Associate Professor Terry Ord
Field of Research: 
Behaviour and evolution
Contact details:
+61 2 9385 3264
Room 5106, Level 5 West
Biological Sciences South (E26)

UNSW, Kensington 2052



Research & Current Projects

I am an evolutionary ecologist interested in how phylogeny, natural selection and sexual selection contribute to the evolution of behavioural diversity. I combine large-scale phylogenetic comparative analysis across species and targeted experimental study within species to investigate macro- and microevolutionary processes shaping behaviour and other sexually-selected traits.

See Also Behaviour and Evolution Lab


Secrets of high liz-ibility



Dr Georgina Cooke
Australian Meuseum
+61 2 9320 6454

Dr Mattias Hagman
+61 2 9385 2213


Research Students


Danielle Klomp (PhD Candidate) Signal evolution in gliding lizards

Richard Platt (MPhil Candidate) Life history strategies of land fish


Courtney Morgans (MPhil) Natural and sexual selection in land fish



BIOS2011             Evolutionary & Physiological Ecology

BIOS3011             Animal Behaviour



For most recent listing see:Behaviour and Evolution Lab

Clucas B, Ord TJ & Owings DH (2010). Fossils and phylogeny uncover the evolutionary history of a unique predatory-prey system. Journal of Evolution Biology 23: 2197-2211.

Ord TJ, Stamps JA & Losos JB (2010). Adaptation and plasticity of animal communication in fluctuating environments. Evolution 64: 3134-3148.

Ord TJ & Stamps JA (2009). Species identity cues in animal communication. American Naturalist 174: 585-593.

Ord TJ & Stamps JA (2008). Alert signals enhance animal communication in ‘noisy’ environments. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 105: 18830-18835.

Ord TJ (2008). Dawn and dusk ‘chorus’ in visually communicating Jamaican anole lizards. American Naturalist 172: 585-592.

Ord TJ, Peters RA, Clucas B & Stamps JA (2007). Lizards speed up visual displays in noisy motion habitats. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 274: 1057-1062.

Ord TJ & Martins EP (2006). Tracing the origins of signal diversity in anole lizards: phylogenetic approaches to inferring the evolution of complex behaviour. Animal Behaviour 71: 1411-1429.

Ord TJ & Stuart-Fox DM (2006). Ornament evolution in dragon lizards: multiple gains and widespread losses reveal a complex history of evolutionary change. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 19: 797-808.

Martins EP, Ord TJ, Slaven J, Wright JA & Housworth EA (2006). Individual, sex, seasonal and temporal variation in the amount of Sagebrush lizard chemical deposits. Journal of Chemical Ecology 32: 881-893.