Dale Roberts

Dale Roberts

Emeritus Professor, BSc PhD Adel.

  • The University of Western Australia (M701), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


B Sc Honours, Ph D - Zoology, Univesity of Adelaide
Employed: Murray Park CAE, 1976-1977
University of Western Australia: 1978 - current
Inaugural Head, School of Animal Biology, University of Western Australia, 2001-2006
Editorial Board: Animal Behaviour, 2004-2006

Roles and responsibilities

Emeritus Professor & Senior Honorary Research Fellow - University of Western Australia

Frog biology
Conservation biology

Biogeography - Australia

Ph D supervision: 32 Ph D completions, 1 current student

Future research

Retired, involved with Frog ID, citizen science program, Australian Museum Sydney

Funding overview

ARC Discovery: 2013-2015, $368,000. L Simmons (University of Western Australia) & JD Roberts,Testing new theoretical models of sperm allocation: does competition for mates compromise male fertility?
ARC Linkage:

ARC Linkage: $300,000, 2012-2014. Managing genetic diversity and evolutionary processes in foundation species for landscape restoration in the Midwest of Western Australia, with M Byrne & D Coates, Department of Environment & Conservation, Western Australia

Australian Department of Environment: $25,000 Review of the Conservation Status of Australian frogs

Previous positions

Senior Tutor: 1978
Lecturer: 1987
Senior lecturer: 1993
Associate Professor:2000
Winthrop Professor: 2006

Current projects

Retired trying to wind down my career

Research interests

Frog taxonomy, Western Australian Museum (Paul Doughty). Australian Museum, Sydney - FrogID program (Jodi Rowley), Australian frog calls 

Teaching overview

Retired - no teaching.  Co-supervising one Ph D student - my last


Biogeography & speciation: Australia - particularly south-western Australia
Anuran biology: frogs
Sexual selection and sperm competition: polyandrous mating systems
Animal acoustics
Conservation and restoration biology



Research expertise keywords

  • Amphibian biology
  • Speciation and biogeography
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Conservation biology
  • Evolutionary biology


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