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Biographical entry Kikkawa, Jiro (1929 - 2016)

15 December 1929
30 May 2016


Jiro Kikkawa, Head of the Department of Zoology, University of Queensland 1980-1988, is well known for his work on silvereyes on the off-shore islands of the Great Barrier Reef and his publications on the biogeography of Australian rainforest birds. He has also fostered scientific links between Australia and Japan.


Born Japan, 15 December 1929. AM 1999. Educated Tokyo University of Fisheries (degree in marine biology 1950) and Kyoto University (DSc 1961). Technical Officer, Fisheries Agency, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Japan 1950-53; postgraduate study, Kyoto University 1954; postgraduate study at University of Oxford on a British Council Scholarship 1955-57; member of Water Pollution Study Team touring United States 1958; Teaching Fellow, University of Otago 1958-61; Temporary Lecturer, University of New England 1961-64; Senior Lecturer/Reader in Zoology, University of Queensland 1965-79; Professor and Head of Department of Zoology 1980-88. First Director, Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical Forest Ecology, north Queensland. Gold Medal, Ecological Society of Australia 1986; D.L. Serventy Medal, Birds Australia 1999. President, Queensland Ornithological Society 1972-75; president, Ecological Society of Australia 1974-76.

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  • 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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