Professor Rick Shine recognised by lifetime achievement award

17 May 2010

Professor Rick Shine, from the School of Biological Sciences, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award at the Australian Frog and Reptile Show, for decades of internationally acclaimed research in reptile evolution and ecology.

Professor Shine is the first person to be given the Lifetime Achievement award, which was presented with two other awards at an inaugural prize ceremony held on Friday 30 April.

The prize ceremony, which ran as part of the 2010 Australian Herpetologists Dinner, was created to recognise people who have contributed to the Australian herpetological industry over the last year, with a special award for lifetime contribution.

The recipients of the other prizes were John Weigel, who won the Special Contribution to Australian Herpetology award for his rough-scaled python project, and Ultimate Reptile Suppliers who won the People's Choice Award for being the first Australian business to provide Australian reptile products for Australian conditions.

Professor Shine is a Federation Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences and recipient of the 2006 Eureka Prize for Biodiversity Research and the prestigious 2008 Macfarlane Burnet Medal and Lecture for excellence in biological research.

Since joining the School in 1978, Professor Shine has made a huge contribution to research in the field of evolution and ecology, particularly of frogs and reptiles. Over the last 10 years, he has attracted almost $5 million in funding for research into topics such as the seasonal impacts of breeding in tropical snakes, evolutionary ecology in snakes and lizards, snake conservation and the impact of toxic prey such as cane toads.

An enduring area of his research focuses on a site in the wet dry tropics at Fogg Dam, just outside Darwin. For nearly 15 years Professor Shine and his collaborators and students have marked pythons, non-venomous keelback and slatey-grey snakes to examine the impact of weather patterns on the abundance of prey.

In recent years, Professor Shine's work has shifted to focus on the biology, impact and control of the cane toad. His research in this area has featured in many media stories in both national and international outlets, and led to him being named as one of Sydney's 100 most influential people, by the Sydney Morning Herald's the(sydney)magazine.

Read more about Professor Shine's research here

Read more about the 2010 Australian Frog & Reptile Show produced by the Wild Australia Expo here

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