Adelaide Medical School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Dr Eleanor Peirce is a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Anatomy and Pathology, School of Medicine within the Faculty of Health Sciences. She is the coordinator for the Anatomical Sciences major, and the courses Comparative Reproductive Biology of Mammals, Biology and Development of Human Tissues, and Cells and Tissues. She also contributes to coordination of the Honours program in the School of Medicine.
Dr Peirce has previously contributed to the teaching and management of the Bachelor of Health Sciences program, and was Academic Coordinator and Manager for this program from 2000-2011. During this time she coordinated courses in Human Biology and was one of the first staff to apply the "Research Skills Development (RSD)" approach to curriculum development and assessment in her courses.
Dr Peirce completed her PhD in 2000 on the factors influencing male germ cell production in two species of Conilurine rodents from Australia's arid zone, the plains mouse Pseudomys australis and the spinifex hopping mouse, Notomys alexis. Her current research interests include the influences of postcopulatory sexual selection on testis size and architecture, and sperm numbers and morphology.
Reproductive Biology Research Group
Our research group is interested in the comparative morphology and evolution of gametes, gonads and external genitalia of Australian mammals. We have found great diversity in these characteristics across the species investigated and we are now exploring the functional implications of this diversity. We have published extensively in this field with articles in Nature and New Scientist as well as in the more specialist scientific journals. In addition, we are involved in developing reproductive technological procedures for long-term storage of sperm and eggs from some of these species to assist with conservation programs.
In particular our current research interests include studies on:
• Factors determining the efficiency of gamete production across species
• Factors determining sperm shape and size
• Co-evolution of molecules involved in sperm-egg interaction at fertilisation
• Environmental control of reproduction
Date Position Institution name 2012 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide 1995 - 2011 Lecturer, Level B University of Adelaide 1992 - 1994 Lecturer, Level A University of Adelaide 1986 - 1991 Tutor University of Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2010 Teaching Award University of Adelaide Excellence in Education Award for Faculty of Health Sciences University of Adelaide Australia — 2008 Teaching Award Faculty of Health Sciences Executive Dean's Prize For Excellence in Teaching University of Adelaide Australia —
Date Institution name Country Title 2000 University of Adelaide Australia PhD 1982 University of Adelaide Australia BSc(Hons) 1979 - 1981 University of Adelaide Australia BSc
Year Citation 2012 Ricci, M., Peirce., Lee, I., & Willison, J. (2012). Potential and problems of explicit research skill development in
undergraduate physics, chemistry, biochemistry and geology. In Proceedings of The Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education. Sydney.
2011 Smith, S., Peirce, E., & Ricci, M. (2011). Equity in group work methodologies. In G. Williams, P. Statham, & N. Brown (Eds.), Changing demands, changing directions: Proceedings ASCILITE Hobart 2011 (pp. 1151-1156). Hobart. 2010 Peirce, E., Ricci, M., & Willison, J. (2010). Teaching research at a research-intensive university - can it be done in first year courses?. In Proceedings of the First Year in Higher Education Conference. Adelaide. 2010 Ricci, M., & Peirce, E. (2010). Can peer input improve the first year learning experience?. In Proceedings of the First Year in Higher Education Conference. Adelaide. 2009 Peirce, E., Ricci, M., Lee, I., & Willison, J. (2009). First year human biology students in the ivory tower.. In Proceedings of The Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (pp. 91-97). Sydney. 2009 Peirce, E., Ricci, M., Lee, I., & Willison, J. (2009). First-year human biology students in the ivory tower. In Proceedings of the Motivating Science Undergraduates: Ideas and Interventions Conference (pp. 91-97). Sydney: UniServe Science. 2009 Willison, J., Peirce, E., & Ricci, M. (2009). Towards student autonomy in literature and field research. In Proceedings of the 32rd HERDSA Annual Conference (pp. 483-491). New South Wales: HERDSA. 2007 Peirce, E., Ricci, M., Willison, J., & O'Regan, K. (2007). Incorporating the development of research skills into level I undergraduate human biology courses. In Teaching and Research: Making the Connections in Health Sciences, Health Sciences conference 2007: a conference for University Teachers, 8th-9th November, 2007, University of South Australia. Adelaide, South Australia: Division of Health Sciences, University of South Australia. 2007 Peirce, E., & Ricci, M. (2007). Application of a research skills framework for learning and teaching in Human Biology. In HERDSA (Ed.), Conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (pp. 1). NSW: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. 2007 Peirce, E., Ricci, M., & Willison, J. (2007). Incorporating the development of research skills into level 1
undergraduate human biology courses.. In Proceedings of Teaching and Research: Making the connection in Health Sciences Conference. Adelaide.
2007 Peirce, E., & Ricci, M. (2007). Application of a research skills framework for learning and teaching in Human Biology.. In Proceedings of the National Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference. Adelaide.
Year Citation 2011 Willison, J., Ricci, M., & Peirce, E. (2011). Long-term performance measures of research skill development with first year human biology students. Poster session presented at the meeting of Proceedings of The Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education. Melbourne. 2009 Wechalekar, H., Setchell, B., Breed., Ricci, M., Leigh, C., & Peirce. (2009). Whole body heat exposure induces apoptosis in mouse caudal epididymal spermatozoa. Poster session presented at the meeting of Reproduction, Fertility and Development. Adelaide, S.A.: CSIRO Publisjing.
2000 Peirce, E., & Breed, W. (2000). Testis size and sperm numbers in the adult hopping mouse, Notomys alexis - an update. Poster session presented at the meeting of Proceedings of the Australian Mammal Society Inc. 2000 Conference. Australia: Australian Mammal Society.
Postgraduate Course Coordination
|2015||Acting Chair of School of Medical Sciences HDR Committee|
|2012-2014||Postgraduate Coordinator responsible for oversight of HDR candidate cohort commencing studies in the School of Medical Sciences in 2012|
Undergraduate Course Coordination
|2016-present||Biology and Development of Human Tissues||2||BHlthSc|
|2016-present||Cells and Tissues||2||BSc|
|2015-present||Comparative Reproductive Biology of Mammals||3||BHlthSc, BSc|
|2010-present||Anatomy and Pathology Honours||Honours||BHlthSc|
|1993-2014||Human Biology IB||1||BHlthSc|
|1993-2010||Human Biology IA||1||BHlthSc|
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2007 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Direct and indirect effects of whole body heat exposure on germ cells and spermatozoa. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Harsha Wechalekar 2002 - 2008 Co-Supervisor Testis Size, Sperm Pleiomorphism and Extra-Testicular Sperm Maturation in the Spinifex Hopping Mouse, Notomys alexis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Melissa Bauer
Other Supervision Activities
Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name 1983 - 1999 Principal Supervisor A Comparative study of germ cell production in two species of native Australian Rodents University of Adelaide — Doctorate — Eleanor Peirce
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