Chris wins NSW Scientist of the Year in the "Plant and Animal Sciences" category

Chris was named NSW Scientist of the Year in the "Plant and Animal Sciences" category for dedicated investigation into threats faced by NSW wildlife and achieving practical conservation outcomes in restoring biodiversity ... see more

Desert Ecology Research Group feature article in SAM

The Desert Ecology Research Group, headed up by Prof. Chris Dickman and Dr. Glenda Wardle were featured in the Sydney Alumni Magazine ... see more

Some like it hot: Celebrating 20 years of Simpson Desert research

An exhibition, which celebrates an extraordinary ecological study of the Australian desert spanning two decades, has been launched at the University of Sydney ... see more

November 2009 Desert trip

Click here to see a video of the November 2009 Desert trip. The sequence is posted on the 'Iconic Landscapes' study blog. The Simpson Desert is one of three case study locations in this project which seeks to investigate how science is communicated. For more photos and information, visit the 'Arid-dry zone (Simpson Desert)' category on the site.

Rainfall in Queensland

The recent rainfall in Queensland has caused extreme excitement with the Dickman and Wardle labs. The rainfall should see the proliferation of many species.

Volunteers required for Field Work
For details of our next desert trips please contact Aaron Greenville.

Volunteers required for Lab Work
We are looking for people who are interested in helping us process seed samples, do data entry and other lab duties. No experience required as we will train you! Gain valuable experience working in a research lab. We also run field trips to the Simpson Desert and preference will be given to those who volunteer with us in the lab.

  • Who: anyone who wants to gain work experience in a research lab.
  • When: anytime during the working week.
  • Where: Come and see Aaron in rm 331 Heydon-Laurence Building, A08, University of Sydney.
  • Contact: Aaron Greenville, 9351 8577

Please check out the Volunteer Information page or contact us via the details provided on the contact page.

Rat Catcher T-Shirts

Purchase your very own ‘Rat-catcher’ t-shirt! All proceeds go towards helping the Dickman Lab continue arid zone research. T-shirts are priced at $30*. Please contact us by email or phone to place an order. Available in various sizes and colours.

* discounts available for volunteers

Rat Catcher T-Shirts

C. Hart Merriam Award

Professor Chris Dickman is the first Australian to ever receive the prestigious C. Hart Merriam Award for outstanding and sustained research contributions in mammalogy. The prestigious C. Hart Merriam award was announced at the American Society of Mammalogists (ASM) annual meeting in late June 2008. Professor Dickman has been invited to be a plenary speaker at the next ASM meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA, to be held on 24-28 June 2009.

Whitley Award

At the 2008 Whitley Awards Presentation Chris Dickman received the highly esteemed Whitley Medal for his outstanding publication 'A Fragile Balance'. As the most sought after prize in zoological publishing in Australia, the Whitley Medal is a recognition of his contribution to the understanding, content or dissemination of zoological knowledge.



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Sept 2012

Latest News

  • Sydney University student wins ... view here
  • Simpson Desert so hot right now view here
  • Changes predicted for the Simpson Desert's ... view here
  • PhD opportunity on arid zone ants... view here
  • Desert research on Catalyst... view here
  • Chris wins NSW Scientist of the year ... read more
  • Simpson Desert featured on Iconic Landscapes
  • September 2009 volunteer trip report ... read more
  • November 2009 volunteer trip report ... read more
  • 20 years of desert research showcased by ABC radio national ... read more
  • Video of November 2009 Desert trip
  • Desert flourishes after summer rains
  • Purchase your own rat-catcher t-shirt. Find out more