Dr Candice Bywater

Laboratory Manager

yosemitehole_candice_croppedCandice has been studying and working within the broad field of biology since 2003 and obtained a Bachelor of Marine Studies with honours, majoring in marine biology and ecology from the University of Queensland in 2006. Her honours thesis examined the relationship between morphology, performance and social dominance the Australian freshwater crayfish, Cherax dispar. Candice continued as a graduate student at the University of Queensland under A/Prof Robbie Wilson and was awarded her PhD in 2013 in the field of Physiological Ecology. Her research focussed on the physiology and behaviour of the two-toned fiddler crab, Uca vomeris, and slender crayfish, C. dispar; empirically investigating factors that govern the development and propagation of unreliable signals of strength using the extravagant visual signals of crustaceans.

As part of her PhD, Candice was hosted by Dr Eric McElroy at the Grice Marine Laboratories, College of Charleston, South Carolina to research the physiology and social behaviour of blue crab species, Callinectes sp. and she also travelled to the National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC where she completed a phylogenetic comparative study on the Smithsonian Collection of fiddler crabs.

From 2012-2014 Candice worked as a research assistant at the University of Melbourne under Dr Michael Kearney. This project, in collaboration with the Evolutionary Physiology Lab at UQ, explored metabolic theories of scaling in Australian skinks and investigated the effects of body size and dietary restriction on metabolic rate.

Candice joined the Evolutionary Physiology Lab in 2015 and is currently the Laboratory Manager of the group. In addition to her admin duties, Candice is investigating the effects of social dominance on dietary preference and metabolic rate in the speckled
Nauphoeta cinerea
. The research aims to quantify the effect of social status on the regulation of specific macronutrients (protein and carbohydrates) using the geometric framework.

Email: candice.bywater@monash.edu

Web: ResearchGate


  1. Bywater, C.L., Seebacher, F. and Wilson, R.S. (2015) Building a dishonest signal: the functional basis of unreliable signals of strength in males of the two-toned fiddler crab, Uca vomeris. Journal of Experimental Biology 218: 3077-3082
  2. Bywater, C.L., White, C.R. and Wilson, R.S. (2014) Metabolic incentives for dishonest signals of strength in the fiddler crab, Uca vomeris. Journal of Experimental Biology 217: 2848-2850
  3. Bywater, C.L. and Wilson, R.S. (2012) Is honesty the best policy? Testing signal reliability in fiddler crabs when receiver-dependent costs are. Functional Ecology 26: 804-811
  4. David, G.K., Condon, C.H., Bywater, C.L., Ortiz-Barrientos D. and Wilson, R.S. (2011) Receivers limit the prevalence of deception in humans: evidence from diving behaviour in soccer players. PLoS One 6: e26017
  5. Wilson, R.S., James, R.S., Bywater, C.L. and Seebacher, F. (2009) Costs and benefits of increased weapon size differ between sexes of the slender crayfish, Cherax dispar. Journal of Experimental Biology 212: 853-858
  6. Bywater, C.L., Angilletta, M.J. and Wilson, R.S. (2008) Weapon size is a reliable indicator of strength and social dominance in female slender crayfish (Cherax dispar). Functional Ecology 22: 311-316