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Professor Arthur Georges

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

Professor Arthur Georges is an ecologist and herpetologist whose research interests lie in the evolution, ecology and systematics of Australian reptiles. 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 challenges for their conservation.

Current focus of his research centres on sex determination in reptiles, where he and his colleagues are building a picture of the mechanisms of sex determination in the central bearded dragon, Pogona vitticeps and other squamates. Which chromosomes are the sex chromosomes and what genes do they contain among which is the master switch? How does temperature exert its influence in species with thermolabile sex? What drives transitions in the relative influence of genotype and environment, and how do gene-environment interactions play out in the wild?

Current field-based projects include bringing nextgen DNA technologies to bear on questions on historical and contemporary patterns of distribution in freshwater organisms and working with indigenous communities to bring science to the table to inform their decisions on conservation and environmental sustainability in a context of societal change. This research is currently funded by the ARC Discovery, Linkage and LEIF Schemes, the commonwealth Collaborative Research Network Scheme and industry funding from Esso Highlands Limited and BGI Shenzhen.

Arthur is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Canberra, member of the executive of the Institute for Applied Ecology and its inaugural director. He chairs the ACT Scientific Committee responsible for advising government on threatened species and community declarations, and is a WWF Governor. He was until recently the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science, formerly served on the board of the CRC for Invasive Animals, and has served as President of the Australasian Wildlife Management Society and the Australian Society of Herpetologists.

As such, Arthur has a commitment to fundamental research, but also a broad interest in fostering research that underpins decisions on the management of our natural environment.

Recent publications

Bower, D., Jennings, C., Amepou, Y., Schwarzkopf, L., Alford, R., Georges, A. and Clulow, S.  (2016).  Disease surveillance for the amphibian chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Papua New Guinea. Submitted
Bower, D., Scheltinga, D., Clulow, S., Clulow, J., Franklin, C. and Georges, A.  (2016).  Salinity tolerances of two Australian freshwater turtles, Chelodina expansa and Emydura macquarii (Testudinata:Chelidae). Conservation Physiology 4:cow42; doi:10.1093/conphys/cow42pdf
Boyle, M., Schwanz, L., Hone, J. and Georges, A.  (2016).  Dispersal and climate warming determine range shift in model reptile populations. Ecological Modelling 328:34-43.pdf
Deakin, J., Edwards, M.J., Patel, H., O'Meally, D., Lian, J., Stenhouse, R., Ryan, S., Livernois, A., Azad, B., Holleley, C., Li, Q. and Georges, A.  (2016).  Anchoring genome sequence to chromosomes of the central bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) enables reconstruction of ancestral squamate macrochromosomes and identifies sequence content of the Z chromosome. BMC Genomics 17:447.pdf
Du, W.G., Sun,, B.J., Li, T., Mu, Y., McGlashan, J.K., Georges, A. and Shine, R.  (2016).  Thyroid hormone modulates offspring sex ratio in a turtle with temperature-dependent sex determination. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London, Series B 283:20161026.pdf
Famelli, S., Souza, F.L., Georges, A. and Bertoluci, J.  (2016).  Movement patterns and activity of the Brazilian snake-necked turtle Hydromedusa maximiliani (Testudines: Chelidae) in southeastern Brazil. Amphibia-Reptilia 37:215–228.pdf
Ferronato, B.O., Marques, T.S., Lara, N.R.F., Masrtinelli, L.A., Verdade, L.M., Comargo, P.B., Roe, J.H. and Georges, A.  (2016).  Isotopic niche in the eastern long-necked turtle Chelodina longicollis (Testudines: Chelidae) along a natural-urban gradient in southeastern Australia. Herpetological Journal 26:297-304.
Ferronato, B.O., Roe, J.H. and Georges, A.  (2016).  Responses of an Australian freshwater turtle to drought-flood cycles along a natural to urban gradient Austral Ecology, in press.
Ferronato, B.O., Roe, J.H. and Georges, A.  (2016).  Urban hazards: Spatial ecology and survivorship of a turtle in an expanding suburban environment. Urban Ecosystems 19:415-428.pdf
Holleley, CE, Sarre, SD, O'Meally, D. and Georges, A.  (2016).  Sex reversal in reptiles: reproductive oddity or powerful driver of evolutionary change? Sexual Development doi:10.1159/000450972.pdf
Li, H., Holleley, C.E., Elphick, M., Georges, A. and Shine, R.  (2016).  The behavioural consequences of sex reversal in dragons. Proceedings of the Royal Society London, Series B 283: 20160217.pdf
Livernois, A., Hardy, K. Domaschenz, R, Papankilaou, A, Georges, A., Sarre, S., Rao, S., Ezaz, T. and Deakin, J.  (2016).  Identification of interleukin genes in Pogona vitticeps using a de novo transcriptome assembly from RNA-Seq data Immunogenetics DOI 10.1007/s00251-016-0922-1pdf
Matsubara, K., O’Meally, D., Azad, B., Georges, A., Sarre, S.D., Graves, J.A.M., Matsuda, Y. and Ezaz, T.  (2016).  Amplification of microsatellite repeat motifs is associated with the evolutionary differentiation and heterochromatinization of sex chromosomes in Sauropsida. Chromosoma 125:111-123.pdf
Thomson, S. and Georges, A.  (2016).  A new species of freshwater turtle of the genus Elseya (Testudinata: Pleurodira: Chelidae) from the Northern Territory of Australia. Zootaxa 4061:18–28.pdf