Dr Dale Roberts
Senior Honorary Research Fellow
Natural Resource Management, Centre of Excellence in
- Contact details
- Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management
The University of Western Australia (M701)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
- +61 8 9842 0867
- +61 8 9842 0878
- BSc PhD Adel.
- B Sc Honours, Ph D - Zoology, Univesity of Adelaide
Employed: Murray Park CAE, 1976-1977
University of Western Australia: 1978 - current
Inaugural Head, School of Animal Biology, University of Western Australia, 2001-2006
Editorial Board: Animal Behaviour, 2004-2006
- Key research
- Biogeography & speciation: Australia - particularly south-western Australia
- Anuran biology: frogs
- Sexual selection and sperm competition: polyandrous mating systems
- Animal acoustics
- Conservation and restoration biology
- 2014 and 2015 publications only
Nistelberger, H, Coates, D, Byrne M & Roberts JD 2014. Isolation and characterization of 11 microsatellite loci in the short-range endemic shrub Grevillea georgeana McGill (Proteaceae). Conservation Genetics Resources 6, 221-222.
Vidal-García, MV, Byrne PG, Roberts JD & Keogh JS 2014. The role of phylogeny and ecology in shaping morphology in 21 genera and 127 species of Australo-Papuan myobatrachid frogs. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 27, 181–192.
Millar MA, Byrne M, Coates JD & Roberts JD 2014. Characterisation of microsatellite DNA markers for Grevillea paradoxa (F. Muell). Conservation Genetics Resources 6, 139–141
Baoua IB, Amadou L, Oumarou N, Payne W, Roberts JD, Stefanova K & Nansen C 2014. Estimating effect of augmentative biological control on grain yields from individual pearl millet heads. Journal of Applied Entomology 138, 281-288
Millar MA, Byrne M, Coates JD & Roberts JD 2014. Characterisation of microsatellite DNA markers for the Wiry Honey Myrtle, Melaleuca nematophylla Craven. Conservation Genetics Resources 6,439-441.
Nistelberger, H, Byrne,M, Coates, D & Roberts, JD. 2014. Strong phylogeographic structure in a millipede indicates Pleistocene vicariance between populations on banded iron formations in semi-arid Australia. PLOS ONE 9, e93038.
Willers N, Berry O & Roberts JD 2014. Fine-scale genetic structure and the design of optimal fertility control for an overabundant mammal. Conservation Genetics 15, 1053-1062.
Nistelberger H, Coates D, Byrne M & Roberts JD 2014. Isolation and characterization of 11 microsatellite loci in the short-range endemic shrub Grevillea georgeana McGill (Proteaceae). Conservation Genetics Resources 6, 221-222.
Millar MA, Byrne M, Coates DJ & Roberts JD 2014. Characterisation of microsatellite DNA markers for Grevillea globosa C.A. Gardner. Conservation Genetics Resources 6, 689-691.
Millar MA, Byrne M, Coates DJ & Roberts JD 2014. Characterisation of microsatellite DNA markers for Mirbelia bursarioides A.M.Munro & Crisp ms. Conservation Genetics Resources 6, 693-695.
Groom C, Mawson PR, Roberts JD & Mitchell NJ 2014 Meeting an expanding human population’s needs whilst conserving a threatened parrot species in an urban environment. WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, 191: 1199-1212.
Reniers J, Brendonck L, Roberts JD, Verlinden W & Van Schoenwinkel B 2015. Environmental harshness shapes life history variation in an Australian frog species - a skeletochronological approach. Oecologia 178:931–941.
Rix MG, Edwards DL, Byrne,M, Harvey MS, Joseph L & Roberts JD 2015. Biogeography and speciation of terrestrial fauna in the south-western Australian biodiversity hotspot. Biological Reviews 90,762-793.
Nistelberger HM, Byrne M, Coates D & Roberts JD 2015. Phylogeography and population differentiation in terrestrial island populations of Banksia arborea (Proteaceae). ,Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 114, 860–872.
Nansen C, Ribeiro LP, Dadour I, Roberts JD (2015) Detection of Temporal Changes in Insect Body Reflectance in Response to Killing Agents. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0124866.
Pettit, NE, Naiman RJ, J. M. Fry, Roberts JD, Close PG, Pusey BJ, Woodall GS, C. J. MacGregor CJ, Speldewinde PC, Stewart B, Dobbs RJ, Paterson HL, Cook P, Toussaint S, Comer S and Davies PM. 2015. Environmental change: prospects for conservation and agriculture in a southwest Australia biodiversity hotspot. Ecology and Society 20 (3): 10. [online] URL:http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol20/iss3/art10/
Buzatto B, Roberts JD & Simmons LW 2015. Sperm competition and the evolution of pre-copulatory weapons: increasing male density promotes sperm competition and reduces selection on arm strength in a chorusing frog. Evolution, in press
- Roles, responsibilities and expertise
- Emeritus Professor & Senior Honorary Research Fellow - University of Western Australia
Ph D supervision: 23 Ph D completions, 6 current students, 3 in negotiation
Honours Supervision: 2 current students working on sperm competition, and, bird acoustics
- Future research
- Frogs in modified landscapes
Sexual conflict and speciation
- Funding received
- ARC Discovery: 2013-2015, $368,000. L Simmons (University of Western Australia) & JD Roberts,Testing new theoretical models of sperm allocation: does competition for mates compromise male fertility?
ARC Linkage: $300,000, 2012-2014. Managing genetic diversity and evolutionary processes in foundation species for landscape restoration in the Midwest of Western Australia, with M Byrne & D Coates, Department of Environment & Conservation, Western Australia
Australian Department of Environment: review of the Conservation Status of Australian frogs
- Industrial relevance
- Geocrinia Recovery Team member: Department of Environment & Conservation, Western Australia
- International Society for Behavioral Ecology
Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
American Society of Icthyologists & Herpetologists
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
Australian Society of Herpetologists
- Honours and awards
- Honorary Associate in Terrestrial Zoology, Western Australian Museum
- Nil- retired
- Current external positions
- Member IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group
IUCN Redlist assessor - amphibians
- Current projects
- Assessing conservation status of Australian frogs
Call evolution in Geocrinia leai
Taxonomy of Australian frogs
Sexual selection in Crinia georgiana