Terry Dawson
Professor Terence (Terry) Dawson
Role: 
Honorary Visiting Professor
Field of Research: 
Environmental physiology of arid zone mammals & birds
Contact details:
Phone: 
+61 2 4267 2661
Office: 

off campus
10 Headland Avenue
Austinmer, NSW, 2515

Member of the Fowlers Gap Research Station Steering Committee

Research & Current Projects


 Research Interests

Kangaroo energetics and ecology

Ecology of arid rangelands

In the Media

ABC Science 'Hopping marsupials are super-athletes' 9th July 2013

 

Kangaroos (Second Edition) is now available

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Research Students


Recent Past

Koa Webster (PhD)

Adam Munn (PhD)

 

Publications


2007 - 2013

Dawson, T.J. and Munn, A.J. (2007). How much do kangaroos of differing age and size eat relative to domestic stock?: Implications for the arid rangelands. Pp 96-101 in the Animals of Arid Australia: out on their own? Edited by C. Dickman, D. Lunney and S. Burgin. Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, NSW, Australia.

Dawson, T.J., Blaney, C.E., McCarron, H.C.K. and Maloney, S.K. (2007). Dehydration, with and without heat, in kangaroos (Macropus giganteus and Macropus rufus) from mesic and arid habitats: different thermal responses including varying patterns in heterothermy in the field and laboratory. Journal of Comparative Physiology. B 177: 797-807.

Munn, A.J., Dawson, T.J. and Maloney, S.K (2007). Ventilation patterns in red kangaroos (Macropus rufus Desmarest): juveniles work harder than adults at thermal extremes, but extract more oxygen per breath at thermoneutrality. .Journal of Experimental Biology 210: 2723-2729.

Dawson, T. and Maloney, S. (2008). The significance of fur characteristics in solar radiation thermal challenges: An underestimated role and source of adaptability? Pp. 361-374 in Proceedings of the 4th CPB Meeting in Africa: Mara 2008 “Molecules to migration: The pressures of life.” Editors S. Morris and A. Vosloo. Medimond International Proceedings, Bologna, Italy.

Munn, A. and Dawson, T. (2008). Mechanistic explanations for juvenile kangaroo mortalities: broad implications for the population dynamics of large herbivores during climate change. Pp. 349-360 in Proceedings of the 4th CPB Meeting in Africa: Mara 2008 “Molecules to migration: The pressures of life.” Editors S. Morris and A. Vosloo. Medimond International Proceedings, Bologna, Italy.

Munn, A.J and Dawson, T.J., McLeod, S.R, Croft, D.B., Thompson M.B. and Dickman, C.R. (2008). Field metabolic rate and water turnover of red kangaroos and sheep in an arid rangeland: an empirically derived dry-sheep-equivalent for kangaroos. Australian Journal of Zoology 57: 23-28.

Dawson, T. J. and Webster, K. N.(2010). Energetic characteristics of macropodoid locomotion. In Macropods: the biology of kangaroos, wallabies and rat-kangaroos,  eds. G. Coulson and M. Eldridge), pp. 99-108. Collingwood, Vic. Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Munn, A. J. and Dawson, T. J. (2010). Mechanistic explanations for drought-related mortality of juvenile red kangaroos: implications for population dynamics and modelling. In Macropods: the biology of kangaroos, wallabies and rat-kangaroos,  eds. G. Coulson and M. Eldridge), pp. 117-126. Collingwood, Vic. Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Munn, A.J and Dawson, T.J., McLeod, S.R. (2010). Feeding biology of two functionally different foregut fermenting mammals, the marsupial red kangaroo and the ruminant sheep: how physiological ecology can inform land management. Journal of Zoology 282: 226-237.

Munn A.J, Dawson, T.J. & McLeodS. R. (2010b) Corrigendum: To Feeding biology of two functionally different foregut-fermenting mammals, the marsupial red kangaroo and the ruminant sheep: how physiological ecology can inform land management. Journal of Zoology, 283, 289.

Munn A.J, Cooper, C.E., Russell, B., Dawson, T.J., McLeodS. R & Maloney, S.K. (2012) Energy and water use by invasive goats (Capra hircus) in an Australian rangeland, and a caution against using broad-scale allometry to predict species-specific requirements. Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry A, 161, 216-229.

Webster, K. N. and Dawson, T. J. (2012).The high aerobic capacity of a small, marsupial rat-kangaroo (Bettongia penicillata) is matched by the mitochondrial and capillary morphology of its skeletal muscles. Journal of Experimental Biology. 215: 3223-3200.

Dawson, T.J., Webster, K.N., Lee, E. and Buttemer, W.A. (2013).High muscle mitochondrial volume and aerobic capacity in a small marsupial (Sminthopsis crassicaudata) reveals flexible links between energy-use levels in mammals. Journal of Experimental Biology. 216: 1330-1337.