About

Currently working on the organisation of complex systems and collective decision making, using social insects as model systems. But maintaining a healthy interests in the ecology and behaviour of bats! Moving in to broader issues of community ecology, biodiversity & conservation.

Teaching
  • BZ3061: Behavioural Ecology (Level 3; TSV)
  • BZ5061: Behavioural Ecology (Level 5; TSV)
  • SC1101: Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding (Level 1; TSV)
Interests
Professional
  • Past President: Australasian Evolution Society Curent President: International Union for the Study of Social Insects (Australasian Section)
Research
  • Social insect biology Bats Complex systems
Teaching
  • Extensive international teaching experience including curriculum development, at all levels of undergraduate and graduate study (Boston University & Harvard University USA, James Cook University & the University of Queensland, Australia).
Experience
  • 2013 to present - Professor, James Cook University (Townsville AUSTRALIA)
  • 2015 to 2018 - Academic Head Zoology & Ecology, James Cook University (Townsville AUSTRALIA)
  • 2010 to 2015 - Deputy Head School of marine & Tropical Biology, James Cook University (Townsville AUSTRALIA)
  • 2012 to 2014 - Director Centre for Tropical biodiversity & Climate Change, James Cook University (Townsville AUSTRALIA)
  • 2009 to 2012 - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Townsville AUSTRALIA)
  • 2005 to 2009 - Deputy Dean Graduate Research Studies, James Cook University (Townsville AUSTRALIA)
  • 2003 to 2008 - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville AUSTRALIA)
  • 2006 - Acting Dean Graduate Research Studies, James Cook University (Tow)
  • 2000 to 2002 - Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville AUSTRALIA)
  • 1999 to 2001 - JCU Postdoctoral Fellow, James Cook University (Townsville AUSTRALIA)
  • 1995 to 1998 - ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, James Cook University (Townsville AUSTRALIA)
Honours
Awards
  • 1986 - Commonwealth Postgraduate Fellowship (Declined)
  • 1986 - International Postgraduate Fellowship )Declined)
  • 1986 to 1993 - Graduate Scholarship, Boston University
  • 1986 to 1990 - Fulbright Scholarship: Boston University
Publications

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Current Funding

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Skyrail Rainforest Foundation - Research Funding

Nitrogen economy of the vulnerable rainforest sundew Drosera schizandra

Indicative Funding
$1,746
Summary
The project will investigate the acquisition of nitrogen (N) and prey capture by the rainforest carnivorous sundew Drosera schizandra. D. schizandra is one of only three rainforest species of carnivorous sundews in the world and endemic to Mount Bartle Frere of Wooroonooran National Park. Captured prey will be identified and measured to detect prey composition and biomass. Using N isotope ratios, the project will determine the relative contributions of prey and soil N. The outcome of the project will contribute to the ecology of rainforest carnivorous sundew and better understanding on N plasticity of the few rainforest sundews.
Investigators
Irwan Lovadi, Joe Holtum, Simon Robson and Charles Clarke (College of Science & Engineering and Division of Tropical Environments & Societies)
Keywords
Drosera schizandra; Droseraceae; Rainforest; Prey capture; Nitrogen; Ecology

AECOM Australia Pty Ltd - Contract Research

Riverway Drive Duplication - Bat Survey

Indicative Funding
$7,557
Summary
Microbat survey using acoustical methods and thermal imaging approaches, designed to determine the presence of a critically endangered bat the Bare-rumped Sheathtail bat Saccolaimus saccolaimus in targeted tree hollows.
Investigators
Simon Robson (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Chiroptera; Survey; Saccolaimus

AECOM Australia Pty Ltd - Contract Research

Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade Microbat Study

Indicative Funding
$12,352
Summary
Microbat survey of the Haughton River using acoustical methods, designed to determine the presence of a critically endangered bat the Bare-rumped Sheathtail bat Saccolaimus saccolaimus. Includes acoustic survey, search and inspection of possible roosting sites.
Investigators
Simon Robson (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Chiroptera; Survey; Saccolaimus
Supervision

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Current
  • Processes Influencing Colony Founding in the Invasive Tropical Fire Ant, Solenopsis geminata, in Northern Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Nitrogen Economies and Trapping Capacities of Selected North Queensland Drosera (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Species Interations and the Evolution of Mating Traits (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • The Effect of Invasive Toad Calls on the Calls of other Frogs (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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