BSc, General Biology and Ecology, Florida Institute of Technology, 2004 PhD, Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, 2011
Dr James Van Dyke is an ecophysiologist interested how animals "work", and how they are affected by environmental disturbances, like pollution or global warming. He applies his work to understand how animals decline as a result of environmental change. He completed his PhD at the University of Arkansas in 2011, which focused on reproductive biology of vertebrates, mainly snakes and turtles. From 2011-2012, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at Virginia Tech, where he assessed how turtles were impacted by a massive coal fly-ash spill in Tennessee, USA. He then moved to The University of Sydney on a National Science Foundation (USA) International Research Fellowship to study the evolution and physiology of the placenta in vertebrates (2012-2014), using lizards, mammals, and sharks as model systems. From 2015-2017, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Western Sydney University, where he studied the causes of major turtle declines in the Murray River Catchment.
Principles of Ecology (BIO112)
Vertebrate Biodiversity , Animal Ecophysiology , Comparative Animal Physiology, Human Physiology, Principles of Zoology
1) Conservation and restoration of freshwater turtles in Australia
2) Ecophysiology and conservation of alpine placental lizards (Pseudemoia and Niveoscincus)
3) Evolution of the placenta and live birth in vertebrates
Claudia Santori (PhD): Ecological roles of declining turtles in Australia
Alice Buddle (PhD): Proteomics and genomics of placental evolution in vertebrates
Heather Cameron (MS): Headstarting as a conservation tool for Australian freshwater turtles
Harriet Gabites (MS): Impact and roles of turtles on freshwater ecosystems
Kristen Petrov (Hons): "Water regulation and the dispersal of agricultural nutrients: Impacts on turtle competition in the Murray River, Australia"
Oliver Griffith (PhD): "Mechanisms of placental evolution: the genetics and physiology of pregnancy in lizards"
Professional and Public Services
Associate Editor, Journal of Herpetology
Organizer of 2015 and 2017 Australian Turtles in Crisis SymposiaProfessional member of the general committee of the Australian Herpetological Society
Invited Book Chapters