Professor Conservation Biology
Institute for Applied Ecology
University of Canberra
ACT 2601 Australia
|Location:||Building 3, Room C54|
|Phone:||(02) 6201 5786|
|Fax:||(02) 6201 5305|
PhD, Zoology, University of Queensland, 1982
BSc Honours, Physiology, University of Queensland, 1975
BSc, Mathematics, University of Queensland, 1973
Research and professional interests
As a member of the Institute for Applied Ecology and its inaugural director, Arthur Georges has a broad interest in fostering research that underpins decisions on the management of our natural environment. Within this broad context, he has specific research interests in the ecology, evolution and conservation biology of Australia's reptiles and amphibians. A fundamental interest in these fascinating animals takes him into the field and the laboratory to learn more of their biology and to apply what he has learned in solving contemporary problems of their conservation.
A specific focus of his research is on sex determination in reptiles. Sex determination has been a topic of speculation and rigorous inquiry since the time of Aristotle, and remains a hot topic today because of its intrinsic interest as a fundamental biological process, and because of its implications for the impact of climate change and habitat alteration on species with temperature-dependent sex determination.
A second focus is phylogeography, that is, applying DNA technologies to better understand the historical and contemporary drivers of biogeographic in the distribution of freshwater organisms in Australia and New Guinea.
Arthur is chair of the ACT Flora and Fauna Committee, a WWF Governor, serves on the board of the CRC for Invasive Animals and on the management or advisory committees of the Environmental Futures Research Centre at Griffith University, the Australian Biological Information Facility (ABIF), and is an Associate Editor of Chelonian Conservation and Biology. He has served as President of the Australasian Wildlife Management Society and the Australian Society of Herpetologists.
|(2013). Salinity of incubation media influences embryonic development of a freshwater turtle. Journal of Comparative Physiology Series B 183:235-241. C1: Refereed Journal (ISI)|
|(2013). The Conservation Status of the World's Reptiles. Biological Conservation 157 (2013) 372-385. C1: Refereed Journal (ISI)|
|(2013). Commentary: For reptiles with temperature-dependent sex determination, thermal variability may be as important as thermal averages. Animal Conservation 16, 493–494. C1: Refereed Journal (ISI)|
|(2013). Contemporary genetic structure of an endemic freshwater turtle reflects Miocene orogenesis of New Guinea. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, published online : 13 Nov 2013, DOI: 10.1111/bij.12176. C1: Refereed Journal (ISI)|
|(2013). Phylogeography of the Australian freshwater turtle Chelodina expansa reveals complex relationships among inland and coastal bioregions. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, in press. C1: Refereed Journal (ISI)|
|(2013). Resolving the phylogenetic history of the short-necked turtles, genera Elseya and Myuchelys (Testudines: Chelidae) from Australia and New Guinea. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 68:251-258. C1: Refereed Journal (ISI)|
|(2013). Karyotypic analysis and FISH mapping of microsatellite motifs reveal highly differentiated XX/XY sex chromosomes in the pink-tailed worm-lizard (Aprasia parapulchella, Pygopodidae, Squamata). Molecular Cytogenetics, in press. [Accepted 4-Nov-2013]. C1: Refereed Journal (ISI)|
|(2013). Novel evolutionary pathways of sex determining mechanisms. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26, 2544-2557 doi 10.1111/jeb.12258. C1: Refereed Journal (ISI)|
|(2013). Contemporary genetic structure reflects historical drainage isolation in an Australian snapping turtle, Elseya albagula. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, London, 169, 200-214. C1: Refereed Journal (ISI)|
|(2013). Molecular cytogenetic map of the central bearded dragon Pogona vitticeps (Squamata: Agamidae). Chromosome Research 21:361-374. C1: Refereed Journal (ISI)|