THE TEAM

Current Collaborators

A Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO’s Land and Water Flagship and an Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Western Australia, Bruce explores the effect of rapid global change on plant-resource allocation and plant-ecosystem interactions. Together, we run a long-term project on the impacts of invasive weeds on nesting sites of crocodiles in the Kimberley.

Bruce Webber

Kate is a Postdoctoral Researcher with a main focus on the evolution and conservation of viviparous sea snakes. Together, we are collaborating on a project on endangered sea snakes in the Kimberley coast of northwestern Australia with a main focus of locating additional populations through ecological niche modelling.

Kate Sanders

The Robert F. Griggs Assistant Professor of Biology, Alex specializes on macroevolution and macroecology of herpetofauna. Our collaboration started in 2011 and focus on phylogenetics and systematics of Sri Lankan reptiles.

Alex Pyron

Bill is a behavioural ecologist at Curtin University with current research focusses on sexual selection and sperm competition, urban wildlife, and vigilance and escape behaviour in animals. He heads the ‘Curtin University Behavioural Ecology' (CUBE) group. Together we supervise three postgraduate students on various topics on herpetology.

Bill Bateman

Anslem is one of the most senior herpetologists in the South Asian region, the Co-Chair of the Amphibian Specialists Group IUCN/SSC Sri Lanka, Chair of DAPTF/IUCN/SSC Sri Lanka working group, and founder of the Amphibian and Reptile Research Organization of Sri Lanka (ARROS). Our friendship goes back over 20 years and we have been regularly collaborating in projects on Sri Lankan reptiles, especially crocodilians.  

Anslem de Silva

An Associate Professor at Macquarie University, Martin is a behavioral ecologist specializing in communication, sexual selection and cognition in lizards. Funded by the National Geographic Society, our work together looks at ornamentation and signaling of horn lizards in Sri Lanka.

Martin Whiting

Postgraduate Students

James' PhD at Curtin University (co-supervised by Bill Bateman, Stephanie Godfrey, Mike Gardner and me) investigates aspects of social interactions, networking and adaptive ecology in the King's Skink in repose to varying predation risk.

James Barr

Tom investigates the natural history of ‘nuisance’ call-out snakes in suburban Darwin by collecting data on seasonal activity patterns, body sizes, reproduction, sexual dimorphism and food habits. His Master’s degree research at Curtin University is co-supervised by Bill Bateman, Graeme Gillespie and me.

Tom Parkins

Over the next three years, Damian will be researching the impact of urbanisation on Tiger Snakes in wetlands of Perth and its surrounds. The research will measure if and how environmental degradation through urbanisation and pollution renders wetland vertebrates more susceptible to disease and parasites, by identifying the difference in tiger snake population health and ecology across an urban gradient.

Damian Lettoof

In 2011, Francine completed her Master’s degree research in Applied Sciences (Wildlife Health and Population Management) at the University of Sydney. Her field project ‘Implications of extreme flooding for oviposition and post‐hatchling survival of freshwater crocodiles in a lentic system’ was conducted at Lake Argyle and co-supervised by Mathew Crowther and me.

Francine James

In 2017, Tess completed her Master's project at University of Melbourne (co-supervised by Devi Stuart-Fox) on a  comparative study on the evolution of colour change in Agamid lizards of Southern Asia. She collaborated with a large pool of regional herpetologists on an online survey and also  conducted field work in India.

Tess McLaren

n 2011 Emma conducted a short-term study on the nesting sites of crocodiles at Lake Argyle as a part of her Honours research project.

Emma Dann

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