D.Sc. (Griffith), D.Phil. (Oxon), B.Sc. (Hons) (London), Dip. Comp. (Canb.), ARCS, FRES, FAI Biol
Chair of ecology, Griffith School of Environment
Professor Roger Kitching holds the Chair of Ecology within the Griffith School of the Environment. He holds doctorates from Oxford (DPhil) and Griffith (DSc) and graduated in zoology and entomology from Imperial College, London. Professor Kitching’s research interests span most areas of insect ecology and its application. He has worked extensively on communities held within small water-bodies and published Food Webs and Container Habitats (CUP, 2000) summarising this work. Most recently he has developed techniques for surveying insects (and other arthropods) in rainforests and, in this connection, has carried out field work in south-east Asia, Borneo, China, Central America, southern Europe, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea as well as Australia. Most recently this work has been directed towards identifying indicators of climate change through studies of change along altitudinal gradients. Professor Kitching co-edited the volume Arthropods of Tropical Forests published by CUP in 2003. In addition to his research Kitching is heavily engaged in advising government on biodiversity issues. He was Special Commissioner on the Resource Assessment Commission’s inquiry into mining at Coronation Hill and he was the first Chair of the federal government’s Biodiversity Advisory Council. Currrently he chairs the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Gondwana Rainforests World Heritage Area and is a member of the High Level Advisory Group on biodiversity and climate change of the Department of Climate Change. Professor Kitching teaches undergraduates in areas of population and community ecology as well as running the first year course Diversity of Life.
Roger Kitching heads the Arthropod Diversity Lab at Griffith University. His interests are in understanding patterns and processes of biodiversity using some of the most abundant and diverse organisms - the arthropods. He heads the Biodiversity Research theme of the Centre of Innovative Conservation Strategies.