Phone: + 61 (3) 59512844
Mail: Phillip Island Nature Parks, PO Box 97, Cowes Vic. 3922, Australia
Mammal and seabird ecology
- Foraging behaviour of Australian fur seals
- Population status of Australian and New Zealand fur seals
- Diseases of Australian fur seals
- Interactions between seals and humans
- Little penguin foraging ranges
- Swamp wallaby ecology
- Red fox biology and management
Roger joined the Research Department at Phillip Island Nature Parks in 1997, following the completion of his Ph.D. on Emperor Penguin foraging ecology (University of Tasmania). At Phillip Island, his focus has been the Australian fur seal; one of the largest colonies of this species is on Seal Rocks near Phillip Island. Roger’s research involves field trips to off-shore islands around south-eastern Australia. His role also includes research on seabirds and terrestrial mammals (native and introduced). Roger received the title of Adjunct professor from Deakin University in 2009.
Current / recent students
- Lachlan McLean. Impacts of sea level change on Australian fur seals. (BSc Hons., Deakin Uni. - with John Arnould)
- Marcus Salton. Foraging behaviour of Australian fur seals in relation to temperature gradients. (PhD, Macquarie Uni., Sydney - with Rob Harcourt & David Slip).
- Mary Cowling. Responses of New Zealand fur seals to boat approaches. (MSc, Victoria University, St Albans - with Carol Scarpaci).
- Michael Lynch (2012). Disease surveillance and epidemiological investigations in Australian fur seal populations. (PhD, Deakin Uni. - with John Arnould & Padraig Duignan).
- Victoria Dixon (2011). Diving behaviour of juvenile Australian fur seals. (BSc Hons., Deakin University, Burwood – with John Arnould).
- Julia Back (2010). Responses of Australian fur seals to boat activity. (MSc, Deakin University, Burwood – with John Arnould).
- Linda Garlepp (2010). Climatic orrelates of haul-out behaviour by Australian fur seals, Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus. (BSc Hons., Monash University, Clayton – with Murray Logan).
Selected recent publications
Lynch, M., Kirkwood, R., Gray, R., Robson, D., Burton, G., Jones, L., Sinclair, R. & Arnould, J. P. Y. (2012) Characterization and causality investigations of an alopecia syndrome in Australian fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus). Journal of Mammalogy 93(2): 504-513
Kirkwood, R. & Arnould, J. P. Y. (2011) Foraging trip strategies and habitat use during late pup rearing by lactating Australian fur seals. Australian Journal of Zoology 59:216-226
Berry, O. and Kirkwood, R. (2010). An assessment of eradication potential: demographics of recruitment in an invasive species revealed by serial sampling, dental aging and microsatellite genotyping. Journal of Wildlife Management 74(8): 1661-1670
Lancaster, M., Arnould, J. P. Y. and Kirkwood, R. (2010). Genetic status of the Australian fur seal following historical over-harvesting. Animal Conservation 13(3), 247-255.
Kirkwood, R., Pemberton, D., Gales, R., Hoskins, A., Mitchell, T., Shaughnessy, P. D. and Arnould, J. P. Y. (2010). Continued population recovery by Australian fur seals. Marine and Freshwater Research 61, 695-701.
Deagle, B., Kirkwood, R. and Jarman, S. (2009). Analysis of Australian fur seal diet by pyrosequencing prey DNA in faeces. Molecular Ecology 17, 2022-2038.
Kirkwood, R., Warneke, R. M. and Arnould, J. P. Y. (2009). Recolonization of Bass Strait, Australia, by the New Zealand fur seal Arctocephalus forsteri. Marine Mammal Science 25(2), 441-449.
Arnould, J. P. Y. and Kirkwood, R. (2008). Habitat selection in a benthic diver: the foraging areas of female Australian fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus). Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Systems 17,S53-S67.
Kirkwood, R., Hume, F. and Hindell, M. (2008). Sea temperature variations mediate annual changes in the diet of Australian fur seals in Bass Strait. Marine Ecology Progress Series 369,297-309.
Kirkwood, R., Lawton, K., Moreno, C., Valencia, J., Schlatter, R. and Robertson, G. (2007). Estimates of Southern Rockhopper and Macaroni Penguin numbers at the Ildefonso and Diego Ramírez Archipelagos, Chile, using quadrat and distance-sampling techniques. Waterbirds 30,258-267.
McLean, S., Brandon, S. and Kirkwood, R. (2007). Stability of cabergoline in fox baits during laboratory and field trials. Wildlife Research 34, 239-246.
A/Prof. John Arnould Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University
Dr Oliver Berry Invasive Animals CRC, University of Western Australia
Dr Bruce Deagle Aust. Marine Mammal Centre, Aust. Antarctic Division, Tas.
Dr Rosemary Gales Marine Section, DPIPWE, Tasmania
A/Prof Simon Goldsworthy SARDI, South Australia
Prof. Mark Hindell School of Zoology, University of Tasmania
Andrew Hoskins Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University
Fiona Hume Visiting Fellow from Tasmania
Dr Melanie Lancaster Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide
Dr Murray Logan Biological Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne
Dr Michael Lynch Veterinary Dept., Zoos Victoria, Melbourne
Prof. Stuart McLean Pharmacy, University of Tasmania
Tony Mitchell Dept. of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria
Dr David Pemberton Threatened Species Section, DPIPWE, Tasmania
Dr Graham Robertson Australian Antarctic Division, Tasmania
Dr Peter Shaughnessy South Australian Museum
Robert Warneke Blackwood Lodge, Tasmania