Ecology, morphology and the diversification of Australian lizards

  • Chapple, David (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Evans, Alistair (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Sumner, Joanna (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Smith Date, Katie (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Melville, Jane (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Hutchinson, Mark (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Muller, Johannes (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Meiri, Shai (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This project aims to determine the factors driving the spectacular radiation of lizards in Australia, the world’s most
diverse lizard fauna. To date, most investigations of lizard anatomy have been skin deep, focusing exclusively on external characteristics. This project aims to dig deeper by examining the underlying internal anatomy to
investigate whether morphological innovation is associated with enhanced rates of ecological, life-history and
species diversification. This aims to shed light on the evolution of Australia’s most diverse vertebrate lineage, and
crucially, provide comparative data with which to interpret the lizard fossil record in Australia, and the range
declines and relative extinction risks of native lizard species.
Effective start/end date9/10/189/10/21