I have had a distinguished career as research scientist and teacher. I have helped transform ecological/ environmental science, through development of Foraging Theory to understand the ways in which organisms obtain food and other resources, and then using this approach to enhance our knowledge of Plant-Pollination systems. I have also developed and mentored strategies for achieving research excellence, thus helping to create cultures of excellence. In addition, I have established the longest-running population study for any native Australian frog, which provides the basis for evaluating the role of frogs as environmental bio-indicators, especially in relation to climate change.

I plan to continue these programs of research, teaching and mentoring, while promoting sustainability for humanity and acting as a consultant. Along with Prof Paul Ehrlich (Stanford Univ), I am promoting sustainability through the Sustainability Central website, public lectures, and other programs.

I am exceptionally well-placed to provide environmental consulting as I have a strong research background that has included a wide array of organisms, across many areas of interest, and has resulted in preparation of a large number of associated documents. I can similarly provide assistance with development and implementation of research programs. I have high-level skills in mathematics/ statistics, mathematical modelling, developing and testing theory, and literature reviews, and have taught and mentored many students and colleagues.


Academic Qualifications: 

  • B.Sc. (1st Class Honours) University of Sydney, May, 1970, Mathematical Statistics
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, December, 1974, Mathematical Biology.

Positions (after obtaining Ph.D.):

  • Assistant Professor, University of Utah, 1974‑1977
  • Queen Elizabeth II Fellow, University of Sydney, 1977‑1980
  • Research Fellow to Principal Research Scientist, Australian Museum, 1981‑2007
  • Senior Fellow & Research Associate, Australian Museum, 2007- present
  • Adjunct Professor, Macquarie University, 2007-present
  • Distinguished Professor, University of Technology Sydney, 2012-2016 


I have published over 120 scientific papers across a broad range of issues including:

  • Developing & testing optimal foraging theory, with focus on nectar-feeding animals
  • Population biology and behaviour of nectar-feeding animals, especially birds & bees
  • Pollination biology of the plants visited by these animals
  • Effects of fire on plants & animals
  • Effects of the introduced honeybee on native plants & animals
  • Environmental legislation
  • Biology and management of frogs, especially the endangered Green & Golden Bell Frog
  • Frogs as bio-indicators of environmental quality & change
  • Impacts of the introduced fish Gambusia on other species
  • Use of biological collections to inform ecological/ environmental issues
  • Climate change and its effects on plants and animals.

These publications cover a broad range of organisms including plants, birds, bees, mammals, fish and frogs, and have been recognised as follows:

  • One recognised in 1984 as ‘Citation Classic’ by Institute for Scientific Information (ISI)
  • I was designated by the ISI in 2004 as a ‘highly cited author’ in the Environment/Ecology category along with 6 other Australians
  • My articles have over 9,300 total citations with H-index of 40 (based on Google Scholar)
  • An article of mine, published in 2015, is already ‘highly cited’


  • Environmental legislation
  • Environmental impact statements, especially impacts on flora & fauna
  • Fauna surveys, especially regarding frogs & birds
  • Habitat protection and enhancement
  • Literature reviews
  • Enhancing research quality & citation success
  • Research design
  • Statistical analysis
  • Ecology of plants, especially re pollination
  • Behaviour & ecology of animals
  • Biology of feral species, especially honeybees, the fish Gambusia, and introduced birds

Graham H. Pyke's full CV