I am a PhD student at Vera Weisbecker's Morphological Evo-Devo Group in The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia working on marsupial brain evolution.
I have a broad interest in evolutionary biology, and more specifically in neuroecology, comparative neuroanatomy and animal behaviour and cognition. My background is in Cognitive Science and Animal Behaviour and currently I am interested in phylogenetic comparative methods and their application in topics related to phenotypic evolution, with emphasise on brains and behaviour.
Marsupial Brain Evolution
My current PhD project focuses on exploring, describing and quantifying the neuronal morphology of the marsupial brain. I am employing several histological techniques in combination with state of the art phylogenetic comparative methods to delve into the processes that shape brain morphology evolution.
Todorov Orlin S., Blomberg Simone P., Goswami Anjali, Sears Karen, Drhlík Patrik, Peters James and Weisbecker Vera (2021) Testing hypotheses of marsupial brain size variation using phylogenetic multiple imputations and a Bayesian comparative framework Proc. R. Soc. B.2882021039420210394
Proulx, M. J., Brown, D. J., Lloyd-Esenkaya, T., Leveson, J. B., Todorov, O. S., Watson, S. H., & de Sousa, A. A. (2020). Visual-to-auditory sensory substitution alters language asymmetry in both sighted novices and experienced visually impaired users. Applied ergonomics, 85, 103072.
Milham, M., Petkov, C. I., Margulies, D. S., Schroeder, C. E., Basso, M. A., Belin, P., Todorov, OS, ... & Zarco, W. (2020). Accelerating the evolution of nonhuman primate neuroimaging. Neuron, 105(4), 600-603.
Todorov, O. S., Weisbecker, V., Gilissen, E., Zilles, K., & de Sousa, A. A. (2019). Primate hippocampus size and organization are predicted by sociality but not diet. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 286(1914), 20191712.
Todorov O.S., de Sousa A.A. (2018) Evolution of the Occipital Lobe. In: Bruner E., Ogihara N., Tanabe H. (eds) Digital Endocasts. Replacement of Neanderthals by Modern Humans Series. Springer, Tokyo
Proulx MJ, Todorov OS, Taylor Aiken A and de Sousa AA (2016) Where am I? Who am I? The Relation Between Spatial Cognition, Social Cognition and Individual Differences in the Built Environment. Front. Psychol. 7:64. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00064
Is human brain organisation economical
Primate hippocampal size and organisation are predicted by sociality but not diet
89th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA)
The cellular structure of mammalian cognition: Comparative neuronal morphology of the marsupial brain
64th annual meeting of the Australian Mammals Society, Brisbane, Australia
The social brain hypothesis and the hippocampus
7th Annual European Society for the Study of Human Evolution, Leiden, The Netherlands – with Anna van Oosterzee and Dr. Alexandra de Sousa
Laterality of sensory substitution
North Sea Laterality Meeting, Groningen, The Netherlands
Tools and work related
Conference list (updated annually):
Ecology and evolution conferences 2021-2022 list
Reading and writing:
10 Quite Useful Tools for Academics
100 articles every ecologist should read from Nature Ecology & Evolution
Guide to Reproducible Code in Ecology and Evolution by British Ecological Society
The 5 pivotal paragraphs in a paper by Brian McGill
How to write a first-class paper - Nature
Evolutionary comparative methods:
Plotting methods for comparative data and phylogenies - by Liam Revell
Phytools Macroevolution Workshop 2018 - Course led by Liam Revell 26-29 June 2018
TimeTree - Generate phylogenetic trees based on thousands of published studies
10k Trees - Bayesian inference of primate, odd-toed and even-toed ungulates, carnivorans and cetaceans phylogeny
PhyloPic - Free silhouette images of animals, plants, and other life forms, available for reuse
performance - Utilities for computing measures to assess model quality
Phylogenetic comparative methods:
evomap - Evolutionary mapping of continuous traits
mulTree - Performs MCMCglmm On Multiple Phylogenetic Trees
phyloMICE - extension of MICE to include phylogenetic predictive means matching
phytools -Phylogenetic tools for comparative biology (and other things)
gt - Create beautiful tables within R
Joyplots/Ridgeline - Create Joy Division inspired plots
Research networks, labs and institutes
QBI Histology and Microscopy - The University of Queensland
The Reader Lab - Innovation and Social Learning, McGill University
Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences
ENBER - European Network for Brain Evolution Research
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Cornell University