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Dale Roberts

Emeritus Professor, BSc PhD Adel.

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

    6009 Perth


  • 2255 Citations
  • 29 h-Index
1993 …2019
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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
Animal acoustics

Ph D supervision: 23 Ph D completions, 6 current students, 3 in negotiation

Honours Supervision: 2 current students working on sperm competition, and, bird acoustics

Future research

Biogeography - southwestern Australia

Evolution of frog calls: Myobatrachidae and Limnodynastidae

Sperm competition: Crinia georgiana

Genetics and mine site rehabilitation

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: 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

Managing genetic diversity and evolutionary processes in foundation species for landscape
restoration in the Midwest of Western Australia. With M Byrne, D Coates & M Millar (DEC, WA), ARC Linkage $300,000 (2012-2014).

South-west biogeography: origins of diversity in a biodiversity hotspot. Review article with Michael Rix (WA Museum), Dan Edwards (Yale), Margaret Byrne (DEC, WA), Leo Joseph (CSIRO).

Evolution of myobatrachid frogs: systematics, call, collur, shape & life history evolution, with Scott Keogh (ANU) and Phil Byrne (Wollongong)

Industrial relevance

Strong links with Department of Environment & Conservation, WA (Margaret Byrne, David Coates,Melissa Millar) and Western Australian Museum (Paul Doughty). Links through DEC to Cliffs Mining and Karara Mining

Teaching overview

Specialist lectures in: Behavioural Ecology, Evolutionary Processes and Wildlife Management

Postgraduate supervision: completed 20 Ph D, 3 M Sc, under examination revision 2 Ph D, current students 4.


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




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

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Research Output 1993 2019

life history trait
semiarid region
Western Australia
genetic structure
life history
marine fish
tropical fish
indigenous species
1 Citation (Scopus)

Frog survival and population viability in an agricultural landscape with a drying climate

Davis, R. A., Lohr, C. A. & Roberts, J. D., Jan 2019, In : Population Ecology. 61, 1, p. 102-112 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

marine fish
latitudinal gradient

Male semelparity and multiple paternity confirmed in an arid-zone dasyurid

Hayes, G. L. T., Simmons, L. W., Dugand, R. J., Mills, H. R., Roberts, J. D., Tomkins, J. L. & Fisher, D. O., 21 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Zoology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

arid zones
litters (young animals)

Projects 1996 2015