Cook, Simon (Dr)

Simon Cook

Position Lecturer
Office Y144 (Y Building, Level 1, East Wing)
Phone +61 3 5327 9122


  • B.Sci (Hons) La Trobe
  • PhD James Cook
  • Grad. Cert. tertiary teaching Ballarat


My PhD at James Cook University investigated the relative roles of historical biogeography, current community ecology and thermal physiology in determining species richness of lizards in rainforest and woodland habitats at three spatial scales in north Queensland. I also conducted research in the colonisation by vertebrates of disturbed oceanic islands through participation in expeditions to the Krakatau Islands in Indonesia and Long Island in Papua New Guinea.

My postdoctoral position at Kyoto University combined these interests, investigating the community ecology and thermal physiology of lizards on islands with differing biogeographic history in the sub- tropical Okinawa Islands of southern Japan.

My current research interests are:

  • A meta-analysis of the colonisation of the Krakatau Islands over 100 years
  • The effectiveness of habitat restoration in the semi-arid zone for vertebrates and invertebrates
  • Landscape ecology of vertebrates in Victoria
  • Thermal physiology and habitat selection of reptiles

Teaching areas

  • Coordinator first year Introductory Biology and third year ecosystem management and wildlife ecology and conservation
  • Teaching into Australian fauna and environmental management projects