Yuxuan Zhao

Yuxuan Zhao

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

"Black Boxes and Holes", is how I picture the evolution of organisms. Picture black boxes placed within a larger black box (in a Matryoshka doll style) with lights shining through the holes to the inside of the boxes.
Evolutionary biologists exploit various means/proxies to try to decipher the complex evolution history (Black Boxes) based on observational and theoretical evidence. Such inferences based on evidence can sometimes be biased or circumstantial (holes on the Black Boxes), and this is exactly why evolutionary biology is still developing fast, using different study systems of animals.
One such animal system is the Australian Water Beetles Underground and Aboveground Fauna, representing the most diverse underground beetle fauna in the world. My research is on the evolution history of these beetles, using various means (morphology/phylogenetics/behaviours/chemistry) to investigate the behavioural ecology of these holometabolous animals.

  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
    English Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2023 - 2027 the University of Adelaide Australia PhD student in Biology
    2022 - 2023 the University of Adelaide Australia Honours degree of BSc (First-Class) Major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    2018 - 2021 the University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (advanced) Major in Ecology and Spatial Science

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