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Dr James Van Dyke Senior Lecturer, Pharmacy & Biomedical Sci

I am an integrative biologist and use a wide range of approaches to answer two key questions in animal biology:

1) How do animal reproductive strategies evolve and function in changing environments?
2) How can we develop better conservation methods for declining species through an understanding of their reproductive biology and ecology?

To answer the first question, I lead and collaborate on a range of studies on the genetics, physiology, and function of the placenta in diverse vertebrate groups, including lizards, sharks, and mammals.

In the second, I am leading and collaborating on long-term conservation research on Australian freshwater turtles in the Murray-Darling system. This work not only focuses on turtles, but also has direct consequences for broader management and conservation of freshwater ecosystems.

Please email me if you are interested in pursuing post-graduate or honours research on topics related to these questions.


Active Grants:
1) Commonwealth Environmental Water Office (CEWO) Grant (2018)
Project Title: Monitoring, Evaluation and Research in the Edward-Wakool Selected Area
2019 to 2021
Funding Amount: $151,856 AUD
Coauthored with: Prof Robyn Watts, Dr Nicole McCasker, Dr Julia Howitt, et al., Charles Sturt University

2) Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (2016)
Project Title: The recovery of the imperilled Bellinger River Snapping Turtle, Myuchelys
georgesi
Funding Amount: $16,000 USD
Coauthored with: PhD student Kristen Petrov and Assoc Prof Ricky Spencer, Western Sydney University

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