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.
- 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"
- 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, Mt Ginini, Brindabella Range, ACT