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Biographical entry Frith, Dawn Whyatt (1943 - )



Dawn Frith and her husband, Cliff contributed greatly to Australasian ornithology. They carried out long-term studies of bower birds and birds of paradise in northern Queensland and in New Guinea, from which they have written the first - and often the only - accounts of the nesting biology and behaviour of these species


Educated University of London (PhD in marine biology ca 1967). Lecturer in zoology for 4 years; worked at the Royal Society of London Research Station on Aldabra Atoll in the western Indian Ocean, monitoring the seasonality of insects for the British Museum of Natural History; senior biologist, Phuket Marine Biological Centre, Thailand 1974-78. Over the past 18 years she and her husband, Cliff, have published more than 50 papers in international ornithological journals, and have also authored an excellent series of books for a more general audience on the fauna of North Queensland. D.L. Serventy Medal, Birds Australia 1996 (jointly with her husband).

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See also

  • Robin, Libby, The Flight of the Emu: a Hundred Years of Australian Ornithology 1901-2001 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2001), 492 pp. Details

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