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Dale Roberts

Emeritus Professor, BSc PhD Adel.

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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Personal profile

Biography

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
Speciation
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.

Research

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

Languages

English

Research expertise keywords

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

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