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.