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



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research expertise keywords

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


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