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Researcher: Swain, R (Dr Roy Swain)

Fields of Research

Evolutionary biology
Terrestrial ecology
Population ecology
Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Comparative physiology
Freshwater ecology
Conservation and biodiversity
Biogeography and phylogeography
Invertebrate biology
Environmental management
Fisheries sciences
Behavioural ecology
Animal physiology - systems
Forestry management and environment
Animal systematics and taxonomy
Landscape ecology
Receptors and membrane biology
Gene expression (incl. microarray and other genome-wide approaches)

Research Objectives

Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
Terrestrial biodiversity
Other environmental management
Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
Marine biodiversity
Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Fisheries - wild caught
Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
Air quality, atmosphere and weather
Horticultural crops
Environmental education and awareness

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

Annual reproductive cycle and annual cycles of reproductive hormones in plasma of female Niveoscincus metallicus (Scincidae) from Tasmania; Journal of Herpetology
Are babies better in autumn or spring? The consequences of extending gestation in a biennially reproducing viviparous lizard; Journal of Experimental Zoology, Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology
Asynchronous male and female gonadal cycles and plasma steroid concentrations in a viviparous lizard, Niveoscincus ocellatus (Scincidae), from Tasmania; General and Comparative Endocrinology
Bioconservation and Tasmanian cave fauna; Cave and Karst Management in Australasia 11
Breeding site characteristics regulating life history traits of the brown tree frog, Litoria ewingii; Hydrobiologia
Caudal autotomy does not influence thermoregulatory characteristics in the metallic skink, Niveoscincus metallicus; Amphibia-Reptilia
Changes in Reproductive Investment following Caudal Autotomy in Viviparous Skinks (Niveoscincus metallicus): Lipid Depletion or Energetic Diversion?; Journal of Herpetology
Delayed ovulation and parturition in a viviparous alpine lizard (Niveoscincus microlepidotus): morphological data and plasma steroid concentrations; Reproduction Fertility and Development
Distribution and habitat use of the feral black rat (Rattus rattus) on subantarctic Macquarie Island; Journal of Zoology
Distribution of energy reserves in a viviparous skink: Does tail autotomy involve the loss of lipid stores?; Austral Ecology
Does date of birth or a capacity for facultative placentotrophy influence offspring quality in a viviparous skink, Niveoscincus microlepidotus?; Australian Journal of Zoology
Effect of caudal autotomy on locomotor performance in a viviparous skink, Niveoscincus metallicus; Functional Ecology
Effect of maternal gestational environment on neonates of the viviparous lizard, Niveoscincus metallicus, partioning, temperature and nutrition; Third World Congress of Herpetology
Effect of Tail Loss on Sprint Speed and Growth in Newborn Skinks, Niveoscincus metallicus; Journal of Herpetology
Effect of temperature on the functional response and components of attack rate in Naucoris congrex Stal (Hemiptera : Naucoridae); Australian Journal of Entomology
Effects of exogenous FSH on follicular recruitment in a viviparous lizard Niveoscincus metallicus (Scincidae); Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A
Evolutionary correlations between escape behaviour and performance ability in eight species of snow skinks (Niveoscincus: Lygosominae) from Tasmania; Journal of Zoology
Evolutionary relationships with the snow skinks (Squamata: Scincidae: Niveoscincus ) of Tasmania; Evolutionary Biology at High Southern Latitudes
Factors influencing growth rate in the spotted skink, Niveoscincus ocellatus; Third World Congress of Herpetology
Facultative placentotrophy: half-way house or strategic solution?; Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A
Feeding ecology of the Tasmanian spotted skink, Niveoscincus ocellatus (Squamata : Scincidae); Australian Journal of Zoology
Geographic and annual variation in life-history traits in a temperate zone Australian skink; Journal of Herpetology
Geographic and annual variation in reproductive cycles in the Tasmanian spotted snow skink, Niveoscincus ocellatus (Squamata : Scincidae); Australian Journal of Zoology
Geographic variation in age and size at maturity in a small Australian viviparous skink; Copeia
Habitat associations and natural history of the Tasmanian 'Snow Skinks' (Niveoscincus spp.); Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Hickmania troglodytes, the Tasmanian cave spider, and its potential role in cave management; Journal of Insect Conservation
High altitude stream faunas; Wildlife Report
Home-range characteristics of an alpine lizard, Niveoscincus microlepidotus (Scincidae), on Mt Wellington, southern Tasmania; Wildlife Research
Induction of Parturition in Snow Skinks; Can Low Temperatures Inhibit the Actions of AVT?; Journal of Experimental Zoology
Inter-populational variation in the cost of autotomy in the metallic skink (Niveoscincus metallicus); Journal of Zoology
Invertebrate biodiversity and conservation in Tasmanian caves; Memoirs of of Museum of Victoria
Is fecundity the ultimate cause of female-biased size dimorphism in a dragon lizard?*; Journal of Zoology
Late stage deferral of parturition in the viviparous lizard Niveoscincus ocellatus (Gray 1845): implications for offspring quality and survival; Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
Maternal basking behaviour determines offspring sex in a viviparous reptile; Royal Society of London. Proceedings. Series B - Biological Sciences
Maternal effects associated with gestation conditions in a viviparous lizard, Niveoscincus metallicus; Herpetological Monographs
Maternal-fetal transfer of H-3-labelled leucine in the viviparous lizard Niveoscincus metallicus (Scincidae: Lygosominae); Journal of Experimental Zoology
Mitochondrial DNA-sequence based phylogeny and biogeography of the snow skinks (Squamata: Scincidae: Niveoscincus) of Tasmania; Herpetologica
Onset of maturity in male southern rock lobsters Jasus edwardsii in Tasmania, Australia; Invertebrate Reproduction and Development
Placental transfer of 3H-oleic acid in three species of viviparous lizards: a route for supplementation of embryonic fat bodies?; Herpetological Monographs
Placental transfer of organic nutrients in viviparous skinks: a strategy for optimising neonatal fitness; Australian & New Zealand Society for Comparative Physiology & Biochemistry
Relationship between the crustacean and molluscan assemblages of Tasmanian saltmarshes and the vegetation and soil conditions; Marine & Freshwater Research
Reproductive Correlates of Abdominal Fat Body Mass in Niveoscincus occellatus, a Skink with an Asynchronous Reproductive Cycle; Journal of Herpetology
Salt spray limits the inland penetration of a coastally restricted invertebrate: a field experiment using landhoppers (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Talitridae); Functional Ecology
Seasonal Activity Patterns of the Frog, Crinia Signifera (Anura: Myobatrachidae), in Southern Tasmania, Australia; Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Selection of offspring sex by a viviparous lizard: evidence for an adaptive explanation; Third International Symposium on the Biology of Vertebrate Sex Determination
Size dimorphism in Rankinia (Tympanocryptis) diemensis (Family Agamidae): sex-specific patterns and geographic variation; Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
Terrestrial Development in the Tamsanian Frog, Bryobatrachus nimbus (Anura: Myobatrachinae): Larval Development and a field staging table; Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Terrestrial evolution in Crustacea: The talitrid amphipod model; The Biodiversity Crisis and Crustacea
The Annual Cycle of Reproduction and Reproductive Steroids in Plasma of Niveoscincus ocellatus , a cool-climate viviparous skink; The Third Congress of the Asia & Oceania Society for Comparative Endocrinology
The crustacean and molluscan fauna of Tasmanian saltmarshes; Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
The life history and habitat of Allanaspides helonomus (Syncarida: Anaspididae); The Biodiversity Crisis and Crustacea
The reproductive behaviour of the Tasmanian cave spider Hickmania troglodytes (Araneae : Austrochilidae); Journal of Zoology
The responses of a lotic mayfly Nousia sp (Ephemeroptera : Leptophlebiidae) to moving water and light of different wavelengths; Freshwater Biology
The role of body size in competition and mate choice in an agamid with female-biased size dimorphism; Behaviour
The sting in the tail - spination of the tail fan in freshwater crayfish; proceedings of the thirteenth symposium of the International Association of Astacology
The strandline fauna of beach on the North & West coasts of Tasmania, Flinders and King Islands
The Strandline Fauna of Beaches on the East Coast of Tasmania
Translittoral Talitridae (Crustacea: Amphipoda) and the need to reserve transitional habitats: examples from Tasmanian saltmarshes and estuaries and other coastal sites; Memoirs of the Museum of Victoria
What limits the distributions of coastally restricted terrestrial invertebrates? The case of coastal landhoppers (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Talitridae) in southern Tasmania; Journal of Biogeography

Research Projects

A survey of the crustacean and molluscan fauna of Tasmanian saltmarshes; Australian Heritage Commission (AHC)
A survey of the fauna of sandy beaches in Tasmania; Australian Heritage Commission (AHC)
A survey of the fauna of sandy beaches of north and west Tasmania, and the Bass Strait Islands; Australian Heritage Commission (AHC)
Colonisation of land by terrestrial amphipod crustaceans: the role of brooding; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Cryptic Female Choice Enhances Genetic Fitness in Cold Climate Lizards; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Does salt spray control the distribution of coastal landhoppers; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Ecomorphology of all Niveoscincus species; Department of Environment and Land Management (DELM)
Effect of forestry practices on stream processes; Tasmanian Forest Research Council (TFRC)
Effect of forestry practices on stream processes; Tasmanian Forest Research Council (TFRC)
Flexibility in the Timing of Parturition: The Key to Viviparity in Lizards?; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Hormonal Control of Gestation in Viviparous Lizards; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Impact of forestry practices on amphibian life histories; Forestry Tasmania (FT)
Maternal Allocation to offspring: Can Female Snow Skinks Choose Between Sons and Daughters?; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Maternal Control of Offspring Phenotype through Selection of Oviposition Site in an Oviparous Lizard; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Parental Care and the Evolution of Life on Land; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Population structure, ecological impacts and management of feral rats on Macquarie Island; Antarctic Science Advisory Committee (ASAC)
Refuges and Predatory Interactions in Freshwater Benthos.; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Reproductive Investment by Female Viviparous Lizards; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Survey Frogs in the Warra Long Term Monitoring Site; Forestry Tasmania (FT)
Survey of the fauna of rocky shores in Tasmania; Australian Heritage Commission (AHC)
The evolution of live-bearing in cold climate reptiles; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Use of space, activity and life history of cave fauna; Australian Research Council (ARC)

Research Candidate Supervision

Biogeography and Systematics of the Tasmanian Mountain Shrimps of the Family Anaspididae (Crustacea- Syncarida)
Ecology and Reproduction in R. rattus on Macquarie Island
Ecology, morphology & phylogeny of the lizard genus niveoscincus
Effect of altitude and temperature on the success of N. ocellatus (spotted skink) with emphasis on changes in life history characteristics bet. pop'ns
Factors influencing the Reproductive Development and Early Life History of Blacklip (Haliotis rubra) and Greenlip (H. Laevigata) Abalone
Geographic Variation and Adaptation in the Tasmanian Metallic Skink (Niveoscincus metallicus)
Marsupial Reproduction
Parental Effects in Two Species of Viviparous Lizards- Niveoscinus micropidotus and N. ocellatus
Size Dimorphism in the Agamid Rankinia Diemensis- Patterns, Adaptive Significance and Evolutionary Pathways
The Ecology of the Black-Headed Honeyeater Melithreptus Affinis in Tasmania, Australia
The Effects of Logging on Amphibian Life History
The reproductive ecology of the Tasmanian tree skinks
To determine behaviour, ecology and physiology of the tiger snake
Toxicological studies on the black lip abalone juvenile (Haliotis rubra)