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Professor Chris Daniels 

Position: Acting Director: Barbara Hardy Institute
Division/Portfolio: Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment
School/Unit: Division Office Research IEE
Group: Barbara Hardy Institute
Campus: Mawson Lakes Campus
Office: BJ3-17, A1-01C
Telephone: +61 8 830 22317, +61 8 830 26248
Fax: +61 8 830 25613
Email: Chris_dot_Daniels_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Chris.Daniels
(Chris Daniels is currently on leave - last day on leave is Tuesday, 23 December 2014)


Chris Daniels is Professor of Urban Ecology at the University of South Australia. Chris has been a prolific scientist and author, having edited 4 books and contributed to more than 150 scientific publications. He has been published on issues regarding the natural and built environments, and has an abiding interest in reptiles, particularly lizards. Chris is also an award-winning science communicator. He has regular sessions on 891 ABC Radio, and has written for the Adelaide newspaper, the Advertiser, on a range of science and environmental topics.


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Barbara Hardy Institute


Citizen Science program

Enviro Science at UniSA

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Teaching interests

  • Ecology
  • Urban Biodiversity
  • Zoology
  • Evolution
  • Human interactions with wildlife

I teach the following courses

BIOL 4001Coastal Environments
ENVT 4027Studies in Multi-Disciplinary Research
(This course is not currently being taught)
ENVT 5031Greening Cities: Vegetation Management Issues
(This course is not currently being taught)
ENVT 5034Community Partnerships
ENVT 5033Wildlife in Cities: Animal Management Issues
(This course is not currently being taught)
ENVT 5032Urban Biodiversity Conservation and Restoration
ENVT 1015Scientific Analysis and Communication
(This course is not currently being taught)


Professional associations

Honorary Research Fellow, Royal Zoological Society of South Australia: 2003 - present

ARC- Australian-Based Reader (OZREADER): 2003 – present


Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy. Zoology. The University of New England, New South Wales, 1987. Research into the functional and compositional evolution of the vertebrate pulmonary surfactant system.

BSc(Hons) (Zoology), The University of Adelaide, 1981

BSc(Zoology), The University of Adelaide, 1980


Research interests

  • Development and promotion of strategies that enhance urban living and encourage education, communication and awareness of the importance of the urban ecological environment, including Citizen Science.
  • Evolution of animals, Adaptation to rapidly changing environments and human animal interactions.
  • Favourite research animals include lizards, birds, and possums.

Research publications

    Edited Books

    Roetman, P.E.J & Daniels, C.B. (eds) (2011) Creating Sustainable Communities in a Changing World. Crawford House Publishing, Adelaide, 262 pp. ISBN 978-1-86333-335-1. Find out more about the book...

    Daniels C.B. (ed) (2010) Adelaide: Water of a City. Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 581 pages. Find out more about the book...

    Daniels C.B. & Tait, C. (eds) (2006) Adelaide: Nature of a City - the Ecology of a Dynamic City from 1836-2036. BioCity, Adelaide, 609 pages. Find out more about the book...

    Books

    Daniels, C.B. (2011) A Guide to Urban Wildlife. Harper Collins, Pymble, N.S.W. Find out more about the book...

    Roetman, P.E.J & Daniels, C.B. (2011) The Fearsome Flute Players: Australian Magpies in Our lives. Crawford House Publishing, Adelaide. Find out more about the book...

    Roetman, P.E.J & Daniels, C.B. (2009) The Possum-Tail Tree: Understanding Possums Through Citizen Science. Barbara Hardy Centre, Adelaide. Find out more about the book...

    Books Chapters

    Roetman, P.E.J & Daniels, C.B. (2011) ‘The benefits of citizen science in research, education and community engagement’. In: Roetman, P.E.J & Daniels, C.B. (eds) Creating Sustainable Communities in a Changing World. Crawford House Publishing, Adelaide, pp 249-260. Find out more about the book...

    Taylor, S.G., Roetman, P.E.J & Daniels, C.B. (2011) ‘Urban biodiversity’.In: Roetman, P.E.J & Daniels, C.B. (eds) Creating Sustainable Communities in a Changing World. Crawford House Publishing, Adelaide, pp 179-187. Find out more about the book...

    Daniels, C.B. & Roetman, P.E.J (2011) ‘Introduction’. In: Roetman, P.E.J & Daniels, C.B. (eds) Creating Sustainable Communities in a Changing World. Crawford House Publishing, Adelaide, p 3. Find out more about the book...

    Daniels, C.B. & Roetman, P.E.J (2011) ‘Conclusion’. In: Roetman, P.E.J & Daniels, C.B. (eds) Creating Sustainable Communities in a Changing World. Crawford House Publishing, Adelaide, p 261. Find out more about the book...

    Daniels, C.B., Argue, J.J., Beecham, S., Clark, R.D.S., Howard, J.R., Jones, D.S., Marks, R., McKay, J.M., Roetman, P.E.J. & Smith, K.E. (2010) Introduction. In Daniels C.B. (ed) 'Adelaide: Water of a City'. Wakefield Press, Adelaide, pp 35-48. Find out more about the book...

    Daniels, C.B., Johnston, G. & Gray, C. (2010) Biodiversity of the waterways. In Daniels C.B. (ed) 'Adelaide: Water of a City'. Wakefield Press, Adelaide, pp 105-130. Find out more about the book...

    Daniels, C.B., Argue, J.J., Beecham, S., Clark, R.D.S., Howard, J.R., Jones, D.S., Marks, R., McKay, J.M., Roetman, P.E.J. & Smith, K.E. (2010) Conclusion. In Daniels C.B. (ed) 'Adelaide: Water of a City'. Wakefield Press, Adelaide, pp 561-571. Find out more about the book...

    Orgeig, S. & Daniels, C.B. (2009) Environmental Selection Pressures Shaping the Pulmonary Surfactant System of Adult and Developing Lungs. Chapter 11 in Glass, M.L. & Wood, S.C.(eds) 'Cardio-Respiratory Control in Vertebrates: Comparative and Evolutionary Aspects'. Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg.

    Tait, C. & Daniels, C.B. (2006) Introduction. In Daniels, C.B. & Tait, C. (eds) 'Adelaide. Nature of a City: the Ecology of a Dynamic City from 1836 to 2036'. BioCity, Adelaide, pp. 18-23. Find out more about the book...

    Tait, C., Daniels, C.B. & Hill, R.S. (2006) The urban ark 1: The historical evolution of the plant community. Chapter 4 in Daniels, C.B. & Tait, C. (eds) 'Adelaide: Nature of a City - the Ecology of a Dynamic City from 1836 to 2036'. BioCity, Adelaide, pp. 87-110. Find out more about the book...

    Tait, C. & Daniels, C.B. (2006) The urban ark 2: The historical evolution of the bird community. Chapter 5 in Daniels, C.B. & Tait C. (eds) 'Adelaide: Nature of a City - the Ecology of a Dynamic City from 1836 to 2036'. BioCity, Adelaide, pp. 111-137. Find out more about the book...

    Tait, C. & Daniels, C.B. (2006) The urban ark 3: The historical evolution of the mammal community. Chapter 6 in Daniels, C.B. & Tait, C. (eds) 'Adelaide: Nature of a City - the Ecology of a Dynamic City from 1836 to 2036'. BioCity, Adelaide, pp. 138-158. Find out more about the book...

    Tait, C., Daniels, C.B. & Hutchinson, M.N. (2006) The urban ark 4: The historical evolution of the reptile and amphibian communities. Chapter 7 in Daniels, C.B. & Tait, C. (eds) 'Adelaide: Nature of a City - the Ecology of a Dynamic City from 1836 to 2036'. BioCity, Adelaide, pp. 159-176. Find out more about the book...

    Daniels, C.B. (2006) Future predictions: Adelaide in 2036. Chapter 23 in Daniels, C.B. & Tait, C. (eds) 'Adelaide: Nature of a City - the Ecology of a Dynamic City from 1836 to 2036'. BioCity, Adelaide, pp. 525-551. Find out more about the book...

    Daniels, C.B. & Orgeig, S. (2006) Pulmonary surfactant, cell culture and tissue regeneration as models for understanding the evolution of developmental physiology. Chapter 1 in Warburton, S., Burggren, W.W., Pelster, B., Reiber C. & Spicer J. (eds) 'Comparative Developmental Physiology. Contributions, Tools and Trends'. Oxford University Press, pp 3-20.

    Lang (née Ormond), C.J., Orgeig, S. & Daniels, C.B. (2005) New insights into the thermal dynamics of the surfactant system from warm and cold animals. In Nag, K. (ed). 'Lung Surfactant Function and Disorder'. Volume 201. Lung Biology in Health and Disease Series. Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton, pp 17-57.

    Orgeig, S., Daniels, C.B. & Sullivan, L.C. (2004) The development of the pulmonary surfactant system. Chapter 10 in Harding, R., Pinkerton, K. & Plopper, C. (ed) 'The Lung: Development, Aging and the Environment'. Academic Press, pp 150-167.

    Orgeig, S. & Daniels, C.B. (2004) The effect of aging, disease and the environment on the adult pulmonary surfactant system. Chapter 27 in Harding, R., Pinkerton, K. & Plopper, C.(ed) 'The Lung: Development, Aging and the Environment'. Academic Press, pp 363-375.

    Selected Journal Articles

    Paige, K., Lloyd, D., Zeegers, Y., Roetman, P., Daniels, C., Hoekman, B., Linnell, L., George, L. & Szilassy, D. (In press) Connecting teachers and students to the natural world through Operation Spider: An Aspirations Citizen Science Project. Teaching Science , March 2012.

    Paige, K., Lawes, H., Matejcic, P., Taylor, C., Stewart, V., Lloyd, D., Zeegers, Y., Roetman, P. & Daniels, C. (2010) ‘It felt like real science’ – How Operation Magpie enriched my classroom. Teaching Science 56(4): 25-33.

    Zammit, M., Daniels, C.B. & Kear, B. P. (2008) Elasmosaur (Reptilia: Sauropterygia) neck flexibility: Implications for feeding strategies. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology 150: 124-130.

    Blacker, H. A., Tsopelas, C. Orgeig, S. Daniels, C. B. &. Chatterton, B. E. (2007) How Regenerating Lymphatics Function: Lessons From Lizard Tails. Anatomical Record 290: 108-114.

    Foot, N. J., Orgeig, S., Donnellan, S., Bertozzi, T. & Daniels, C.B. (2007) Positive Selection in the N-terminal extramembrane domain of pulmonary surfactant protein C (SP-C) in marine mammals. Journal of Molecular Evolution 65(1): 12-22.

    Munns, S.L. & Daniels, C.B. (2007) Breathing with big babies: Ventilation and oxygen consumption during pregnancy in the lizard Tiliqua Rugosa. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 80 (1): 35-45.

    Orgeig, S., Bernhard, W., Biswas, S.C., Daniels, C.B., Hall, S.B., Hetz, S.K., Lang, C.J., Maina, J.N., Panda, A.K., Perez-Gil, J., Possmayer, F., Veldhuizen, R.A. & Yan, W. (2007) The anatomy, physics and physiology of gas exchange surfaces: Is there a universal function for pulmonary surfactant in animal respiratory structures? Invited Review with new data for the Proceedings of the First International Congress of Respiratory Biology, Bonn, Germany, Aug 2006. Integr. Comp. Biol. 47(4): 610-627.

    Potter, S., Orgeig, S., Donnellan, S. & Daniels, C.B. (2007) Purifying selection drives the evolution of surfactant protein SP-C independently of body temperature regulation in mammals. Comparative Biochemistry & Physiology - Part D (Genomics & Proteomics) 2(2): 165-176.

    Young, K.M., Daniels, C.B. & Johnston, G. (2007) Species of street tree is important for southern hemisphere bird trophic guilds. Austral Ecology 32 (5): 541-550.

    Miller, N.J., Postle, A.D., Orgeig, S., Koster, G. & Daniels, C.B. (2006) The composition of pulmonary surfactant from diving mammals. Respir. Physiol. Neurobiol. 152(2):152-68.

    Miller, N.J., Daniels, C.B., Schürch, S., Schoel, W.M., & Orgeig, S. (2006) The surface activity of pulmonary surfactant from diving mammals. Respir. Physiol. Neurobiol. 150: 220-232.

    Foot (née Miller), N.J., Orgeig, S. & Daniels, C.B. (2006) The evolution of a physiological system: The pulmonary surfactant system in diving mammals. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2006 Nov;154(1-2):118-38. Invited Review in the Special Issue entitled “Frontiers in Comparative Respiratory Physiology II: Respiratory Processes and Responses to Environmental Change”, edited by Milsom, W., Mitchell, G. & Powell, F.

    Johnston, G.R & Daniels, C.B. (2006) Introduction to the volume "City Life: New Perspectives in Urban Ecology." Johnston, G.R. & Daniels, C.B. (eds) Austral Ecology (special issue) 31: 113.

    Johnston, G.R & Daniels, C.B. (2006) Conclusion to the volume "City Life: New Perspectives in Urban Ecology." Johnston, G.R. & Daniels, C.B. (eds) Austral Ecology (special issue) 31: 291-293.

    Johnston, G.R & Daniels, C.B. (2006) Editors of ‘City Life: New Perspectives in Urban Ecology’. Proceedings of 3 symposia of the same titles held at the Australian Society of Ecologists, The Australian Evolution Society and The Australian Society for Animal Behaviour meetings in Adelaide South Australia in 2004; 15 papers comprising a special issue of Austral Ecology. 31: 113-292.

    Miller, N.J., Postle, A.D., Schürch, S., Schoel, W.M., Daniels, C.B. & Orgeig, S. (2005) The development of the pulmonary surfactant system in California sea lions. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A 141 (2):191-199.

    Lang (née Ormond), C.J., Postle, A.D., Orgeig, S., Possmayer, F., Bernhard, W., Panda, A.K., Jürgens, K.D., Milsom, W.K., Nag, K. & Daniels, C.B. (2005) Dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine is not the major surfactant phospholipid species in all mammals. Am. J. Physiol. 289: R1426–R1439.

    Tait C., Daniels, C.B. & Hill, R. (2005) Changes in species assemblages within the city of Adelaide, South Australia, 1836 to 2002. An urban ecological study. Ecological Applications 15: 346-359.

    Miller, N.J., Daniels, C.B., Costa, D.P. & Orgeig, S. (2004) Control of pulmonary surfactant secretion in adult California sea lions. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Comm. 313: 737-742.

    Blacker, H.A., Orgeig, S. & Daniels, C.B. (2004) Hypoxic control of the development of the surfactant system in the chicken: Evidence for physiological heterokairy. Am. J. Physiol. 287: R403-R410.

    Daniels, C.B., S. Orgeig, L.C. Sullivan, N. Ling, M.B. Bennett, S. Schürch, A.L. Val & C.J. Brauner. (2004) The origin and evolution of the pulmonary surfactant system in fish: Insights into the evolution of lungs and swim bladders. Physiol. Biochem. Zool. 77: 732-749.

    Education resources

    Roetman, P.E.J, Dilger, K., Sinapius, M. & Daniels, C.B. (2010) Stormwater project resources for SACE level 1 geography students. Background, assessment tasks and supplementary resources. View these resources...

    Paige, K., Lloyd, D., Zeegers, Y., Roetman, P., Daniels, C. & Russo, S. (2010) Operation Spider Teacher Resources. Interactive teaching sequence and factsheets for Primary and Middle school teachers. View these resources...

    Paige, K., Lloyd, D., Zeegers, Y., Roetman, P., Daniels, C. & Russo, S. (2009) Operation Magpie Teacher Resources. Interactive teaching sequence and factsheets for Primary and Middle school teachers. View these resources...

    Roetman, P.E.J & Daniels, C.B. (2008) Operation Possum Teacher Resources. Factsheets, games, report template and lesson suggestions for Primary and Middle school teachers. View these resources...


    Expertise for Media Contact

    I am able to provide media comment in the following areas of expertise:

    Discipline: Zoology

    • Urban Ecology
    • Zoology
    • People and the Environment

    Research Degree Supervisor

    Chris Daniels supervises students in multidisciplinary studies at Masters and PhD levels

    Current Projects:

    Citizen Science
     Find out more about the Citizen Science program at www.unisa.edu.au/barbarahardy/research/citizen-science.asp




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