Publications

Underlined authors = Honours or PhD student

2018

Edwards, A., Cameron, E., Deakin, J., Ezaz, T., Pereira, J., Ferguson-Smith, M., Robert, K.A. (2018) Sexual conflict in action: an antagonistic relationship between maternal and paternal sex allocation in the tammar wallaby, Notamacropus eugenii. Ecology and evolution. Accepted 23 November 2018.

Griffiths, S., Lumsden, L.,Bender, R., Irvine, R., Godinho, L.N., Visintin, C., Eastick, D.L., Robert, K.A., Lentini, P.E. (2018) Long-term monitoring suggests bat boxes may alter local bat community structure. Australian Mammalogy. [link to online article]

Dimovski, A. & Robert, K.A. (2018) Artificial light pollution: shifting spectral wavelengths to mitigate physiological and health consequences in a nocturnal marsupial mammal. Journal of Experimental Zoology. 2018:1–9. [link to online article]

Griffiths, S., Lentini, P., Semmens, K., Watson, S., Lumsden, L., Robert, K.A. (2018) Chainsaw-Carved Cavities Better Mimic the Thermal Properties of Natural Tree Hollows than Nest Boxes and Log Hollows. Forests: 9(5): 235. [link to online article]

Journal Cover – May 2018

Featured in The Sydney Morning Herald, May 2018 “Could chainsaws fix our animal habitat problem?”

Jeronimo, S., Khadraoui, M., Wang, D., Martin, K., Lesku, J.A., Robert, K.A., Schlicht, E., Forstmeier, W., Kempenaers, B. (2018) Plumage colour manipulation has no effect on social dominance or fitness in zebra finches. Behavioural Ecology. 29(2):459–467. [link to online article]

Atkins, Z.S., Clemann, N., Schroder, M., Chapple, D.G., Davis, N.E., Robinson, W., Wainer, J., Robert, K.A. (2018) Consistent temporal variation in the diet of an endangered alpine lizard across two sky-islands. Austral Ecology. 43: 339-351. [link to online article]

2017

Humphrey, J., Robert, K.A., & Leonard, S. (2017) Elliot traps found to be ineffective for the survey of swamp skink (Lissolepis coventryi): a cautionary tale of outdated survey guidelines. Wildlife Research.  44(6-7):514-522. [link to online article]

Griffiths, S.R., Bender, R., Godinho, L.N., Lumsden, L.F., & Robert, K.A. (2017) Bat boxes are not a silver bullet conservation tool. Mammal Review. 47: 261-265. [link to online article]

Noy, E.E., Scott, M.K., Rayment, D.J., Grommen, S.V.H., Robert, K.A., & DeGroef, B. (2017) Molecular cloning and tissue distribution of Crh and Pomc mRNA in the fat-tailed dunnart (Sminthopsis crassicaudata), an Australian marsupial. Gene. 627: 26-31. [link to online article]

Griffiths, S.R., Rowland, J.A., Briscoe, N.J., Lentini, P.E., Handasyde, K.A., Lumsden, L.F., & Robert, K.A. (2017) Surface reflectance drives nest box temperature profiles and thermal stability for target taxa. PLoS ONE 12(5): e0176951. [link to online article]

2016

Khan, N., Peters, R., Richardson, E., & Robert, K.A. (2016) Maternal corticosterone exposure has transgenerational effects on grand-offspring. Biology Letters 12: 20160627. [link to online article]

Khan, N., Peters R., & Robert, K.A. (2016) Compensating for a stressful start: maternal corticosterone, offspring survival, and size at fledging in the Zebra finch, Taeniopygia guttata. Emu. 116(3): 262-272. [link to online article]

Schwanz, L.E & Robert, K.A. (2016) Costs of rearing the wrong sex: Cross-fostering to manipulate offspring sex in Tammar wallabies. PLoS ONE 11(2): e0146011. [link to online article]

2015

Robert, K.A., Lesku, J.A., Partecke, J., & Chambers, B. (2015) Artificial light at night desynchronizes strictly seasonal reproduction in a wild mammal. Proc. R. Soc. B. 282:20151745. doi:10.1098/rspb.2015.1745 [link to online article]

Featured in Science, October 2015 “Light pollution – Stay away from the light”

Featured in Science News, September 2015 “Lights at night trick wild wallabies into breeding late”

Featured in ABC Science News, September 2015,  “Light pollution delays wallaby reproduction and puts joeys at risk”

Featured in Smithsonian magazine, September 2015 “Mother wallabies are delaying births due to bright lights”

Featured in Discovery News, October 2015 “Light pollution delays wallaby reproduction”

Moore, E.P.B., Hayward, M. & Robert, K.A. (2015) High density, maternal condition and stress are associated with male-biased sex allocation in a marsupial. Journal of Mammalogy. 96(6): 1203–1213. [link to online article]

Rehenberg, L.K., Robert, K.A., Watson, S., & Peters, R.A. (2015) The effects of social interaction and environment enrichment on the space use, behaviour and stress of housecats facing a novel environment. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 169: 51-61.  [link to online article]

Featured in BBC Earth, August 2015 “What happens when cats get stressed”

Atkins, Z., Clemann, N. & Robert, K.A. (2015) Shelter site selection aids persistence of a threatened alpine lizard (Liopholis guthega) a decade after severe fire in south-eastern Australia. Journal of Herpetology. 49(2):222-229. [link to online article]

2014

Schwanz, L.E & Robert, K.A. (2014) Proximate and ultimate explanations of mammalian sex allocation in a marsupial model. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 68(7):1085–1096 [link to online article]

2013

Khan, N. & Robert, K.A. (2013) Does sex matter? Differential responses to corticosterone administration in the Zebra finch. Zoology 116(5):293-299. [link to online article]

Robert, K.A. & Schwanz, L.E. (2013) Monitoring the Health Status of Free-ranging Tammar Wallabies Using Haematology, Serum Biochemistry and Parasite Loads. Journal of Wildlife Management 77(6): 1232-1243. [link to online article]

2012

Robert, K.A., & Braun, S. (2012) Milk composition during lactation suggests a mechanism for male biased allocation of maternal resources in the Tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii). PLoS ONE 7(11): e51099. [link to online article]

Featured in Australasian Science Magazine, November 2013

Schwanz, L.E., & Robert, K.A. (2012) Reproductive ecology of wild tammar wallabies in natural and developed habitats on Garden Island, Western Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology 60(2): 111-119. [link to online article]

Featured in Science Network WA “Reproduction in tammar wallaby populations explored”

Robert, K.A. (2012) Temporal variation in the behaviour of the Australian Pelican (Pelicanus conspicillatus) in an urban wetland environment. Australian Field Ornithology. 29: 93-101. [link to online article]

2011

Robert, K.A. & Schwanz, L.E. (2011) Review Article – Emerging sex allocation research in mammals: marsupials and the pouch advantage. Mammal Review. 41:1-22. [link to online article]

2010

Robert, K.A., & Bronikowski, A.M. (2010) Evolution of senescence in nature: physiological evolution in populations of garter snake with divergent life histories. American Naturalist. 175:147–159. [link to online article]

Featured in Natural History Magazine, November 2010, Samplings. “Old cold-bloods”

Robert, K.A., Schwanz, L.E., & Mills, H.R. (2010) Offspring sex varies with maternal investment ability: empirical demonstration based on cross-fostering. Biology Letters. 6:242-245. [link to online article

Featured in ABC Science Online, November 2010, News in Science. “Healthy wallabies give birth to boys”

Robert, K.A., & Thompson, M.B. (2010) Review Article – Viviparity and temperature-dependent sex determination. Sexual Development. 4:119-128. [link to online article]

2008

Robert, K.A., Vleck, C. & Bronikowski, A.M. (2008) The effects of maternal corticosterone levels on offspring behaviour in fast and slow-growth garter snakes (Thamnophis elegans). Hormones and Behavior. 55: 24-32. [link to online article]

2007

Robert, K.A., Brunet-Rossinni, A. & Bronikowski, A.M. (2007) Testing the “free radical theory of aging” hypothesis: Physiological differences in long lived and short lived Colubrid snakes. Aging Cell 6(3): 395-404. [link to online article]

Featured in Outside JEB, The Journal of Experimental Biology 2007 “Aging Snakes

Robert, K.A. & Thompson, M.B. (2007) Is basking opportunity in the montane water skink, Eulamprus tympanum, a species with temperature-dependant sex determination, compromised by the presence of a predator scent? Journal of Herpetology 41(2): 287-293. [link to online article]

2006

Robert, K.A., Thompson, M.B., & Seebacher, F. (2006) Thermal biology of a viviparous lizard with temperature-dependent sex determination. Journal of Thermal Biology 31: 292-301. [link to online article]

Robert, K.A. (2006) An inexpensive video surveillance technique for wildlife studies. Herpetological Review 37(1): 54-56. [link to online article]

2003

Robert, K.A., Thompson, M.B., & Seebacher, F. (2003) Facultative sex allocation in the viviparous lizard Eulamprus tympanum, a species with temperature-dependent sex determination. Australian Journal of Zoology 51(4): 367-370. [link to online article]

Robert, K.A. & Thompson, M.B. (2003) Reconstructing the DS1921 Thermochron iButton to reduce size and weight as a new technique in the study of small animal thermal biology. Herpetological Review 34(2): 130-132. [link to online article]

2001

Robert, K.A. & Thompson, M.B. (2001) Sex Determination – Viviparous lizard selects sex of embryos. Nature 412: 698-699. [link to online article]

2000

Robert, K.A. & Thompson, M.B. (2000) Influence of feeding on the metabolic rate of the lizard, Eulamprus tympanum. Copeia 3: 851-855. [link to online article]

Robert, K.A. & Thompson, M.B. (2000) Energy consumption by embryos of the viviparous lizard, Eulamprus tympanum, during development. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 127: 481-486. [link to online article]