Nate is a Professor of Evolutionary Biology in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences. Since co-founding the Molecular Ecology, Evolution, and Phylogenetics Lab in 2011, he has supervised more than 20 Honours and PhD research students.

Prior to joining the University of Sydney, Nate was Biodiversity Research Initiative Leader at the Australian Museum (2008–2009) and an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Sydney (2004–2007). Nate also held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Milan (Italy; 2003–2004) and the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences (Tsukuba, Japan; 2001–2003).

Key factors behind the success of arthropods are the complex interactions they have with microbes, and – in the case of social insects – with each other. Nate uses a combination of molecular, genetic, and bioinformatic tools to investigate these interactions, across various temporal scales. He has a general interest in the evolution of arthropods and studies a variety of beasties, including three of humanity’s favourites: termites, cockroaches, and ticks.

Further details can be found on Nate’s University Profile Page.


Nate has published more than 120 scientific articles, with more than 9000 citations. A list of these publications is available on Google Scholar.