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Roger Kitching
Chair of Ecology, Griffith School of Environment
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Griffith University, Australia


Professor Roger Kitching

Dep.Head of School, Nathan

Administration, Griffith School of Environment, Griffith University


  • Biology
  • Community Ecology
  • Animal Diversity
  • Field Ecology
  • Achievements:

    • Kitching, R. L. (1983)  Systems Ecology   University of Queensland Press, St Lucia (xx +280 pp)
    • Matthews, E.G. & Kitching, R.L. (1984) Insect Ecology (2nd Edition), University of Queensland Press, St Lucia (xviii + 211 pp)
    • Kitching, R.L. (2000) Food Webs and Container Habitats, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (xiii + 431 pp)
    • Nakamura, A., Catterall, C. P. & Kitching, R. L., House, A. & Burwell, C. J. (In press) Effects of isolation on the colonisation of restored habitat patches by forest-dependent arthropods of soil and litter Insect Conservation and Biodiversity
    • Grimbacher, P., Catterall, C. P. & Kitching, R. L. (In press). Detecting the effects of environmental change above the species level with beetles in a fragmented tropical rainforest landscape.  Ecological Entomology
    • Schmidl, J., Sulzer, P. & Kitching, R. L. (In press) The insect assemblage in water filled treeholes in a European temperate deciduous forest: community composition reflects structural, trophic and physicochemical factors.  Hydrobiologia.
    • Hillyer, M. J., Boulter, S. L., Kitching, R. L. &  Hughes, J. M. (2007) Isolation and characterisation of eight polymorphic microsatellite loci in the rainforest canopy tree, Syzygium sayeri (Myrtaceae).  Molecular Ecology Notes doi 10.1111/j.1471-8286.2007.01828.x
    • Boulter, S. L. Kitching, R. L., gross, C. L., Goodall, K. L. & Howlett, B.G. (In press) Floral morphology, phenology and pollination in the Wet Tropics  In: Living in a Dynamic, Tropical Landscape (eds. S. L. Turton & N. E. Stork), Blackwells, Oxford.
    • Nakamura, A., Catterall, C.P., House, A.P.N., Kitching, R.L., & Burwell,
    • C.J. (2007) The use of ants and other soil and litter arthropods as bio-indicators of the impacts of rainforest clearing and subsequent land use. Journal of Insect Conservation, 11, 177-186.
    • Kitching, R. L. , Boulter, S. L., Goodall, K. & Howlett, B. G. (2007)   Visitor assemblages  at flowers in a tropical rainforest canopy.  Austral Ecology 32, 29-42.
    • Laidlaw, M., Kitching, R. L., Goodall, K. Small, A. & Stork, N. E. (2007)  Temporal and spatial variation in an Australian tropical rainforest.  Austral Ecology 32, 10-20.
    • Kitching, R. L.  (2006)   Crafting the pieces of the diversity jigsaw puzzle.  Science (New York)  313, 1055-1057.
    • Boulter, S. L., Kitching, R. L, Zalucki, J. M. & Goodall, K. L. (2006)  Reproductive Biology and Pollination in Rainforest Trees:  Techniques for a Community-level Approach, Rainforest CRC, Cairns, 72 pp..
    • Beaulieu, F., Walter, D. E., Proctor, H. C., Kitching, R. L.  & Menzel, F. (2006)  Mesostigmatid mites (Acari: Mesostigmata) on rainforest tree trunks: arboreal specialists, but substrate generalists?  Experimental and Applied Acarology  39, 25-40.
    • Eastwood, R., Pierce, N. E., Kitching, R. L. & Hughes, J. M. (2006)
    • Do ants enhance diversification in lycaenid butterflies?  Phylogeographic  evidence from a model myrmecophile, Jalmenus evagoras.  Evolution 60, 315-327.
    • Boulter, S. L., Kitching, R. L. & Howlett, B.. G. (2006)  Family, visitors and the weather - patterns of flowering in tropical rainforests of northern Australia.  Journal of Ecology 94, 369-382.
    • Grimbacher, P., Catterall, C. P. & Kitching, R. L. (2006).  Beetle species' responses suggest that microclimate mediates fragmentation effects in tropical Australian rainforest.  Austral Ecology 31, 458-470
    • Eastwood, R., Kitching, R. L. & Manh, H. B. (2005)    Behavioral observations on the early stages of Jamides celeno (Cramer) (Lycaenidae) at Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam: an obligate myrmecophile? Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 59, 219-222.
    • Kitching, R. L.,  Boulter, S. L.,  Vickerman, G., Laidlaw, M. , Hurley, K. L. &  Grimbacher, P.  L.  (2005)  The Comparative Assessment of Arthropod and Tree Biodiversity in Old-World Rainforests:  The Rainforest CRC/Earthwatch Protocol Manual, 2nd Edition Revised.  Rainforest CRC, Cairns, 80 pp.
    • Boulter, S. L., Kitching, R. L., Howlett, B. G. & Goodall, K. (2005)  Any which way will do - the pollination biology of a northern Australian rainforest canopy tree (Syzygium sayeri; Myrtaceae).  Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 149, 69-84.
    • Menzel, F. & Kitching, R. L. (2004) Host specificity or habitat structure?  The epicortical beetle assemblages in Australian subtropical rainforest.  European Journal of Entomology 101, 251-259.
    • Kitching, R. L. (2004)  Those delusive food webs. Invited Essay review, Trends in Ecology and Evolution 19, 294-295.
    • Basset, Y., Mavoungou, J. F., Mikissa, J. B., Missa, O., Miller, S. E. & Kitching, R. L. (2004).  Effect of anthropogenic disturbance on terrestrial arthropods at Gamba, Gabon: discriminatory power of different data sets.  Biodiversity & Conservation  13, 709-732.
    • Novotny, V., Basset, Y., Miller, S. E., Kitching, R. L., Laidlaw, M., Drozd, P. & Cizek, L. (2004)  Local species richness of leaf-chewing insects feeding on woody plants from one ehctare of a lowland rainforest.  Conservation Biology 18, 227-237
    • Small, A., Martin, T., Kitching, R. L. & Khoon Meng, W. (2004).  Contribution of tree species to the biodiversity of a one hectare plot of Old-World rainforest, Brunei, Borneo.  Biodiversity and Conservation  13, 2067-2088.
    • Kitching, R. L., Bickel, D., Creagh, A. C., Hurley, K. & Symonds, C. (2004)  The biodiversity of Diptera in Old-world rainforest surveys: a comparative analysis.  Journal of Biogeography 31, 1185-1200.
    • Ozanne, C. M. P., ANHUF, D., Boulter, S. L., Keller, M., Kitching, R. L., Krner, C., Meinzer, F. C., Mitchell, A. W., Nakashizuka, T., Silva Dias P. L.. Stork, N. E., Wright, S. J. & Yoshimura, M. (2003).  Forest canopies: understanding global ecosystems.  Science (New York)  301, 183-186.
    • Orr, A. G. & Kitching, R. L.  (2003)   A faunistic analysis of Macrolepidoptera from complex notophyll vine forest, North Queensland, Australia.  Journal of Natural History 37, 1537-1554.
    • Majer, J. D., Kitching, R. L., Heterick, B. E., Hurley, K & Brennan, K. E. C.  (2001) North-South patterns within arboreal ant assemblages from rainforests in Eastern Australia.  Biotropica. 33, 643-661.
    • Pimm, S. L., Ayres, M., Balmford, A., Branch, G., Brandon, K., Brooks, T., Bustamente, R., Costanza, R., Cowling, R. , Curran, L. M., Dobson, A., Farber, S., da Fonseca, G. A. B., Gascon, C., Kitching, R. L. , McNeely, J., Lovejoy, T., Mittermeier, R. A., Myers, N., Patz, J. A., Raffle, B., Rapport, D., Raven, P., Roberts, C., Rodriguez, J. P. , Rylands, A. B., Tucker, C., Safina, C., Samper, C., Stiassny, M., Supriatna, J., Wall, D. H. & Wilcove, D.  (2001)  Can we defy natures end?  Science (New York)  293, 2207-2208.
    • Kitching, R. L., LI, D. Q. & Stork, N. E. (2001).  Assessing biodiversity sampling packages: how similar are arthropod assemblages in different tropical rainforests?  Biodiversity and Conservation  10, 793-813.
    • Kitching, R. L. ( 2001)  Food webs in phytotelmata: bottom-up and  top-down explanations for community structure.  Annual Review of Entomology  46, 729-760.
    • Fashing, N. J.,  O'Connor, B. M. & Kitching, R. L.  (2000)  Lamingtonacarus, a new genus of Algophagidae (Acari: Astigmata) from water-filled treeholes in Queensland Australia.  Invertebrate Taxonomy 14, 591-606.
    • Kitching, R. L. (2000)  Biodiversity, hotspots and defiance.  Trends in Ecology and Evolution  15, 484-485.
    • Kitching, R. L., Orr, A. G., Thalib, L., Mitchell, H., Hopkins, M. S. & Graham, A. W. (2000)  Moth assemblages as indicators of environmental quality in remnants of upland Australian rain forest.  Journal of applied Ecology 37, 284-297.
    • Walter, D. E., Seeman, O., Rodgers, D. and Kitching, R. L. (1998)  Mites in a mist:  microhabitat distribution complementarity and body size distribution of Acari from a subtropical rainforest.  Australian Journal of Ecology 23, 501-508.
    • Rodgers, D. and Kitching, R. L. (1998)  Vertical stratification of rainforest collembolan (Collembola: Insecta) assemblages:  ecological patterns and hypotheses concerning their generation. Ecography 21, 392-400.
    • Clarke, C. M. & Kitching, R. L.  (1996) Swimming ants and pitcher plants: a unique ant/plant interaction from Borneo.  Journal of Tropical Ecology  11, 589-602.
    • McIntyre, S., Barrett, G. W., Kitching, R. L. & Recher, H. F. (1993) Species triage - seeing  beyond wounded rhinos.  Conservation Biology  6, 604-606.
    • Kitching, R. L. , Bergelson, J., Lowman, M. D. , McIntyre, S.  & Carruthers, G. (1993)  The biodiversity of arthropods in Australian rain forest canopies:  introduction, methods, study sites and ordinal results.  Australian Journal of Ecology 18, 181-191.
    • Clarke, C. M. & Kitching, R. L. (1993)  The metazoan food webs from six Bornean Nepenthes  species.  Ecological Entomology  18, 7-16.
    • Basset, Y. & Kitching, R. L.  (1991) Species number, species abundance and body length of arboreal arthropods associated with an Australian rainforest tree.  Ecological Entomology 16, 391-402 .
    • Jenkins, B. , Kitching, R. L.  & Pimm, S. L. (1992)  Productivity, disturbance and food web structure at a local spatial scale in experimental container habitats.   Oikos  65,  249-255.
    • Glasby, C.J., Kitching, R.L. and Ryan, P.A. (1990).  Taxonomy of the arboreal polychaete Lycastopsis catarractarum Feuerborn (Namanereidinae:  Nereididae); with a discussion of the species feeding biology.  Journal of Natural History 24,341-350.
    • Jenkins, B. and Kitching, R.L. (1990).  The ecology of water-filled treeholes in Australian rainforests:  community re-assembly following disturbance.  Australian Journal of Ecology 15,199-205.
    • Kitching, R.L. and Clarke, C.M. (1988).  Indigenous tropical ecology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 4,85-87.
    • Pimm, S.L. and Kitching, R.L. (l987).  The determinants of food chain lengths. Oikos. 50,302-307.
    • Pierce, N.E., Kitching, R.L., Buckley, R.C., Taylor, M.F.J. and Benbow, K. (l987).The costs and benefits of cooperation for the Australian lycaenid butterfly, Jalmenus evagoras and its attendant ants.  Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology.  21,237-248.
    • Kitching, R.L., Chapman, H.F. and Hughes, J.M. (1987).  Levels of activity as indicators of sublethal impacts of copper contamination and salinity reduction in the intertidal gastropod, polinices incei Philippi.  Marine Environmental Research. 23,79-87.
    • Bayliss, M. and Kitching, R.L. (1988).  Myrmecophilous organs in the Small blue,Cupido minimus (Lepodptera: Lycaenidae).  Journal of Natural History 22, 861-864.
    • Pimm, S.L. and Kitching, R.L. (1988).  Food web patterns: trivial flaws or the basis of an active research program?  Ecology 69,1669-1672.
    • Hughes, J.M., Chapman, H.F. and Kitching, R.L. (l987).  Effects of sublethal concentrations of copper and freshwater on behaviour in an estuarine gastropod Polinices sordidus Swainson.  Marine Pollution Bulletin l8,l27-l3l.
    • Kitching, R.L. (1987).  Spatial and temporal variation in foodwebs from water-filled treeholes.  Oikos 48,280-288.
    • Kitching, R.L. (l987).  Aspects of the natural history of Allotinus major C.and R. Felder, from Sulawesi.  (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) Journal of natural History.  21,535-544.
    • ITO, Y. and Kitching, R.L. (l986).  The importance of non-linearity: a comment on the views of Taylor. Researches on Population Ecology  28,39-42.

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