Position: PhD student
Year: 1997 - 2004
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- Shine, R., andM. Fitzgerald. 1989. Conservation and reproduction of an endangered species: the broad-headed snake,Hoplocephalus bungaroides(Elapidae). Australian Zoologist 25:65-67
- Shine, R., andM. Fitzgerald. 1995. Variation in mating systems and sexual size dimorphism between populations of the Australian python Morelia spilota(Serpentes: Pythonidae). Oecologia 103:490-498
- Shine, R., andM. Fitzgerald. 1996. Large snakes in a mosaic rural landscape: the ecology of carpet pythons, Morelia spilota (Serpentes: Pythonidae) in coastal eastern Australia. Biological Conservation 76:113-122
- Shine, R., J. K. Webb, M. Fitzgerald, and J. Sumner. 1998. The impact of bush-rock removal on an endangered snake species, Hoplocephalus bungaroides (Serpentes: Elapidae). Wildlife Research 25:285-295
- Fitzgerald, M., R. Shine and F. Lemckert. 2002. A radiotelemetric study of habitat use by the arboreal snake Hoplocephalus stephensii (Elapidae) in eastern Australia. Copeia 2002:321-332
- Shine, R., L. Sun, M. Kearney, and M. Fitzgerald. 2002. Thermal correlates of foraging-site selection by Chinese pit-vipers (Gloydius shedaoensis, Viperidae). Journal of Thermal Biology 27:405-412
- Shine, R., L. Sun,M. Fitzgerald, and M. Kearney. 2002. Accidental altruism in insular pit-vipers (Gloydius shedaoensis, Viperidae). Evolutionary Ecology 16:541-548
- Shine, R., L. Sun, M. Kearney, and M. Fitzgerald. 2002. Why do juvenile Chinese Pit-Vipers (Gloydius shedaoensis) select arboreal ambush sites? Ethology 108:897-910
- Keogh, J. S., I. A. W. Scott,M. Fitzgerald, and R. Shine. 2002. Molecular phylogeny of the Australian venomous snake genus Hoplocephalus (Serpentes, Elapidae) and conservation genetics of the threatened H. stephensii. Conservation Genetics 4:57-65
- Fitzgerald, M., R. Shine, and F. Lemckert. 2002. Spatial ecology of arboreal snakes (Hoplocephalus stephensii, Elapidae) in an eastern Australian forest. Austral Ecology 27:537-545
- Shine, R., L. Sun,M. Fitzgerald, and M. Kearney. 2003. A radiotelemetric study of movements and thermal biology of insular Chinese pit-vipers (Gloydius shedaoensis, Viperidae). Oikos 100:342-352
- Fitzgerald, M., R. Shine, and F. Lemckert. 2003. A reluctant heliotherm: thermal ecology of the arboreal snake Hoplocephalus stephensii (Elapidae) in dense forest. Journal of Thermal Biology 28:515-524
- Fitzgerald, M., R. Shine, and F. Lemckert. 2004. Life history attributes of a threatened Australian snake (Stephen's Banded Snake, Hoplocephalus stephensii, Elapidae). Biological Conservation 119:121-128
- Fitzgerald, M., R. Shine, F. Lemckert, and A. Towerton. 2005. Habitat requirements of the threatened snake species Hoplocephalus stephensii (Elapidae) in eastern Australia. Austral Ecology 30:465-474
- Fitzgerald, M., B. Lazell, and R. Shine. 2010. Ecology and conservation of the pale-headed snake, Hoplocephalus bitorquatus. Australian Zoologist 35:283-290.
Mark Fitzgerald is a snake ecologist with extensive experience of conducting fauna survey activities in the state forests and national parks of New South Wales. Recent work includes preparing threatened fauna species profiles and prescriptions for government agencies in NSW and Queensland, writing regulations for the conduct of amateur herpetology in Qld and teaching flora and fauna survey techniques. Recent research includes radio-tracking studies of the threatened stephens’ banded snake and pale-headed snake, carpet pythons in agricultural landscapes in New South Wales, and of the unique Shedao island pit-viper population in eastern China.
Mark was awarded a PhD in 2004 for his thesis on the ecology of Stephen's Banded Snakes (Hoplocephalus stephensii). Current activities include performing fauna surveys, writing and reviewing flora and fauna impact assessments for local government and corporate clients, and continuing surveys for the endangered broad-headed snake.