I am a passionate animal behaviourist with a fondness for rodents. I studied a BSc majoring in Zoology and Ecology, Environment and Conservation at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, South Africa, and followed this with a BSc Honours in Zoology, focusing on the behavioural ecology of Kalahari tree skinks Mabyua spilogaster. I then moved to the University of Pretoria, South Africa, to study an MSc with specialisation in Mammalogy. I returned to Wits to study my PhD under the supervision of Prof. Neville Pillay. My project focused on the ontogeny and function of paternal care behaviour in the African striped mouse Rhabdomys pumilio. I moved to James Cook University in 2012, where I am currently employed in the College of Science and Engineering. My current research focuses on the behaviour of Australian mammals, specifically the fawn-footed mosaic-tailed rat Melomys cervinipes, although I have some students favouring marine gastropods.

  • BZ1006: Diversity of Life (Level 1; CNS)
  • BZ2490: Toolkit for the Field Biologist (Level 2; CNS)
  • BZ2820: Evolutionary Biology (Level 2; CNS)
  • BZ3061: Behavioural Ecology (Level 3; CNS)
  • BZ5061: Behavioural Ecology (Level 5; CNS)
  • BZ5820: Evolutionary Biology (Level 5; CNS)
  • BZ5990: Toolkit for the Field Biologist (Level 5; CNS)
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 33+ research outputs authored by Dr Tasmin Rymer from 2007 onwards.

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Pozible.com - Crowdfunding -

Coping with change: personality, hormones and bacteria

Indicative Funding
Environmental change is going to have a significant impact on animals. However, we have little understanding of how individuals will cope with these changes. I aim to study the characteristics (personality, physiology, microbial community) of animals that may help them cope, using the fawn-footed mosaic-tailed rat as a model. Personality is assessed using behaviour. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) is used to assess hormone concentrations while gut microbial diversity is assessed via DNA extraction and 16s amplicon sequencing. I will be able to provide a resilience guideline that can then be applied to other species.
Tasmin Rymer (College of Science & Engineering)
Crowdfunding; Environmental Change; Microbiome; Personality; Hormones; Stress; fawn-footed mosaic-tailed rat; Melomys Cervinipes (muridae); ELISA

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • A revision of Canarium urceus Linnaeus 1758 (s.l.) contrasting classical and phylogenetic taxonomy (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • From factors to contexts: analysing changes in funnel-web spider personality based on venom profile, body state and condition (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • The Ontogeny of Problem Solving in an Australian Rodent Melomys cervinipes (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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