Sean Tomlinson

Dr Sean Tomlinson

ARC Grant-Funded Researcher (A)

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences


I am a conservation physiologist interested in the trade-offs and interactions between physiological or morphological adaptations and the environment or ecological niche. Furthermore, I am interested in the implications that these limitations have for the ecological role and services provided by the target organisms.

I have explored these patterns in:
the endothermy and digestive physiology of mammals, and how this constrains the energetics;
the thermal biology of ectotherms, particularly insects; and
the hydrothermal characteristics of seeds, particularly the germination of rare species.

In all instances, I have tried to guide conservation or ecological restoration practices using the insights that I have gained.

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  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Community structure and ecophysiology of hymenopteran pollinators in restored Jarrah forests Curtin University Master Emily Tudor
    2018 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Threat assessment and recovery strategies for the Western Spiny-tailed Skink (Egernia stokesii badia) Curtin University Doctorate Holly Bradley
    2017 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Thermal and droughting tolerance of seed germination as drivers of rarity and endemism Curtin University Doctorate Subhashi Rajapakshe
    2017 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Metabolic correlates of seed storage and aging Curtin University Doctorate Harrison Palmer
    2016 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Behavioural responses of Varanid lizards to mine site restoration Curtin University Doctorate Sophie Cross
    2016 - 2019 Co-Supervisor The metabolic ecology of seed storage Curtin University Postdoctorate Emma Dalziell
    2014 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Implications for wind management in restoration ecology, linking ecosystem aerodynamics to physiological drivers in arid and semi-arid systems The University of Western Australia Doctorate Erica David
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2019 - 2020 Member Scientific Advisory Committee Perth Zoo Australia
  • Position: ARC Grant-Funded Researcher (A)
  • Email: sean.tomlinson@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Benham, floor G
  • Room: G 02
  • Org Unit: School of Biological Sciences

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