Charles Darwin University
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Professor Keith Christian

Professor of Zoology, Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods

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Professor Keith Christian did his PhD on the determinants of space use by Galapagos Land Iguanas at Colorado State University. He expanded his interests in tropical ecology while working at the University of Puerto Rico, before moving to Australia in 1985.

His interests include the physiological and behavioral adaptations of animals (particularly reptiles, amphibians and ants) in response to their physical environment. He has published in the areas of comparative physiology, physiological ecology, exercise physiology, thermoregulatory biology, respiratory physiology, biophysical ecology, and biological control.

Professor Christian has worked to establish methods for using weaver ants as biological control agents in tropical tree crops in northern Australia, Vietnam, Thailand, and East Timor.

Professor Christian has an interest in northern Australia’s rocks and this led to a research project exploring the communities of cyanobacteria that live under translucent rocks, such as quartz, agate, and prehnite in the Wave Hill region of the Northern Territory.

CDU is currently looking for students to undertake their higher degrees by research in the Northern Territory. Scholarships are available - apply before 31 October.

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HDR Project Opportunities with Professor Keith Christian

Little-Known Top Predators in Mangrove Ecosystems: Uncovering the Secret Life of Mangrove Snakes
This project aims to determine the environmental characteristics of mangrove snake habitats and the physiological traits that allow them to survive in the extreme and fluctuating intertidal zone.

Specifically, we will measure (1) environmental salinity and the associated osmoregulatory (salt balance) responses, (2) the thermal environment and the associated thermoregulatory responses, (3) the characteristics of available prey and the exact composition of the diet of the three sympatric snake species, and (4) the relationships of these with respect to snake movements and habitat selection on both daily and seasonal time scales.

Connect with Keith: keith.christian@cdu.edu.au

CDU is currently looking for students to undertake their Higher Degree by Research in the Northern Territory. Scholarships are available.

Apply by 31 October for Research Scholarships

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