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Biographical entry Joseph, Leo George (1958 - )

22 October 1958
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


Leo Joseph is an ornithologist whose research interests focus on the evolution and phylogenomics of Australian and neotropical birds, particularly parrots. After working in Uruguay and travelling in South America between 1994 and 1997 he joined the Department of Ornithology at the Academy of Sciences in Philadelphia, where much of John Gould's collection of Australian birds is housed. Joseph returned to Australia in 2005 to become Director of the Australian National Wildlife Collection. In 2009 his book, Boom and bust, edited with Libby Robin and Rob Heinsohn, was awarded the Whitley Prize for the Best Australian Natural History Book.



1980 - 1988
Career position - Editor, South Australian ornithologist
Education - BSc (hons), University of Adelaide
December 1983 - September 1988
Career position - Editor, RAOU monographs
Education - PhD, University of Queensland
1994 - 1997
Career position - Visiting Professor, Laboratorio de EvoluciĆ³n, Faculdad de Ciencias, Montevideo, Uruguay
1997 - 2005
Career position - Chair and Assistant Curator, Department of Ornithology, Academy of National Sciences of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
2005 -
Career position - Director, Australian National Wildlife Collection, CSIRO
Award - Whitley Award, Best Australian Natural History Book (shared), Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales
Award - D. L. Serventy Award, Birdlife Australia

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Anon, '2018 Serventy Medal citation: Leo Joseph', Emu, 118 (4) (2018), 389-90. Details


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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