other’s projects and academic success. Another critical facet to success is open and honest communication by supervisor and student, so we strive to communicate clearly and effectively, and provide honest, constructive feedback to improve research quality.

Over the years, myself and past research alumni and postgrad students have drawn up lab guidelines to help new students’ integration and success in the lab. The guidelines include points on best practices in science (notebooks, backups, accuracy, ethics, integrity and reproducibility), code of conduct pointers, as well as how to achieve a happy journey during postgraduate studies (e.g. collaborations, seminars, journal club, time-management and daily work routines). We also strive to encourage a healthy ‘work-life’ balance and to have fun while doing top quality research! Of course, these guidelines sometimes need to change as we go along and new challenges (like pandemics) arise and it is therefore a constant work-in-progress!

For more guidelines on postgraduate life, you can check numerous blogs but here are some of my favourites:

If you have personal challenges, reach out as soon as possible and seek help. See SU Resources below and other interesting links.


We highly promote working in the R environment and maintaining a spirit of collaboration and sharing of code as much as possible so that we help each other with programming and best practices.

Useful R links:

Writing tips:


We have all sorts of ecophysiology equipment and maintenance rooms for lizards and insects. Some examples: respirometry set-ups (vCO2 and vH2O), temperature-controlled incubators and climate rooms, water baths, thermal gradients, spectroreflectometer, IR camera, weather stations, copper models.