Phillip ByrneDr Philip Byrne

PhD, University of Western Australia, 2002
B. Sc. First Class Honours, University of Western Australia, 1996

Phone:      +61 2 4298 1932
Lab:            B35.122
Office:       B35.G122A

  • Senior Lecturer

 FB Evolution & Assisted Reproduction Laboratory - EARLCONNECT:SOCIAL   

Research Interests
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Assisted reproductive technology
  • Anthropogenic impacts on animal behaviour
  • Amphibian ecology

Representative Publications

Byrne, P.G. and J.D. Roberts. 2011. Evolutionary causes and consequences of sequential polyandry in anuran amphibians. Biological Reviews. In press.

Roberts, J.D. and Byrne, P.G. 2011. Polyandry, sperm competition and the evolution of anuran amphibians. Advances in the Study of Behaviour. 43, 1-53.

Heap, S. Byrne, P.G. and Stuart-Fox, D. (2011).Variation in the effect of repeated intrusions on calling behaviour in a territorial toadlet. Behavioural Ecology. In press.

Byrne, P.G. and M.J. Whiting. 2011. Effect of simultaneous polyandry on offspring fitness in an African tree frog. Behavioural Ecology. 22(2): 385-391.

Byrne, P.G. and Silla, A.J. 2010. Hormone induction of gamete release and In-vitro fertilization in the critically endangered corroboree frog. Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology 8: 144.

Byrne, P.G. and J.S. Keogh. 2009. Extreme sequential polyandry insures against nest failure in a frog. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B. 276 (1654): 115-120.

Byrne, P.G. and Rice. W.R. 2008. Effect of a refuge from persistent male courtship in the Drosophila laboratory environment. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 2008 (1): 1-7.

Byrne, P.G. 2008. Strategic male calling effort in terrestrial toadlets (Pseudophryne bibronii). Copeia. 2008(1): 57-63.

Byrne, P.G. and M.J. Whiting. 2008. Simultaneous polyandry increases fertilisation success in an African foam-nesting tree frog. Animal Behaviour. 76: 1157-1164.

Morgan, M.J., Byrne, P.G., Hayes, C. and J.S. Keogh. 2008. Microsatellite markers in the endangered Australian northern corroboree frog, Pseudophryne pengilleyi (Anura: Myobatrachidae) and amplification in other Pseudophryne species. Conservation Genetics. 9:1315-1317.

Byrne, P.G. and J.S. Keogh. 2007. Terrestrial toadlets use chemosignals to recognise conspecifics, locate mates and strategically adjust calling behaviour. Animal Behaviour 74:1155-1162.

Rice, W. R., A. D. Stewart, E. H. Morrow, J. E. Linder, N. Orteiza, and Byrne, P.G. 2006. Assessing sexual conflict in the Drosophila melanogaster laboratory model system. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. Biol. 361: 287-299.

Byrne, P.G. and Rice, W.R. Evidence for adaptive male-mate choice in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 273: 917-922.

Byrne, P.G. and Rice, W.R. 2005. Remating in Drosophila melanogaster: an examination of the trading-up and intrinsic male-quality hypotheses. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 18 (5): 1324-1331.

Friberg, U., Lew, T.A., Byrne, P.G., and Rice, W.R. 2005. Assessing the potential for an ongoing arms race within and between the sexes: selection and heritable variation. Evolution 59: 1540-1551.

Byrne, P.G. 2004. Male sperm expenditure under sperm competition risk and intensity in quacking frogs. Behavioural Ecology 15 (5): 857-863.

Byrne, P.G. and Roberts, J.D. 2004. Intrasexual selection and group spawning in quacking frogs (Crinia georgiana). Behavioural Ecology 15 (5): 872-882.

Byrne, P.G., L.W. Simmons and Roberts, J.D. 2003. Sperm competition and the evolution of gamete morphology in frogs. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 270: 2079-2086.

Byrne, P.G., Roberts, J.D. and L.W. Simmons 2002. Sperm competition selects for increased testes mass in Australian frogs. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 15: 347-355.

Byrne, P.G. 2002. Climatic correlates of polyandry in the frog Crinia georgiana, Journal of Herpetology 36: 125-129.

Byrne, P.G. and Roberts, J.D. 2000. Does multiple paternity improve fitness in the frog Crinia georgiana? Evolution 54: 968-973.

Byrne, P.G. and Roberts, J.D. 1999. Simultaneous mating with multiple males reduces fertilisation success in the myobatrachid frog Crinia georgiana. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 264: 95-98.

Roberts, J.D., Standish, R.J., Byrne, P.G. and Doughty, P. 1999. Synchronous polyandry and multiple paternity in the frog Crinia georgiana (Anura: Myobatrachidae). Animal Behaviour 57: 721-726.

Byrne, P.G. 1998. Frustrated frogs in quacking frenzy. Landscope 13 (2): 7.

Allen, G., Berry, O., Byrne, P.G., Kamien, D. and Hunt, J. 1997. Larval position, host cues and behaviour in the sound locating parasitoid fly Homotrixa alleni. Journal of Insect Behaviour 12: 67-69.

Searchable publications

Current Students


  • Stephen Heap, Project Title: The evolution of contest behaviour (Co-supervised with Dr Devi-Stuart Fox, Melbourne University).
  • Brian Kearney, Project Title: Developmental sensitivity and acclimation to elevated salinity in south-east Australian anurans (Co-supervised with Dr Richard Reina, Monash University).


  • Ingrid Errington, Project Title: Temperature Dependent Sex determination (TSD) in the endangered Booroolong frog (Co-supervised with Dr Pete Harlow,Taronga Zoo).
  • Christina Faddy-Vrouwe , Project Title: Effects of ontogeny and acclimation on larval temperature preferences in the Booroolong frog (Co-supervised with Dr Dave Hunter, Office of Environment and Heritage).

Future Topics for Students
  1. The evolution of polyandry
  2. The evolution of reproductive behaviours in  human altered environments
  3. The evolution of acoustic and chemical communication systems
  4. The development of Assisted Reproductive Technologies for endangered frog species

Abbreviated CV

Academic Appointments

  • 2010 Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, University of Wollongong
  • 2007-2010 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, Australia.
  • 2005-2007 Claude Harris Leon Postdoctoral Fellowship, School of Animal, Plants and Environmental Sciences, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2002-2005 Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, School of Botany and Zoology, Australian National University.
  • 2001-2002 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California Santa Barbara.
  • 1997-2001 PhD candidate and teaching assistant (3rd year) and laboratory demonstrator (1st year), Department of Zoology, University of Western Australia.
  • 1996-1997 Research Assistant, Department of Entomology, CSIRO, Perth Western Australia.

Academic Degrees
  • PhD, University of Western Australia, 2002
  • B. Sc. First Class Honours, University of Western Australia, 1996
Last reviewed: 21 November, 2014