Dr Andrew Barham Black

Honorary Research Associate Ornithology

+61 8 8207 7475

 

Andrew was appointed as an Honorary Research Associate in 2004 as he began to relinquish a career as a Consultant Neurologist.

 

Research Interests

The history of discovery, taxonomy, conservation status, distribution and phylogeny of grasswrens (Amytornis species).

The history of discovery, taxonomy, conservation status and distribution of birds in South Australia

 

Current Research Projects

Genetics of grasswrens Amytornis textilis, A modestus, A. barbatus and A, striatus. A. Black and J. Austin (University of Adelaide).  Funding unsourced.

Distribution and status of Amytornis barbatus barbatus.  A. Black, R. Jaensch, L. Pedler and G. Carpenter (independent consultants).  Funding applied for.

History of the Birds Section of the South Australian Museum.  A. Black, P. Horton and B. Blaylock.  Unfunded.

 

Awards & Achievements

  • Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for contributions to Medicine, in particular epilepsy, and to Conservation, the Environment and Ornithology (January 2000)

 

Professional Associations

  • Honorary Life Member, South Australian Ornithological Association (1995)

 

Education

  • B Medical Sc (Hons), University of Adelaide (1963)

  • M B, B S, University of Adelaide (1964)

 

Community Engagement

A. B. Black. South Australian Ornithology 1802-1899, Burnside Historical Society, Burnside Community Centre, 16 July 2012.

A. B. Black. Birds of Hiltaba and the Gawler Ranges, Nature Foundation SA, 8 August 2012.

A. B. Black. Grasswrens. Butterfly Conservation SA, Clarence Park Community Centre, 4 June 2013.

 

Media Expertise

Grasswrens Amytornis.

Bird distribution in South Australia.

  

Publications

  1. Austin, J. J., Joseph, L., Pedler, L. P., and Black, A. B. (2013). Uncovering cryptic evolutionary diversity in extant and extinct populations of the southern Australian arid zone Western and Thick-billed Grasswrens (Passeriformes: Maluridae: Amytornis). Conservation Genetics (accepted May 2013).

  2. Black, A., Schodde, R., and Préviato A. (2013). Early grasswren specimens in Muséum nationale d'Histoire naturelle, Paris and the types of Amytornis textilis (Maluridae). Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 133: 24–30.

  3. Black, A. B. (2012). Collection localities of the Night Parrot Pezoporus (Geopsittacus) occidentalis (Gould, 1861). Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 132: 277–282.

  4. Black, A., Carpenter, G., Pedler, R., Pedler, L. and Langdon, P. (2012). Habitats of the Grey Grasswren Amytornis barbatus subspecies diamantina and a review of the species' distribution. Corella 36: 29–37.

  5. Black, A., Carpenter, G., and Pedler, L. (2011). Distribution and habitats of the Thick-billed Grasswren Amytornis modestus and comparison with the Western Grasswren Amytornis textilis myall in South Australia. South Australian Ornithologist 37: 60–80.

  6. Black, A. (2011). Subspecies of the Thick-billed Grasswren Amytornis modestus (Aves–Maluridae).  Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 135: 26–38.

  7. Black, A., (2011). Western Australia, home of the Grass-Wren (Amytornis textilis). Amytornis Western Australian Journal of Ornithology 3: 1–12.

  8. Black, A. B., Joseph, L., Pedler, L. P., and Carpenter, G. C. (2010). A taxonomic framework for interpreting evolution within the Amytornis textilis-modestus complex of grasswrens. Emu 110: 358–363.

  9. Black, A., Carpenter, G., and Pedler, L. (2009). Distribution and habitats of the Thick-billed Grasswren, Amytornis textilis, subspecies myall. South Australian Ornithologist 35: 161–177.

  10. Black, A. B. (2004). The “Immarna” Grasswrens of R. C. Chandler – locality, habitat, identity and taxonomic implications. South Australian Ornithologist 34: 199–211.