Animal Biology



The Animal section of the SEB has a diverse range of interests on whole organism biology, and also includes considerations of the links to cellular process at lower levels of biological organisation, but also associations between physiology, locomotion and behaviour in the context of ecophysiology or ecology. However, the core theme is the biology of the whole organism.

The animal section is split into special interest groups from the view point of managing our affairs, but scientifically these boundaries are not fixed, and the groups do share scientific events and interests. The groups include biomechanics, osmoregulation, animal respiration, neurobiology, and animal genomics.

Information about the different Animal Section Interest Groups can be found here. Each interest group is headed up by a Group Convenor, and along with our Co-opted Members, make up the committee of the SEB Animal Section.

Picture of box jellyfish, Tripedalia cystophora, provided courtesy of Anders Garm, Lund University

The Chair of the SEB Animal Biology Section is Professor Craig Franklin

Craig Franklin convenor 2015. Craig is a Professor in Zoology at The University of Queensland and Deputy Head of School in Biological Sciences. He originates from New Zealand, where he did his Ph.D. at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch under the supervision of Bill Davison and Malcolm Forster.  His post-doctoral studies included stints at Massey University, NZ (Peter Davie), Simon Fraser University (Tony Farrell), University of Goteborg (Michael Axelsson/Susanne Holmgren/Stefan Nilsson) and four years working with Prof. Ian Johnston at the University of St Andrews, before arriving in Queensland, Australia mid-1995.  For the past five years he has been an Australian Research Council Professorial Research Fellow.   

Craig is an animal ecophysiologist. His research lab ( focuses on elucidating the flexibility and plasticity of physiological systems and determining how ectothermic vertebrates respond to changing environmental conditions.  He is a strong proponent of Conservation Physiology, using physiological approaches & techniques to assess/predict the impact of anthropogenic-driven environmental change and disturbance on fish, amphibians and reptiles.  

Craig is a monitoring editor for the Journal of Experimental Biology, and associate editor for Functional Ecology and for Physiological and Biochemical Zoology.  He is also the Director of Research for the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve in northern Australia where he currently is studying the movement patterns and physiology of estuarine crocodiles.    

Professor Craig E Franklin
School of Biological Sciences
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, QLD 4072
Ph.  +61 7 3365 2355