Staff profile: Ross Sadlier

Position title:
Collection Manager, Herpetology
Herpetology Collection
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I was appointed to the position of Technical Officer in the Herpetology Section in 1980 and as Collection Manager in 1996. I have participated in numerous of field based projects, particularly in northern Australia, throughout New South Wales, and to islands in the southwest Pacific. In recent years my main research interests have centred on the diversity and conservation of rainforest faunas, with fieldwork undertaken in forests in eastern Australia and New Caledonia.

Publications by Ross Sadlier

Research Interests

New Caledonian lizards

My first trip to New Caledonia was in 1979, and resulted in the publication of a review of the scincid lizards of the island. Field and laboratory research over 25 years has resulted in the publication over 30 scientific articles on New Caledonian lizards in which 40 new species of lizards from the region have been described (~50% of the total reptile fauna), and the publication of the book The Herpetofauna of New Caledonia in 2000 with Aaron M. Bauer - the only complete treatise of the islands herpetofauna. Research in the region currently focuses on:

  • Systematics and species diversity of the islands lizards.
  • Biology of scincid lizards.
  • Inventories of Provincial Reserves with IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement) Noumea.

Australian rainforest lizards

Ongoing laboratory and field research on the east Australian rainforest reptile fauna has been directed mainly at resolving complex species group problems. Current collaborative research with the Queensland Museum (Patrick Couper - Curator) has resulted in the publication of review in which two new species of giant leaf-tailed geckos in the genus Saltuarius in south-eastern Queensland and northern New South Wales.

The reptile fauna of western New South Wales

In collaboration with Section associates Dr Glenn Shea and Gerry Swan we have had a programme of field research throughout much of northwestern New South Wales since 2000 aimed at identifying the reptile fauna of poorly known regions and has included Sturt National Park (1997-2000), Perry National Park near White Cliffs, Nocoleche National Park near Wanarring, and Gundabooka National Park near Bourke. The aim of these surveys is provide baseline collections upon which future systematic research can be undertaken.


Qualifications include a BSc from Macquarie University graduating in 1986.

Professional Memberships

Australian Society of Herpetologists (ASH)

Research Projects

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