Michael Thompson received his B.S. degree (with honors) in zoology and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Adelaide, Australia, in 1977 and 1983, respectively. He subsequently held postdoctoral positions at the University of Adelaide, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and obtained the Archie Carr Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Florida before moving to an academic position at the University of Sydney in 1989. He was appointed as a Personal Chair in zoology at Sydney in 2007, and was the Head of the School of Biological Sciences from 2005 to 2008. The main focus of his research has been on the eggs and embryos of reptiles, with studies on turtles, lizards, alligators, and the tuatara. The main current focus is on the evolution of viviparity in lizards. He has also published on tadpoles and frogs, cicadas, limpets, bats, and spiders in the fields of physiology and ecology. He published more than 120 journal articles and invited reviews, and organized symposia at six international conferences (comparative physiology and herpetology). He has been an Invited or Plenary Lecturer at 14 international conferences, and is currently an Editor of Endangered Species Research.
Biography Updated on 22 April 2008