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Dr Kate Sanders

Telephone +61 8 8313 3997
Position ARC Future Fellow
Fax +61 8 8313 4364
Building Darling Building
Floor/Room 2 12b
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit Ecology and Environmental Science

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B.Sc. (Honours) Zoology, 1999. The University of Aberdeen, U.K. Thesis title: ‘Resource partitioning in a community of South Indian Amphibians’. 

Ph.D. The University of Wales – Bangor, U.K. 2003. Thesis title: "Cryptic Speciation and Biogeography in Indomalayan pitvipers (Trimeresurus)". 


1996: Volunteer - Natal Crocodile Farm, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

1997: Reptile and bird diversity surveys for the Campfire Association, Zimbabwe

1998: TealeadeUniversity of Aberdeen Expedition to the Western Ghats, India’

2000, 2001, 2002, 2003: 8 months doctoral sample collection in Thailand,IndonesiaPhilippines.

2004-2011: 22 months reptile collection in Central Thailand, West Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Indonesia (JavaSumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku Utara).

2012-2014: 3 months sea snake survey and sample collection in West Papua and NW Australia.

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate courses

EVOLUTION AND PALAEOBIOLOGY III; Course co-coordination, lecturing, designing and running practicals, exam and assay assessment (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014).

ISSUES IN EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY III: Course co-coordination, project supervision, report and presentation assessment (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).

Student supervision

Ph.D. Kanishka Ukuwela (International student, University of Adelaide: Systematics, diversity and conservation of Indian Ocean sea snakes). Principal Supervisor. 

Masters. Amy Watson (University of Adelaide: Virtual evolution of a biomimetic sea snake robot). Co-supervisor. 

Honours. Amy Watson (University of Adelaide: Exploring sea snake skulls in 3D: evidence of an adaptive radiation?). Principal Supervisor. 

Honours. Jenna Crowe-Riddell (University of Adelaide: Scale sensillae: Mechanoreceptor evolution in marine and terrestrial snakes: Elapidae). Principal Supervisor. 


Research Interests


Research Funding

Investigating the genes and population histories that drive rapid adaptive change and speciation. Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (Level 1) 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016-17.

Biodiversity of critically endangered but poorly-known sea snakes in northwest Australia. Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS), 2014, 2015, 2016.

Sea snake diversification: Why are certain taxa and regions species-rich. Australian Research Council Discovery Project with Mike Lee 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

Investigating the impact of seismic surveys on threatened sea snakes in Australia's North West Shelf. Australia Pacific Science Foundation with Mick Guinea, 2012, 2013, 2014.





Entry last updated: Wednesday, 30 Nov 2016

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