Dr Malte Ebach
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Role: 
Deputy Director of PANGEA (Graduate Program) | Senior Lecturer
Field of Research: 
Australasian Biogeography and Biological Classification
Contact details:
Phone: 
+61 2 9385 2008
Office: 

Room 646, D26 Building
UNSW, Kensington 2052

See also:

Research UNSW

ORCID

Austral Bioregionalisation Atlas

 

Research & Current Projects


RESEARCH INTERESTS

Australasian biogeography and bioregionalisation

Comparative biogeography

Development of biogeographical methods

History of biogeography and biological systematics

Natural classification in the biological and Earth sciences

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

Biogeography

BIOGEOGRAPHY OF THE GREAT DIVIDING RANGE (MASTERS/MPhil / PHD)

What is driving biotic isolation along the Great Dividing Range?

This project will investigate the geomorphological, climatic and neotectonic factors driving biotic isolation along the Great Dividing Range in eastern Australia. This includes finding aggregate biogeographical patterns among plants and animals and comparing these against physical data using geo-spatial tools. Patterns will be tested against existing geomorphological and neotectonic hypotheses in order to determine the biotic evolution of eastern Australia.

Requirements: We seek a domestic science graduate with first class honours or Masters degree (or equivalent) in the biological and/or Earth sciences. Any training/qualification in geomorphology is a bonus, while biology only graduates will be required to do additional courses in Earth science.

Systematics

MOLECULAR CLOCKS AND THE FOSSIL RECORD (MASTERS/MPhil)

Can we really tell the evolutionary time?

Molecular clocks and stratophenetics have been used over 40 years to estimate divergence times between organisms. This project will investigate five types of clocks, their origins and implementation. Students are expected to write a summary literature review as well as develop an equation for Fossil Record Exploration (FRE). The resulting FRE equation will be utilised to compare molecular clocks and stratophenetics equally in order to determine the viability and predictability of each method using both hypothetical and real examples.

Requirements: Please see the UNSW requirements for Honours.

History of Science

THE HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF CLADISTICS (PHD / MASTERS)

Why do we classify the world the way we do?

This project will investigate the history of cladistic theory from early 20th Century systematic morphology to the respective numerical and molecular revolutions of the 1970s and 1990s. The project will revise David Hull's history in context to both an internal history of systematic ideas and an external history of the development of the Modern Synthesis. A philosophy of cohesive social groups will also be investigated.

Requirements: We seek a domestic science/medicine graduate with first class honours or Masters degree (or equivalent) in the biological and/or palaeo sciences. Any training/qualification in history or philosophy is a bonus, while science only graduates will be required to do additional courses in histography and philosophy.

Scholarships: Applicants are encouraged to apply for a RTP scholarship.

IN THE MEDIA

The Conversation - “What is Biogeography?”  December 3, 2012

The Conversation - "Size doesn’t matter in Big Data, it’s what you ask of it that counts” March 17, 2016

 

Research Students


CURRENT

Elizabeth M. Dowding (PhD candidate) – Devonian Palaeobiogeography

Lize Hermonges Mendonca (PhD Candidate) – Neotropical Biogeography

Campbell McKay (PhD Candidate) 

PAST

Chao Huang (PhD candidate) – Crustacean Biogeography of South Asia

Tegan Vanderlaan (PhD candidate) – Systematics of Carboniferous and Permian trilobites of Australia

Elizabeth M. Dowding (Honours) – Palaeobiogeography of Australia

Greg Miltenyi (Honours) – Australian Soil Cladistics

Adam King (Honours) – Southeast Asian Biogeography

Teaching


GEOS1111 Fundamentals of Geology (Course Convenor)

GEOS3071 Life on a Dynamic Earth (Course Convenor)

BIOS3221 Assembling the Tree of Life (Lecturer)

GEOS1211 Environmental Earth Science (Lecturer)

Publications


See https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-malte-ebach/publications