The Brookes Research Group is a multi-disciplinary group that undertakes research to support best-practice teaching and enhancing learning outcomes. 

A complete overview of my research can be seen by visiting here

Current Projects

We are currently exploring projects on leadership in science education, enhancing employability skills and the use of educational technology in science. 


PhD student position available

An opportunity is available for a PhD student to join my research group in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia. We are seeking a creative and motivated students who wishes to carry out original research on undergraduate science education and developing 21st Century capabilities.

Individuals with a background in science and/or education or a related field are invited to apply. Specific projects are flexible, potentially interdisciplinary, and include opportunities to carry out new research in theoretical, experimental, or computational evolutionary biology. Specific research plans will be developed in collaboration with each successful candidate, and tailored to match their individual interests and strengths.

Successful candidates will be fully funded for 3.5 years, for full time research, and with no teaching requirements. The annual stipend is approximately $25,000 AUD, tax-free, and additional expenses for research, coursework, and conference attendance (once per year) will also be covered. Both Australian/NZ domestic and international students are eligible to apply. Domestic candidates will be invited to apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award, and if successful, will be awarded an annual tax-free stipend of approximately $25,000 AUD.  Top ranked candidates receive a top-up scholarship of $5000 and students moving interstate or from NZ are eligible for a one-off moving scholarship of $3000. All Monash PhD students also receive approximately $3,000 worth of travel funds to attend conferences during their degree.

Monash University is a member of Australia’s Group of Eight coalition, and is internationally recognized for excellence in research and teaching. The School of Biological Sciences is home to a collegial and interdisciplinary research environment, with strengths in ecology, genetics and evolutionary biology. The Monash doctoral program includes additional training opportunities beyond the research program that enhance employability post degree.  Monash is located in Melbourne, one of the most liveable cities in the world and a cultural and recreational hub.

To apply, please send a CV, academic transcript, and a brief outline of research interests and goals to Informal inquiries are also welcome at the same address. Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree with first-class honours, or a master’s degree. Review of applications will begin immediately, and short-listed candidates will be contacted to set up phone/Skype interviews. 


Laura Wilson, BSC(Hons) Candidate


Laura completed her honours during 2016, after completing a major in biology. She explored science student attitudes of group work in undergraduate science with the aim of enhancing employability of science graduates.  This project was in collaboration with Dr Susie Ho.



Zara supported our projects on 'developing team work skills in undergraduate science students' and 'Fostering scientists as global citizens through international student internships'.  She has a PhD in Geophysics from Monash University. Zara has spent three years sharing her boundless curiosity and love of science with high school students in Melbourne's outer east and learnt to fly planes! She is now exploring some cool science education projects involving planes and science outreach.



Dr Marianne Hicks

Dr Hicks was a senior research assistant in our group during 2014.  She investigated the use of a narrative based approach for conveying scientific concepts in an online platform. Marianne has a PhD in history from Monash University and has extensive experience as an education designer. She has now gone on to inspiring young minds as a high school history teacher.

While she worked with us she published the following work:

More than an overseas experience: rethinking global citizenship teaching in The Australian

Hicks, M., Tham, M & Brookes R.H 'Exploring the function of online narratives to develop critical thinking and localisation of knowledge in an international science program'. British Journal of Educational Technology


Melissa Tham


Melissa Tham worked with us as a research assistant supporting several research projects. Melissa gained her honours degree in Education at Monash University.  She has now started her PhD at Monash University in the Faculty of Education.


While she worked with us she contributed to the following research: 

Ho, S.S., Wong, B., Tham., M & Brookes, R.H. 'Science undergraduates are motivated to undertake leadership training to enhance employablity and impact'International Journal of Innovation in Science and Maths Education, 24 (3), 71-83