Dr Jeremy Robertson

Academic Status

College of Science and Engineering

place Biological Sciences (2303B)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Since growing up in India I have been a passionate naturalist and a kind letter from Gerald Durrell led me to study Zooology at Aberdeen University. As an undergraduate I became involved in research on Europeean Otters and was fortunate to rear an otter cub in my flat in Aberdeen. I also took part in two biological expeditions, one to the Outer Hebrides and the second to Ghana in West Africa. On graduating I was offered five Ph.D. scholarships including one at Cambridge, but I had to come to Australia as it is the only place (with New Guinea) that has all three Sub-Classes of mammals. Ironically I ended up working on amphibians. I worked on conservation biology in Uppsala, Sweden for seven years, and then ran my own ecotourism business on the west coast of Scotland, before returning to Australia at Flinders University.

Qualifications

I have a First Class Honours Degree from Aberdeen University, Scotland for my research on the ecology of the Orkney Vole. I first visited Australia after winning an A.N.U. Ph.D. Scholarship and although I started to work on mammals I gained my doctorate for research on the role of acoustic communication in female mate choice and male fighting in an Australian frog.

Key responsibilities

I teach fundamental biology in several core topics and am a key contributor to the Animal Behaviour degree. I believe in empowering students and as such have taken groups of Flinders undergraduates on life-changing field projects in southern Africa to experience African conservation and community issues while acquiring key skills that will bolster their future careers. I have recently initiated a new topic, BIOL2704 Biology Practicum, that will enable these students to gain academic credit for their efforts.

Research expertise
Animal behaviour
Biodiversity conservation
Communications technologies
Ecology
Environmental science and management
Evaluating quality in teachers' and learners' knowledge
Evolutionary biology
Physiology
Science education
Zoology
Teaching interests

My teaching expertise is in bioacoustics, animal behaviour, evolutionary ecology,physiology, biodiversity, conservation and ecotourism. I have research experience in most of these topics and hence can leaven my teaching with annecdotes and personal experiences that seem to annimate and enthuse the students and faciltate their learning. Biology is extremely rich in facts and this intimidates most students and overwhelms them. I utterly reject the common believe that in our data rich world with fast search engines there is no need to learn most facts, but this leads to a very narrow viewpoint and it is then impossible to grasp concepts and frameworks. Thus I emphasise core concepts explained in simpler terms, and once they understand them I show how they can be easily expanded to cover more complex examples. A further issue is that biology has a rich vocabulary of unfamiliar words that have Greek and Latin roots. It is essential to learn some of these words and I help them overcome their fear by showing the meaning of the roots and how by learning a few prefixes and suffixes they unlock many key words. My overall aim is to engender critical thinking, especially the ability to see through all the detail and grasp the core concepts.

Topic coordinator
BIOL2172 Animal Diversity
BIOL2704 Biology Practicum
Topic lecturer
BIOL3712 Physiology of Plants and Animals
BIOL3751 Marine Vertebrates
BIOL2721 Animal Behaviour 2
BIOD2701 Biodiversity & Conservation 2
BIOL2172 Animal Diversity
BIOL3003 Research Project in Biology A
BIOL3004 Research Project in Biology B
BIOD1102 Biodiversity and Conservation 1
BIOL3380 Animal Behaviour 3
BIOD8004 Biodiversity Research Project B
BIOL1711 Animal Behaviour 1
Publications
Expert for media contact
Behaviour
Biodiversity
Birds
Conservation
Ecology
Ecotourism
Third World
Tourism
Zoology
Behavioural Ecology
Bioacoustics
Community Development
Conservation Biology
Ecotourism, Sustainable Tourism, Indigenous Tourism
Innovative Teaching
Popularisation of Science
Available for contact via
Or contact the media team
+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Behaviour
  • Biodiversity
  • Birds
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Ecotourism
  • Third World
  • Tourism
  • Zoology
Interests
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Bioacoustics
  • Community Development
  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecotourism, Sustainable Tourism, Indigenous Tourism
  • Innovative Teaching
  • Popularisation of Science

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