Shine Lab

Rick Shine

My research concerns the interface between evolution and ecology, particularly in reptiles (snakes and lizards). In recent years, my work increasingly has shifted to focus on major issues in conservation - especially the biology, impact and control of invasive species such as the cane toad. I have worked extensively on evolutionary transitions in life-history traits and on sexually-selected traits. I am also interested in the interplay between different aspects of organismal biology, and how we can translate the results of "academic" research into effective conservation.

Academic Qualifications

  • 1971: BSc. (First Class Honours), Zoology, Australian National University, Canberra. Thesis entitled: "Ecological energetics of the scincid lizard Egernia cunninghami"
  • 1976: PhD. Zoology, University of New England, Armidale. Thesis entitled: "Ecological studies on Australian elapid snakes"
  • 1988: DSc. University of Sydney. Thesis entitled: "The evolution and ecology of snakes and lizards"

Academic Employment

  • 1975-1978: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Utah
  • 1978-1980: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Sydney
  • 1980-1984: Lecturer in Biology, University of Sydney
  • 1985-1987: Senior Lecturer in Biology, University of Sydney
  • 1988-1992: Reader in Biology, University of Sydney
  • 1993-2005: Professor in Evolutionary Biology, University of Sydney (Personal Chair)
  • 2002-2005: Australian Professorial Fellow (research-only position)
  • 2004- : University Chair (specially created, for research excellence)
  • 2006-2010: Federation Fellow (Australian Research Council)
  • 2011-2013: Professor in Biology, University of Sydney (research only)
  • 2013-2018: Laureate Fellow (Australian Research Council)

Catalyst film crew

Catalyst film crew, Mt Ginini, Brindabella Range, ACT