Research in Zoology

Research in Zoology is a peer-reviewed journal that plays an important role in disseminating information on field-based, experimental, and theoretical research on the zoology of the region. It covers all aspects of basic, comparative, and applied protozoan and animal biology at molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, population, and community-ecosystem levels.

Ken Chan

Editorial Board Member of Research in Zoology

Research Scientist, Science consultant, Australia

Research Areas

Zoology, Ecology


1989-1993Ph.DUniversity of QueenslandSt Lucia, QLD, Zoology and ecology, Department of Zoology
1984-1988B.ScUniversity of QueenslandSt Lucia, QLD, Zoology and ecology, Department of Zoology


2006-presentScience consultant, for editing and proof-reading, guest lectures, research advice, curriculum development
2011Jinan University Guangzhou, China, Invited Professor, for lectures and consultation on scientific English and ecology
2005-2006Jinan University Guangzhou, China, Foreign expert/Associate Professor, at Institute of Hydrobiology for zoological work
2005Southwest University Beibei, Chongqing, China, Foreign expert, for biological sciences
1997-2005University of the Sunshine Coast QLD, Aust, Lectureship in ecology , for environmental science program, Faculty of Science
1994-1997Central Queensland University QLD, Aust, Lectureship in physiology (animals and human), for biology and health science programs

Academic Achievement

Induction to Marquis Who’s Who International Publication Board
Honorary Fellow, Central Queensland University, Australia
High-priority Australian Postgraduate Research Award
Selma Stock Memorial Prize (for best final year student), Department of Zoology, University of New England, Australia

Publications: Conferences/Workshops/Symposiums/Journals/Books

[1]  Chan, K. 2011. Migratory terns need a holiday too. SILnews 58: 7-8.
[2]  Chan, K. 2009. Scientific English: An Essential Guide to Academic English for Chinese Scientists. Tsinghua University Press, Beijing, P.R. China. IBSN 978-7-302-18890-2.
[3]  Chan, K., Dening, J. & Malinen, L. 2008. Can tern migrants coexist with urban development and estuarine recreational activities? In: Wetlands: Ecology, Conservation and Restoration (ed. R.E. Russo), pp. Nova Science Publishers.
[4]  Chan, K. 2008. Evolutionary biology and phylogenetic analysis (translated into Chinese). Chapter 9. In: Bioinformatics (Ed. Z. Xu). Tsinghua University Press, Beijing, P.R. China. (In Chinese)
[5]  Chan, K. & Xu, Z. 2008. Biological basis in bioinformatics (translated into Chinese). Chapter 2. In: Bioinformatics (Ed. Z. Xu). Tsinghua University Press, Beijing, P.R. China. (In Chinese)
[6]  Chan, K., Glover, D., Ramage, C. & Harrison, D. 2008. Low genetic variability in the ground parrot as revealed by randomly amplified DNA fingerprinting and mtDNA. Annales Zoological Fennici 45: 211-216.
[7]  Chan, K. & Dening, J. 2007. Use of sandbanks by terns in Queensland, Australia: a priority for conservation in a popular recreational waterway. Biodiversity and Conservation 16: 447-464.
[8]  Chan, K. 2005. Migration in the silvereye: pattern, synthesis, and theories. Ethology, Ecology and Evolution 17: 349-363.
[9]  Chan, K. & Mudie, D.E. 2004. Variation in vocalisations of the ground parrot at its northern range. Australian Journal of Zoology 52: 147-158.
[10]  Chan, K. 2004. Effect of patch size and bird aggression on bird species richness: A community-based project in tropical/subtropical eucalypt woodland. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 111: 1-11.
[11]  Chan, K. & Augusteyn, J. D. 2003. Group size and habitat quality in three sympatric species of fairy-wrens (Mulurus). Ecological Research 18: 73-80.
[12]  Meyers, D. & Chan, K. 2002. Introductory Statistics. Faculty of Science, USC.
[13]  Chan, K. 2001. Partial migration in Australian landbirds: A review. Emu 101: 281-292.
[14]  Chan, K. 2001. Migration of birds in Australia. In: Wings Over the Sunshine Coast. Pp. 19-21. Palmwoods Arts & Crafts Group Inc. ISBN 0-9579221-0-8.
[15]  Chan, K. 2001. Birds, people and the university. In: Wings Over the Sunshine Coast. Pp. 80-82. Palmwoods Arts & Crafts Group Inc. ISBN 0-9579221-0-8.
[16]  Chan, K., Augusteyn, J. & Jasperson, J. 2000. An Easy Guide to Collecting and Displaying Insects. Faculty of Science, USC.
[17]  Chan, K., Mudie, D. & Smith, P. 2000. Fire and Coastal Heath (an audio-visual recording). Boxsell Production. USC in association with Queensland Environmental Protection Agency.
[18]  Chan, K. 2000. An evaluation of the conservation status of black swans in Maroochy Shire with recommendations for future studies. Maroochy Shire Council, Maroochydore.
[19]  Chan, K. 2000. A community-based research project on habitat fragments and bird communities. A report for government agencies (Queensland State Departments of Natural Resources, Primary Industries, Environmental Protection Agency).
[20]  Chan, K. 2000. A history of land use in Central Queensland. An article written for the State Government Departments of Natural Resources, Primary Industries, and Environmental Protection Agency.
[21]  Chan, K. 1999. Bird numbers in drought and non-drought years in tropical Central Queensland, Australia. Journal of Tropical Ecology 40: 63-68.
[22]  Beck, J. & Chan, K. 1999. Habitat preference of Grey Fantails Rhipidura fuliginosa wintering in central Queensland. Sunbird 29: 41-51.
[23]  Chan, K. 1999 (revised in 2000, 2001 and 2002) Understanding Basic Statistics: A Tutorial Manual for Environmental Science. Faculty of Science, USC.
[24]  Chan, K. 1998. Notes on the Bar-breasted Honeyeater in the southernmost parts of its range. Sunbird 28: 50-52.
[25]  Chan, K. & Kikkawa, J. 1997. A Silvereye dilemma: to migrate or not to migrate? Emu 97: 91-93.
[26]  Chan, K. 1995. Diurnal and nocturnal patterns of activity in resident and migrant silvereyes Zosterops lateralis. Emu 95: 41-46.
[27]  Chan, K. 1995. A comparative study of winter body composition of resident and migrant Tasmanian Silvereyes. Auk 112: 13-20.
[28]  Chan, K. 1995. Take-off behaviour and effects of weather on the migration of the Silvereye Zosterops lateralis. Ring 17, 1-2: 77-90.
[29]  Chan, K. 1995. Bird community patterns in fragmented vegetation zones around streambeds of the Northern Tablelands, New South Wales. Australian Bird Watcher 16: 11-20.
[30]  Chan, K. 1994. Winter body mass and overnight energetics of a southern temperate passerine. Auk 111: 721-723.
[31]  Chan, K. 1994. Nocturnal Activity of Caged Resident and Migrant Silvereyes (Zosteropidae: Aves). Ethology 96: 313-321.
[32]  Chan, K. 1994. Migratory fattening in an Australian intracontinental migrant. Condor 96: 211-214.
[33]  Chan, K. & Sutton, P. 1993. Migratory behaviour of silvereyes returning to Tasmania from southern Victoria. Corella 17: 41-42.
[34]  Chan, K. 1990. Habitat selection in the White-plumed honeyeater and the Fuscous honeyeater at an area of sympatry. Australian Journal of Ecology 15: 207-217.
[35]  Chan, K., Ford, H. A. & Ambrose, S. J. 1990. Ecophysiological adaptations of the Eastern Spinebill Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris to a high altitudinal winter environment. Emu 90: 119-122.