Professor Roger Seymour

Professor Roger Seymour
 Position Professor
 Org Unit School of Biological Sciences
 Telephone +61 8 8313 5596
 Location Floor/Room 1 ,  Darling ,   North Terrace
  • Qualifications

    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 fossil vertebrates, including archosaurs and human relatives.

  • Publications


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

    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 183: 491-500. 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  183: 867-876. DOI: 10.1007/s00360-013-0760-5

    Snelling, E.P., Becker, C.L. and R.S. Seymour. 2013. The effects of temperature and body mass on jump performance of the locust Locusta migratoria.  PLoS ONE 8(8): e72471. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0072471

    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

    Matthews, P.G.D. and R.S. Seymour.  2014.  Stomata actively regulate internal aeration of the sacred lotus Nelumbo nucifera.  Plant, Cell and Environment  37:402-413  DOI: 10.1111/pce.12163.

    White, C.R. and R.S. Seymour. 2014.  The role of gravity in the evolution of mammalian blood pressure.  Evolution 68:901-908. DOI:10.1111/evo.12298.

    Gibernau, M. and R.S. Seymour. 2014. Pollination success of the Corsican Helicodiceros muscivorus (Araceae).  Aroideana 37: 61-71. doi: arod-37-00-07.3d.

    Allan, G.H., P. Cassey, E.P. Snelling, S.K. Maloney and R.S. Seymour.  2014 Blood for bone remodelling correlates with locomotion in living and extinct birds.  Journal of Experimental Biology 217:2956-2962. doi: 10.1242/jeb.102889.

    Xu, L., Snelling, E.P. and R.S. Seymour. 2014. Burrowing energetics of the Giant Burrowing Cockroach Macropanesthia rhinoceros: An allometric study.  Journal of Insect Physiology 70:81-87. doi: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2014.09.005.

    Snelling, E.P., D.A. Taggart, S.K. Maloney, A.P. Farrell and R.S. Seymour. 2015.  Biphasic allometry of cardiac growth in the developing kangaroo Macropus fuliginosus. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 88: 216-225. doi: 10.1086/679718.

    Onda, Y., K. Mochida, T. Yoshida, T. Sakurai, R.S. Seymour, Y. Umekawa, S.A. Pirintsos, K. Shinozaki and K. Ito.  2015.  Transcriptome analysis of thermogenic Arum concinnatum reveals the molecular components of floral scent production.  Scientific Reports 5: 8753. doi: 10.1038/srep08753.

    Seymour, R.S., K. Ito, Y. Umekawa, P.G.D. Matthews and S. A. Pirintsos.  2015.  The oxygen supply to thermogenic flowers. Plant, Cell and Environment 38:827-837. DOI: 10.1111/pce.12454.

    Snelling, E.P., D.A. Taggart, S. K. Maloney, A. P. Farrell, C. M. Leigh, L. Waterhouse, R. Williams and R.S. Seymour. 2015. Scaling of left ventricle cardiomyocyte ultrastructure across development in the kangaroo Macropus fuliginosus. Journal of Experimental Biology 218: 1767-1776. doi:10.1242/jeb.119453.

    Seymour, R.S., S.E. Angove, E.P. Snelling and P. Cassey. 2015.  Scaling of cerebral blood perfusion in primates and marsupials.  Journal of Experimental Biology 218: 2631-2640. Doi: 10.1242/jeb.124826.

    Seymour R.S., K.K. Jones and S.K. Hetz.  2015. Respiratory function of the plastron in the aquatic bug, Aphelocheirus aestivalis (Hemiptera, Aphelocheiridae).  Journal of Experimental Biology 218: 2840-2846. Doi: 10.1242/jeb.125328.

    Jones, K.K., E.P. Snelling, A.P. Watson and R.S. Seymour. 2015. Gas exchange and diver characteristics of the free-swimming backswimmer Anisops deanei.  Journal of Experimental Biology 218 3478-3486 Doi: 10.1242/jeb.125047.

    White, C.R. and R.S. Seymour. 2015. Blood pressure increases with body size in mammals. Evolution 69: 3221-3223 doi: 10.1111/evo.12799.

    Umekawa Y, R.S. Seymour and K. Ito. 2016. The biochemical basis for thermoregulation in heat-producing flowers. Sci Reports 6: 24830. Doi: 10.1038/srep24830.

    Seymour, R.S. and H.B. Lillywhite.  2016.  Why vascular siphons with sub-atmospheric pressures are physiologically impossible in sauropod dinosaurs.  Journal of Experimental Biology 219: 2078-2079.  Doi: 10.1242/jeb.140988.

    Seymour, R.S., V. Bosiocic and E.P. Snelling. 2016. Fossil skulls reveal that blood flow rate to the brain increased faster than brain volume during human evolution.  Roy. Soc. Open Sci. 3: 160305. Doi: 10.1098/rsos.160305.

    Snelling, E.P., R.S. Seymour, J.E.F. Green, L.C.R. Meyer, A. Fuller, A. Haw, D. Mitchell, A.P. Farrell, M-A. Costello, A. Izwan, M. Badenhorst and S. K. Maloney. 2016.  A structure-function analysis of the left ventricle. Journal of Applied Physiology 121: 900-909. Doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00435.2016.

    Seymour, R.S.  2016.  Cardiovascular physiology of dinosaurs.  Physiology  31: 430-441. Doi: 10.1152/physiol.00016.2016.

    Lillywhite, H.B., R. Shine, E. Jacobson, D. Denardo, M. Gordon, C.A. Navas, T. Wang, R.S. Seymour, K.B. Storey, H. Heatwole, D. Heard, B. Brattstrom and G.M. Burghardt.  2016.  Anaesthesia and euthanasia of amphibians and reptiles used in scientific research: Should hypothermia and freezing be prohibited? Biosci. 67: 53-61. Doi:10.1093/biosci/biw143



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