Rob Brooks is the Grand Challenges Academic Lead. He is designing and bringing to life a program to lead debate and inform policy concerning the complex challenges of the 21st Century. The Scientia Professor also directs UNSW’s Evolution and Ecology Research Centre.
Brooks describes himself as ‘an evolutionary biologist who thinks about sex for a living’. He and his research group study how sex shapes the lives of humans and other animals, including mate choice, the biology of ageing, and the links between sex, diet, obesity and death.
He has won prizes for both his research and his writing, including Sex, Genes & Rock 'n' Roll: How Evolution has Shaped the Modern World, and has become an advocate of evolutionary research as a means of better understanding both nature and the human condition.
We asked Rob Brooks: