Media & Engagement


Scientific American

Promiscuous men, chaste women and other gender myths (with Cordelia Fine)

Pursuit (University of Melbourne)

Genes don’t always dictate that ‘boys will be boys’

The Conversation

Curious Kids: Why do humans not have fur like chimpanzees and gorillas?

Maternal instinct and biology: evolution ensures we want sex not babies

What are the attributes needed to be a successful sporting leader?

Contagious yawns show social ties in humans and bonobos

Male desire for young women doesn't drive menopause

Fossil suggests giant ancient camels roamed Canada’s Arctic north

Aggression, danger, love, taste: what red does to your head

Shave tight? Don’t let the bed bugs bite

Peer Review: Sex, Genes & Rock 'n' Roll

Sex: why do we bother?


Ant antennae key to sorting friend from foe

Ant communication confused by perfume

TV and Radio

SBS television - Insight 'Child Free' August 18, 2015, read more here

ABC Radio National - Body Hair: follicular follies, January 20, 2013


Chemical Communication in Insects recorded seminar, La Trobe University

Something in the air: Chemical communication via pheromones Up Close, University of Melbourne

A Science Story – The House of Darwin Life Science, Lateral Magazine


Elgar MA (2010) Editorial. Behavioral Ecology 21: 1

Elgar MA (2009) Darwin’s legacy down under. Nature 461: 732

McPeek MA, DeAngelis DL, Shaw RG, Moore AJ, Rausher MD, Strong DR, Ellison AM, Barrett L, Rieseberg L, Breed MD, Sullivan J, Osenberg CW, Holyoak M, Elgar MA (2009) The golden rule of reviewing. American Naturalist 173, E155–E158

Elgar MA (2000) Science in culture: a window on the future. Nature 408, 292

Elgar MA, Clode D (2000) Science, population genetics and conservation. Australian Biologist 13: 56–58

Elgar MA (1998) Last word: conservation myths. Nature Australia 26, 80

Elgar MA (1990) Trials of Life by D. Attenborough, BBC Publications, London. Sydney Morning Herald 8.xii.1990

Elgar MA, Crozier RH (1988) The Blind Watchmaker by R. Dawkins, Longman. Quadrant 32, 61–62.

Massive Open Access Online Courses

Animal Behaviour (Coursera) - co-taught with Prof Raoul Mulder (Melbourne)