Historic drivers of species distribution

and phenotype

Human-induced rapid environmental change (HIREC)

Macroecology and comparative analyses


Delicate skink (Lampropholis delicata), and Lampropholis genus

The delicate skink is one of the most abundant and widespread vertebrates in eastern Australia, occurring from North Queensland to Tasmania. It is also the only Australian lizard that has successfully established overseas (where it is known as the rainbow or plague skink), with invasive populations in the Hawaiian Islands, New Zealand, and Lord Howe Island. We are examining the role of behaviour in the introduction process, intraspecific hybridisation in the invasive range, thermal biology, learning and cognition, colour pattern polymorphism, and its impact on native species. In addition, we are completing a range of comparative analyses on other widespread and range-restricted members of the genus.