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Professor Roger Seymour

Telephone +61 8 8313 5596
Position Professor
Fax +61 8 8313 4364
Building Darling Building
Floor/Room 1 03
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit Ecology and Environmental Science

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University of Adelaide 2001  (DSc)

University of California, Los Angeles.  Zoology. 1968-1972  (PhD.)

University of California, Riverside.  Zoology. 1965-1967  (BA.)


Awards & Achievements

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Prize (2006)

Research Interests

Quantitative interactions and exchanges between organisms and their environments, with a broadly based comparative and evolutionary approach.

Respiration, metabolism and energetics of vertebrate embryos.

Cardiovascular and respiratory physiology of animals, particularly vertebrates.   Emphasis has been placed on the roles of diffusion and convection of respiratory gases in animals in extreme environments, for example, diving and burrowing species.

Comparative thermoregulation of diverse organisms, including plants and insects.

Physiology and biology of archosaurs.



 For complete list, see attachment.  For reprints, please email me. 

Seymour, R.S., Y. Ito, Y. Onda and K. Ito.  2009. Effects of floral thermogenesis on pollen function in Asian skunk cabbage Symplocarpus renifolius.  Biology Letters 5: 568-570.  doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2009.0064.

Lamprecht, I., R.S. Seymour, C.R. White, P.D.G. Matthews and L. Wadsö. 2009.  Discontinuous ventilation in the rhinoceros beetle Oryctes nasicornis.  Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry 95: 743-747.

Seymour, R.S. 2009. Raising the sauropod neck: it cost more to get less.  Biology Letters 5: 317-319. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2009.0096

Seymour, R.S.  2009.  Sauropods kept their head down.  Science. 323: 1671.

Seymour, R.S., E. Maass and J.F. Bolin. 2009. Floral thermogenesis of three species of Hydnora (Hydnoraceae) in Africa.  Annals of Botany 104: 823-32.

Seymour, R.S., M. Gibernau and S. Arg. Pirintsos.  2009.  Thermogenesis of three species of Arum from Crete. Plant, Cell and Environment 32: 1467–1476.

White, C.R., T.M. Blackburn and R.S. Seymour.  2009.  Phylogenetically informed analysis of the allometry of mammalian basal metabolic rate support neither geometric nor quarter-power scaling.  Evolution. 63: 2658-2667. doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2009.00747.x

Seymour, R.S., C.R. White and M. Gibernau. 2009.  Endothermy of dynastine scarab beetles (Cyclocephala colasi) associated with pollination biology of a thermogenic arum lily (Philodendron solimoesence).  J. Exp. Biol. 212: 2960-2968.

Fitzgibbon, Q.P. and R.S. Seymour.  2009.  Postprandial metabolic increment of southern bluefin tuna Thunnus maccoyii ingesting high or low-lipid sardines Sardinops sagax.  Journal of Fish Biology 75: 1586-1600.

Kakizaki, Y., R.S. Seymour and K. Ito.  2010.  A novel functional element in the N-terminal region of Arum concinnatum alternative oxidase is indispensable for catalytic activity of the enzyme in HeLa cells.  Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Bioenergetics 1797: 20-28.

Matthews, P.D.G. and R.S. Seymour. 2010.  Compressible gas gills of diving insects: measurements and models.  Journal of Insect Physiology 56:470-479.

Seymour, R.S., G. Lindshau and K. Ito.  2010.  Thermal clamping of temperature-regulating flowers reveals the precision and limits of the biochemical regulatory mechanism. Planta 231: 1291–1300.

Mueller, C.A., J.M.P. Joss and R.S. Seymour. 2011.  The energy cost of embryonic development in fishes and amphibians, with emphasis on new data from the Australian lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri.  Journal of Comparative Physiology B 181: 43-52.

Seymour, R.S. 2010. Scaling of heat production by thermogenic flowers: limits to floral size and maximum rate of respiration.  Plant, Cell & Environment 33: 1474-1485.

Seymour, R.S., I. Silberbauer-Gottsberger and G. Gottsberger.  2010.  Respiration and temperature patterns in thermogenic flowers of Magnolia ovata under natural conditions in Brazil.  Functional Plant Biology 37: 870-878.

Lamprecht, I. and R.S. Seymour.  2010.  Thermologic investigations of three species of Amorphophallus.  Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry 102: 127–136. DOI 10.1007/s10973-010-0891-9

Fitzgibbon, Q.P., R.S. Seymour, J. Buchannan, R. Musgrove and J. Carragher.  2010. Effects of hypoxia on oxygen consumption, swimming velocity and gut evacuation in southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii).  Environmental Biology of Fishes. 89: 59-69.

Seymour, R.S. and C.R. White.  2011.  Can the basal metabolic rate of endotherms be explained by biophysical modelling?  Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. 84:107–110.

Lillywhite, H.B. and Seymour, R.S.  2011.  Heart position in snakes: Response to “Phylogeny, ecology and heart position in snakes”.  Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. 84:99–101.

Payne, N.L., B.M. Gillanders, R.S Seymour, D.M. Webber, E.P. Snelling and J.M. Semmens. 2010. Accelerometry estimates field metabolic rate in giant Australian cuttlefish Sepia apama during breeding.  Journal of Animal Ecology 80: 422-430. DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2010.01758.x.

Mueller, C.A. and R.S. Seymour.  2011.  The importance of perivitelline fluid convection to oxygen uptake of Pseudophryne bibronii eggs.  Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. DOI 10.1086/659650.

Mueller, C.A., J.M.P. Joss and R.S. Seymour.  2011.  Effects of environmental oxygen on development and respiration of Australian lungfish (Neoceratodus forsteri) embryos.  Journal of Comparative Physiology B DOI 10.1007/s00360-011-0573-3

Seymour, R.S. and S.K. Hetz. 2011.  The diving bell and the spider: The physical gill of Argyroneta aquatica. Journal of Experimental Biology 214: 2175-2181. DOI10.1242/jeb.056093.

Snelling, E.P., R.S. Seymour and S. Runciman.  2011.  Moulting of insect tracheae captured by light and electron-microscopy in the metathoracic femur of a third instar locust Locusta migratoria.  Journal of Insect Physiology 57: 1312–1316. DOI 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2011.06.006

Seymour, R.S., S.L. Smith, C.R. White, D.M. Henderson and D. Schwarz-Wings.  2011.  Blood flow to long bones indicates activity metabolism in mammals, reptiles and dinosaurs. Proceedings of the Royal Society B.  DOI 10.1098/rspb.2011.0968

Heenan, C.B. and R. S. Seymour.  2011.  Structural support, not insulation, is the primary driver for avian cup-shaped nest design.  Proc. R. Soc. B 278: 2924-2929. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2010.2798

Snelling, E.P., R.S. Seymour, P.G.D. Matthews, S. Runciman and C.R.White.  2011. Scaling of resting and maximum hopping metabolic rate throughout the life cycle of the locust Locusta migratoria.  Journal of Experimental Biology 214: 3218-3224. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.058420

Snelling, E.P., R.S. Seymour, S. Runciman, P.G.D. Matthews and C.R.White.  2011. Symmorphosis and the insect respiratory system: allometric variation.  Journal of Experimental Biology 214: 3225-3237. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.058438

Mueller, C.A. and R.S. Seymour.  2011.  The Regulation Index: A new method for assessing the relationship between oxygen consumption and environmental oxygen.  Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 84: 522-532. DOI: 10.1086/661953

Matthews, P.G.D., and R.S. Seymour. 2011. Oxygen binding properties of backswimmer (Notonectidae, Anisops) haemoglobin, determined in vivo. Journal of Insect Physiology 57: 1698-1706 DOI: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2011.09.006

White, C. R. and R.S. Seymour. 2011. Physiological functions that scale to body mass in fish.  In: Encyclopedia of Fish Physiology. From Genome to Environment. A. P. Farrell (ed.). Academic Press ISBN: 978-0-12-374545-3.

Lillywhite, H.B., J.S. Albert, C.M. Sheehy III and R.S. Seymour. 2012.  Gravity and the evolution of cardiopulmonary morphology in snakes.  Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A  161: 230-242.

Gottsberger, G., I. Silberbauer-Gottsberger, R.S. Seymour and S. Dötterl.  2012.  Pollination ecology of Magnolia ovata may explain the overall large flower size of the genus.  Flora 207: 107-118.  doi: 10.1016/j.flora.2011.11.003

Heenan, C.B. and R.S. Seymour.  2012. The effect of wind on the rate of heat loss from avian cup-shaped nests. PLoS ONE 7(2): e32252. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0032252

Gienger, C.M., C.R. Tracy, M.L. Brien, S.C. Manolis, G.J.W. Webb, R.S. Seymour and K.A. Christian.  2011.  Energetic costs of digestion in Australian crocodiles. Australian Journal of Zoology 59: 416-421. DOI:10.1071/ZO12018

Mueller, C.A. and R.S. Seymour.  2012.  Analysis of cutaneous and internal gill gas exchange morphology in early larval amphibians, Pseudophryne bibronii and Crinia georgiana. Journal of Comparative Physiology B 182: 813-820. DOI: 10.1007/s00360-012-0667-6.

Mueller, C.A., S. Augustine, S.A.L.M. Kooijman, M.R. Kearney, and R.S. Seymour. 2012. The trade-off between maturation and growth during accelerated development in frogs. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A-Molecular & Integrative Physiology 163: 95-102.

Lamprecht, I., L. Wadsö and R.S. Seymour. 2013. Calorimetric investigations of the pollination biology of the thermogenic inflorescences of the dragon lily (Dracunculus vulgaris) and its pollinator (Protaetia cretica) on Crete. Thermochimica Acta 551: 84-91.

Matthews, P.G.D., E.P. Snelling, R.S. Seymour, and C.R. White. 2012. A test of the oxidative damage hypothesis for discontinuous gas exchange in the locust Locusta migratoria. Biology Letters 8: 682-684.

Snelling, E.P., P.G.D. Matthews and R.S. Seymour. 2012. Allometric scaling of discontinuous gas exchange patterns in the locust Locusta migratoria throughout ontogeny. Journal of Experimental Biology 215: 3388-3393.

Snelling, E.P., R.S. Seymour, P.G.D. Matthews and C.R. White. 2012. Maximum metabolic rate, relative lift, wingbeat frequency and stroke amplitude during tethered flight in the adult locust Locusta migratoria. Journal of Experimental Biology 215: 3317-3323.

Seymour, R.S. and P.G.D. Matthews. 2013.  Physical gills in diving insects and spiders: theory and experiment. Journal of Experimental Biology 216: 164-170.

Seymour, R.S., C.M. Gienger, M.L. Brien, C.R. Tracy, S.C. Manolis, G.J.W. Webb and K.A. Christian. 2013. Scaling of standard metabolic rate in estuarine crocodiles Crocodylus porosus.  Journal of Comparative Physiology B DOI: 10.1007/s00360-012-0732-1.

Snelling, E.P., R.S. Seymour, S. Runciman, P.G.D. Matthews and C.R.White.  2012. Symmorphosis and the insect respiratory system: a comparison between flight and hopping muscle.  Journal of Experimental Biology 215: 3324-3333. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.072975.

Ito, K., H. Takahashi, Y. Umekawa, T. Imamura, S. Kawasaki, T. Ogata, Y. Kakizaki and R.S. Seymour. 2013. Metabolite profiling reveals tissue- and temperature-specific metabolomic responses in thermoregulatory male florets of Dracunculus vulgaris (Araceae). Metabolomics 9:919-930. DOI: 10.1007/s11306-013-0509-x

McCallum, K.P., F.O. McDougall and R.S. Seymour.  2013. A review of the energetics of pollination biology.  Journal of Comparative Physiology B  DOI: 10.1007/s00360-013-0760-5

Snelling, E.P., Becker, C.L. and R.S. Seymour. The effects of temperature and body mass on jump performance of the locust Locusta migratoria.  PLoS ONE (in press)

Seymour, R.S. 2013. Maximal aerobic and anaerobic power generation in large crocodiles versus mammals: Implications for dinosaur gigantothermy. PLoS ONE 8(7): e69361. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0069361




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