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.
Date Position Institution name 2016 - 2020 Postdoctoral Fellow Curtin University 2016 - 2016 Sessional Lecturer University of Notre Dame Australia 2011 Research Adjunct Kings Park Botanic Gardens 2010 - 2014 Postdoctoral Research Associate University of Western Australia
Date Institution name Country Title 2007 - 2012 The University of Western Australia Australia PhD 2000 - 2004 The University of Western Australia Australia BSc (Hons)
Year Citation 2020 Tomlinson, S., Lewandrowski, W., Elliott, C. P., Miller, B. P., & Turner, S. R. (2020). High-resolution distribution modeling of a threatened short-range endemic plant informed by edaphic factors. Ecology and Evolution, 10(2), 763-777.
2020 Phillips, R., Bohman, B., Brown, G., Tomlinson, S., & Peakall, R. (2020). A specialised pollination system using nectar-seeking thynnine wasps in Caladenia nobilis (Orchidaceae). Plant biology (Stuttgart, Germany), 22(2), 157-166.
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2020 White, L., Catterall, C., Tomlinson, S., & Taffs, K. (2020). Rare or overlooked? The distribution of Hairy Jointgrass in north coast New South Wales, Australia, and implications for its conservation status. Journal for Nature Conservation, 54, 125792-1-125792-15.
2020 Cross, S., Craig, M., Tomlinson, S., & Bateman, P. (2020). I don't like crickets, I love them: invertebrates are an important prey source for varanid lizards. Journal of Zoology, 310(4), 323-333.
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2020 Rajapakshe, R. P., Turner, S. R., Cross, A. T., & Tomlinson, S. (2020). Hydrological and thermal responses of seeds from four co-occurring tree species from southwest Western Australia. Conservation Physiology, 8(1), coaa021-1-coaa021-14.
2020 Cross, S., Craig, M., Tomlinson, S., Dixon, K., & Bateman, P. (2020). Using monitors to monitor ecological restoration: presence may not indicate persistence. Austral Ecology, OnlinePubl., 1-12.
2020 Tomlinson, S. (2020). The construction of small-scale, quasi-mechanistic spatial models of insect energetics in habitat restoration: a case study of beetles in Western Australia. Diversity and Distributions, 26(8), 1016-1033.
2019 Cross, S., Tomlinson, S., Craig, M., & Bateman, P. (2019). The Time Local Convex Hull method as a tool for assessing responses of fauna to habitat restoration: A case study using the perentie (Varanus giganteus: Reptilia: Varanidae). Australian Journal of Zoology, 67(1), 27-37.
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2019 Tomlinson, S. (2019). Starvation and stress: no place to call home.. Conservation physiology, 7(1), coz047.
2019 Cross, S., Tomlinson, S., Craig, M., Dixon, K., & Bateman, P. (2019). Overlooked and undervalued: The neglected role of fauna and a global bias in ecological restoration assessments. Pacific Conservation Biology, 25(4), 331-341.
2019 Tomlinson, S. (2019). The mathematics of thermal sub-optimality: nonlinear regression characterization of thermal performance of reptile metabolic rates. Journal of Thermal Biology, 81, 49-58.
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2019 Saatkamp, A., Cochrane, A., Commander, L., Guja, L. K., Jimenez-Alfaro, B., Larson, J., . . . Walck, J. L. (2019). A research agenda for seed-trait functional ecology.. The New phytologist, 221(4), 1764-1775.
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2018 Tomlinson, S., Dalziell, E. L., Withers, P. C., Lewandrowski, W., Dixon, K. W., & Merritt, D. J. (2018). Measuring metabolic rates of small terrestrial organisms by fluorescence-based closed-system respirometry. Journal of Experimental Biology, 221(7), jeb172874-1-jeb172874-8.
2018 Tarszisz, E., Tomlinson, S., Harrison, M. E., Morrogh-Bernard, H. C., & Munn, A. J. (2018). An ecophysiologically informed model of seed dispersal by orangutans: linking animal movement with gut passage across time and space. Conservation Physiology, 6(1), coy013-1-coy013-15.
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2018 Tomlinson, S., Webber, B. L., Bradshaw, S. D., Dixon, K. W., & Renton, M. (2018). Incorporating biophysical ecology into high-resolution restoration targets: insect pollinator habitat suitability models. Restoration Ecology, 26(2), 338-347.
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2018 Tarszisz, E., Tomlinson, S., Harrison, M. E., Morrough-Bernard, H. C., & Munn, A. J. (2018). Gardeners of the forest: effects of seed handling and ingestion by orangutans on germination success of peat forest plants. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 123(1), 125-134.
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2018 Tomlinson, S., Rummer, J., Hultine, K., & Cooke, S. (2018). Crossing boundaries in conservation physiology. Conservation Physiology, 6(1), coy015-1-coy015-5.
2018 Tomlinson, S. (2018). Some seriously fishy research puts holes in movement barriers. Conservation Physiology, 6(1), 1 page.
2018 Tarszisz, E., Tomlinson, S., Harrison, M., Morrogh-Bernard, H., & Munn, A. (2018). Corrigendum: Gardeners of the forest: Effects of seed handling and ingestion by orangutans on germination success of peat forest plants [Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 123, 1, (2018), 125�134]doi 10.1093/biolinnean/blx133. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 124(2), 278.
2017 Dalziell, E. L., & Tomlinson, S. (2017). Reduced metabolic rate indicates declining viability in seed collections: an experimental proof-of-concept. Conservation Physiology, 5(1), cox058-1-cox058-10.
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2017 Tomlinson, S., Dixon, K. W., Didham, R. K., & Bradshaw, S. D. (2017). Landscape context alters cost of living in honeybee metabolism and feeding. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284(1848), 20162676-1-20162676-8.
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2017 Tomlinson, S. (2017). Down the rabbit hole: how complex do eco-physiological models need to be?. Conservation physiology, 5(1), cox015.
2016 Nevill, P. G., Tomlinson, S., Elliott, C. P., Espeland, E. K., Dixon, K. W., & Merritt, D. J. (2016). Seed production areas for the global restoration challenge.. Ecology and evolution, 6(20), 7490-7497.
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2016 Tomlinson, S. (2016). Novel approaches to the calculation and comparison of thermoregulatory parameters: Non-linear regression of metabolic rate and evaporative water loss in Australian rodents.. Journal of thermal biology, 57, 54-65.
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2016 Ayton, S., Tomlinson, S., Phillips, R., Dixon, K., & Withers, P. (2016). Phenophysiological variation of a bee that regulates hive humidity, but not hive temperature. Journal of Experimental Biology, 219(10), 1552-1562.
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2015 Tomlinson, S., & Phillips, R. D. (2015). Differences in metabolic rate and evaporative water loss associated with sexual dimorphism in thynnine wasps. Journal of Insect Physiology, 78, 62-68.
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2015 Tomlinson, S., Dixon, K. W., Didham, R. K., & Bradshaw, S. D. (2015). Physiological plasticity of metabolic rates in the invasive honey bee and an endemic Australian bee species. Journal of Comparative Physiology B: Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology, 185(8), 835-844.
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2015 Tomlinson, S., & Menz, M. H. (2015). Does metabolic rate and evaporative water loss reflect differences in migratory strategy in sexually dimorphic hoverflies?. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology, 190, 61-67.
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2014 Tomlinson, S., Withers, P. C., & Maloney, S. K. (2014). Huddling behaviour and energetics of Sminthopsis spp. (Marsupialia, Dasyruidae) in response to environmental challenge. Physiology and Behavior, 128, 9-15.
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2014 Tomlinson, S., Arnall, S. G., Munn, A., Bradshaw, S. D., Maloney, S. K., Dixon, K. W., & Didham, R. K. (2014). Applications and implications of ecological energetics. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 29(5), 280-290.
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2014 Tomlinson, S., Mathialagan, P., & Maloney, S. (2014). Special K: Testing the potassium link between radioactive rubidium (⁸⁶Rb) turnover and metabolic rate. Journal of Experimental Biology, 217(7), 1040-1045.
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2014 Nevill, P., Bradbury, D., Williams, A., Tomlinson, S., & Krauss, S. (2014). Genetic and palaeo-climatic evidence for widespread persistence of the coastal tree species Eucalyptus gomphocephala (Myrtaceae) during the Last Glacial Maximum. Annals of Botany, 113(1), 55-67.
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2013 Mason, L., Tomlinson, S., Withers, P., & Main, B. (2013). Thermal and hygric physiology of Australian burrowing mygalomorph spiders (Aganippe spp.). Journal of Comparative Physiology B: Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology, 183(1), 71-82.
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2013 Tomlinson, S., Maloney, S. K., Withers, P. C., Voigt, C. C., & Cruz-Neto, A. P. (2013). From doubly labelled water to half-life; validating radio-isotopic rubidium turnover to measure metabolism in small vertebrates. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 4(7), 619-628.
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2012 Tomlinson, S., Withers, P. C., & Maloney, S. K. (2012). Comparative thermoregulatory physiology of two dunnarts, Sminthopsis macroura and Sminthopsis ooldea (Marsupialia:Dasyuridae). Australian Journal of Zoology, 60(1), 54-63.
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2012 Tomlinson, S., Withers, P., & Maloney, S. (2012). Flexibility in thermoregulatory physiology of two dunnarts, Sminthopsis macroura and Sminthopsis ooldea (Marsupialia; Dasyuridae). Journal of Experimental Biology, 215(13), 2236-2246.
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2012 Tomlinson, S., & Phillips, R. (2012). Metabolic rate, evaporative water loss and field activity in response to temperature in an ichneumonid wasp. Journal of Zoology, 287(2), 81-90.
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2008 Tomlinson, S., & Withers, P. (2008). Biogeographical effects on body mass of native Australian and introduced mice, Pseudomys hermannsburgensis and Mus domesticus: An inquiry into Bergmann's Rule. Australian Journal of Zoology, 56(6), 423-430.
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2007 Tomlinson, S., Withers, P., & Cooper, C. (2007). Hypothermia versus torpor in response to cold stress in the native Australian mouse Pseudomys hermannsburgensis and the introduced house mouse Mus musculus. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - A Molecular and Integrative Physiology, 148(3), 645-650.
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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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