Sean Tomlinson

Dr Sean Tomlinson

ARC Grant-Funded Researcher (A)

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences


My role at the University of Adelaide is with the Global CHEC laboratory, seeking to use paleoecology and biogeography to understand the dynamics of population decline and extinction in the fauna of Australia and New Zealand. My primary interests currently are to construct process oriented models exploring the extinction of moa in New Zealand, and the different responses of megapodes in Australia to land use change since European settlement. Our intent is to use the insights gained to identify complex interactions of threatening processes, and hopefully to reverse these processes' impacts on extant threatened species.

More broadly, I am a conservation physiologist with an interest in how physiological traits contribute to a species' niche and distribution. Furthermore, I am interested in the implications that these limitations have for the policy and practice of conservation and ecological restoration. Prior to joining the University of Adelaide I have worked across a broad range of taxa, investigating seed biology and plant physiology, insect physiology, and the physiology, movement ecology and habitat preferences of reptiles and mammals.

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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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