Associate Professor Michael Schwarz

Associate Professor

College of Science and Engineering

Research expertise

We use genetic, genomic and behavioural apporaches to understand issues in island biogeography, speciation and social evolution. We also explore these issues throug the lens of conservation biology and locl adaptations.

Research expertise

We use genetic, genomic and behavioural apporaches to understand issues in island biogeography, speciation and social evolution. We also explore these issues throug the lens of conservation biology and locl adaptations.

place Biological Sciences (162/160)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
My research combines social evolution, ecology, molecular phylogenetics, phylogeography and evolutionary ecology.  A major focus is to reconstruct historical evolutionary events, including those that have been influenced by past episodes of climate change.  Our research therefore has broad implications for understanding broad evolutionary theories, the genesis of biodiversity, and threats of extinction.  My  field work has been based in Africa, Asia, Madagascar, South America, and all regions of Australia, and our molecular work is carried out at the South Australian Research Facility for Molecular Ecology and Evolution.
Qualifications
B.Sc. (Hons), Monash University (1982)
PhD, Monash University (1987)
Key responsibilities
Primary research activity, postgraduate supervision, Honours Supervision, Coordination and delivery of teaching at Honours-level topics, delivery of multiple undergraduate topics in Biology.
Research expertise
Ecology
Evolutionary biology
Genetics
Zoology
Research interests
Evolution, phylogenetics, phylogeography, bees, thrips, social evolution, rates of adaptive and non-adaptive evolution, diversification of species over time
Supervisory interests
Evolution
Evolution and conservation
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Evolutionary biology (1)
Associate supervisor: Evolutionary biology (2)
Completion
Principal supervisor: Evolutionary biology (14)
Associate supervisor: Evolutionary biology (3)
Publications
Expert for media contact
Bees
Birds
Ecology
Insects
Mammals
Behaviour
Behaviour and Ecology of Thrips
Biogeography
Molecular Evolution
Native Bees
Social Evolution of Insects
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Media expertise
  • Bees
  • Birds
  • Ecology
  • Insects
  • Mammals
Interests
  • Behaviour
  • Behaviour and Ecology of Thrips
  • Biogeography
  • Molecular Evolution
  • Native Bees
  • Social Evolution of Insects