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Biographical entry Shine, Richard (Rick) (1950 - )

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Born
7 June 1950
Brisbane, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Ecologist, Evolutionary biologist and Herpetologist

Summary

Richard Shine is the leading authority on the biology of indigenous reptiles, particularly snakes and lizards. His research on reptilian ecology has substantially clarified the ways in which microevolutionary processes determine major life-history transitions and has illuminated the ecological role played by reptiles in natural ecosystems. More recently he has increasingly focussed on major conservation issues such as the biology, impact and control of invasive species such as the cane toad. His interest lies in how results of 'academic' research translate into effective conservation. Shine has published award-winning texts on herpetology and served on the editorial boards of major herpetology journals. He is active of Australian and international herpetology societies.

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1971
Education - BSc (Hons), Australian National University
1975 - 1978
Career position - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Utah, U.S.A.
1976
Education - PhD, University of New England
1979 - 1980
Career position - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Sydney
1980 - 1984
Career position - Lecturer in Biology, University of Sydney
1983 - 1985
Career position - President, Australian Society of Herpetologists
1985 - 1987
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Biology, University of Sydney
1988 -
Career position - Editorial Board, Copeia
1988
Education - DSc, University of Sydney
1988 - 1992
Career position - Reader in Biology, University of Sydney
1989 -
Career position - Editorial Board, Journal of Herpetology
1989 - 1993
Career position - Member council, Royal Society of New South Wales
1989 - 1999
Career position - Member, International Herpetological Committee
1991 - 1994
Career position - President, Australian Society of Herpetologists
1993 - 2005
Career position - Professor in Evolutionary Biology (personal chair), School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney
1994 - 1996
Career position - Member, Federal Government Advisory Board on Cane Toad Research
1995 - 1997
Career position - Member, Biological Sciences Panel, Australian Research Council
1997
Career position - Executive Committee, World Congress on Herpetology
1997
Career position - Chairman, Animal and Plant Biology Panel, Australian Research Council
1999
Award - Clarke Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales
2000 -
Career position - Editorial Board, Journal of Evolutionary Biology
2000
Award - E. O. Wilson Naturalists Award, American Society of Naturalists
2002 - 2005
Career position - Australian Professorial Fellow, Australian Research Council
2003
Award - H. S. Fitch Award for Excellence in Herpetology, American Society for Herpetology and Ichthyology
2005
Career position - Fellow, Linnean Society, London
2005
Award - Mueller Medal, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
2005
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to science in the field of herpetology as a researcher and educator, and through contributions to a range of Australian and international herpetological organisations and publications
2005
Career position - Fellow, Linnean Society, London
2006
Award - Eureka Prize for Biodiversity Research, Australian Museum and Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
2006 - 2010
Career position - Federation Fellow, Australian Research Council
2008
Award - Macfarlane Burnet Medal, Australian Academy of Science
2009
Award - Australian Natural History Medallion, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
2010
Award - Walter Burfitt Prize, Royal Society of New South Wales
2011
Award - NSW Science and Engineering Award for Plant and Animal Research
2011 - 2013
Career position - Professor in Biology, University of Sydney
2012
Award - Honorary Fellow, Ecological Society of America
2013 -
Career position - Laureate Fellow, Australian Research Council (appointed to 2018)
2014
Award - Robert Whittaker Distinguished Ecologist Award, Ecological Society of America

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Journal Articles

  • Endersby, Ian, 'Australian Natural History Medallion 2009: Richard Shine AM', The Victorian Naturalist, vol. 127, no. 1, 2010, pp. 23-24. Details

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