Monday 26 March, 2012

Hopalong catastrophe: the cane toad invasion

Prof Rick Shine, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Sydney

Cane toads are the animals that Australians love to hate. Introduced to Queensland in 1935, toads have now spread across much of northern Australia.

In this talk, award-winning ecologist Rick Shine will review recent scientific advances in our understanding of toad biology and impact. Large predators have been decimated by toad arrival, whereas many other native species have benefited. Remarkably, the toad invasion has induced rapid evolutionary changes both in native predators (that have evolved to deal with the toads’ presence) and in the toads themselves (that have evolved to become more effective invaders).

  • Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Monday 26 March, 2012
  • Venue: Long Room, Customs House at Riverside
  • Arrangements: Doors open at 6pm. No need to book – just show up!
  • Refreshments: There will be complimentary drinks and nibblies following the talk, where Prof. Rick Shine will be available to answer any questions
  • Questions? For any further information please contact Andrew.

Rick is a Professor in Biology at the University of Sydney. His research focuses on the ecology and evolution of reptiles and amphibians, and on using field-based ecological research to resolve conservation challenges. He has published more than 750 papers in scientific journals, and is among the world’s most highly cited authors in his field. Rick has received numerous awards for excellence in research, including the E. O. Wilson Award by the American Society of Naturalists, the Mueller Medal by ANZAAS, the Macfarlane Burnet Medal by the Australian Academy of Sciences, and two Eureka Prizes (one for biodiversity research, and one for communicating science). He was elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 2003, and received an Order of Australia (AM) in 2005.


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