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Biographical entry Barwick, Richard Essex (Dick) (1929 - 2012)

Christchurch, New Zealand
17 November 2012
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia


Dick Barwick was a zoologist whose expertise included herpetology, vertebrate morphology, palaeontology and evolutionary biology. Early in his career he participated in several expeditions to Antarctica where, with colleagues, he initiated research into the biology and geology of the McMurdo Dry Valley. His long-time collaboration with Ken Campbell started in the 1980s when their research focussed on the evolution and functional anatomy of fossil fish, initially from the Burrinjuck region of New South Wales and the Gogo deposits from the Kimberley, Western Australia. In retirement Barwick continued to work on fossils from the Mogo region, New South Wales, particularly sharks, armoured fish and lungfish. He was instrumental in introducing animal radio telemetry into Australian ecological studies. Barwick's considerable influence on herpetology in Australia came through his supervision of higher degree students and his central role in the foundation of the Australian Society of Herpetologists. His skilled illustrations were often included in his publications. Barwick was a willing collaborator in the anthropological work of his wife Diane, providing illustrations for some of her publications and preparing a number of her manuscripts for publication after her death. Barwick Valley in Antarctica named in his honour.



Education - BSc, Victoria University College, Wellington, New Zealand
Education - MSc, Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand
1956 - 1958
Career position - Career position - Member, New Zealand Section Transantarctic Expeditions to McMurdo Sound
1956 - 1958
Career position - Lecturer in zoology, Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand
1959 - 1968
Career position - Career position - Lecturer, Department of Zoology, Canberra University College (later Department of Zoology, Australian National University)
Career position - Founding Member, Australian Society of Herpetologists
Education - PhD, Australian National University
1967 - 1987
Career position - Vice-President, Australian Society of Herpetologists
1969 - 1994
Career position - Career position - Reader, Department of Zoology, School of General Studies, Australian National University
1987 - 1988
Career position - President, Australian Society of Herpetologists
1988 - 1991
Career position - Vice-President, Australian Society of Herpetologists
Life event - Retired
1994 - 2012
Career position - Visiting Fellow, Australian National University

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Journal Articles

  • Cooper, Paul, 'Evolution and adaptation: a tribute to Richard Essex Barwick', Australian Journal of Zoology, vol. 62, 2014, pp. 1-2. Details

See also

  • Shea, Glenn M., 'From lineages to webs: a history of the Australian Society of Herpetologists', Australian Journal of Zoology, vol. 62, 2014, pp. 431-47. Details

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