Dr Simon Tierney
I am an Evolutionary Ecologist interested in transitions in animal behaviour. I use molecular tool-kits to understand the interplay between whole organisms, their environment and their genes, with a focus on the evolution of insect social organisation and photic niche shifts. My PhD investigated allodapine bees that can switch between solitary and social lifestyles, and I then undertook a series of postdocs exploring neotropical halictine bees that are similarly social, but unusual in their habit of obligate nocturnal foraging. This latter research program developed a parallel interest in vision and my current postdoctoral research involves projects that use high-throughput sequencing to explore the regressive evolution of eye genes in subterranean water beetles; in addition to projects on differential gene expression between queen vs. worker castes and social parasites vs. their hosts (allodapine bees). I have considerable field experience in Australia, the Americas, Africa and Asia.
✓ Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) — email supervisor to discuss availability.
Behaviour, Ecology, Natural History, Vision, Molecular Evolution, Systematics, Biogeography.
ABC, Radio National, 28 January 2015.
RN Afternoons, live interview with Michael Mackenzie – “Blind beetles”
Science Magazine, ScienceNow – news from Science, 26 July 2011
ScienceShot: A buzz in the dark
ABC, Science Online - Ask an Expert, 18 March 2015
How does evolution explain animals losing vision? Doug Futuyma & Simon Tierney
The Conversation, Science + Technology, 5 February 2015
What blind beetles can teach us about evolution - Simon Tierney (invited contribution)
Entomology Today, Entomological Society of America, 30 January 2015.
Blind Cave Beetles Lack Eyes but Still Have Sight Genes
|2015||Lecturer B||University of Adelaide|
|2013||Postdoctoral Fellow||University of Adelaide|
|2005 - 2011||Postdoctoral Fellow||Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute|
|English||Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review|
|Spanish; Castilian||Can read, write, speak and understand spoken|
|2000 - 2005||Flinders University||Australia||PhD|
|1994 - 1994||Flinders University||Australia||Honours|
|1991 - 1993||Flinders University||Australia||BA|
|2009||Wcislo, W. T., & Tierney, S. M. (2009). The evolution of communal behavior in bees and wasps: an alternative to eusociality. In J. Gadau, & J. Fewell (Eds.), Organization of insect societies: from genomes to sociocomplexity (pp. 148-169). USA: Harvard University Press.|
|2006||Schwarz, M. P., Tierney, S. M., & Chapman, T. W. (2006). Phylogenetic analyses of life history traits in allodapine bees and social evolution.. In V. E. Kipyatkov (Ed.), Life Cycles of Social Insects: Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution. (pp. 147-155). St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg University Press.|
|1997||Neville, T., Schwarz, M. P., & Tierney, S. M. (1997). Life cycle and sociality in an Australian allodapine bee Exoneura (Exoneurella) setosa.. In V. E. Kipyatkov (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Colloquia on Social Insects: Volume 3-4 (pp. 239-246).|
|1997||Schwarz, M. P., Bull, N. J., Tierney, S. M., Cronin, A. L., & Reyes, S. G. (1997). Social evolution in Hymenoptera - insights from Australian allodapine bees.. In V. E. Kipyatkov (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Colloquia on Social Insects: Volume 3-4. (pp. 11-18). St. Petersburg: Russian Language Section, International Union for the Study of Social Insects; Socium, St. Petersburg.|
|2015||Tierney, S. M. (2015). International Pint of Science Festival 2015 - Adelaide (No. Of Pieces: Two evening events) [Exhibition]. http://pintofscience.com.au/events/adelaide/.|
|2014||Tierney, S. M. (2014). The Bees Knees: The importance of pollinators and their recent decline (No. Of Pieces: Seminar) [Exhibition]. Science in the Pub Adelaide.|
|2015||Tierney, S. M. (2015). What blind beetles can teach us about evolution. The Conversation.|
|Date||Role||Research Topic||Program||Degree Type||Student Load||Student Name|
|2015||Co-Supervisor||Phylogeography and Regressive Evolution of Eye Loss in Subterranean Diving Beetles of Australia||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Ms Barbara Langille|
|2014||Co-Supervisor||Using an integrative taxonomic approach to investigate the systematics and evolution of groundwater-dependant crustaceans of the Australian arid zone||Doctor of Philosophy||Doctorate||Full Time||Danielle Nicole Stringer|