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Dale Roberts

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
+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
Current to 2008 inclusive only shown.

Riley, K, Berry OF & Roberts, JD 2013. Do global models predicting environmental suitability for the amphibian fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, have local value to conservation managers? Journal of Applied Ecology, in press

Cheng WC, Chen YH, Yu HT, Roberts, JD & Kam, YC Sequential, polygynous double clutching does not produce more tadpoles in a tree frog with paternal care. Ethology 119, 286-295.

Davis RA Gole C & Roberts JD 2012. Impacts of urbanisation on the native avifauna of Perth, Western Australia. Urban Ecosystems - DOI 10.1007/s11252-012-0275-y

Roberts BP & Roberts JD 2012. Litoria moorei (Motorbike Frog) temperature. Herpetological Review 43, 466-467.

Silla, A & Roberts, JD 2012 Investigating patterns in the spermiation response of eight Australian frogs administered human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRHa). General and Comparative Endocrinology. 179, 128–136.

Herwig JN, Depczynski M, Roberts JD, Semmens JM, Gagliano M & Heyward AJ 2012. Using age-based life history data to investigate the life cycle and vulnerability of Octopus cyanea. PloS One 7, e43679.

Byrne, PG & Roberts, JD 2012. Evolutionary causes and consequences of sequential polyandry in anuran amphibians. Biological Reviews 87, 209-228

Davis RA & Roberts JD 2011. Survival and population size of the frog Heleioporus albopunctatus in a highly modified agricultural landscape. Copeia 2011, 423–429.

Edwards D & Roberts, JD 2011. Genetic diversity and biogeographic history inform future conservation management strategies for the rare Sunset Frog (Spicospina flammocaerulea). Australian Journal of Zoology 59, 63–72

Catullo, RA, Doughty P, Roberts, JD & Keogh JS 2011. Multi-locus phylogeny and taxonomic revision of Uperoleia toadlets (Anura: Myobatrachidae) from the western arid zone of Australia, with a description of a new species. Zootaxa 2902, 1-43.

Roberts JD & Byrne PG 2011. Polyandry, sperm competition and the evolution of anuran amphibians. Advances in the Study of Behavior 43, 1-53.

Gillespie G, McDonald K, Roberts JD, Mahony MJ, Cogger HG & Scroggie M 2011. The influence of uncertainty on conservation assessments: Australian frogs as a case study. Biological Conservation 144, 1516–1525.

Roberts JD 2010. A natural hybrid between the frogs Crinia pseudinsignifera and C. subinsignifera (Myobatrachidae) from southwestern Australia defined by allozyme phenotype and call. Journal of Herpetology 44, 654–657

Rix, MG, Harvey, MS & Roberts, JD 2010. A revision of the textricellin spider genus Raveniella (Araneae: Araneoidea: Micropholcommatidae): exploring patterns of phylogeny and biogeography in an Australian biodiversity hotspot. Invertebrate Systematics 24, 209–237.

Anstis, M, Tyler, MJ, Roberts JD, Price, LC & Doughty, P 2010. A new species of Litoria (Anura: Hylidae) with a highly distinctive tadpole from the north-western Kimberley region of Western Australia. Zootaxa 2550, 39-57

Janicke J & Roberts JD 2010. Litoria cyclorhyncha (Spotted Thighed Frog). Saline water. Herpetological Review 41, 199-200.

Roberts JD 2010. Taxonomic status of the Australian burrowing frogs Neobatrachus sudelli, N. centralis and Neoruinosus and clarification of the type specimen of N. albipes. Records of the Western Australian Museum 25, 455–458.

Dziminski M, Roberts JD & Simmons LW 2010. Sperm morphology, motility, and fertilization capacity in the myobatrachid frog Crinia georgiana. Reproduction, Fertility and Development 22, 516-522.

Dziminski, M.A., Roberts, J.D., Beveridge, M. & Simmons, L.W. (2010) Among-population covariation between sperm competition and ejaculate expenditure in frogs. Behavioral Ecology 21, 322–328.

Rix, M.G., Roberts, J.D. and Harvey, M.S. 2009. The spider families Synotaxidae and Malkaridae (Arachnida: Araneae: Araneoidea) in Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 25, 295-304.

Dziminski M, Roberts JD, Beveridge M & Simmons LW 2009. Sperm competitiveness in frogs: slow and steady wins the race. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 276, 3955-3961.

Dziminski MA, Vercoe PE & Roberts JD 2009. Variable offspring provisioning: a direct test in the field. Functional Ecology 23, 164-171.

Simmons LW, Roberts JD & Dziminski MA 2009. Egg-jelly influences sperm motility in the externally fertilizing frog, Crinia georgiana. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22, 225–229.

Parsons B, Short J & Roberts JD 2009. Using community observations to predict the occurrence of malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata) in the Western Australian wheatbelt. Biological Conservation 142, 364-374.

Doughty P & Roberts JD 2008. A new species of Uperoleia (Anura: Myobatrachidae) from the high rainfall region of the northwest Kimberley, Western Australia. Zootaxa 1939: 10–18.

Bancroft, WJ, Roberts, JD and Garkaklis, MJ 2008. Vertebrate fauna associates of the Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus pacificus) colonies of Rottnest Island: influence of an ecosystem engineer. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 142, 21-30.

Fox, E.J.S., Roberts J.D. & Bennamoun M. 2008. Call-independent individual identification in birds. Bioacoustics 18, 51–67.

Edwards, D, Keogh, S & Roberts JD 2008. Climatic fluctuations shape the phylogeography of a mesic, direct developing frog from the southwestern Australian biodiversity hotspot. Journal of Biogeography 35, 1803-1815.

Parsons BC, Short JC & Roberts JD 2008. Contraction in the range of Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata) in Western Australia: a comparative assessment using presence-only and presence–absence datasets Emu, 108, 221–231.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Winthrop Professor - Rniversity of Western Australia

Frog biology
Animal acoustics

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:

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
Industrial relevance
Geocrinia Recovery Team member: Department of Environment & Conservation, Western Australia
Society for the Study of Evolution
American Society of Naturalists
International Society for Behavioral Ecology
Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
Herpetologist's League
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
Australian Society of Herpetologists
Honours and awards
Honorary Associate in Terrestrial Zoology, Western Australian Museum
Undergraduate: specialist lectures only in units in, Behavioural Ecology, Restoration Biology
Current external positions
Member IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group

IUCN Redlist assessor - amphibians
Current projects
See current grants above.
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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